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SHOULD WE BE INVESTIGATING THE CRIMES OF DIANNE FEINSTEIN?

There is little or no doubt in my mind that multi-millionaire Senator Dianne Feinstein and her husband have profited mightily from her service as a Senator. In fact, it appears that Feinstein was forced to step down from a committee assignment due to the appearance, if not the actuality, of impropriety.

Violations Force Feinstein Military Committee Resignation

A veteran California senator has resigned as chair of a powerful military construction committee after reports that for years she abused her position to award her husband’s companies billions of dollars in government contracts.

During her six years as chair and ranking member of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee, Senator Dianne Feinstein annually supervised the appropriation of billions of dollars for specific military construction projects. The San Francisco lawmaker supervised her own staff of military construction experts and she lobbied Pentagon officials to support her favorite projects.

She wielded quite a bit of power and succeeded in steering hundreds of billions of dollars in military contracts to companies partially owned by her wealthy husband, Richard Blum. One company alone earned $792 million from military construction and environmental cleanup projects approved by Feinstein’s committee and another $759 million.

The blatant ethics violation and obvious conflict of interest was first exposed earlier this year by a weekly Northern California publication. The story details how Feinstein voted over the years for appropriations that enriched her husband’s firms and that her top legal advisor also happens to be one of her husband’s longtime business partners; in other words, a financial beneficiary of the senator’s decisions. <Source>

So why should we trust Diane Feinstein to investigate top-level corruption in the Obama Administration?

According to reports published in the mainstream media, it appears that the FBI investigation into the Trump-Russia collusion matter was initiated on little more than the drunken ramblings of a low-level campaign advisor, George Papadopoulos, who never met Donald Trump and was not even remotely part of the mainstream campaign team, let alone part of Trump's inner circle. On the theory that it takes very little – other than suspicion – to open FBI investigations, one might suppose that one vector of inquiry might be looking into Feinstein’s work as the  ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Questions …

  • It has been reported that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee hired Fusion GPS through a Perkins Coie attorney Marc Elias which in turn engaged Christopher Steel who allegedly wrote the “Steele Dossier.” So why was Daniel Jones, a former senior intelligence committee staffer for California Senator Dianne Feinstein raise $50 million from unknown sources to hire Fusion GPS to continue a post-election effort to continue the work of Christopher Steele to validate some of Steele’s reported findings and to continue a media blitz pushing the Trump-Russia collusion narrative?
  • Why would California Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein, a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, unilaterally release a "lightly-redacted" transcript of the August 22, 2017 closed-door testimony of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson without the permission of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley?

Can President Trump or the American people  get a “fair deal” from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee?

Looking at the composition of the Senate Judiciary Committee, nominally headed by Republicans, it remains a question of how any Republican, let alone President Donald Trump, could get a fair shake from this collection of virulent anti-GOP progressive socialist democrats and their RINO (Republican In Name Only) enablers like Orrin Hatch, Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake. Senator Chuck Grassley is a superb letter writer, but I see very little follow-up to all of those tough-sounding letters he has written in the past.

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An example of the committee’s flawed product …

Grassley Letter Everyone Is Ignoring Is Way More Important Than the Nunes Memo: It debunks the idea of an anti-Trump FBI conspiracy, while making a stronger argument that the Carter Page wiretap was unwarranted.

“Grassley’s letter pokes holes in the one truly significant claim made in the Nunes memo: That the FBI improperly concealed from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that the Steele dossier was part of opposition research underwritten by the Democratic National Committee. Grassley’s letter confirms the accuracy of the counter almost immediately offered by intelligence committee Democrats: That the application did, in fact, disclose that the dossier’s funders were politically motivated.”

More than that, it makes clear that not specifically naming the DNC was not some aberrant omission, but the result of the common intelligence practice of obfuscating the identities of people who aren’t under suspicion. Glenn Simpson of the research firm Fusion GPS, who directly hired Steele, is referenced only as an ‘identified U.S. person.’ Even Steele himself does not appear to have been named: The ambiguous pronoun “his/her” is used to avoid specifying a gender for the dossier’s author. The judges who reviewed the application almost certainly would have recognized Page as an adviser to Trump and inferred that opposition research concerning him was likely funded by Democrats—and could easily have asked if they thought it was necessary to clarify.” <Source>

There was no explicit explanation that the Steele Dossier was a work product funded by the Hillary Clinton Campaign (notorious for crazy Sidney Blumenthal/Cody Shearer intelligence report inventions) and the DNC; and just footnoting that the report was funded by the opposition is inadequate disclosure.

Considering what has been revealed about former Director of National Intelligence and now CNN contributor James Clapper, former CIA Director and now NBC/MSNBC contributor John Brennan, former FBI Director and now Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, FBI Special Agent Peter Strozk, FBI Attorney Lisa Page, and other prominent Hillary Clinton supporters on the Special Counsel’s team – one suspects that the smoke is hiding an active and growing fire in the top levels of the Obama Administration.

Bottom line …

It is likely that the interwoven moral, ethical, and criminal lapses of the investigators may keep the Obama Administration from ever being held fully accountable for their misdeeds, and it is likely that the dirt will stick to President Trump and his Administration. What is needed is a person or an incontrovertible fact that will provide the first vulnerable thread in unraveling the Gordian knot of corruption in the highest reaches of the government. Since all parties appear to be “running out the clock” on prosecutable violations, time is of the essence.

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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


NEW EMAIL SYSTEM: WE NEED YOUR HELP TO KEEP IN TOUCH

Hi All …

I am testing a new email system and would like to know if you prefer the shorter excerpt style (like today) which you allows you to go to the full article if you wish to read further (smaller emails) or the full contents in the email body.

Then, pending your comments and preferences I might be able to set it so that you can select the version you prefer. Or since we live in a participative democracy, the majority will prevail.

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“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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


[X] CALIFORNIA JUNE 2018 PRIMARY -- GOVERNOR

And even worse, the California Republicans cannot even come together to put forth ballot recommendations for governor or a few other important positions – thus reinforcing my belief that they are the “go along party” of corruption.

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The warning is clear, there are an abnormal number of individuals running for both California’s Gubernatorial and Senatorial positions … 

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Therefore, I have decided to only include the best known mainstream candidates running in the June 5th, 2018 primary. And, because of California rather unique top two candidate system, I am eliminating anyone who is not running as a member of the Democrat or Republican party.










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[OCS: California needs a Governor in the mold of a disrupter like President Donald Trump. Some on who can reverse decades of political abuse of Californians by the Democrats and those who acted like Democrats (Schwarzenegger). I am casting my ballot for John Cox in the hopes that he will become one of the two candidates chosen – so that California has a clear choice in the general election.]

John H. Cox

John H. Cox | REPUBLICAN

For years, the Sacramento politicians have been socking it to middle class taxpayers and small business owners. Fueled by the corrupting influence of special interest money, career politicians have saddled us with among the highest income taxes, sales taxes, and gas taxes in the country. They have piled on so many taxes, fees and regulations, that they have made it impossible to build affordable housing, while driving thousands of businesses and good paying jobs out of state. I am a conservative small businessman running for Governor to roll back the tide of tax increases and job killing regulations that have made California unaffordable. I'm the only conservative in the race who both supports the 2nd Amendment and is endorsed by the California Pro-Life Council. On my first day in office, I'll put an end to the Sanctuary State law that shelters illegal felons, and puts all of our families at risk. When our California congressional Republicans asked me to serve as Chairman of the real campaign to repeal the gas tax, I gladly accepted— because it's time to fight back, and end the war on the middle class. Let's liberate California from the corrupting influence of special interest money, and reclaim the California Dream. If you're ready to join our movement, text reclaim to 99000, and follow me on Facebook. I can't do this alone, but together, we can make California great again. I'm John Cox, Republican for Governor.

E-mail: info@JohnCoxforGovernor.com
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[OCS: While Allen is better than any Democrat on the ballot, I do not trust him and therefore will vote for John Cox.]

Travis Allen

Travis Allen | REPUBLICAN

Born and raised in California, I've had amazing opportunities in this state. My wife and I are raising our daughters here. I became a financial advisor and started my own small business here. I was elected to the California Assembly six years ago. I've even had the chance to help break a Guinness World Record. I love California, and I'm proud to call it home; I want my daughters to have the California I grew up with. However, our state is threatened by high taxes, burdensome regulations, soft on crime policies, and low education standards. We need to take back California. I have a five point plan for California: 1) Cut taxes for all Californians; 2) Get tough on crime to protect California's families, not criminals; 3) Fix our roads and reduce traffic by spending our existing tax revenue for high quality roads, not high speed rail; 4) Once again provide the best education in America by giving our children safe schools and charter schools; and 5) Complete the State Water Project to provide water storage that will preserve the Delta and supply water to California's farms, suburbs, and cities. I have a proven track record. I authored the first effort to repeal California's excessively high new gas tax and car tax, and I've earned "A" grades from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association every single year I've been in the Assembly. As Governor, I'll reverse California's dangerous sanctuary state policies. Let's take back California: Vote Travis Allen for Governor. www.JoinTravisAllen.com

E-mail: info@JoinTravisAllen.com
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[OCS: This is the man most responsible for the progressive policies that lead to the deaths of the Bologna family and Kate Steinle. He is a major proponent of open borders, illegal aliens criminals being protected, and and releasing criminals back into the community as prison reform. He does not want you to have the tools to fight back against illegal alien gang members, criminals, and crazies. This is the time to hold Gavin Newsom accountable for the damage he has done to California and its legal citizens.]

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Gavin Newsom| DEMOCRAT

California needs a comprehensive agenda for education success and economic growth. Gavin believes we must update the way we educate our kids, from early brain and language development, and continuing through college. He believes we must create a new job-training system that gives people relevant skills so they can thrive in the new global economy, and keep pushing forward to reform our state’s criminal justice system. Building infrastructure and housing for California’s future requires real leadership. Gavin believes we need to chart a path for better infrastructure, with a focus on future manufacturing, building up exports and other pillars of California’s success. As Lt. Governor, Gavin authored a statewide jobs plan, and as Mayor he initiated the strongest infrastructure plan in City history. Gavin’s leadership isn’t talk – it’s a record of accomplishment. California’s values aren’t just a point of pride; they are the very fabric of the state’s history and our future. Gavin has boldly led the charge for major social change campaigns his whole life. Universal healthcare, gun safety, criminal justice reform, paid family leave, minimum wage, universal pre-K, and marriage rights for all. Gavin fought for what’s right – and won results that are making a real difference in people’s lives.

www.gavinnewsom.com







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[OCS: Tony Villar, the man with the fake name was a prominent Mexican activist/agitator who tats are covered up by his clothes. If you want to see what he has done to the City of Los Angeles, just look around. I do not trust him, nor will I recommend him. Owned by the unions.]

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Antonio Villaraigosa | DEMOCRAT

Making our state work for everyone starts with making sure everyone has a voice. I’m running for Governor to do big things—starting with rebuilding our middle class by investing in our schools and repairing our infrastructure. But we’re never going to make this state work for us again unless we give voice to the people who are all too often not heard in Sacramento.

[OCS: This is the man who stood on the steps of City Hall and welcomed illegal aliens to take your jobs, housing, and social benefits. When he says “people who are not heard,” I cannot help but believe that he is speaking about illegal aliens.]

That’s what my campaign is about—giving voice to everyone. That’s what my service as governor will be about—making sure the people are heard in Sacramento and their priorities are addressed. For California to be truly progressive, we have to make sure we're making progress for everyone. That starts with a leader focused every day on creating high-wage jobs to close the gap between rich and poor and giving every Californian the chance to build their own California Dream.

www.antonioforcalifornia.com






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[OCS: Of all of the Democrats, John Chiang would have been my choice for Governor as he appears fiscally conservative, conscientious, and would make a fine governor.]

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John Chiang | DEMOCRAT

John Chiang is widely recognized as California’s fiscally responsible progressive leader. As our state’s Controller (2007-2014) and current Treasurer, he has a proven track record of increasing transparency and accessibility in state government and holding government officials accountable when they refuse to do their job. John stood up to Wall Street banks — like Wells Fargo – and has saved the state billions of dollars through audits and debt restructuring. John has the progressive vision California needs and the fiscal responsibility to pay for it. John is running for Governor to make sure the future his parents were able to provide for him becomes a reality for the future of all California families. John will continue to fight for the millions of Californians who feel economically sidelined by the opportunities enjoyed by past generations, — fighting specifically for those who now feel homeownership, college affordability and a dignified retirement is wholly out of reach.

www.johnchiang.com








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[OCS: Considering the damage this candidate has wrought on yet another generation of children who are graduating as functional illiterates who cannot read, write, compute, or reason at a level that would produce a productive citizen with a bright future. She is a captive of the teachers’ unions and cannot be trusted with our formerly golden state. ]

Delaine Eastin

Delaine Eastin | DEMOCRAT

Delaine Eastin is the only woman elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction, overseeing California's schools and responsible for 40% of the state budget. During her 8-year tenure Delaine moved California's per pupil spending from 47th to 27th in the nation by suing the governor for illegally withholding funds. Delaine is running for governor because California has lost its way. We rank 41st in the nation in per pupil spending, but 1st in per prisoner. The high costs of childcare, healthcare, housing, and college are crushing Californians. Budgets are statements of values. To rebuild our democracy, we need to invest in education and create an economy that works for everyone. As Governor, Delaine will foster jobs that pay living wages with equal pay; build affordable housing; provide universal healthcare; defend reproductive rights; protect immigrants; fight the climate crisis by banning fracking and transitioning to clean energy; invest in small businesses, affordable childcare, universal preschool, excellent public education, debt free college, career training.

[OCS: Implementing the Marxist dream of a non-existent, non-achievable utopia that features corrupt, lying totalitarians.]

Delaine is endorsed by The National Women’s Political Caucus, the Young Democrats' Environmental/Progressive Caucuses, the Feminist Majority, SF Berniecrats, Senators/Assemblymembers Dede Alpert, Joan Buchanan, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Loni Hancock and Lori Saldana, county supervisors, mayors, city councilmembers, school board members, Teachers of the Year, and thousands of everyday Californians because Delaine has the courage, vision and heart to lead our state. Delaine is the only candidate elected to statewide office, the Assembly and City Council in Union City, where there is a Delaine Eastin Elementary School. Delaine would be California's first woman governor. www.DelaineforGovernor.com








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[OCS: A progressive hack whose real claim to fame is knowing Hillary Clinton and Dianne Feinstein – both corrupt, lying, cheats who have grown rich on their government service. This is another candidate whose loyalties are unclear.]

 

Amanda Renteria

Amanda Renteria | DEMOCRAT

Government works best when inspiring public servants do the people's business with humility, enthusiasm, and skill. From Washington to Sacramento, we run into problems when politicians are allowed to buy their way into office and use their power for personal benefit. In order to run for office, I recently stepped down from the senior team at the California Department of Justice. As the DOJ's Chief of Operations, I led a team of 1,000 dedicated public servants and managed an $850 million budget. The DOJ has locked up human traffickers, cracked down on polluters, protected immigrants' rights, fought for women's healthcare, shielding seniors from Medi-Cal fraud, and secured millions in student refunds from shady for-profit colleges.

[OCS: She did none of the above things, but was simply a non-judicial administrative clerk. Therefore she should not take credit for the department’s achievements.]

Prior to the DOJ, I was a math teacher in the Central Valley, a budget analyst for the City of San Jose, an economic policy adviser to Senator Feinstein, and the first Latina Chief of Staff in US Senate history. This gives me the deepest policy experience in the race, but mostly it shows that I've treated public service as a lifelong calling. Californians take pride in being on the frontiers of change in America. That's why we can't sit back any longer. We need fresh faces and new ideas this year. It's time to shake things up. Learn more about our movement at www.amandarenteria.com.








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[OCS: This is one of the most (least) well known of the progressives. He is an author and a climate activists who is sure to follow the environmental craziness of the progressive socialist democrats to the detriment of California and its residents.]

Michael Shellenberger

Michael Shellenberger | DEMOCRAT

Dear Friend, I am a lifelong progressive Democrat who has fought for social justice and the environment my entire life. I was awarded Time Magazine's "Hero of the Environment" for telling the truth about climate change. I am running for governor to create abundant housing, good jobs, and world-class schools. Expensive housing is destroying the California Dream. We have America's highest poverty rate and the greatest inequality. I have a bold new vision, "California for All": Break up the corrupt Public Utilities Commission and clean up government contracting. Help communities across the state share the responsibility of building new homes. Create good jobs in high-tech manufacturing. Personalize education so every child benefits from one-on-one tutoring and digital learning. Pioneer cheap, clean energy and electric self-driving cars to prevent traffic jams and the deaths of more than three thousand Californians yearly. Thank you for considering my candidacy. Michael   www.shellenberger.org

Bottom line …

They are all politicians who will be corrupted and lie over their incumbency, but some are marginally better than others. This is my thinking for the 2018 California primary race for Governor. I am a constitutional conservative and will vote with the Republican party.

Unless we hold our politicians – the people who act in our name and not for their own purposes – to account, we will be screwed for yet another election cycle; perhaps until it is too late to reverse course and fall into the progressive totalitarian abyss.

-- 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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


[X] CALIFORNIA JUNE 2018 BALLOT PROPOSITIONS

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There are 5 propositions on California’s June 2018 primary ballot – all of them placed on the ballot by a legislature dominated by tax-and-spend progressive socialist Democrats and who want to raise taxes without seeming to raise taxes. It should be remembered that proposition titles are assigned by the government and much of the explanation may be designed to confuse, conflate, and obfuscate the real purpose and use of any funds collected. In short, you can not trust the dishonest and corrupt California legislature to always tell the truth. A shocker, I know.

How I see them …


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AUTHORIZES BONDS FUNDING PARKS, NATURAL RESOURCES PROTECTION, CLIMATE ADAPTATION, WATER QUALITY AND SUPPLY, AND FLOOD PROTECTION.

Authorizes $4 billion in general obligation bonds for: parks, natural resources protection, climate adaptation, water quality and supply, and flood protection.

Fiscal Impact: Increased state bond repayment costs averaging $200 million annually over 40 years. Local government savings for natural resources-related projects, likely averaging several tens of millions of dollars annually over the next few decades.

[OCS] The progressive legislators who have governed California have assumed an unsustainable debt and appear incapable of correctly managing California’s water system to compensate for periods of drought. Large spending packages simply provide a “pool” of money that can be used for any project that has some tangential acquaintance with the primary objective. Considering the damage the legislature has wrought on California’s businesses and economy, I recommend a “NO” vote due to the manner in which the money may be allocated: $1.5 billion for climate change, wildlife areas, and coastal projects – which makes little sense given our crumbling infrastructure that is desperately in need of repair, replacement, and build-out.

$1.3 billion would be directed toward parks and open space in low-income communities. Again, the money could be better allocated in repairing and revitalizing portions of the communities critical infrastructure.

$1.27 billion would go toward water needs, the largest share of that being for flood protection and groundwater needs.  This could mean anything, including those specious tunnels to protect the infamous (and worthless) Delta Smelt.

Bottom line, we do not need to borrow even more money – we need to reduce and prioritize our $200 billion budget. Remember those unfunded pension liabilities are carried “off the books.”

68 Authorizes Bonds Funding Parks, Natural Resources Protection, Climate Adaptation, Water Quality and Supply, and Flood Protection.


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69

REQUIRES THAT CERTAIN NEW TRANSPORTATION REVENUES BE USED FOR TRANSPORTATION PURPOSES. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

Requires that certain revenues generated by a 2017 transportation funding law be used only for transportation purposes and generally prohibits Legislature from diverting funds to other purposes. Fiscal Impact: No direct effect on the amount of state and local revenues or costs but could affect how some monies are spent.

[OCS] The progressive legislators who have governed California are notorious for attempting to force individuals to give up private vehicles in favor of mass transit. They have allowed our freeways and highways to crumble while diverting funds into other areas such as “sound walls” and “bikeways.” Then there is the billion dollar boondoggle – the train to nowhere that will never be cost effective and is a massive scheme to feather the nests of special interests, including the unions.

The legislator cannot be trusted with “designated funds” because they have always found away around restrictions.

When they can explain what “transportation purposes” really means, I will reconsider my position. Until then it is a “NO” vote.

You might ask yourself why they need a proposition to keep themselves from raiding designated transportation funds. If they lack this type of fiscal discipline, they should be tossed out of office.

69 Requires That Certain New Transportation Revenues Be Used for Transportation Purposes. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.


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70

REQUIRES LEGISLATIVE SUPERMAJORITY VOTE APPROVING USE OF CAP-AND-TRADE RESERVE FUND. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

Beginning in 2024, requires that cap-and-trade revenues accumulate in a reserve fund until the Legislature, by a two-thirds majority, authorizes use of the revenues. Fiscal Impact: Beginning in 2024, potential temporary increase in state sales tax revenue, ranging from none to a few hundred million dollars annually, and possible changes in how revenue from sale of greenhouse gas emission permits is spent.

[OCS] Cap-and-Trade is another taxation scheme that allows the legislature to use funds pretty much as they want. In essence, it provides a government-sanctioned indulgence to gross polluters to continue polluting. The progressives have a supermajority with those GOP members who act more like Democrats than Republicans – therefore, this will give the legislature unfettered access to a treasure trove of money. I urge a “NO” vote. It appears that the only person supporting this is Governor Moonbeam who might be eyeing the future funds necessary to complete his legacy: the Browndoggle Express train to nowhere.

70 Requires Legislative Supermajority Vote Approving Use of Cap-And-Trade Reserve Fund. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.


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71

SETS EFFECTIVE DATE FOR BALLOT MEASURES. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

Provides that ballot measures approved by a majority of voters shall take effect five days after the Secretary of State certifies the results of the election. Fiscal Impact: Likely little or no effect on state and local finances.

[OCS] It appears to me that this proposition is unnecessary and may inhibit certain ballot measures from taking effect retroactively.

71 Sets Effective Date for Ballot Measures. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.


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72

PERMITS LEGISLATURE TO EXCLUDE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED RAIN-CAPTURE SYSTEMS FROM PROPERTY-TAX REASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

Permits Legislature to allow construction of rain-capture systems, completed on or after January 1, 2019, without requiring property-tax reassessment. Fiscal Impact: Probably minor reduction in annual property tax revenues to local governments.

[OCS] This proposition will allow individuals to add a rain-capture system without increasing their property taxes or triggering a re-assessment. This is a win for everyone except a spend-thrift legislature.

72 Permits Legislature to Exclude Newly Constructed Rain-Capture Systems From Property-Tax Reassessment Requirement. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.

Bottom Line ...

We have a thoroughly corrupt hyper-partisan legislature, many of whom are professional politicians and care more about their political careers than they do about the formerly Golden State of California and its legal, law-abiding residents.

Enough with the progressive socialist Democrats. It is time to return to fiscal sanity and representatives who represent California. not themselves and not Mexico.

-- 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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


COMMUNIST DUPE BERNIE SANDERS ATTACKS ISRAEL

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How ignorant is Bernie Sanders?

Here is an example of his stupidity. He overlooks the fact that the crowd was stage-managed by hard-core Iran-backed Hamas terrorists who brought weapons to the “protest” with the goal of invading Israel to kill Jews after the security wall was breached. The Israelis tried non-lethal weapons to no effect and were “forced” to protect their sovereignty and their people with any means necessary. While the crowd did not appear to be armed with conventional weapons, they did have stones, slingshots with ball bearings, and fire bombs. They were far from “unarmed protesters.”

Sanders Statement on Gaza Violence

Monday, May 14, 2018

WASHINGTON, May 14 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement after more than 50 Palestinians were killed and 2,200 wounded by Israeli troops along the border fence with Gaza:

"More than 50 killed in Gaza today and 2,000 wounded, on top of the 41 killed and more than 9,000 wounded over the past weeks. This is a staggering toll. Hamas violence does not justify Israel firing on unarmed protesters. The United States must play an aggressive role in bringing Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt and the international community together to address Gaza’s humanitarian crisis and stop this escalating violence."

Salah Bardawil, a senior Hamas official, told Palestinian news outlet Baladna TV that 50 out of the 60 who died on Monday were members of his organization, while the rest were civilians. Hamas won elections in 2006 and has run Gaza since the end of a violent power struggle the following year. <Source>

Somehow, Bernie Sanders has overlooked the fact that Hamas is a terrorist organization that does not recognize Israel and is committed to its destruction. As for the “March for Return,” what the Arabs want to do is to legally access Israel to continue their fight. The “return” the speak of is a return to land they abandoned before the Arabs attacked Israel from all sides and were widely expected to kill all of the Jews – after which the Arabs could return and reclaim the entire area.

Want to know who the enemies of Israel might be, the progressive socialist democrat Jew-haters in the Senate might be?

Amazing, all is revealed in a letter, on Senate letterhead, to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the man most of the progressive socialist democrats voted against in confirmation hearings.

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May 11, 2018

We write to urge the administration to do more to alleviate the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. The territory's lack of power, clean water, adequate medical care and other necessities not only exacerbates the hardships faced by Gaza's population, but redounds to the benefit of extremist groups who use this deprivation and despair to incite violence against Israel.

[OCS: We are expected to ignore the fact that Israel provides most of Gaza’s water and electricity along with building materials which have been diverted to build “terror tunnels” to access Israel and kill innocent Israelis.

The idea that the lack of essential supplies benefits the terrorists is not even questionable: the terrorists control Gaza. Just because someone votes, does not mean they are a democracy, and certainly does not prevent them from electing Jew-hating terrorist overlords.]

As a first step, the United States should restore its funding of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Israeli defense officials specifically stated that U.S. withholding of UNRWA funding could worsen the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and even spark an uprising in the territory.

[OCS: This United Nations agency has been known to be compromised by Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. It supports known terrorist activities.]

The United States should also encourage the easing of restrictions on the movement of people, goods and equipment in and out of the territory, especially for materials and supplies related to critical infrastructure such as water projects, and health essentials such as medicine and hospital supplies.

[OCS: When restrictions have been eased, smuggling of guns, rockets, and other material necessary to continue a reign of terror from Gaga ensued. If any other nation faced the reality of having thousands of rockets fired into its territory and targeted at innocent civilians, the aggressor would have been destroyed. An example of the remarkable restraint shown by an Israel who does not use women and children as shields.]

Multiple parties should also be engaged to ensure greater electricity flow into Gaza to
meet the territory's desperate need for energy.

[OCS: What? You mean this wannabe nation that exists on handouts from the anti-Israel international community is not “self sufficient?” How is this possible? Where did all of the billions of dollars in international aid go?]

The United States should also put its weight behind proposals to build Gaza's economy through bold initiatives such as the proposed Gaza Seaport. Supported by a broad range of Israeli security and cabinet officials, the new port facility could boost Gaza's economy by vastly improving the territory's access to goods and markets worldwide.

[OCS: Are you insane? Gaza imports weapons and exports terrorism. They have zero industry – unless you count manufacturing homemade weapons. Where would they get the money to purchase goods from abroad? Why would the United States continue to fund this terrorist kleptocracy – which refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist?]

This access to regular commerce is critical to ensuring that Palestinians in Gaza can reduce their reliance on aid and build a sustainable future for themselves.

As you know, a 2012 UN report predicted that, if current trends continued, Gaza would become unlivable. A follow-up report last year said that that day might have already come. According to Israel's Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, over-pumping of the coastal aquifer, on which Gaza relies as its primary water source, has led to seawater seepage making most water in Gaza undrinkable. According to Oxfam, water pollution caused by wastewater contamination is among the factors causing a dramatic increase in health problems among Gaza's population.

[Because of their past distortions and their anti-Israel bias, one should take any report from the corrupt United Nations with a grain of salt. Over the past decade, one might ask why some of those billions of dollars in international aid was not used to build-out a solar-power desalination plant or to improve their water usage capabilities like Israel?]

As Israel Defense Forces officials warned earlier this year, the humanitarian crisis increases the chances of incidents at the border fence that can turn deadly. Israeli security officials also believe conditions in Gaza could worsen to the point of a total collapse of order in the territory, leading to all-out confrontation between and among various Gazan factions and Israel.

[Explain to me why an angry population would not revolt against its corrupt leadership, change their charter and the textbooks that urge children to hate and kill Jews – and then ask for international assistance?]

There is much blame to go around for the horrific conditions in Gaza. Hamas - due to its ongoing repression, corruption and insistence on pursuing a violent struggle against Israel -bears significant responsibility for the deteriorating situation.

[If the good Senators recognize that Hamas bears significant responsibility, shouldn’t they be talking about regime change instead of strengthening the terrorist regime by allowing them to survive longer than they deserve?]

While Israel withdrew its forces from within Gaza in 2005, its continuing control of Gaza's air, sea, and northern, southern, and eastern borders, and its restrictions on the freedom of movement of people, legitimate goods and equipment in and out of Gaza, have made the humanitarian situation worse. Egypt and the Palestinian Authority must also play a more constructive role.

[Israel, surrounded by enemies (possibly with the exception of Egypt), is acting in its own best interests to protect its sovereignty and its people. To expect any less is to be an idiot.]

The political and security challenges in Gaza are formidable, but support for the basic human rights of its people must not be conditioned on progress on those fronts. For the sake of Israelis and Palestinians alike, the United States must act urgently to help relieve the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.

[Excuse me? The Palestinians have few human rights other than those granted to men (not women) in the Quran. The United States should DO NOTHING TO AID AND ABET A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION.]

Sincerely,

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Bottom line …

The progressive socialist democrats care nothing for the safety and security of America, why should they care about Israel? Remember this when you vote. I am a constitutional conservative and I stand with Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East and a true contributor to the well-being of all society.

-- 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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: "JUST SHY OF BEING A FOREIGN AGENT"

It appears that Florida Congresswoman and the corrupt former head of the Democratic National Committee is mounting a publicity campaign against the National Rifle Association to deflect and misdirect the public from the truth:

  • Wasserman Schultz was complicit in interfering in a presidential election by openly advantaging Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders.
  • Wasserman Schultz was openly participating in the cabal against candidate Donald Trump by assisting the Hillary Clinton Campaign in surreptitiously using Attorney Marc Elias of Perkins Coie to pay Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS for the Trump dossier
  • Wasserman Schultz was aiding and abetting Pakistani foreign nationals in compromising a large portion of the House Democrat’s computers and secure platform.

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So what credibility does Debbie Wasserman Schultz have when she attacks the NRA?

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: NRA ‘Just Shy of a Terrorist Organization’

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) characterized the NRA as “just shy of a terrorist organization” Tuesday in response to the the contention of the group’s newly appointed president, Oliver North, that the Parkland students pushing stricter gun-control legislation are engaging in “civil terrorism.”

“The NRA is kind of just shy of a terrorist organization,” Schultz told HuffPo Tuesday. “They have done everything they can to perpetuate the culture of violence that we have in our country with the spread of assault weapons across the nation.” <Source>

By the same criteria used to consider the NRA just shy of a terrorist organization ...

Where is the laptop computer first claimed by Wasserman Schultz to be her privileged and protected property – and should Wasserman Schultz be investigated for obstruction of justice after threatening the Capitol Police with budget consequences if the laptop was not returned?

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

The Florida lawmaker used her position on the committee that sets the police force’s budget to press its chief to relinquish the piece of evidence Thursday, in what could be considered using her authority to attempt to interfere with a criminal investigation. The Capitol Police and outside agencies are pursuing Imran Awan, who has run technology for the Florida lawmaker since 2005 and was banned from the House network in February on suspicion of data breaches and theft.

“My understanding is the the Capitol Police is not able to confiscate Members’ equipment when the Member is not under investigation,” Wasserman Schultz said in the annual police budget hearing of the House Committee On Appropriations’ Legislative Branch Subcommittee. “We can’t return the equipment,” Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa told the Florida Democrat.

I think you’re violating the rules when you conduct your business that way and you should expect that there will be consequences,” Wasserman Schultz said.  As one of eight members of the Committee on Appropriations’ Legislative Branch subcommittee, Wasserman Schultz is in charge of the budget of the police force that is investigating her staffer and how he managed to extract so much money and information from members. <Source>

After her “threat” was widely reported, Wasserman Shultz did a flip-flop: now it’s not her laptop …

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz never actually saw the computer she fought to block the Capitol Police from examining as evidence in a criminal case against her IT aide by saying it was hers, she told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Thursday.

She threatened “consequences” on May 18  for the chief of the Capitol Police unless the laptop was returned — despite police contending it was needed to help determine whether a staffer may have violated the House’s cybersecurity.

This was not my laptop. I have never seen that laptop. I don’t know what’s on the laptop,” she said Thursday. She said it was Imran’s laptop but purchased using taxpayer funds from her office.

Wasserman Schultz acknowledged to the Sun-Sentinel that Imran is suspected by House authorities of transferring data from the House network, in addition to theft. She refused to fire him until he was arrested by the FBI trying to fly to Pakistan, saying because she wanted police to share evidence with her but they would not. <Source>

Ironically, Wasserman Schultz wants background checks on ammunition purchasers, but apparently not foreign nationals with access to confidential material involving national security …

If a screening had caught those, what officials say happened next might have been averted. The House inspector general reported on Sept. 20, 2016, that shortly before the election members of the group were logging into servers of members they didn’t work for, logging in using congressmen’s personal usernames, uploading data off the House network, and behaving in ways that suggested “nefarious purposes” and that “steps are being taken to conceal their activity.”

A pair of closely-held reports on Imran Awan, his brothers Abid and Jamal, his wife Hina Alvi, and his friend Rao Abbas, said, “the shared employees have not been vetted (e.g. background check).” “Shared employees” means they were all hired as part-time, individual employees by individual members, cobbling together $165,000 salaries. Jamal began making that salary at only 20 years old, according to House payroll records; Abid never went to college, his stepmother said; and Rao Abbas’ most recent job experience was being  fired from McDonald’s, according to his roommate. (“Whether they had formal training or not, they were trained on the job by Imran,” one of Imran’s lawyers said.)

Among the 44 employers, the primary advocate for the suspects has been Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who introduced a bill Monday that would require background checks on Americans purchasing ammunition. “Without bullets a gun is just a hunk of useless metal,” she said, calling ammunition the “loophole” in gun control policy. <Source>

Just as the Democrats refused to have the DNC server forensically examined by the FBI, the Democrats again refused access to or falsified a pertinent piece of evidence – and lied to the FBI.

A secret server is behind law enforcement’s decision to ban a former IT aide to Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz from the House network.

Now-indicted former congressional IT aide Imran Awan allegedly routed data from numerous House Democrats to a secret server. Police grew suspicious and requested a copy of the server early this year, but they were provided with an elaborate falsified image designed to hide the massive violations. The falsified image is what ultimately triggered their ban from the House network Feb. 2, according to a senior House official with direct knowledge of the investigation.

The secret server was connected to the House Democratic Caucus, an organization chaired by then-Rep. Xavier Becerra. Police informed Becerra that the server was the subject of an investigation and requested a copy of it. Authorities considered the false image they received to be interference in a criminal investigation, the senior official said.

Awan had access to all emails and office computer files of 45 members of Congress who are listed below. Fear among members that Awan could release embarrassing information if they cooperated with prosecutors could explain why the Democrats have refused to acknowledge the cybersecurity breach publicly or criticize the suspects.

On Jan. 24, 2017, Becerra vacated his congressional seat to become California’s attorney general. “He wanted to wipe his server, and we brought to his attention it was under investigation. The light-off was we asked for an image of the server, and they deliberately turned over a fake server,” the senior official said.

“They were using the House Democratic Caucus as their central service warehouse … It was a breach. The data was completely out of [the members’] possession. Does it mean it was sold to the Russians? I don’t know,” the senior official said. <Source>

Bottom line …

  • Why hasn’t a grand jury been convened to speak with Debbie Wasserman Schultz?
  • Why hasn’t the contents of the laptop been revealed in leaks? Could it be because all of the law enforcement leakers happen to be Democrats or Democrat-sympathizers?
  • Where is the Special Prosecutor on the fact that it may have been the Democrats who colluded with the Russians through Fusion GPS – and possibly other foreign nationals?
  • Why is no one calling for Xavier Becerra to be sanctioned and removed from office as California’s Attorney General?

It would be natural to believe that the Democrats may be subject to blackmail over the contents of their emails; perhaps to the extent of showing collusion with Fusion GPS and Russian Sources to sabotage the campaign of candidate Trump.

What did Wasserman Schultz know and when did she know it?

There is more hard evidence in this case than there is in the Trump case – so it is my conclusion that the Democrats need this Trump witch hunt to continue, at least until the statute of limitations runs out on the crimes committed by President Obama, members of his administration – including top intelligence and law enforcement agencies – and the Democrats in Congress.

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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


GOP-LED SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE: RUSSIA WANTED TO HELP TRUMP

The apparent truth is that the Russians wanted to interfere with our election for the purpose of destabilizing our institutions and not necessarily to convey favor to any particular candidate.  The idea that a GOP-led committee would put forth a position that would materially damage President Trump based on the words of those seeking his downfall is downright maddening. It also appears that Richard Burr is a sleazy RINO who apparently believes that the sun shines out of former James Comey’s ass.

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Republican Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Democrat vice chairman, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) released a joint statement declaring that there was “no reason to dispute” the Obama-era intelligence community’s determination that Russia attempted to aid Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

-- The Statement --

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today held a closed hearing to complete its review of the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) on “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections.”  The testimony of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Director of CIA John Brennan, and former Director of NSA Mike Rogers will inform the Committee’s final report on this “chapter” of its Russia inquiry.

[OCS: Unbelievable that the committee would accept the word of two hyper-partisan Obama appointees who have previously and demonstrably lied to Congress. It is most likely that Clapper and Brennan were senior members of the cabal against President Trump.]

Chairman Burr said, “The first task in our inquiry was to evaluate the Intelligence Community’s work on this important piece of analysis.  Committee staff have spent 14 months reviewing the sources, tradecraft, and analytic work, and we see no reason to dispute the conclusions.  There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections.  I look forward to completing the Committee’s inquiry and issuing our findings and recommendations to the American people.” 

[OCS: No reason? This is unbelievable since the intelligence committee has manipulated so much of the intelligence it presented to the President and others with a true need to know. The system was corrupt from the top down in the Obama Administration. The idea that hyper-partisan hacks like Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes could dictate national security policy or spin it to the media should be enough of a cautionary sign.]

“Despite the short time frame they had to prepare it, the intelligence community did a very good job with the ICA,” said Vice Chairman Warner. “After a thorough review, our staff concluded that the ICA conclusions were accurate and on point. The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the purpose of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton.

In order to protect our democracy from future threats, we must understand what happened in 2016. And while our Committee’s investigation remains ongoing, one thing is already abundantly clear – we have to do a better job in the future if we want to protect our elections from foreign interference.”

[OCS: The Clinton Foundation took hundreds of millions of dollars from the Russians, Bill Clinton personally took extraordinary speaking fees from the Russians, Hillary Clinton helped to approve the transfer of 20% of America’s uranium production capacity to the Russians, and Hillary Clinton, through a cut-out paid for opposition research compiled by a former British intelligence agents from Russian contacts – and this bozo claims that the Russians wanted to hurt Hillary Clinton?]

Today’s closed hearing is a bookend to the hearing the Committee held in January 10, 2017, on Russian Active Measures.  Staff will finalize this chapter of the report on the Intelligence Community’s work and submit it for a classification review.  <Source>

Bottom line …

With an election looming, those in the GOP who do not like President Trump are willing to assist the Democrat cabal in the largest cover-up of unconstitutional criminality in the history of the United States. Who is really watchers and are they being blackmailed?

We are so screwed when those we support turn against us like vipers.

-- 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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


DCI/CIA/DOJ/FBI: NEW YORK TIMES ATTEMPTS DAMAGE CONTROL WITH ANOTHER LEAK-BASED ARTICLE

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In what can be regarded only as a “preemptive leak” by government officials, it appears that the New York Times is trying to limit the damage that will be caused by the upcoming Inspector General’s report on the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation and the ongoing work of California Congressman Devin Nunes. Nunes, if you will recall, was widely criticized by the Obamacons, Clintonistas, and the progressive socialist democrats for being partisan, yet it is he who has undertaken to expose a cabal of high-government officials, possibly with a connection to the Obama White House, that materially interfered in a presidential election, spied domestically on American citizens, and committed prosecutable felonies as well as obstructing justice in a number of investigations. Considering the magnitude of what has happened, this should rise to the level of a constitutional crisis and have a significantly greater import than that felt by former President Richard Nixon during the Watergate affair.

“This month, the Justice Department inspector general is expected to release the findings of its lengthy review of the F.B.I.’s conduct in the Clinton case.”

“Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation”

It appears that the New York Times is claiming that it was only a small number of officials knew about the Trump investigation and that it was a small number of rogue agents who are responsible for the crimes yet to be exposed.

Only about five Justice Department officials knew the full scope of the case, officials said, not the dozen or more who might normally be briefed on a major national security case.” <Source: NYT>

“Mr. Comey has said it is unfair to compare the Clinton case, which was winding down in the summer of 2016, with the Russia case, which was in its earliest stages.”   “But underpinning both cases was one political calculation: that Mrs. Clinton would win and Mr. Trump would lose.” <Source: NYT>

“Congressional Republicans, led by Representative Devin Nunes of California, have begun to dig into F.B.I. files, looking for evidence that could undermine the investigation.” <Source: NYT>

“Agents had just closed the Clinton investigation, and they braced for months of Republican-led hearings over why she was not charged. Crossfire Hurricane was built around the same core of agents and analysts who had investigated Mrs. Clinton.” <Source: NYT>

Mr. Trump was not under investigation, but his actions perplexed the agents. Days after the stolen Democratic emails became public, he called on Russia to uncover more.” <Source: NYT>

“The F.B.I.’s thinking crystallized by mid-August, after the C.I.A. director at the time, John O. Brennan, shared intelligence with Mr. Comey showing that the Russian government was behind an attack on the 2016 presidential election. Intelligence agencies began collaborating to investigate that operation. The Crossfire Hurricane team was part of that group but largely operated independently, three officials said.” <Source: NYT>

It should be noted that the alleged Russian interference in our election occurred on President Obama’s watch and he did virtually nothing to confront or contain the damage. In fact, there is a rock-solid connection to the White House with most of the potential top-level co-conspirators in the cabal attending the meeting. And curiously, Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice prevented the National Security Council from developing contingency plans to counter Russian activities with a stand down order.

“When the subject of a principals or deputies meeting was a national security matter, the gathering was often held in the Situation Room of the White House. The in‑house video feed of the Sit Room — without audio — would be available to national security officials at the White House and elsewhere, and these officials could at least see that a meeting was in progress and who was attending. For the meetings related to the Russian hack, Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, ordered the video feed turned off. She did not want others in the national security establishment to know what was under way, fearing leaks from within the bureaucracy.”

“Rice would chair the principals’ meetings — which brought together Brennan; Comey; Kerry; Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; Defense Secretary Ash Carter; Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson; Treasury Secretary Jack Lew; Attorney General Loretta Lynch; and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — with only a few other White House officials present, including White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco, and Colin Kahl, Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser. (Kahl had to insist to Rice that he be allowed to attend so that Biden could be fully briefed.)”

Brennan was now aware that at least a year earlier Russian hackers had begun their cyberattack on the Democratic National Committee.”

“It was a debate that would culminate that summer with a dramatic directive from Obama’s national security adviser [Susan Rice] to the NSC staffers developing aggressive proposals to strike back against the Russians: ‘Stand down.’” <Source>

Blaming FBI Director James Comey …

“Looking back, some inside the F.B.I. and the Justice Department say that Mr. Comey should have seen the political storm coming and better sheltered the bureau. They question why he consolidated the Clinton and Trump investigations at headquarters, rather than in a field office. And they say he should not have relied on the same team for both cases. That put a bull’s-eye on the heart of the F.B.I. Any misstep in either investigation made both cases, and the entire bureau, vulnerable to criticism.”  <Source>

It is suggested that the entire affair was a simple bureaucratic foul-up that was attributed mostly to FBI Director James Comey. It was not a “misstep,” but the subversion of the United States Constitution resulting in prosecutable criminal activities – if not for domestic spying, then leaking classified information, and obstructing justice attempting to cover-up both Democrat and government wrongdoing.

Blaming Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, and the “lovers” FBI Special Agent Strzok, and FBI Lawyer Lisa Page …

“And there were missteps. Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director, was cited by internal investigators for dishonesty about his conversations with reporters about Mrs. Clinton. That gave ammunition for Mr. Trump’s claims that the F.B.I. cannot be trusted. And Mr. Strzok and Lisa Page, an F.B.I. lawyer, exchanged texts criticizing Mr. Trump, allowing the president to point to evidence of bias when they became public.”  <Source>

Strzok and Page went far beyond simply criticizing the President; they provided direct and clear evidence of an active attempt to curtail the Trump Presidency. As of yet, they still have not been put before a grand jury and questioned about the “insurance policy” they mentioned when Trump was elected.

Inoculating the public and conditioning the media battlefield …

“The inspector general’s upcoming report is expected to criticize those messages for giving the appearance of bias. It is not clear, however, whether inspectors found evidence supporting Mr. Trump’s assertion that agents tried to protect Mrs. Clinton, a claim the F.B.I. has adamantly denied.” <Source: NYT>

There is a significant difference between “the appearance” and the “reality” of planning to undermine a United States President – even though he was not guilty of anything. Notably when the matters investigated occurred years before Trump ran for office and the players played minor roles in his candidacy and presidential activities.

Bottom line …

The fact that a relatively few individuals, acting on nothing more than a recollection of an assertion by a drunken individual with a tangential connection to the Trump campaign could initiate a counter-intelligence investigation is ludicrous. And, that a counter-intelligence investigation could turn into a criminal investigation with no specific crimes enumerated is downright shocking. And that the entire affair could be used by the media to tarnish an individual (who happens to be the President of the United States) is downright dangerous.

You will also notice that the New York Times seems uninterested in demonstrable collusion between the Hillary Clinton campaign and Russia through Fusion GPS nor the Clinton Foundation who received millions from sources connected to Russia, nor Bill Clinton personally who received outrageous speaking fees from a Russian bank. I wonder why? 

Look for the progressive mainstream media to circle the wagons and throw mud against the wall – until everybody is dirty and no one can affix blame to any one group or individual.

It is time for Americans to wake up and realize that their Country, their Constitution which protects their freedoms, and their future is at risk from a domestic fifth column of Democrats, GOP fellow travelers, and a complicit media all attempting to destroy America from within.

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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


TESTING TRUMP'S RESOLVE: NORTH KOREA THREATENS TO CANCEL SUMMIT?

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The mainstream media is reporting that the North Korean government has threatened to reconsider the planned summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un unless joint American/South Korean exercises are canceled.

The rhetoric is familiar …

  • “Joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea are a rehearsal for an invasion.”
  • "The DPRK will have to undertake careful deliberations about the fate of the planned North Korea-US summit in light of this provocative military ruckus."

And, one of four things is true …

  1. Kim Jong Un will discover that President Trump is not Barack Obama and these types of threats mean nothing to Trump.
  2. The American people will discover if President Trump can be played like former President Barack Obama chasing a legacy and media attention.
  3. Nothing will happen because this was a DPRK trial balloon designed to attract the media and used for internal consumption within North Korea.
  4. This is an effort by the progressive mainstream media to interfere with President Trump’s historic actions with respect to a peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Bottom line …

Once again we are seeing the American progressive media carrying water for our enemies, both foreign and domestic. A fifth column seeking to destroy America from within. Watch the media and consider what the progressive socialist democrats do to upset this historic diplomatic occasion before you vote in the mid-term elections.

It is a sad fact, but one that is glaringly and unfortunately true, the progressive socialist democrats cannot be trusted with the national defense of America.

-- 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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


PROGRESSIVES AND THEIR "BASS ACKWARDS" INTERPRETATION OF REALITY

It is amazing that the mainstream media and others would put forth such a false and misleading headline …

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This is the type of reporting that deeply offends me and insults my intelligence …

Nobody with common sense and an understanding of the region’s history would characterize these attacks on Israeli citizens, property, or forces as a protest. It is one-sided warfare by terrorists or, taken from the other viewpoint, civil insurrection against legitimate authority.

I have little or no doubt that this picture was staged – right down to the burning tires that the dissidents set on fire, to the arrangement of the bodies (as they hold flags), and how clean the flags are in such a dusty and dirty environment. And, considering this picture was taken from the viewpoint of an enemy who has been known to stage media events for the sole purpose of stirring up media attention and resulting in international donations from anti-Jew, anti-Israeli parties around the world.

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It has been announced that the death toll stands at an unverified 55 – and that the portrait of Israeli snipers shooting over the wall or protective barriers at unarmed, peaceful citizens engaged in a legitimate civil protest is scurrilous. This is not a rally but a staged and deliberate riot. It is lamentable that a 14-year-old boy may have been killed, but then again, these are the people who use their women and children as shields and locate firing positions next to hospitals, schools, and mosques knowing that any return fire is likely to produce pictures that will form the basis of propaganda served up to the useful idiots in the media. The use of the word “snipers” and scores (a score is old English for 20) is deliberately meant to distort the message.

And then there is Iran, where the “Justice Seeker Student Movement” has offered a $100,000 prize to anybody who would destroy “the illegal American Embassy in Jerusalem.” The message was conveyed on posters written in Farsi, Arabic, and English. Should this occur, it would or should be considered an “act of war” from a rogue, terrorist state.

Bottom line …

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'The Hamas terror organization declares its intention to destroy Israel and send thousands to break through the border fence in order to achieve this aim. We will continue to act firmly in order to defend our sovereignty and our citizens.'  ~Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel

If peace is to be had, the Palestinians must accept the legitimacy of the Jewish State of Israel. Without acceptance, peace in the region is impossible.

-- 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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS