Open Thread 26 April 2019


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13 Responses to Open Thread 26 April 2019

  1. Sam says:

    First , I appriciate your honesty about the whitey affair . Sounds like a dirty Hillary trick . I’m of the opinion that used the facts behind the spying on trump are known , many will claim that they were doing what they thought was the right thing . The ole national security . Like Brennan saying maybe he had bad information . I don’t believe that but recognize many wanted to believe the worst because of their deep hatred for trump . And some might have been true believers in the righteousness of their cause to incpvestigate trump. What really bothers me is the attitude displayed by many that the end justifies the means . That and your assumed guilty until you can prove your innocence . Mueller is dirty , he has a long history of it .Levin is right . Obviously the fourth amendment rights of American citizens were violated . Mueller glossed over the Steele dossier and that shows that for him and his team , Russian interference in our election wasn’t as important as hurting Trump by writing the report as an op-Ed . I’m hoping the Judge over the FISA court does the right thing . Admiral Rogers is probably a hero who not only blew the Whisle but warned Trump that he was being spied upon . Again , sounds like Hillary and her useful idiots . Thanks for staying the course !
    A lie doesn’t become true even when it is popular and the truth doesn’t become a lie even when it stands alone . God bless

  2. Ishmael Zechariah says:

    I would appreciate your comments about John Huntsman and his remarks “ each of the carriers operating in the Mediterranean as this time represent 100,000 tons of international diplomacy”, “Diplomatic communication and dialogue, coupled with the strong defenses these ships provide, demonstrate to Russia that if it truly seeks better relations with the United states, it must cease its destabilizing activities around the world.” Strange words coming from a “diplomat”. It might be informative to see the kind of a reception he will get when he returns to Russia as “ambassador”.
    Ishmael Zechariah

  3. turcopolier says:

    IZ A surprisingly crude expression by Huntsman but, in fact, reality in this administration.

  4. Fred says:

    So Catholic services are cancelled in Sri Lanka. I’m sure those warning of Christian violence can explain it.

  5. It would be undiplomatic to threaten a NATO ally directly. s-400s anyone?

  6. “The United States and its international partners continue to demonstrate resolve to disrupt support for the Assad regime by preventing the normalization of economic and diplomatic relations and the provision of reconstruction funding, as well as permanently denying the regime the use of chemical weapons. The United States is committed to isolating the Assad regime and its supporters from the global financial and trade system in response to the continued atrocities committed by the regime against the Syrian people. The United States and European Union (EU) maintain sanctions programs against Syria, and the United States will continue to maximize pressure on the Assad regime and impose additional financial costs on the regime and its network of financial and logistics facilitators.”
    I believe measures are now being taken to evade these sanctions. Nevertheless the effect has apparently been great. The question is, why are these sanctions being imposed now and not at the time the alleged atrocities were said to have occurred?

  7. Fred says:

    I wonder what is brewing with the NRA. Ollie North is out but there is something rotten left behind .

  8. Eugene Owens says:

    Iraq is demanding that US Embassy in Baghdad stop making statements that insult Iraq’s neighbor, Iran. Plus Muqtada Sadr suggested that Iraq can avoid being caught in confrontation between Iran & US by closing US Embassy in Baghdad.
    Meanwhile General McKenzie, CENTCOM Commander, in an interview with Alhurra TV said negotiations were underway with the Iraqi government over the long-term presence of US troops in Iraq.

  9. Sam says:

    While I knew about Nellie Ohr and her DOJ husband , what I didn’t know was that while she worked for Fusion GPS , fusion was a FBI contractor that had access to NSA database until Admiral Rogers shut it down . Sounds Like Brennan’s CIA laundered information to EX-CIA Nellie Ohr when she was working for Fusion GPS who then laundered this info to Steele , another person employed by Fusion who then gave this back to Bruce Ohr of DOJ who then gave it to the FBI . And they all got paid for their ” research ” . This then was used to deceive the FISA court . But Admiral Rogers went to this court and warned Trump of the spying and violations of constitutional rights . Shortly after Obama fired admiral Rogers . Sounds fishy to me ? what do you think ?

  10. Eugene Owens says:

    Rogers left CyberCom and NSA about a year ago in 2018. He had served four years in that dual-hatted job from April 2014 until May 2018. So he was definitely not fired by Obama.

  11. jd hawkins says:

    Sam said: Sounds fishy to me, what do you think ?
    Sounds more like really Rotten fish!!

  12. optimax says:

    Admiral Rogers wasn’t fired by Obama even though there was presure from his administration to do so. Obama was a weak president in many ways but he did show backbone at times. From Intellegencer Jan 5, 2018
    “Brought on in the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s bombshell NSA leaks, Rogers was tasked with making sure nothing of the sort ever happened again. But he wasn’t successful.
    Rogers later ran afoul of the Obama administration in the waning days of 2016 when he met with then-president-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower. The Washington Post reported at the time that Obama administration officials were lobbying the president to dismiss Rogers over the “unprecedented” move. He held on to his job though, which includes running the U.S. Cyber Command in addition to overseeing the NSA.”

  13. Jack says:

    I’m seeing more stories getting published that point to aspects of why US per capita expenditures on health care is double every other western country. Medicare payments are supposedly the benchmark price but by law they’re not allowed to negotiate pharmaceutical prices. There are bills being drafted in Congress that would prohibit prices beyond what is charged in other western countries. Kinda like MFN clauses. Over the next two decades the federal government budget is going to be crushed by healthcare costs. This is going to be an epic political battle which our kids and grandkids will wage.

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