Tidbits – 23 May 2017


Media meltdown over President Trump.  The ravening MSM types in most of the available platforms for propaganda are eagerly awaiting DT's return from overseas so that it can get on with the its basic objective – impeachment.  Neither CNN nor MSNBC makes any effort in disguising their essential focus on impeachment.  The level of their fascination with this now extends to their network  news services own advertising.  MSNBC now runs a staged ad in which a woman reporter is portrayed as chasing a congressman down a hallway while badgering him for "answers" to hypotheticals as to what he will do if Trump is "proven" to have obstructed justice.  It is now evident (to me) that "obstruction of justice" will be the main thrust of the impeachment drive.  Mueller's investigation of Comey's various statements, memos and the like now seems to be intended to elicit evidence of President Trumps supposed obstruction.  Since he has a grand jury at his disposal and is conducting a criminal investigation (as opposed to the congressional counter-intelligence investigations) Mueller's investigation could easily result in an indictment of President Trump if that is legally possible with a sitting president.  IMO that would trigger a resolution of impeachment in the House of Representative.  DNI Dan Coats declined this morning before the US Senate to state whether or not Trump had tried to persuade him to help in shutting down the Russia collusion investigations.  This is probably a preview of what others may say to Mueller under oath.  This may well be the crack of doom for Trump.

The Mukhtar of America, Donald Trump has signed the US up to be a firm partisan of the Sunnis.  This evidently extends to the Saudi led genocidal war being waged by the GCC with its army of mercenaries and US provided air material AND TARGETING.  Zaidi Yemenis among the northern mountain tribes as well as in the major cities are being bombed pitilessly by the Royal Saudi Air Force evidently trying to put into practice The Douhet derived concept of bombing populations into surrender.  The senior Saudi bird men in charge probably learned this doctrine at the US Air University at Montgomery, Alabama.

While visiting Israel/Palestine Mukhtar Trump once again stated his allegiance not only to the Israeli state but also doubled down on identification of the US as Iran's greatest enemy.  Rouhani, in Teheran, has said in the last couple of days, that his government is waiting to see if Trump's Administration "matures."  Good luck on that.  For the meeting with Muhammad Abbas, the Trump cavalcade proceeded to Bethlehem by road.  The distance is five or six miles.  According to the Washington Post today "most of Trump's people "were surprised that the Jews and the Arabs lived so near each other.  Mukhtar Trump  has said that employing his legendary negotiating skills he will easily bring peace to the Palestinians and Israeli Jews.  Good luck on that as well!   His government is in the hands of people who know as little of the Middle East as he.  The old timers, the hated "Arabists" are very nearly all gone from the US government, replaced by people who think that Political Science and International Relations studies are a better field of study than traditional area studies in language, history, philosophy, literature, ethnography, etc.   Perhaps the mukhtar should stay on the scene to achieve peace.  


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152 Responses to Tidbits – 23 May 2017

  1. Tyler says:

    I’m sure the invention of “obstruction of justice” by the same people who are cool with Manchester bombings as a way of love is going to go over totally well.

  2. John Minnerath says:

    It’s become impossible to find news articles that aren’t seriously slanted in one direction or the other.
    An exception is the CSM, which seems to remain neutral.
    The anti Trump side is loading some big guns, they need to be careful, overloaded guns have been known to explode in the users face.

  3. Barbara Ann says:

    SouthFront today report that Iraqi govt. has “officially confirmed a cooperation with Syria, Iran and Russia to secure the Syrian-Iraqi border.”. Govt. officials are quoted as saying they will not allow the establishment of a buffer zone on the border.

  4. Les says:

    Oddly enough, both the Washington Post and New York Times came out with op-eds over the weekend where they called for a pullback in calls for impeachment talk.
    There are those in the Democrats that want the uncertainty over the Trump administration to carry over into the next election. There are still others in the party who have a similar legislative agenda as the Republicans.
    It’s summarized in this article.

  5. Laura says:

    Colonel–It seems that Trump just can’t give himself a break. ANY good businessman knows better than to give the other side ammunition in a negotiation…you keep your dirty laundry in the closet. He couldn’t even say publicly and in private the magic sentence, “I want a full and fair investigation of all charges.” You don’t have to mean it, for heaven’s sake!
    This tendency — to lie boldly where the truth is easily ascertained and the NOT be able to tell a white lie when his personal standing is involved is just weird and so so troubling in the Commander-in-Chief.
    That need to always be right and to always be in control is NOT in the national interest of the USA.
    That coupled with a weak and overstretched and under-supported team does not bode well.

  6. iowa steve says:

    Going back to the Watergate days, it’s DOJ legal theory that a sitting president cannot be indicted. The most I could see Mueller doing is naming Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator if there is any factual basis for it.
    I assume he could be charged if and when he would leave office.

  7. Jack says:

    What is the standard for obstruction of justice?
    While there is no doubt that CNN, MSNBC, et al are in full throat hysterical mode about impeachment it will be interesting to see if the House will impeach. It will require some number of Republicans to join all the Democrats. There should be enough GOP Borgists for that. And Pence will be perfect for them. The Democrats will get screwed as Pence runs with the evangelical domestic policies. In any case if it comes to that it will be the end of any kind of independent presidency. The Borg will now have the precedent to take down anyone they oppose.
    The real question is where the Deplorables will come out on this?

  8. All,
    I think it was ‘different clue’ who, during the election campaign, compared the current situation to that when a glacier begins to melt. (If it was not, my apologies to him.)
    It seemed to me way of describing the extraordinary unpredictability of events, when very entrenched patterns of thinking and feeling come under radical question. So people can appear to be totally ‘in synch’ with these, while under the surface, doubts are building up – so that suddenly, what they say changes radically.
    As with the glacier, however, the directions in which the fragments of melted ice float off, where the current takes them, are unpredictable. And which ‘ice floes’ will become powerful, and which shrink away into pitiful nothingness, is very hard to tell.
    That said, a few observations.
    1. The Manchester attacks have produced a disgusting ‘emoting’ in Britain. Confronted by the IRA bombings, we had a good deal of ‘stiff upper lip’ left. Now, apparently, no longer. Snowflakes all.
    2. Over the past few days, Trump has gone to Saudi and reiterated the old ‘meme’ according to which the Iranians are the principal sponsors of terror in the Middle East. At the same time, we have had the election of Rouhani.
    When the bombing happened, does anyone seriously think that people here were thinking: Probably Hizbullah – or maybe an Alawite – quite possibly organised by Iranian intelligence?
    3. As of writing, the information we have is as follows. From the ‘Telegraph’ report:
    ‘Everything we know about Salman Abedi
    ‘Born in Manchester in 1994 the second youngest of four children her parents were Libyan refugees who came to the UK to escape the Gaddafi regime.
    ‘His mother, Samia Tabbal, 50, and father, Ramadan Abedi, a security officer, were both born in Libya but appear to have emigrated to London before moving to the Fallowfield area of south Manchester where they have lived for at least ten years.
    ‘He grew up in the Whalley Range area, just yards from the local girl’s high school, which hit the headlines in 2015 when twins and grade A pupils, Zahra and Salma Halane, who were both aspiring medical students, left their homes and moved to Isil controlled Syria.’
    (See http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/23/manchester-arena-attack-22-killed-suicide-bomber-ariana-grande/ .)
    4. All this is, as it were, out in the open. What is less noticed and discussed are the implications of the recent statement by the former director of the ‘Anti-Defamation League’, Abraham Foxman.
    Confronted by the support for ‘BDS’ – ‘Boycott, Disinvestment, and Sanctions’ – by Linda Sarsour, Foxman said:
    “She’s a champion of equal rights, except when it comes to Jewish rights. She plays that game, ‘I love Jews, I don’t like Zionists.’ Well, I’ve got news for her. Every Jew who’s a Jew prays to Jerusalem, says ‘If I forget you, Jerusalem.’
    3. As a product of a kind of British culture which was decisively shaped by the influence of Jewish refugees from the disasters of continental European history, I find this almost past belief.
    Many of them were secular, and did not pray to anyone at all. Others were Christian. In Britain, as in the Russian and Austro-Hungarian Empires, and also in Britain, ‘Jewish Christianity’ is an extremely significant phenomenon. For example: Two of the greatest Russian Christian poets, Boris Pasternak and Osip Mandelstam, were ethnically Jewish.
    But Foxman has spoken. They weren’t really Jews at all.
    For him, to be Jewish is to have an overriding loyalty to fellow Jews.
    4. So, it appears, Foxman is completely in accord with a traditional anti-Semitic definition of what it means to be a Jew.
    Obviously, if the ‘Goyim’ fall in with him, from the point of view of their own interests, the empowerment of Jews has been a complete disaster.

  9. turcopolier says:

    Trump would not be tried in a court of law. impeachment is a political process in which normal rules of evidence will not apply. the same thing would apply to his trial in the senate. pl

  10. turcopolier says:

    iowa steve
    If he is named as an unindicted co-conspirator he will be on his way to the senate. pl

  11. Babak Makkinejad says:

    Every religion extant today is in a state of profound crisis; Judaism is not an exception.
    Outside of the legalism of 632 rules to conform to in order to be living a fully Judaic life there is this:
    Judaism is a religion of Exile.
    The Exile has ended.
    What now?
    That is the question that faces Judaism and has not been answered, to my knowledge.

  12. Robert C says:

    Didn’t trump just help isis by bombing Syria?

  13. Babak Makkinejad says:

    Col. Lang:
    I think a political crisis created in the United States by Trump’s enemies through the abuse of such constitutional mechanism as impeachment is less consequential for the United States than being identified explicitly as the enemy of the Party of Ali.
    Being enemy of Ali is akin to being enemy of Jesus; it carries massively negative religious import.
    Presidents may come and go, but religious passions will not – in my opinion.

  14. iowa steve says:

    Hopefully, Mueller has the courage to base his investigation on the facts and law, and not the hysteria.
    Deplorables? My small county in northern Iowa had voted for dems in every presidential election beginning with Mondale in 1984–except for 2016 when it went for Trump fairly decisively. I don’t think many support impeachment (“just politics”), but I also don’t find much support for Trump’s policies thus far, particularly healthcare. People here seem to be interested in policies that lead to concrete economic benefit and improvement, whether offered by repubs or dems. This place used to look like Mayberry–it now resembles Appalachia.

  15. Fredw says:

    This post seems out of line in this forum. Unless you can cite prominent players who hold these two opinions simultaneously, this is just an ad hominem interpretation of your opponents views. Who of any importance is “cool with Manchester bombings”/

  16. Matthew says:

    Barbara Ann: How long after Mosul is secured before the Iraqis ask us to leave again?

  17. trinlae says:

    Thanks for that last line of tribute to liberal arts mastery! On the one hand, it makes me feel old world, if not merely old! On the other hand, at fifty-four, perhaps that could be considered late middle age, with a few years left to pass some old schooling on to younger generations, even if outside of government.
    In any case, these lawyers, polisci, and public policy grads are way out of their league in cyber IQ, even their plutocrat money fealties cannot save them.

  18. kgw says:

    I take it you are “cool” with the destruction of Libya, Tyler?

  19. kgw says:

    Perhaps you are aware, Babak, that the actual state of exile is alienation from one’s own being. The language of Zionism is not the language of Judaism, no matter what the Zionists say…Practitioners of actual Judaism are well-aware that only God will end the Exile, not a political being fighting over dirt.

  20. Jack says:

    If GOP senators make a political decision to convict a nominally Republican president on the basis of politically motivated charges, I believe the political repercussions would be severe. I think the 2016 GOP primary is an indicator of the sentiment of their primary voters. Unlike the Democrat primary voters, the GOP primary voters seem more inclined to oppose Borgist candidates even if the GOP candidate is likely to lose the general election.
    If Trump believes he’s being railroaded would he go down calmly or will he fight back hard? Would he be willing to attempt to blow up the system? Would he call his supporters to the streets? Would they show up and possibly create mayhem?
    IMO, if Trump wants to head this off at the pass, he should declassify all the Russia related information as well as conversations with Comey and bring the voters into this IO battle.

  21. Ghostship says:

    Not many but many are cool with terrorist attacks in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Going back a few weeks I’m reminded of the horrific attack aimed at children being evacuated to Aleppo from al-Fu’ah and Kafriya. Compared to Manchester that vicious attack was barely mentioned and is probably already forgotten by many.
    The Guardian, originally a Manchester paper, seems to be cool with many of the murderous attacks by the jihadists even acknowledging Ahrar al-Sham as the source of much of its reporting on what’s alleged to be happening in Syria.

  22. raven says:

    Don’t you ever even try to think about the shit you say? jesus

  23. Nancy K says:

    Trump never really cared for your part of the country or Appalachia, which also voted for him. You were used. To be fair Clinton would probably not have done a lot, but she would not have gotten rid of Medicaid, food stamps, lunches for children, etc. etc. You were lied to, and Trump, his family and those with money, lots of it will benefit

  24. turcopolier says:

    nancy K
    I know nothing of rural north Iowa but have a great deal of experience in what you and some of your fellow snobs call “Appalachia.” You wouldn’t know Appalachia if you fell over it. Hell, you are afraid to go outside the Research Triangle There is no basis for you to look down on people who voted for Trump. You are a doctrinaire leftist living in exile from the California of your dreams. There is also no basis for you to accuse Trump and his family of wishing to steal from the government, nothing but your hate. I will no longer post your comments. pl

  25. turcopolier says:

    “if Trump wants to head this off at the pass, he should declassify all the Russia related information as well as conversations with Comey and bring the voters into this IO battle” if you recall I suggested this. If e s expelled from office this will have a profoundly de-stabilizing effect on the US. pl

  26. Fred says:

    That seems like a standard Tyler comment, he’s been doing so for some years now. It should be on a different thread perhaps but not a different forum.
    “Who of any importance is “cool with Manchester bombings”” ISIS and AQ. Which is why they keep doing these bombings
    On a bright note we have praise of Muslim Taxi drivers for giving free lifts:
    And recommendations not to do anything different from The Independent’s US editor:
    22 dead, don’t do anything different. That is the same attitude that forced the NYPD to remove their Terror report from their website because pattern recognition is “racism”.
    Here’s the report “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat” for those interested:
    Fred – the guest author Fred

  27. Fred says:

    Barack said he cared about Chicago. He and Michele lived there for years. He’s building his library there. In 2016 there were 4,700+ shooting with over 700 dead. He didn’t say or do much about that. Did he use the people of Chicago or just act like a standard inner city politician?

  28. Laura says:

    Fredw….Thank you for asking about this linkage from Tyler. I’m afraid some folks just like to link stuff together to make themselves look righteous and everyone else look evil. I don’t know ANYONE who is a liberal who thinking the Manchester bombings are cool just because they also are concerned abut Trump’s obstruction of justice. The two issues are not in any way mutually reinforcing or mutually exclusive — it is possible to hold two ideas simultaneously and in tension.
    Sloppy logic on Tyler’s part. Good catch on yours.

  29. Babak Makkinejad says:
  30. Allen Thomson says:

    > the Trump cavalcade proceeded to Bethlehem by road.
    Presumably these Magi, having GPS, didn’t need a star. Although that would have been a nice touch.

  31. lucopter says:

    Are you taking a break from your Talmud studies to lecture and enlighten the poor and helpless deplorables?
    We are not that stupid.
    If the ruling elites weren’t cool with the bombings, they wouldn’t force us to take refugees against our will. There would be no need for the mayor of London to tell people that getting blown to pieces is just part of modern life, sort of like traffic, bad weather, or something really kooky like that I guess. I personally can’t understand this man’s logic, maybe you can interpret this for us:
    There would also be no need to rely on draconian censorship in the mass media across the entire Western world to hide the fact that immigration and refugee population intakes are strongly correlated with increase in terrorism.
    People are waking up to the fact that there exists a treacherous element among us that has handcuffed us for over 50+ years and is preventing us from taking proper action to protect our people.
    Propaganda works great until stops working one day. What do you think happens after that?

  32. iowa steve says:

    Don’t assume I was used and need the lecture. I didn’t vote for either Trump or Hillary, and figured both were snakeoil sellers. The downfall of this area economically occurred during the era of Clinton-Bush-Obama, and voters figured that better to go with the devil you didn’t know than with the devil you did who promised more of the status quo. I think it was entirely rational for them to reject Hillary.
    Sanders carried this area easily in the caucuses and would have carried it in the general.

  33. Peter in Toronto says:

    As an early Trump supporter (for his potentially disruptive divergence away from the Saudi/Israeli/Russophobic stance of the previous governments), and his betrayal of practically every election point, I say impeach away.

  34. Jack says:

    Yes, Sir, you did. My opinion has been informed by yours.

  35. VietnamVet says:

    I admit I don’t know what is going on. The contradictions don’t make sense. Still, one thing seems fairly clear. The Trump Administration is incompetent. They weren’t prepared for a soft coup by the media and the intelligence community. I surmise it is because the Trump Family think they are the monied establishment not pretenders like the Clintons. However, due to his running as a populist and being elected President, Donald Trump has been shunned by the Elite. I don’t think Jared or Ivanka have told him, yet.
    Even if the USA doesn’t get in a World War with Russia, the fiscal spending cuts, trillions of dollars of debt that cannot be paid off, and spreading death will force an existential crisis on Washington DC within the next four years. Most likely Mitch McConnell will ask the President to resign to elevate Mike Pence. If he refuses, unrest is likely. Things will have to be awfully bad for the Republicans to impeach one of their own, even Donald J. Trump.

  36. Cee says:

    Nobody supports those monsters expect those certain counties and intelligence agencies that created them.
    I wonder if the immigrant Libyan parents of the Manchester suspect are true believers who hated Gaddafi. You do know that he was the first target of that group, don’t you?
    Well, he warned the public and nobody listened. Blow back or False Flag terror has become commonplace.

  37. Cee says:

    Robert C,
    Why yes, he did.
    So Trump lied before he took office about all that he wouldn’t do or had no stones to stand up to the traitors around him. Which is it?

  38. Cee says:

    And HRC wants Trump out to be replaced by Pence.
    Assange Claims Hillary, Intel Officials “Quietly Pushing A Pence Takeover”
    Tyler Durden’s picture
    by Tyler Durden
    Mar 14, 2017 3:32 PM
    Clinton stated privately this month that she is quietly pushing for a Pence takeover. She stated that Pence is predictable hence defeatable.
    — Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) March 14, 2017

  39. wisedupearly says:

    The mighty intelligentsia have fallen so low that they lie to themselves. Once the Clintons said that we needed to end welfare as we know it. Ancient history? The Clintons do exactly what their “group” want done. Esoteric sociology? It makes more sense if you can see that the Clintons are long-time members of the Church of Self-Interest. HRC might have kept the small things (like school lunches) while strengthening the drive to strip jobs out of America to enrich her “group”. The inability of HRC supporters to see the country beyond their blind faith in one couple is tragic and a complete indictment of America’s bi-coastal society. Trump voters of 2016 (they are not supporters, Trump is not a cult) are merely the first wave of the disenchanted. Most likely Trump will disappear sooner rather than later but the disenchanted/disadvantaged/disenfranchised can only continue to grow.

  40. steve says:

    I still think it unlikely the GOP goes along with impeachment. It would definitely be destabilizing. I guess the problem is how does he actually govern if any of these investigations turn up much? At the very least, why did he hire Flynn when they already knew he was under investigation? Who does that?

  41. Anonymous says:

    “Who of any importance is ‘cool with Manchester bombings'”
    Anyone who is now introducing caveats in their declarations that the worst horror would be if the idea of diversity as supreme goodness were compromised in the british isles by a mere little bomb.
    “Trump never really cared for your part of the country or Appalachia, which also voted for him. You were used. To be fair Clinton would probably not have done a lot”
    Except, maybe, sending some thirty thousand somalis to live next to your door, so there would be no possibility that you would ever again even think about surrendering your county votes to anyone who talks about white working class americans as if they were real people, instead of mere future opioid suicides in an overcrowded morgue.
    “The Manchester attacks have produced a disgusting ‘emoting’ in Britain. Confronted by the IRA bombings, we had a good deal of ‘stiff upper lip’ left. Now, apparently, no longer. Snowflakes all.”
    Stiff upper lip isn’t lacking. what is lacking is the ability to produce even a resemblance of a stiff lower dick. If the british are no longer willing to protect their own children, perhaps they should be left in the care of one mr. Breivik. At least he is better in selecting what kind of parent is undeserving of keeping their genes in the pool.
    “Judaism is a religion of Exile. The Exile has ended.”
    Only when there is no one lef in the world except jews and zombies who believe in every word they say. Come to think of it, perhaps the exile has really ended.
    “Fredw said in reply to Tyler… This post seems out of line in this forum.”
    Little usurper doesn’t know the danger to any of us mere commenters in making such seemingly innocent statements.

  42. mauisurfer says:

    I have lived in Appalachia, and I have worked in Iowa, in fact I traveled every mile of RR in Iowa in a big Buick with train wheels.
    Hardest working people I have ever seen were welders in Council Bluffs, “stretching” freight cars for C&NW, in the middle of winter, with no heat. I would not disparage such workers for supporting Trump.
    Interesting to see you (pl)mention “old time arabists”. Surely you have read Edward Said, did you ever hear him play piano?
    My fears from Trump’s visits to SA and Israel are a newly invigorated war against Iran. Jonathan Steele sums it up pretty well here:
    Dangerous Iranophobia: Trump edges towards his own ‘axis of evil’ moment
    I have read that Mattis bases his hatred of Iran on IED’s (explosive-formed penetrators) used against USA military in Iraq. He is certain they came from Iran.
    I think this is unproven, but surely Mattis knows more than I do.
    I think the claim that Iraqis could not make such explosives themselves is nonsense, the IRA made them long ago, and my friends in town with a machine shop could make them easily. (if they wanted to, which they do not).

  43. ex-PFC Chuck says:

    re Jack: “Unlike the Democrat primary voters, the GOP primary voters seem more inclined to oppose Borgist candidates . . ”
    I disagree. You may recall that some guy named Sanders did quite well in the primaries, in spite of the party establishment tilting the playing fields with every lever they could find. The difference was that the Democratic Party establishment was even more corrupt than its Republican counterpart, and it continues to be so. One of the main reasons that establishment and its paymasters are promoting the “Russia did it” meme and the “Impeach Trump” Herbal Tea Party demonstrations is to distract the withering rump of their supporters from doing something about said corruption.

  44. Lars says:

    Many good points have been made here and a few less than so. It may appear that things are truly bad, but it can be a lot worse. If you visit the central part of western Europe, you can see acres and acres of graves, cause by what happens when it truly gets bad.
    If Mr. Trump is to be impeached, it will have to be done by Republicans and I will assume they will do whatever they can to avoid that. Neither an impeached president or a weakened one is desirable and can have serious political and economic consequences.
    In the meantime, we will be treated to more political theater and somewhere both William Shakespear and H. C. Andersen are both laughing their butts off.

  45. FB Ali says:

    Yes, this is his way of referring to Shia Islam.
    It is an oblique way of implying that they alone are the real Muslims (“Being enemy of Ali is akin to being enemy of Jesus….” – see his reply to Col Lang above).

  46. Freudenschade says:

    I’m not sure whose “meltdown” I’m enjoying more: the MSM’s Watergate 2.0 reality show, or your Mark Twain-like commentary on our first Tramp Abroad. I look forward to him climbing the Riffelberg.

  47. Sam Peralta says:

    Let’s call a spade. There has been a concerted IO campaign to take out President Trump. This campaign to de-legitimize the election and Trump has been going on for many months. At least since Trump won the Republican primary, the Russian boogeyman has been used to tar & feather Trump’s election campaign.
    What strikes me is how blatant this campaign is. Take a look at what a key character from Borg central cast says.
    ‘It should be clear to everyone Russia brazenly interfered in our 2016 presidential election process,’ Brennan said..
    Note that presumptive close. Neither the CIA nor the FBI or NSA have provided any evidence what exactly they mean by “brazen interference” and most importantly how that actually changed the election outcome. And of course how what the Russians did or did not do differs from what the US agencies do to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.
    ‘I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals.’
    Note the innuendo here! So, meeting with Russian officials is sinister. But meeting with Israeli & Saudi officials is no problem.
    ‘It raised questions in my mind again whether or not the Russians were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals. I don’t know whether or not such collusion and that’s your term, such collusion existed. I don’t know,’ he said.
    Ah! I can make all these allegations of something sinister without having any evidence, since I know the Borg media and political establishment will run with it and amplify it as if a crime has taken place. And the NeverTrumpers will be all on board this propaganda campaign to take him down.

  48. Keith Harbaugh says:

    A really fascinating inquisition of former DCIA Brennan
    by former prosecutor Trey Gowdy:
    “You Don’t Do Evidence Well I Do”
    Trey Gowdy Demands Answers On Trump Russia Collusion Investigation

    https://youtu.be/xKrlfqWzE4c (6:10)
    That exchange is included in a video of the full Gowdy/Brennan interaction:
    EVERY Trey Gowdy Question To John Brennan
    During Russia Interference Hearing 5/23/17
    https://youtu.be/2-VNv5uFTPQ (21:24)
    Brennan said:
    “Mr. Gowdy, I don’t do evidence”
    which led to an interesting discussion of the difference between
    the legal term “evidence” and the intelligence term “assessment”.
    I wonder if Col. Lang would feel like discussing these legal vs. IC issues.
    Surely they will be significant in the weeks to come.

  49. Nancy K says:

    I was not assuming you were used, but voters were. I feel some responsibility for Trump winning in that I agreed with Sanders but voted for Clinton in the primary because I did not feel Sanders could win in the general. I’m not sure you are right however that Sanders could have won against Trump in your area.

  50. raven says:

    You want to live in fear help yourself. I worry as much about you right wing psycho’s as I do the moozlim psycho’s. You deserve each other.

  51. raven says:

    But Tyler, no problem?

  52. Nancy K says:

    Do you really believe that Trump will bring jobs back to US? Aren’t most politicians including Trump the Church of Self-Interest? I agree that there is a wave of disenchantment but why would you put your faith in a billionaire TV celebrity?
    I never put my faith in HRC or her husband but I have always felt that the Democratic party supported my beliefs more than the Republican. I agree that Trump will disappear and disenchantment and the disenfranchised will only continue to grow but I am unsure what any of us can do about it.

  53. Fredw says:

    ISIS and AQ are admittedly important, but I don’t think the reference was meant for them. I just don’t appreciate being lumped into a category with people who don’t appear to actually exist.
    As for doing things differently, I do ask that whatever gets proposed should stop Tim McVeigh and Ted Kaczynski as well as Sheikh Rahman. Nearly all the massive terror cases have been perpetrated by local citizens, not refugees from anywhere. That holds both for the US and Europe. “Salman Abedi, 22, was born in Manchester and grew up in tight-knit Libyan community that was known for its strong opposition to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.” (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/23/salman-abedi-named-manchester-suicide-bomber-know/ ) Sounds like our kind of guy at that level.
    Any effective action needs to cope with the vast “improvements” in technology that enable individuals to create far more havoc than used to be possible. Looked at that way, the problem is a lot harder than just keeping an eye on the mosque down the street. I don’t see much realistic public discussion. I certainly don’t know what the answers might be. But most of the proposals appear to be “security theater”. I remain unconvinced of the serious attitude of any government that continues to operate Reagan National Airport.

  54. Nancy K says:

    This is really not true of me. My daughter and grandchildren live in Wilkesboro NC and believe me they are not wealthy and for that fact neither am I. I am left leaning and I live in NC because my children and grandchildren live here and for no other reason. It is your choice to no longer post my comments as you have said it is your site. I have so enjoyed reading your site and have valued everything you say even though I have not always agreed with you in all things. It saddens me that you are kicking me off your site but as you have said it is your prerogative.

  55. kooshy says:

    IMO colonel got it right, abusing power of his office, by way of obstructing justice, in this case, preventing law enforcement and security agencies investigation, is the easiest and fastest path to impeachment. Colonel was right it was stupid to fire Comey. But the opposition is doing this by the book in a very organized way, I think borg had this planned in detail way before inauguration , early on they clipped the wings of AG, having him seat out and see his boss getting nailed at the house altar.

  56. ked says:

    some head-case who thinks president = boss = dictator.
    alternatively, a scam artist tryiing to neutralize an out-of-his-element minor player who knows too much.
    there are other possibilities along these lines.

  57. LG says:

    weren’t all US presidents since Carter (hostility to the Iranian revolution and the possible/partial US support for Saddam during the Iran-Iraq war) against Shi’ate Ali? contrary to his words, his actions (more coordination with Russia over Syria, as compared to his predecessor) seem to benefit the Shia camp.
    about your statement “Being enemy of Ali is akin to being enemy of Jesus; it carries massively negative religious import.”: I totally agree, based both on my belief and from Islamic history. Yet, can you support this prediction on some “empirical” basis?
    many thanks.

  58. different clue says:

    Why should I believe that the Manchester bombing was done by a refugee? Isn’t it more likely that the bomber was a pre-current-refugee-wave UK subject born in the UK and maybe even born to parents themselves born in the UK?

  59. different clue says:

    Well, that should not surprise anyone. I have several times offered my personal feeling that Pence is a basic Clintonite except for certain matters of religion and social culture. The Clintonite Obamacrats would absolutely of course prefer a President Pence over a President Trump.
    Sanders could raise his credibility in Middle America by visibly obstructing Impeachment or “Ammendment 25” every which way he can . . . beFORE they are rolled into irreversible motion.

  60. different clue says:

    iowa steve,
    Some people have begun suggesting that we refer to the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama years as the “Clintobusha” years. Maybe it will catch on.

  61. Fred says:

    “why did he hire Flynn when they already knew he was under investigation?”
    Accusation is guilt? When did that become the law of the land?

  62. turcopolier says:

    What am I supposed to do? Kick him off because you and he are opposed politically? Can I not think well of you both? pl

  63. different clue says:

    David Habakkuk,
    Thank you for the kind reference to past comment. You are basically correct. The only difference of detail is that when I referred to “ice floes” I was thinking of the sea ice that covers (less of) the Arctic Ocean (than before). It sometimes cracks into large-to-huge plates that grind around driven by the wind or by surging ocean currents just under them. ( An interesting aside: I believe ‘floe’ and ‘floes’ are Scandinavian words dating from the Scandinavian occupation and settler-attempt in parts of Britain. Some other Scandinavian words in the English language are ‘earl’ from ‘jarl’, and the names of several days of the week. There may even be others.)
    The analysis of Foxman and the Jews may be a contingency sort of if-this then-that. Foxman will be dead soon. How many middle aged and younger Jews are getting de-Foxmanized? Foxman can speak, but how many Jews feel represented by what speaker Foxman says? ( The shadow side of that is . . . how many de-Foxmanized Jews have any power over anything? The Movement-Zionists took power within the organized Jewish community and then the Revisionists and Likkudians specifically then monopolised that power such that non-Foxman non-Likkudists are outside standing in the rain. Paul Findlay wrote about that in some of the chapters of his book They Dare To Speak Out.)

  64. different clue says:

    ex-PFC Chuck,
    This is a good opportunity for younger Sanderists like Tulsi Gabbard to break ranks with “Putin Diddit” and oppose the ClintoBorg Impeachment conspiracy.
    I am afraid that Sanders won’t oppose it. He is too set in legacy concepts of liberal versus conservative versus reactionary. He may not even see the ClintoBorg Conspiracy side of this whole impeachment drive. Perhaps millions of Bitter Berners phoning and writing his office in Vermont might convince him to at least withhold support from the ClintoBorg Conspiracy to Remove Trump.

  65. different clue says:

    If Trump really feels that he is a part of the Old Money And Social Position Establishment, then his intelligence is lower than even the minimum high regard I had for it. I always understood Trump to be a “New York” Soprano who was born into grubby money and made even more of it. Did he really think that becoming President would gain him the respect of the “our kind of people, dear” people?
    I hope Trump is smarter than that. I hope he can mobilize whatever support he can to keep pouring fire into all the Republican Officeholders’ positions such that not one of them dares to vote to Impeach. I did not vote against Clinton merely to wind up with another sort of Clinton. I voted against Clinton as the first step to getting no more Clintons ever again. Never! Ever!

  66. elaine says:

    Babak, Please allow me to offer a minor correction regarding legalism in
    orthodox Judaism: There are 613 commandments not 632

  67. steve says:

    Since when was Flynn the only possible candidate for that job?

  68. kooshy says:

    I am guessing here but, Shias of Ali means Followers of Ali ( first Imam, prophet’s cousin and son in law) and i think babak prefers to call them Party of Ali as if they have a platform or a manifest destiny. I personally believe, Shia care more for manifest survival ,recognition, acceptance than that of destiny to expand.

  69. elaine says:

    David, Linda Sansour,s public statements about Ayaan Hirsi Ali & FGM
    are despicable. This cohort/beneficiary of George Soros does not harbor
    any honorable intentions toward the western countries or women in general.
    Her mug on thousands of placards symbolizing progress for women is a cruel joke imo.

  70. wisedupearly says:

    Point, I did not vote for Trump. But as I see it, no Trump voter really believed that Trump would bring the jobs back. It would have been nice but voting for Trump was to punish the GOP, the Clintons, and the establishment in general. Read the comments on Breitbart if you need confirmation. But you make a very interesting comment, “supported my beliefs”. You appear to want the social events on the Titanic to be “truly inclusive and egalitarian” as it is sinking. The Clintons pushed for and secured permanent normal trade relations with China. Did you oppose him/them? When the Democratic Party acquiesced and became the softer/kinder-GOP, did you oppose the DP or did you excuse their surrender with the excuse “not as bad as the GOP”?
    What is the solution? We are in uncharted waters as productivity/technology has never been so high as to render humans basically irrelevant as producers. We now only have value as consumers which implies we should want to have a life (i.e. not opioids) and have the ability to pay for it. People must have “jobs” – how we rework our social contract and institutions to realize this without violence is still unclear. Trump is not the #1 problem.

  71. Fred says:

    Mr. Breivik made zero attempt to change anyones political position. He killed a number of people,
    some as young as 14. Sad that you think he should determine who should have children and who should not.

  72. Mark Logan says:

    Fascinating. Gowdy is an experienced prosecutor. Asking a question he didn’t know the answer to would be clumsy and he knows better. Or was that the testimony he wanted?? Raised suspicion in my mind that the R’s in the House leadership may have privately decided the apex of The Wizard’s usefulness was reached at the slaying of the Wicked Witch Clinton. Time for Pence to take over…but “these things must be handled delicately.”

  73. Fred says:

    You can visit my birthplace, Gettysburg, and see acres of graves caused by what happens when it gets truly bad. Some of our politicians should take a ride up that way. The next civil war will be nothing like that one, except for the number of dead.

  74. Walrus says:

    Pat is right. This is now about “the cover up” – obstruction of justice. The fact that the entire Russia meme was was constructed out of smoke and mirrors is now beside the point.
    To put that another way, even if the murder of Seth Rich, the source of the DNC leaks that sparked the Russian involvement accusation , can be traced back to the DNC, it will not stop Russiagate.
    Obama was smarter than this; when the “birther” accusations began to fly, he refused to let his campaign or Administration touch it.

  75. optimax says:

    SP (my old railroad)
    The newscaster seamlessly changed “Russian officials” to “Russian operatives.” Slick, in fact, down right slimy.

  76. optimax says:

    Nancy K.
    Don’t worry, I’ve been kicked off twice. Tyler holds the record and we’re both still here.

  77. Karl Kolchak says:

    Eh…the stock market is booming and “The Mukhtar” is now giving the Republicans & neocons the budget cuts and additional military spending they crave. No way Trump is going to be impeached as long as that holds true. The Democrats don’t even really want him impeached, as they would rather have him to run against in 2018 than to have to come up with (gulp!) actual policies.

  78. mauisurfer says:

    Paul Craig Roberts writes:
    Israel wants the water resources of southern Lebanon, but cannot get them, despite twice sending in the Israeli Army, because of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia, which is supplied by Syria and Iran. This is why Syria and Iran are on Washington’s hit list. Washington serves the military/security complex, Wall Street and the over-sized US banks, and Israel.
    there is a lot more here

  79. DH says:

    In the last thread Liza posted a link to MK Bhadrakumar who held the view Trump and Tillerson went light on Iran:
    “…He was obliged to show gratitude to his Saudi hosts who propose to spend $350 billion in the US economy that would create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for the American people. On the other hand, he was expected to condemn and pillory what is, arguably, the one and only democratic country in the Persian Gulf – Iran.
    Trump ended up saying the irreducible minimum regarding Iran:
    But no discussion of stamping out this (terrorism) threat would be complete without mentioning the government that gives terrorists all three-safe harbor, financial backing, and the social standing needed for recruitment. It is a regime that is responsible for so much instability in the region. I am speaking of course of Iran. From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms, and trains terrorists, militias, and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region. For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.
    It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room. Among Iran’s most tragic and destabilizing interventions have been in Syria. Bolstered by Iran, Assad has committed unspeakable crimes…The Iranian regime’s longest-suffering victims are its own people. Iran has a rich history and culture, but the people of Iran have endured hardship and despair under their leaders’ reckless pursuit of conflict and terror.
    Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism, and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they deserve. (Transcript)
    At the end of the day, Trump settled for a policy to “isolate” Iran and to “pray for the day” when Iran will be an agreeable partner. There was no itch to confront Iran or attack Iran.”

  80. doug says:

    It was speculated here some time back the DJT was not aware he had the power to declassify at will. He recently pointed out he had just that. As the pressure intensifies, he may use it. OTOH, if he doesn’t it will be telling.
    Right now the democrats are working overtime with the media to determine the optimal strategy. Not to remove him per se, but to milk as much as possible out of Watergate 2.0 for purposes of the 2018 midterms.

  81. confusedponderer says:

    “Accusation is guilt?”
    You write that as if it is something new to you. Of course, it is violating all ideas of a fair trial, but that written: It isn’t new. It is just degenerate and invites to abuse of power.
    In Turkey, an American Turkey who works for the NASA has been arrested as, of course, a … conspirator … spy, and the Turks have used a single bill of dollar found in his home as a proof of corruption and a … CIA or something like that … conspiracy. That’s of course utterly absurd, but that doesn’t help the arrested man: He is in jail since 9 months, unlikely to be let our soon. He is there for about nothing but arrestor paranoia, perhaps also an arrestee number to be met.
    With the NASA man, the turks have no proof for anything, they just have the accusation of whatever, and that keeps the man in jail, whyever.
    But whatever an whyever are important actually. The NASA man even has to be accused openly of, say, a … telekinesis … conspiracy … against Erdogan or something like that. Why telekinesis … conspiracy … against Erdogan?
    Well, telekinesis … conspiracy … against Erdogan because Erdogan’s head advisor Bulut has the brilliant theory that foreign, evil powers try to kill Erdogan with telekinesis, and that the coup against him was also started by such powers, of course, with telekinesis. Oh yes, his theory is that the Gezi park protests against Erogan were started by … ghasp … the german airline Lufthansa, probably also by telekinesis. Doesn’t make that a lot of sense?
    Of course it doesn’t. To be blunt: The man is of course utterly nutty, but he is nutty in a helpful way, for Erdogan at least.
    Of course, no one, and that includes the MIT, not even with torture, can possibly prove accusations like to engage in telekinesis or the like. But that is seen as an advantage for the accusers: No longer their governing is being slowed down by courts, judges, fair trials, logic or evidence and proof.
    That advantage is IMO the reason why his more absurd ideas have gotten Bulut, say, not access to an asylum but instead got him a fixed job in the government as a chief advisor.
    That nothing of his telekninesis or the like theories is possibly provable or disprovable is the key advantage here – at least for an increasingly authoritarian government. It also means that in holy Erdoganland nowadays ACCUSATION IS GUILT when the government wants you to be jailed in, for whatever reason, real or phantastic.
    If the turks reintroduce death penalty this may lead to superly efficient 5 minutes joke trials (no more stress due to proof, fair trial and the like) and a death verdict. This would then make the difference between a vile, common street murder and the honourable execution of … a vile, common … telekinesis criminal.

  82. LeaNder says:

    Babak, (semi-ironic)
    you forget the vision of the “Third Templers”. They are pretty busy to built tunnels slowly approaching the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Now there seems to be this story, not sure if I recall it correctly. At one point in time only one or two stones have to be moved and the whole mosque comes tumbling down. And io and behold the Third Temple miraculously descents from heaven. With this event the light unto nations returns peace to the whole universe.
    But those may be the Zelots only of course. The more solidly religiously grounded have updated matters. They prefer to trust architects that are busy with or have already finished their plans. From their perspective there is a little space for compromise. Like moving Al Aqsa a little further off? The Muslim only have to admit their mistake to have been misguided by choosing exactly that spot for Muhammad’s ascent to heaven, exactly the spot the Almighty had reserved for the the temple since times immemorial. …
    In other words exile was only a haunting period of blows and strokes in which the exiled had to prove worthy of the covenant. They may have proven this with their return. But see above, semi-ironic.
    Jewish Mystics Hope Trump’s Israel Visit Might ‘Raise The Temple’
    Sam Kestenbaum
    Read more: http://forward.com/news/372256/for-jewish-mystics-trumps-israel-visit-part-of-messianic-process/
    Turkey’s Erdogan Starts New Temple Mount, Jerusalem Blood Libel
    By Hana Levi Julian – 13 Iyyar 5777 – May 8, 2017

  83. Eric Newhill says:

    Oh come now. I know exactly what Tyler is saying and so do you all. You’re just pretending you don’t in lawyerly fashion. Because you’re guilty of what Tyler says you are.
    Of course you’re not cool with children being blown up. However, you are also not cool with the measures that would need to be taken to prevent Islamic terrorists from carrying out such attacks; measures like banning Islamic immigration, targeting mosques for surveillance, etc.
    All the call from the same people that hate Trump to “Carry on and go about our business” have the aura of defeatism about them. Like there’s nothing that can be done. Muslims want to immigrate? Well we can’t stop them. So just let the invasion happen because social justice and virtue signaling.

  84. Fredw says:

    Origin doesn’t matter. The point is that we have enemies, they are real, and they are not necessarily stupid or incompetent. Think about it from the Iranian point of view. Why would they not help the Shia militias with this? And why are we blaming them for pursuing their own self-interest. Would we have done differently? Really? (Think stingers.)

  85. sillybill says:

    Impeachment does not imply automatic removal from office – remember Bill Clinton. I think most of the Democrats want to use this to keep the GOP and Trump administration permanently off balance. The real threat of replacement by Pence is from the Republicans.

  86. turcopolier says:

    You have not been paying attention. I have repeatedly said that impeachment would be followed by trial in the senate. pl

  87. turcopolier says:

    Yes, you have to really special to be permanently banned but there are some. pl

  88. Babak Makkinejad says:

    I am not saying anything profound; those targeted by the Western Fortress have two things in common: they are not Sunni Muslims and they are devoted to Ali.

  89. Babak Makkinejad says:

    Recently I heard of this Bedu who lives somewhere in the desert in Saudi Arabia. He has his herds of sheep and goats and camels, his four wives, and considers himself a very excellent Muslim.
    I imagine he would fully expect to go to Paradise.
    He recalled to my mind a very public conversation between a traditionalist mullah and Ayatollah Khomeini which ended by Khomeini saying: “The way you speak, we all should go live in tents.”
    Perhaps, for many Muslims, Shia or Sunni, Islam is a religion that can only be lived and practiced fully if one lives in a tent in a pastoral setting.
    In fact, there are plenty of deserts in the world – some even in US – that could enable a few tens of millions of Muslims to live in those proverbial tents to their hearts’ content.
    What should the remaining billion Muslims do?
    I am suggesting to you that the only realistic path forward for Muslims is one articulated by the small group of revolutionary Muslims around Ayatollah Khomeini and in the ideas and ideals of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

  90. Babak Makkinejad says:

    Western people have a religion; three gods of Liberty, Progress and the Cult of Shoah.
    They live in the strait-jacket of the Enlightenment Tradition’s anti-clericalism and are thus fully incapable of grasping reality of the world when it deviates from what they expect.
    In that, they are not very different than doctrinaire Muslims that I have met; full of pious incantations and epithets that no longer correspond – in any meaningful way – to the actual experiences of actual human beings.

  91. Babak Makkinejad says:

    He murdered 2000 Egyptians in a single day.
    Why is that you guys in the West, who in any day are so caring about the life of small little bambies of this world, always find admirable blood-thirsty tyrants like Stalin, or Mao – and now Sisi?
    What gives?

  92. tim s says:

    Taking a step back from a bleeding heart liberal view, it is easy to see that if a community has nothing left but government subsidies, they may be worse off than without. Look at the decaying inner cities and tell me that they are better off after all of these decades with welfare, etc.
    Dems only back these programs to keep the hands warm enough to pull the blue lever every few years (if they bother), and maybe keep the prisons full.

  93. Nancy K says:

    Am I permanently banned?

  94. turcopolier says:

    Nancy K
    No, but you are encouragde to not talk down to people. pl

  95. Babak Makkinejad says:

    OK, thanks Elaine for correcting me.

  96. Babak Makkinejad says:

    Shia had a political platform; under the Bhuids, the Fatimids, and Safavids.
    In fact, the more they abandoned their core beliefs in search of acceptance the weaker they became.

  97. Nancy K says:

    Thank you.

  98. Jack says:

    Sanders won my county in the Democrat primary. However, when it became apparent that the primary was being rigged and Donna Brazile was feeding Hillary debate questions, neither Sanders nor the Democrat primary voters called foul and made a big deal to reverse the bias. As NancyK here noted, she voted for Hillary in the primary because she believed Hillary would win in the general. I know many Hillary voters who voted on the basis of that logic.
    OTOH, GOP primary voters in many electoral districts have for some election cycles been willing to tolerate election losses by supporting non-establishment candidates. Many “Tea Party” types won primaries as a result. This willingness to buck the establishment is why Trump won. There’s got to be a reason why the GOP, even with an unruly primary voter, has continued to win more state houses and legislatures even under Obama’s 2 terms.
    I’m a registered independent and for decades did not vote for the candidate of the duopoly for president. I broke with that tradition last year, casting my ballot for Trump. If Sanders were the Democrat nominee I very well may have voted for him.

  99. Valissa says:

    On the role of the senate in impeachment https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Senate_Impeachment_Role.htm
    The United States Constitution provides that the House of Representatives “shall have the sole Power of Impeachment” (Article I, section 2) and that “the Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments …. [but] no person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present” (Article I, section 3). The president, vice president, and all civil officers of the United States are subject to impeachment.
    The concept of impeachment originated in England and was adopted by many of the American colonial governments and state constitutions. At the Constitutional Convention in 1787, the framers considered several possibilities before deciding that the Senate should try impeachments.
    Impeachment is a very serious affair. This power of Congress is the ultimate weapon against officials of the federal government, and is a fundamental component of the constitutional system of “checks and balances.” In impeachment proceedings, the House of Representatives charges an official by approving, by majority vote, articles of impeachment. A committee of representatives, called “managers,” acts as prosecutors before the Senate. The Senate Chamber serves as the courtroom. The Senate becomes jury and judge, except in the case of presidential impeachment trials when the chief justice of the United States presides. The Constitution requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate to convict, and the penalty for an impeached official is removal from office. In some cases, disqualification from holding future offices is also imposed. There is no appeal.
    With two-thirds of the senate required to impeach Trump, that will not be easy to do.
    The article lists the 19 times that the senate has had an impeachment trial.

  100. Fred says:

    You don’t like Reagan National Airport operating or that it is named after Reagan? McVeigh and Kaczynski did not take their actions based on religious belief. The Libyan immigrants, well maybe that just shows that bad immigration policy can get you or your kids killed twenty years later.

  101. Gene O. says:

    I care less about the Russky connection. The long suffering people of Russia need some American friends. Again, I should have said. It was fine for FDR, wasn’t it?
    But kissing King Salman’s ring when all of the car bombs in Anbar had Saudi license plates seems a bit strange. And does he know that the gold medal presented to him was also presented in the past to Obama and Sadaam? Let’s hope it ends up in the National Archives instead of a hock shop.

  102. LeaNder says:

    explain, elaine, and sorry, if I sent this before.
    Distracted, surprised, wondering?
    Do you have a source for Linda Sansour’s ‘despicable’ statements about Ayaan Hirsi? Who no doubt has an impressive CV, seemingly a strong supporter of women’s rights. At AEI? A Muslim feminist realizing it makes more sense to fight from the outside looking in?
    Well yes, what exactly is feminism post 9/11. I am a bit confused too. She is said to have pushed pro-life women out? Is that your concern.
    But what is FGM?
    Her mug on thousands of placards symbolizing progress for women is a cruel joke imo.
    Risen to undeserved prominence as outsider? Clinton-Obama-instigated (Soros financed) women’s march on Washington member only or more? Personally funded by Soros?
    Ok, I see, she was watched making Islamic State Signals. Hmm? That’s no doubt worrying.

  103. LeaNder says:

    Rare guest, but someone that can tell us more on the vision of the “cherry blossom king”, or the utter righteousness of alt-right maybe? I suppose. Misguidedly?

  104. Stephanie says:

    Obama was playing rope-a-dope. Trump, on the other hand, seems genuinely spooked about something, and it’s interesting that Kushner, who has been described as a voice of moderation, was pushing the Comey firing and Bannon was against. I am guessing it’s money. After his repeated failures and bankruptcies, no reputable lenders would deal with Trump (except for Deutsche Bank, which was having its own problems). Mueller has experience investigating money laundering rackets, so we may see.
    The Seth Rich conspiracy theory has been repeatedly debunked, not least by Rich’s family, and even Hannity has been forced to stand down.

  105. sid_finster says:

    And no Sunnis used IED or killed american forces in Iraq?
    If that is the reason for Mattis’ obsessive hatred of Iran, then he has severe tunnel vision.

  106. Freudenschade says:

    It burns me every time someone brings up the Chicago shooting stat, as if they knew what it meant. I live in Chicago, have lived there off and on for over 20 years, and I’ve never heard a gunshot outside of a shoot range.
    Most of the shootings are confined to a handful of neighborhoods, such as North Lawndale and Garfield Park. On a per capita basis, Chicago isn’t even in the top 20.
    Back to your straw man: Obama didn’t enact any policies that overtly exacerbated the problem of violence in those neighborhoods. Now Rahm is a different story, but that’s a whole nother thread.

  107. Tyler says:

    I’m not happy about Trump bombing Syria cause of Ivanka’s crying, but I’d take a one off bombing of some trucks and some buildings at an airport versus dealing with Borg Grandma.
    You take what victories you can in this world.

  108. Tyler says:

    The entire Left/Globalist apparatus who wants to import a billion more Turd Worlders who have no other skill than “blow themselves up at a concert with little girls” and “memorized the Koran”.
    Stop playing disingenuous.

  109. Tyler says:

    Yah bro, cool reference to two decades ago referencing what an atheist and a Leftist bomber did. Meanwhile those of us in 2017 are dealing with Islamic terror attacks on a damn near weekly basis while our leaders are importing more of the same.
    You should have reached back to the Crusades. That would have really have underlined what a historical illiterate you are.

  110. Tyler says:

    Lmao you know exactly what I mean. You and your ilk are more than happy to agitate for more rapefugees who perpetrate this kind of nonsense.
    Your entire Posting History here is sloppy logic and womanly feelz. The fact that you think you can even approach me goes to show the overwhelming sense of self importance you have.

  111. Tyler says:

    You know nothing about me if you think I was cool with the destruction of Libya. Just the loss of the diving alone breaks my heart.

  112. Tyler says:

    You might as well say you worry as much about alligator attacks in the arctic.
    BTW how much do you weight? Calculating how much helicopter fuel I’m gonna need. Asking for a friend.

  113. Tyler says:

    You forgot “and the Leftist/Globalist apparatus” that wants to import more and threatens people with arrest (c.f. Katie Hopkins) for pointing out that the bombers are Mudslimes.

  114. kooshy says:

    Yes I agree, and that has changed with Ayatollah Khomaine.

  115. raven says:

    No sir. All I can say is that I may be aggravating because of my views but I never threaten people with throwing them out of a helicopter or suggest they were cool with Manchester. He is unabashed abut his hatred and I don’t think it suits the demeanor you seek here.

  116. SR Wood says:

    I think the AG clipped his own wings.

  117. Babak Makkinejad says:

    Since you have come back from the Dead, your English grammar has deteriorated.
    Have you suffered brain trauma?

  118. Thomas says:

    “It also means that in holy Erdoganland nowadays ACCUSATION IS GUILT when the government wants you to be jailed in, for whatever reason, real or phantastic.”
    Recep has learned well from your Baalim Olam.
    How’s that photograph coming along?

  119. turcopolier says:

    He is successfully pulling your leg. pl

  120. doug says:

    What astonished me is that DJT seems to have done everything he could to facilitate their attack. Almost to the point it would be intentional were it done by any other politician. However, the most likely explanation is that he’s an old man, set in his ways that proved effective in his specific business, and has no politically savvy advisors. Or at least none that he trusts more than his gut and that is not serving him well in the DC political milieu.

  121. turcopolier says:

    “he’s an old man” I am seven years older than he. I yearn to quit. Thanks pl

  122. Barbara Ann says:

    In the Known Unknowns I guess.

  123. iowa steve says:

    My area has been overwhelmingly democratic for decades, and Sanders overwhelmingly won the democratic caucuses in my area. I think your take that Sanders could not have won here goes against the evidence. There was always a residual dislike of Hillary that goes back to the 2008 caucuses which Obama handily won here in a nasty campaign.
    Don’t stereotype Iowa into your bucket of ignorant deplorables as most do. It ranks in the top 3 nationally in terms of literacy, high school graduation, and ACT scores. It also has a history of radical prairie populism and religiously centered pacifism, all of which militated against Hillary and for Sanders.

  124. Fred says:

    Here you go slick:
    Total Shot: 4379
    Shot & Wounded: 3662
    Shot & Killed: 717
    “Obama didn’t enact any policies that overtly exacerbated the problem of violence in those neighborhoods”
    No marde man. He did not enact polices …. well there was that Ferguson investigation, the “‘Trayvon Martin could have been me” blah, blah horse crap for the last four or five years but none of that had any impact on the conduct of people in Chicago. Give me a break. I guess somebody else was running the executive branch, not the guy I voted for twice.
    “Most of the shootings are confined to a handful of neighborhoods, such as North Lawndale and Garfield Park”
    “On a per capita basis…” Thanks for confirming that some lives just don’t matter. One death is a tragedy, seven hundred seventeen – or a million – a statistic.

  125. Fred says:

    You failed to answer my question.

  126. doug says:

    Me too, Colonel. Presidents of our age have had long political careers and experience generally serves well as we get older as we accrue wisdom. But we are also less easily adapted to different environments and this is a very different one for Trump. I wish him well. Or, more specifically, I wish America well. Interesting times.

  127. Fred says:

    Turkey has it’s own version of the Star Chamber, or Volksgerichtshof if you prefer, especially after Erdogan’s putsch. What has that got to do with Flynn’s hiring and his subsequent firing?

  128. Phil Cattar says:

    Babak,Are Hafez Assad and his son Bashar blood thirsty tyrants?

  129. elaine says:

    LeaNder, Google Linda Sarsour+Ayaan Hirsi Ali or variations. There’s
    enough out there you’ll get the idea. FGM=female genital mutilation,
    a vile procedure that was forced upon Ayaan Hirsi Ali as a young girl. I hadn’t even seen the link you posted.

  130. Cee says:

    Include them. I said here before that I opposed open borders and certainly that terrorists should be kept out after leaving the US then try to return.
    I suspected that the Manchester killers farther was a terrorist and I was proven right.

  131. Babak Makkinejad says:

    Hafez Al Assad was.
    Not so much his son.

  132. Babak Makkinejad says:

    Your friends be wrong.
    After 5000 years in Egypt, there was a freely elected leader, who is now rotting in jail.

  133. Kilo 4/11 says:

    BHO probably doesn’t know which sides of the streets have odd numbers and which have even. I’ve spent more time waiting at Chicago bus stops than he’s spent here. Adding up all the things I love about my birthplace and hometown and putting them against all the the things I hate about it was keeping the scale about even until he began to be identified as a Chicagoan.

  134. Tyler says:

    Unlike others, I agree with you about Brevik. He was smashing a nest of wasp larvae imho.
    Can you expand on “little usurper”?

  135. Tyler says:

    The Alt Right deals in reality, not fairy tales about achievement gaps and diversity is ourbgreatest strength.
    Eventually you’ll all be AR or part of the delusional Left. And it’ll be the Left that pushed you into our arms.

  136. different clue says:

    I heard thoughts of the Rich murder being a “warning to any others” assassination from somewhere on the left ( I forget where) many months before I heard anything about the Fox right taking it up.
    It has never been debunked. It has been poo poo-ed, but never debunked.
    The Rich family themseleves “debunk” it? I wonder if they were quietly visited and told they would quietly accept the “mugging gone wrong” coincidence theory if they didn’t want to end up dead themselves.
    I wonder if
    somebody put
    a horse’s head
    in the Riches bed.

  137. MRW says:

    Assad Père was also one of the astutest political minds ever to run a country in the region in the last half of the 20th C…and he kept his country out of war. You can call him a tyrant and dictator because he didn’t promote gay marriage, insist on trans toilets, or complain his country’s treatment of women wasn’t up to Ivanka/Hillary standards, but he kept a lid on religious strife, protected religious and secular minorities, and ran a tight ship when it came to civil strife.

  138. MRW says:

    On the other hand, at fifty-four, perhaps that could be considered late middle age
    Ah, no. Medically, barring illness,BARRING ILLNESS, the physical end of middle age is generally 73; can extend beyond that. I’m not up to telling you how I know this–I just discovered this great drink called a Bullshot and I’ve had two, gonna make myself a third–and I’m not up to describing the medical evidence I was presented with by my Manhattan doctor who spent a week at some NIH Aging Conference, so believe it or not. Up to you.

  139. MRW says:

    Not to remove him per se, but to milk as much as possible out of Watergate 2.0 for purposes of the 2018 midterms.
    Because they are such strategic geniuses. (/snark) Not like they could make their return to glory actual policy proposals. Nope.

  140. MRW says:

    trillions of dollars of debt that cannot be paid off
    If you ‘pay off the National Debt” not one single person in this country will have a penny in their pocket or in their bank account. We will all be destitute. Don’t ¥ou think someone might have raised a red flag about “the debt”–which is public “debt,” not private “debt.” BIG DIFF.
    USE YOUR HEAD. This is double-entry accounting. Ever used QuickBooks? You CANNOT have a debt on the right side of the ledger in double-entry accounting without an asset to the penny on the left. CAN. NOT.
    Who owns the assets?

  141. MRW says:

    If Trump really feels that he is a part of the Old Money And Social Position Establishment
    I don’t think he gives a shit about that.

  142. Freudenschade says:

    Did your post respond to mine? No.
    – I’m familiar with the statistics and they support what I said. Thanks.
    – The rest of it is all BLM baiting snarkiness. I’m glad you are so concerned about your fellow man. I look forward to news of you performing community outreach in North Lawndale.

  143. Freudenschade says:

    That’s a lot of riding on the CTA then. Or are you a suburbanite? Sounds more like waiting for the PACE bus.

  144. Freudenschade says:

    We are 96th in the world rankings of government spending as a percentage of GDP, just behind Kenya and just ahead of Ecuador. Pretty elite company.
    Where do we spend all this largesse? Well, this map supports your argument that it goes to the inner cities, provided that those inner cities are in rural Kentucky.
    The argument about taker states is an old one, and this 2014 article in the Atlantic does a good job of making it.
    You need to stop listening to all of that fake news about inner cities and democrats.

  145. MRW says:

    MORE . . .
    The NYC developer Seymour Durst–and father of serial wife & girlfriend killer Robert Durst–put the National Debt Clock up in Manhattan that also claimed the amount that every family “owed” as a result. He did this because he was alarmed at the deficits Reagan and Bush added (source: Table 1.1 https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/omb/budget/Historicals. You will note that the two sustaining periods of federal government surplus during the 20th C preceded the Great Depression and the Great Recession of 2008 under Clinton, which was delayed by the dotcom and housing bubbles. As an accounting fact, when the federal government is in surplus, the private sector is in deficit.)
    Problem is that Durst Père was as lousy at federal finance and knowledge of the federal monetary system–which changed on August 15, 1971–as he was at parenting.
    He failed to put up the necessary other side of the equation: the National Asset Clock.
    Those assets are what the American people OWN.
    The National Debt is a record of the net financial assets of the American people since 1791.

  146. MRW says:

    The Seth Rich conspiracy theory has been repeatedly debunked
    Where? That’s not true.
    Kim Dotcom, a German living in Australia and creator of MegaUpload, tweeted last week or the week before that he was involved with Seth Rich and made the claim that he could prove it. Hannity tweeted that he wanted to get Dotcom on his show. Dotcom tweeted back that he was talking to his attorneys and he would come forward when he was good and ready.
    That remains to happen.
    Everyone forgets that former British Ambassador Craig Murray said he delivered the emails to Assange. He said “Neither of [the leaks] came from the Russians,” said Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and a close associate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. “The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks.” (Associated Press)

    Murray “flew to Washington for a clandestine handoff with one of the email sources in September. [After Rich’s death] He said he received a package in a wooded area near American University.”
    SEE ALSO: Craig Murray: Stunning Admission from Obama on Wikileaks

  147. MRW says:

    No shit, DC.

  148. MRW says:

    He doesn’t do evidence? He prefers to pluck things out of his ass; hence, the assessment?

  149. turcopolier says:

    Yes. Tyler gets more “slack” than Nancy K and you. pl

  150. LeaNder says:

    Curious incident. Reality copying my irony:
    The weekly cabinet meeting was held at the Western Wall tunnels, adjacent to the Western Wall, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the city’s unification in the Six Day War. At no point were the parliamentarians beneath the actual Temple Mount, known to Arabs as Haram al-Sharif.
    Close, but not quite there yet?

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