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Aquamarine vs. turquoise ( a 2015 blog post)

Here’s my so simple 2015 plan, that even a 5 year-old would understand it:

Finally, here is a post on factions, that’s so simple even a 5 year-old can understand the problem.  Adults might get stuck in their rigid ideological beliefs. All beliefs are not morally equal – some when carried to extremes have horrific consequences for millions of innocent people, while others can do remarkable good for the entire world.  That is the TRUTH.

Let’s say you believe very strongly that a color is aquamarine and I believe equally as strongly that that color is turquoise.  Being that we both believe a different thing, many avenues are there for us to choose.  We could argue and get so angry that we end up hating each other and never speak to each other again.  I could feel so strongly about my belief that I kill you.  We might even  kill each other fighting over who is right. I could even decide that it’s not enough to just kill you, but because you’ve convinced your whole town that the color is aquamarine, it’s necessary to kill all of them too.

Of course, on the less extreme side we might agree to consult an outside expert on color to settle the matter, perhaps, we could call the Crayola Company, after all they’ve been naming colors since 1885 in Easton, PA, near where I grew up.

We might argue, passionately and often, clinging to our beliefs (as President Obama accused those rural people in PA), but in the American tradition, we could agree to disagree and at some point, shake hands and say, “Let’s go have pizza!”  Presented to most 5 year-olds, the vast majority will agree that it’s stupid to kill other people just because we disagree, on the other hand most adults refuse to even listen to differing opinions.  Maya Angleou, renowned poet, expressed it exactly right:

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.” –
http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/26244-hate-it-has-caused-a-lot-of-problems-in-the

So, in America, being a country forged together by a people committed to INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM, we have The Declaration of Independence to ensure our God-given, unalienable rights are not infringed upon:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Sadly, in America our political partisanship swirls dangerously to extremes – where hate has swelled to such a level  that many Americans choose to receive all of their news from sources that align with their political views.  The hate and extremism goes so far that even the President of the United States works to divide Americans into hostile camps.  Distrust turns Americans into furtive enemies, partisans avoiding those who hold an opposing view, with ideological walls being girded to lock out all who dare to disagree.  Even codes are enacted in our universities to silence opposition.

We must tear down these partisan walls!  We must work to find common ground, or we can not face the threats beyond our borders.  President George Washington warned about the dangers of extreme partisanship in his Farewell Address:

“I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.

This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

So, beyond my stating it is a parental duty in a civil society to train your children to respect the rule of law.  George Washington tells you that it’s a duty to discourage extremist politics – the duties are required to be a good citizen.  I wrote a post in 2013 titled, “The duty of a wise people”. on this subject.

There was a time, not so long ago, when American school children were routinely taught about this speech and  American principles.  Sadly, today I suspect many school children don’t even know who George Washington was. And mentioning The Constitution, too often and too loudly, will get your name on a Homeland Security watch list as a right-wing extremist…

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Twitter cover-up?

Busy tweeting this morning, with so much to comment about. NBC reported on the email account linked to propelling the Covington boys and the Native American man incident to go viral. Buried down at paragraph 11, there’s this bit of information:

“On Wednesday afternoon, @2020fight deleted her Twitter account, seemingly after Twitter lifted her suspension. (Suspended accounts cannot be deleted.)”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/twitter-account-amplified-covington-catholic-d-c-march-video-appears-n961981

Why on earth would Twitter lift the suspension on this account at the center of the controversy?  If the account was actually an account in the San Francisco bay area, was it connected with some partisan political operation?  Shouldn’t the intent be to preserve an account with so many questions about it and even Democratic Senator Warner asking Twitter for more information about that account yesterday?.  Check out paragraph 2, which exonerates  the account holder of any malign intentions:

“But it appears that the account, @2020fight, was run not by a foreign operative trying to fan America’s political divisions but rather by a woman who described herself as a San Francisco Bay Area teacher and advocated liberal causes — and, to all appearances, did not expect to find herself at the center of a media firestorm.”

If the video wasn’t the result of foreign info operators, was it the result of domestic partisan info operators?  Starting to smell like the Dems corrupt Moore Alabama type operations might be a widespread Dem social media operation.

So, many questions…

Added Comment: January 25, 2019, 11:44 am,  The vague weasel words the media uses always cause my spin antennae to twitch.  In the 2nd paragraph, it begins, “but it appears” and ends with  “and, to all appearances”.  No one states whether those conducting the investigation into the account had any conversation or communication with the account holder(s).

The account triggered suspicions, because of the profile stating it was a CA school teacher, but the profile picture was a Brazilian blogger.  The CNN article quoted Rob McDonagh, an assistant editor at Storyful:

“McDonagh said he found the account suspicious due to its “high follower count, highly polarized and yet inconsistent political messaging, the unusually high rate of tweets, and the use of someone else’s image in the profile photo.””

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/21/tech/twitter-suspends-account-native-american-maga-teens/index.html

What exactly does  “highly polarized and yet inconsistent political messaging,” mean?  Was it political messaging playing to (targeting) different political factions?  So, we don’t know what the messaging in the deleted account, with a very high rate of tweets,  which was crucial to propelling the Covington student/Nathan Phillips video to go viral, actually contained.  We need more information about what  McDonagh meant by “inconsistent political messaging”.

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About Information voids

Part 2 . The Buzzfeed Story Portends Widening Spin Information Voids

“President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter.

Trump also supported a plan, set up by Cohen, to visit Russia during the presidential campaign, in order to personally meet President Vladimir Putin and jump-start the tower negotiations. “Make it happen,” the sources said Trump told Cohen.

And even as Trump told the public he had no business deals with Russia, the sources said Trump and his children Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. received regular, detailed updates about the real estate development from Cohen, whom they put in charge of the project.”

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonleopold/trump-russia-cohen-moscow-tower-mueller-investigation

The Buzzfeed story dumped late Thursday night.  American news media reporting on cable TV and especially American news media sitting on Twitter lit up the night sky with blazing flares of, “If true,” while simultaneously breathlessly speculating, as if the story was true.  The way the media tacked on that cover-their-butt, “if true ” disclaimer ran completely counter to all of the media’s oft touted standards of journalistic ethics, so many of them preach and preen about.  They say that they independently corroborate stories before running them.

None of them independently corroborated the Buzzfeed story, before reporting on it.  What they did was devote enormous air time and breathless tweet time to propelling an uncorroborated story into the spin stratosphere and incite an impeachment drumbeat.  It amounted to just spreading an extremely damaging rumor that, if not true, amounted to a media smear effort and the target of that smear effort has no way to undo the damage.

What also happened and speaks to something deeper than just crappy and careless journalism, is as soon as the Buzzfeed story dropped, top Dems, many of them  in Congress, who have pushed for Trump’s impeachment lit up Twitter with calls to open Congressional hearings into impeachment immediately. Here are a few that I retweeted with my comment added:

“If” and if two federal law enforcement officials are the sources, they are damaging the case by leaking it to the media, all to feed Dem spin hysteria.

“may have” Shouldn’t Dems be trying to encourage people involved in the investigation to quit leaking, which will help promote public confidence in the investigation’s findings?🤨 All this leaking is damaging the credibility of the investigation.☹️

“If” What if it’s not true? 🤔 As responsible elected officials, shouldn’t you verify IT IS TRUE, before ginning up another Dem SPIN tsunami? This is a coordinated Dem SPIN character assassination tactic and unfair to any American, even ones you hate.

“if accurate” This orchestrated Dem/media spin attack is intended to set the pretext for just that happening.

Another orchestrated Dem SPIN attack here. This leaks is the media cover for House Dems to open impeachment investigation rather than wait for Mueller’s report. A leak with unnamed sources & no independent corroboration. Dem SPIN machine is a corrupt mob operation.

Note the timelines: the Buzzfeed story dropped on January 17, 2019 at 10:11 p.m. and Dems didn’t wait until the story was corroborated, before spinning the impeachment drumbeat.  I suspect the Buzzfeed story was part of another orchestrated Dem SPIN (mob) attack.
The Dem politicians and the media avalanche of “impeachment” chyrons and headlines lasted almost a full day.
A spokesman for Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, refuted the details of the Buzzfeed story, late in the afternoon on January 1 8, 2019:
“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” spokesman Peter Carr told INSIDER in an email on Friday.”

That almost full day of an uncorroborated story (rumor) creating an information void portends a dangerous problem.  The potential for false stories to be dumped in the media to create chaos, civil unrest or distrust in our government, must be responded to promptly.

Frankly, I believe our entire national security system relies too heavily on civilian mass media for news on domestic happenings, with no plan for an independent quick response avenue to verify facts on the ground or deal with an aggressive disinformation attack.  We all turn on civilian cable news networks or go online to some civilian news site.  Our emergency broadcast system works for natural disasters, but it’s not designed to respond to an orchestrated disinformation attack.

Our government needs to develop some independent approaches to be able to rapidly assess facts in a disinformation attack crisis, that are not dependent on the civilian news media.  It’s a potentially serious gap in our national security in this new information age.

Trump, love him or hate him, should not be the target of orchestrated spin smear campaigns and likewise he should not engage in smear campaigns against other American citizens or businesses.  The same standards of conduct should apply to Democrats and Republicans.  The media should pause and take a long, hard look at their journalistic ethics, because they are totally corrupting reporting by engaging in spin information warfare.  Quit with the Trump obsession and just report factually accurate news.

In my previous post, I mentioned how rumors can have serious national security implications.  In our era of rabid partisan politics, it sounds almost quaint and nostalgic to speak about our federal government being committed to promoting national unity.  However, in both world wars, there was a unified effort by both sides of the aisle in Congress  and the president to promote national unity and to devote effort to quelling demoralizing rumors and propaganda efforts.  By the 1960s, the American Left had moved to tearing down the system and fueling divides and that progressed to the embrace of SPIN information warfare by the 1990s.  Since Trump mastered the Left’s SPIN info war, both parties are consumed by spin.

We often try to find some nefarious master planner conspiracy theory to blame or explain how complicated events happened, but often human systems, especially complex ones, end up on the brink of collapse through innumerable small and large events, decisions, interactions and failures.  It’s easy to try to pin America’s problems on Trump or the Russians or the Left or the Right, but in reality there’s probably way more factors involved than even our best systems analysts will ever understand.  Suffice it say, plenty of our top national security experts are alarmed at the deepening partisan divides in America and they are alarmed at the increasing level of public incidents of partisan rage and hatred being reported.  And that is why I keep writing about stopping the scorched earth SPIN information war.

We may never know exactly how SPIN info war evolved or who all was involved in developing the techniques.  We may never know if hostile foreign intelligence was involved at its inception, but we assuredly know, with the escalated Russian cyber attacks and online troll activities, that they are definitely involved now.

SPIN relies on ramping up repetitive messaging (mostly disinformation efforts) and it operates heavily on orchestrated smear campaigns.  Every American, especially our political leaders, have the ability to reject mass media scorched earth SPIN information warfare and work to promote respect and civility in our public discourse.  Our media, which is a necessary component for SPIN info war to even work, has the power to stop engaging in being a conduit and an enabler of spin messaging and smear campaigns.  If the media actually followed their own journalistic ethical standards, that would put a huge dent into the SPIN war operations.

I believe that the current hyping that social media needs to do more to stop Russian information operations and hate groups or sites set up to report on suspected Russian fronts potentially will create more unintended problems curtailing free speech than they will solve.  It’s one thing for national security professionals to track suspected Russian fronts and hate groups, but it’s another to publicly list those or badger social media companies to root out hostile foreign information operators.

People are smart enough to make up their own minds and decide what they want to believe.  Creating a Red Scare atmosphere is counter-productive.  I know I have listed a few sites that I suspect are hostile front operations or have some connection to an orchestrated SPIN messaging operation.   However, I’ve thought about this more and watched how many on the  Left are painting in very broad strokes the “alt-right” and “hate speech” labels or turned every incident of someone in the Trump camp of even being in the same room as a Russian, as evidence of something nefarious (see poor Jeff Sessions being accused of Russian collusion), the potential to create a McCarthyite mob mentality, especially cyber mobs, it seems better to promote good citizenship and civil discourse than to try to publicly identify hostile foreign influence agents. Leave that to the professional national security people to quietly figure out.

I prefer a “Kill Them With Kindness” strategy to defeat SPIN information warfare in the public square… and a whole bunch of political leaders stepping up to the plate to lead by example.

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Reporting from the SPIN trenches…

President Trump visited U.S. troops in Iraq yesterday and just like everything he does, controversy erupted and a full-blown Dem/mainstream media spin offensive launched.

By late yesterday a Trump spin counteroffensive was lighting up the Twitter night sky.

Predictably, the Dem/mainstream media major spin attacks usually begin with a NY Times or Washington Post breaking story of some alleged big Trump scandal.  Most of these big Trump stories start unraveling quickly, where large chunks of the purported facts end up being uncorroborated, leading to corrections and/or major walk-backs.

The problem is the rest of the mainstream media has already run wild repeating that initial NY Times or Washington Post reporting, meaning that initial uncorroborated story has already sprouted wings and flown far beyond the reach of the truth.   The  spin (lies) has already worked its damage.  It is believed, despite the corrections and walk-backs, largely because most of the news organizations and people who retweeted the original spin don’t bother to retract or correct the story.

The big NY Times blockbuster news story yesterday dealt with allegations about Trump’s bone spur diagnosis in 1968, to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War.  I don’t subscribe to the NY Times, so here’s CNN reporting:

“Dr. Larry Braunstein, a podiatrist who died in 2007, often told the story of providing Donald Trump with the diagnosis of bone spurs in his heels so he could be exempt from military service, his two daughters — Dr. Elysa Braunstein and Sharon Kessel — told the New York Times.
“It was family lore,” Elysa Braunstein told the Times, adding that the story was “something we would always discuss” among family and friends.”

The doctor reportedly rented his office space from Fred Trump.  This doctor is dead,  his two daughters are self-professed Democrats and they dislike Trump.   The NY Times admitted that they had no corroborating evidence to back this story.

They ran it anyway.

President Trump and the First Lady’s trip led to numerous mainstream media spin attacks, some of which the President’s own words deserved criticism.

Timelines, in my mind, suggest that the Dems and #Resist faction within the mainstream media got wind of Trump’s trip, because there were pool reporters on the trip.  Presidential trips are morale boosters for the troops and positive media message for any White House.  Trump has been under attack in the media for not visiting the troops overseas during his almost two years in office.  This trip was an opportunity for President Trump to dig out from under a mounting pile of negative news stories,  from his handling of the Syria pull-out announcement by tweet and General Mattis’ resignation.

The Dems/mainstream media ran with this NY Times story based on hearsay about something a dead man supposedly said…  The thin vapors of credibility used to bolster this story is “family lore” as told by two women, who despise Trump so much that they were willing to publicly accuse their father of medical malpractice and fraud.

Of course, Trump blathered on in Iraq making numerous flat-out untrue statements, like the 10% pay raise he told troops he got for them.  These Trump exaggerations where he just makes up his own “facts” are par for the course in any Trump word salad ramble.  For Trump facts are optional.

The more insidious and damaging things Trump said were comments like:

In Iraq, Trump digs in on Syria withdrawal, telling pool of “the generals”: “They said again, recently, can we have more time? I said, ‘Nope.’ You can’t have any more time. You’ve had enough time. We’ve knocked them out. We’ve knocked them silly.”

Or

What , commander in chief, said visiting troops in Iraq. Military families will also hear his views. “We are spread out all over the world. We are in countries most people haven’t even heard about. Frankly, it’s ridiculous.”

The media went whole hog looking for negative Trump stories during this trip, with CNN fueling a controversy reporting on some troops in Iraq asking Trump to autograph their MAGA hats and a Trump flag.   CNN had Jim Acosta, a reporter with a long-running feud with Trump, and retired Rear Adm. John Kirby, “A CNN analyst” on camera to analyze this situation.  John Kirby served in the Defense Department and as the spokesman for the State Department in the Obama administration.  CNN reported:
“It is in fact a campaign slogan, that is a campaign item, and it is completely inappropriate for the troops to do this,” Kirby said.
Kirby assigned some blame to Trump himself for political activity around the military: “Every time he’s around military audiences, he tends to politicize it, and he brings in complaints and grievances from outside the realm of military policy.”
And that’s when the Trump Spin Commandos went berserk waging a Twitter counteroffensive attacking Jim Acosta, Kirby, and CNN.  Some big Trump Spin Commandos went on twitter attacks, throwing out their own “military cred” as a shield against criticism, while they insisted the reporting about Trump signing MAGA hats was a CNN attack against the troops with the hats.  The real issue, was the command should discourage  overt partisan actions, just like there was a disturbing sign of this in early 2017, with a vehicle in a U.S. Navy convoy on a KY interstate with a vehicle flying a Trump campaign flag. At the time I wrote:

“The Navy vehicle with a Trump flag disturbed me, by jarring me into thinking about how politicized even our national security services have become.  Retired generals signing letters to support political candidates, rally at national party conventions, become vocal spokespeople on campaigns, all feeds to politicize the military.  President Trump does have support from many service-members, he even has generals on board.  He is the man who said he would order U.S troops to murder ISIS family members to scare ISIS terrorists into submission, yet he was not roundly condemned by Republicans and his big name mouthpieces did damage control glossing over his lawless and immoral strategy, plus constantly pointing out how Hillary was worse.

As with everything about President Trump, his closest supporters will say just about anything to deflect, so with the Left fueling more hysteria and street violence, I worry about Trump’s “strong-man” impulses and overreaction.  I worry about people around him and their motivations to foment chaos.  I worry about what happens when the military and intelligence agencies lose their moral compass as apolitical professionals dedicated to keeping all Americans safe and defending The Constitution.

Are we at the crisis point where we need to worry about 1984?  I hope not.  The past two weeks of constant drama, hysterics and extreme partisan fighting do worry me and the Trump flag on a U.S military vehicle was definitely on the wrong road.  Let’s hope some principled leaders emerge to guide us back to safer middle ground, eschewing the partisan extremes.”

https://libertybellediaries.com/2017/02/05/definitely-on-the-wrong-road/

Here we are almost two years later and “constant drama, hysterics, and extreme partisan fighting” has become like a static trench war, where neither sides can see a way to make any real advances, so they hunker down in their spin trenches and just lob ineffective smear attacks, resorting frequently to fact-free noxious gas attacks now, in hopes of immobilizing the other’s sides spin attacks.  There is no larger strategy to this endless scorched earth spin war.

The combatants, on both sides, are just grinding away their own credibility… and the credibility of America, writ large.

This vicious scorched earth SPIN war should not be what defines America.

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Acting like mafia dons and such

My house needs some serious decluttering of closets, the garage, drawers, cupboards, and, yikes, paper work.  Here and there, small bits of decluttering progress happen, but when it comes to books and kitchen gadgets, there’s rarely any that leave.

Last weekend I sorted through some bookshelves full of paperbacks (mostly historical romance novels) and filled up a medium-sized box to take to the Goodwill, but I came across this Agatha Christie book of short stories, which my youngest daughter read in her early teens.  Sorry about the shadowy photo, but my lame photography kind of adds to the mystery vibe…  This paperback escaped purging,  because I realized I had never read these short stories before.

A few weeks ago, sorting through some books, I came across this childhood favorite of mine:

I thought about throwing it into my Goodwill box.  That didn’t happen.

Miss Marple, in writing, is even more delightful than she is on TV or in movies.   I love characters who sit removed from the action, quietly whiling away at their  needlework, while their mind is on much more serious matters.  As for the Princess Tales, the pages are very yellowed, but there are some interesting black and white images of princesses, who will likely end up in a junk journal in the near future.

Sadly, my sleuthing skills will never be on par with the marvelous Miss Marple, so I’m stuck sorting through open source information, reading through tedious government reports and lots of googling.  Today, I’ve spent time rethinking and refreshing my memory about what else was going on around the time and/or shortly before the pivotal events in the 2016 corruption saga.

Trump is not the only American president to act like a mafia don and he’s not the only presidential candidate in 2016 to rely heavily on a “fixer”.  Trump relied on his longtime friend and personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who has now defected to not just cooperating with Mueller’s investigation.  Cohen, out of all of the lawyers in America, hired Clinton loyalist and dogged Clinton mouthpiece, Lanny Davis.

So, who was Hillary Clinton’s trusted “fixer”?

It was Bill Clinton, of course.

Bill Clinton very much wields the power in the Dem good ol’ boy network, that Hillary never will.  Hillary has operatives, who report only to her, but her political power will never equal Bill Clinton’s.  He is a former-president, a bona fide political genius, has a large circle of political operatives, friends, Dems who owe him, while she, despite being a powerhouse fundraiser, is only a twice-failed presidential contender.

Bill Clinton maintained a pretty low public profile in Hillary’s 2016 run.  However, he made news at a few pivotal times .

Here’s an August 2015 story of  Bill Clinton and Vernon Jordan “happily golfing” with Obama at Martha’s Vineyard:

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-obama-bill-clinton-golf-marthas-vineyard/story?id=33106106

Bill Clinton and President Obama looked so “happy” in that photo, that I wondered what on earth they were chatting about, with Vernon Jordan, longtime Clinton hack along and Bill Clinton’s angry face and “strong-arm posture”.

Obviously,  Obama knows that Hillary has enough damaging information on the Obama administration security failures, Benghazi, etc., that there’s no way Obama can ever stand up against the Clinton machine and retain his own legacy.  President Obama used a private gmail account and emailed Hillary at her email address on her private server.  That information is in FBI Notes of Huma Abedin’s interview.  Abedin is shown various email chains and one includes emails from a gmail account with an alias, that Obama used.

In October 2015, Hillary appeared before the Benghazi Committee to clear Benghazi off the deck for her presidential run. Dems on the Benghazi Committee ran a full-throated spin effort for 11 hours straight – repeating two phrases, over and over and over, to set in stone, in the public mind these two points: “This hearing is a right-wing witch hunt” and “This is costing the American taxpayers $4.7 million.”   (pssst, note, Trump is just a Dem spin copycat with the “witch hunt” lament)

Bill Clinton wanted that email investigation gone, so imagine his ire that a year later, as the drip-drop of more emails fall-out was still impacting weekly in 2016.  The drips were sucking oxygen from Hillary’s campaign, almost as much as Hillary’s lackluster campaign style.

Then, in late June 2016,  there was the Bill Clinton/Loretta Lynch tarmac meeting to get the ball rolling in “THE END” to the FBI’s investigation of Hillary’s emails.  It appears Bill Clinton decided to strong-arm the DOJ to deep-six Hillary’s email investigation.

Loretta Lynch refused to recuse herself from the email investigation, but she made some bizarre statement that she would abide by the FBI’s recommendation on prosecution, even though she fully knew prosecutorial decisions are a DOJ responsibility.  She put James Comey in an uncomfortable position, but as evidence bears out, Comey and the FBI had already written drafts exonerating Hillary months before.

Googling last night, I came across two news stories that made me think that understanding Washington politics is a lot like following daytime soap operas.  With soap operas, if you don’t watch regularly, you need to have a friend or family member, who does and who can fill you in on all the long, winding back story.  James Comey was a deputy attorney general in 2004, involved in the Sandy Berger case.

Berger, a former Clinton national security adviser, stole classified documents from the National Archives.  Berger got off pleading to a single misdemeanor, a fine and later he had his law license revoked.  Yet, while Secretary of State, Hillary was emailing Sandy Berger, using an unsecured server and with a man who assuredly should not have any access to sensitive information.  They were discussing sensitive information about:

“Others could be controversial, such as 2009 messages from former national security adviser Sandy Berger about how to pressure Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over negotiations with Palestinians.”

https://nypost.com/2015/07/31/dozens-of-clinton-emails-censored-for-security-reasons/

Time to get back to Bill Clinton, though.  In July 2016 Comey exonerated Hillary on her email scandal, but Comey came under intense criticism and questioning from Congressional Republicans.  He quickly became adept at donning his Hillary defense counsel hat when being questioned by Congressional Republicans, all while claiming complete and total objectivity, impartiality and above all, unquestionable personal integrity.  James Comey, always answers to a higher loyalty… just ask him… even when he is flagrantly weaving and dodging spinning for Hillary Clinton.  However, it seems part of Comey resented being placed in this untenable position by Loretta Lynch and the Clintons, because he started making public statements.

Comey started publicly trying to defend himself after the huge Republican blowback about how the FBI handled Hillary’s email investigation and he drew public fire from more Bill Clinton strong-arm moves.  Bill Clinton lashed out:

“Bill Clinton is accusing the FBI director of serving up “the biggest load of bull I’ve ever heard” — marking the first significant public comments from the husband of the Democratic nominee on the scandal that’s plagued his wife’s campaign for over a year.”

https://nypost.com/2016/08/13/bill-clinton-accuses-fbi-of-serving-up-a-load-of-bull/

Back in August of 2016 I wrote:

Last week Hillary kept repeating lies about what FBI Director Comey said about her email server in his public statement.  Okay, no biggie, when you consider every time Hillary Clinton makes a public statement she LIES.  There were also reports that the FBI is deliberating whether to release the official report of Hillary’s three and a half hour interview with the FBI to Congress.

That sets the stage for my next amateur analysis of how the Clintons operate.  Some odd things have occurred with both, Bill and Hillary’s comments in recent days.  Bill Clinton started making statements yesterday asserting that James Comey is serving up a load of bull.  Lest you think he’s senile or crazy, let me expound on how the Clintons and Obama use public comments to intimidate people.

A few months back Obama was putting the screws to General Petraeus about his retirement pay.  I believe Obama wanted Petraeus to do something for him, that Petraeus was reluctant to do. I am sure when Petraeus’ scandal was settled with only one misdemeanor charge – they have a lot more serious charges that they dropped. The ones reported are serious – his mistress had hundreds of classified documents on her unsecure laptop, and his black books.  Petraeus hired the Clinton lawyer, David Kendall, so you know Kendall knows where all the Clinton bodies are buried.  A few days later, Ash Carter announced that they weren’t going to mess with Petraeus’ retirement benefits.

With this FBI investigation, several months ago, Obama commented on the ongoing FBI investigation into Hillary’s home-brew server and stated that it was careless, but not criminal.  Bam, when Comey made his announcement he stated that her use of this unsecured server was “extremely careless” and gave a laundry list of serious findings, but then he caved and stated that while her actions were “extremely careless”, it wasn’t “criminal”.  This is how the sending signals works.

These public shots across the bow are vintage Clinton tactics too.  So, when I heard Bill Clinton so boldly saying what Comey said was “bull” – that was a challenge.  Bill Clinton is the one behind the scenes strong-arming everyone from Obama on down to clear the path for Hillary.

https://libertybellediaries.com/2016/08/14/more-bill-clinton-strong-arm-moves/

The most important point about Hillary Clinton’s email scandal is it was Bill Clinton’s larger scandal that was being covered up.  The homebrew server was set up before Hillary was ever Secretary of State, by Bill Clinton, as his personal Clinton Foundation server.  Bill Clinton wasn’t just trying to save Hillary with his strong-arm moves or working to get Hillary elected.  He was covering his own behind.

The FBI, reportedly,  had several open Clinton Foundation investigations in 2016, yet somehow the FBI never tried to search the Clinton server for Bill Clinton foundation emails or Bill/Hillary/Huma exchanges that would go to pay-to-play???  Huma Abedin was the only non-family member with an email address on the Clinton server.   She also was reported to be working for the State Department, as a “special government employee and working for Teneo, a Clinton Foundation connected firm, at the same time.  There were actually two servers, the original one set-up by Bill Clinton’s IT guy and the upgraded one set-up by Hillary’s campaign IT guy, Bryan Pagliano, who was held in contempt of Congress, for failing to show to testify:

“The FBI latest document dump shows:

  • The FBI acquired TWO separate email servers and mobile devices that Hillary used.
  • The FBI determined 81 email chains containing classified information, ranging from CONFIDENTIAL to TOP SECRET/SPECIAL ACCESS PROGRAM were transmitted on Clinton’s TWO UNCLASSIFIED email server systems. Of those 81 emails chains, 68 remain classified.
  • The FBI did not find evidence that Clinton’s server had been compromised. However, the FBI was unable to acquire all of the computer components and mobile devices used by Clinton, so they couldn’t conclusively determine whether the classified information on her system was compromised.
  • On page 4, the FBI notes that Pagliano, whom Clinton had set up the second email server in home, reported that he only transferred clintonemail.com  email accounts for Huma Abedin and BLANK from the old system to the new system. (The old system Bill Clinton had set up for his foundation work).”

https://libertybellediaries.com/2016/09/03/the-servers/

Imagine Bill Clinton’s rage in October of 2016, when leaks from the FBI’s NY field office are reporting several ongoing investigations into Clinton Foundation pay-to-play…  By that point, James Comey was probably sweating bullets trying to figure out what to do to plug the leaks and make the Weiner laptop mess go away, because all the polls looked like Hillary Clinton was going to be his new boss and Bill Clinton assuredly would not be a stay-at-home, baking cookies kind of  “First Spouse”…

Comey knew all about the Clintons.

This new Comey, spouting off as a Hillary cheerleader and speaking of “extremely careless” conduct, is a far cry from the 1996,  U.S. special counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee Comey:

“Comey’s first brush with them came when Bill Clinton was president. Looking to get back into government after a stint in private practice, Comey signed on as deputy special counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee. In 1996, after months of work, Comey came to some damning conclusions: Hillary Clinton was personally involved in mishandling documents and had ordered others to block investigators as they pursued their case. Worse, her behavior fit into a pattern of concealment: she and her husband had tried to hide their roles in two other matters under investigation by law enforcement. Taken together, the interference by White House officials, which included destruction of documents, amounted to “far more than just aggressive lawyering or political naiveté,” Comey and his fellow investigators concluded. It constituted “a highly improper pattern of deliberate misconduct.””
http://time.com/4276988/jim-comey-hillary-clinton/

 

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Another IG report

Here’s another IG report just released:

Report of Investigation:Recovery of Text Messages From Certain FBI Mobile Devices

 

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A fitting 2016 blog repost

Today I caught just a little of the latest Trump news and the surreal optics of Rudy Giuliani appearing on FOX News last night and admitting that President Trump reimbursed his lawyer, Michael Cohen, the $130,000 hush money paid to Stormy Daniels, the porn star, who alleges she had an affair with Trump juxtaposed to President Trump sermonizing this morning for the National Day of Prayer.  However, it’s as surreal as having James Comey, James Clapper and John Brennan, leaking sensitive information to take down President Trump and on a media blitz to gin up anti-Trump sentiment, hint at ominous “Russian collusion” committed by President Trump and cast aside any doubts about their rabid anti-Trump sentiments.  Added to the surreal optics is after 15 months of President Trump being in office, Hillary Clinton is still on her sore loser tour, putting forth endless reasons for her “I was robbed” takes on why she lost the 2016 election.   I believe most of America wants to move on and has adjusted to the reality TV presidency of President Trump, however there are plenty of rabid #Resist  partisans on the Left and a small segment of NeverTrumpers, who are determined to see President Trump impeached and work tirelessly unto that end, leaving America still stuck on this 2016 hamster wheel.  Round and round we go…

I’m reposting my April 19, 2016 blog post, Drumpfzilla vs. the Witch of Chappaqua, which holds up pretty well on both Trump and Hillary:

After almost a year of this 2016 presidential campaign, the endless Trump theatrics and bogus allegations, replete with vile, petty name-calling and endless spin (lying) makes me disgusted not only with Trump, but also with his big name enablers.  I lost respect for many public figures in the process, especially Rudy Giuliani, who could go on national TV and proclaim that Trump behaves gentlemanly and is a gentleman. That level of bold-faced lying for political purposes rests as something I expect from Hillary Clinton, not from Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor.  The Trump demolition of the GOP continues and  rather than beat a dead horse and repeat the same mantra daily,  I’m working on some other craft projects and also some other topics to write about – hence, not as frequent blog posts.

My fervent hope is that both Hillary and Trump get fired  – she  to face charges and he as a total lying, conniving fraud, but of course, due to the state of America and the worship of celebrity, my hope rests as, at best, a forlorn one.  She will not be held to account for jeopardizing national security on an epic scale and Trump, a TV clown act, who definitely does not possess the integrity, intellectual heft, work ethic or frankly good manners to be President, just might insult his way into the White House.

How smart people can excuse his petty stream of  “Little Marco”, “Lyin’ Ted”, Megyn bleeding out of her wherever and Carly’s ugly face taunts, well, I don’t get it.  Top that with the fact that the man does not hire the best people, he doesn’t bother to do his homework, he’s corrupt and worse than that he corrupts those who follow him.  They begin to believe his lies and convoluted excuses and worse repeat them.  No one stole his delegates – he was too lazy, too cheap and most of all believed  he could ride free media buzz all the way to the nomination, so he didn’t bother with setting up real state campaign operations.

Trump’s latest RNC delegate rants repeat the same Trump pattern – he didn’t bother to prepare for debates and when he ended up looking like an ignorant ass – he walked away from the debates.  However, for months, his enablers bragged that he was different, he didn’t need to know details or prepare, as he would hire the best people, and he even set out mocking Carly Fiorina for her obvious dedicated study and preparation as a negative – boring even.  Heck, I caught myself thinking she does sound very prepared as if that was a negative, until I realized Trump was sucking me into his amoral relativistic thinking – he does that to people.  He will find a little grain of truth and use it to sell a whole truckload of lies and bullshit.  He also connives people into becoming willing participants in his vile attacks and smear campaigns, as they repeat his sleazy dirt.  Her studying demonstrated she was worthy of the job she was seeking and Trump’s refusal to follow the rules or put any effort into policy research shows he is UNFIT for the job.  He perverts, not only the truth, but people’s moral compass, as he sells you on his entitlement, due to he is rich (successful).

Now, he wants the RNC to ditch all the rules to accommodate him, all because of his own lack of planning and cheapskate campaign tactics have left him without viable state grassroots organization.  His free ride with mass media collusion is about to end and he’s now having to pay his way, which he is whining about non-stop.  The man is a fraud and worse than that, he corrupts everyone who buys into his delusional conspiracy victim-hood tripe.  One can only wonder how he will fare, if  he does bare-knuckle his way to the GOP nomination.  The media sits poised to turn on him and will unleash the Clinton attack machine.  Assuredly, they want Trump to burn down the GOP tent, as they have given Trump billions of dollars of free air time, to that end.   However, their fork-tongued, flame-throwing swamp monster, Drumpfzilla, seems to have acquired land legs and he’s as adept at “scorched earth” as the Witch of Chappaqua.   The blaze from 2016 may be one for the record books, but let’s hope that America is still left standing and neither of these two vile creatures ends up in the Oval Office!

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