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Life in America’s scorched earth SPIN hell

I didn’t watch more than a few minutes, here or there, of the legal experts testifying this past week, as Congressman, Jerry Nadler, opened his first impeachment hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.  I gave up on reading transcripts and government reports too.  Perhaps, I’ll pay closer attention as this impeachment sideshow plods on, but for now – this whole pathetic spin circus is a national embarrassment.

Byron York wrote a piece, On Trump impeachment, Democrats pivot back to Russia, yesterday, that sums up this impeachment sideshow:

But on Thursday, Pelosi said Democrats have not acted in haste at all, because the current Ukraine investigation is actually a continuation of the two-and-a-half-year Russia investigation. In fact, it’s not about Ukraine at all. It’s still about Russia.

“This isn’t about Ukraine,” Pelosi said. “It’s about Russia. Who benefited by our withholding — withholding of that military assistance? Russia. It’s about Russia. Russia invading eastern Ukraine. Over 10,000 people, now maybe 13,000, some of them in the absence of our conveying that military assistance that was voted in a bipartisan way by the Congress of the United States. So sometimes people say, ‘Well, I don’t know about Ukraine. I don’t know that much about Ukraine.’ Well, our adversary in this is Russia. All roads lead to Putin. Understand that.”

Good citizenship should include trying to be an informed citizen, engaged in following the news and issues of the day.  The media and our political class still pretend they’re working hard to provide us with “facts” and reporting on “serious events” affecting us, but trying to navigate through the daily doses of Democrat and mainstream media Red Scare hysteria selling Trump outrage spin or the Trump and FOX News punditry circular logic defending against or feigning ignorance about Trump’s latest outrage leaves me exhausted and frankly, embarrassed by our American political scorched earth spin war.  That so many politicians and news media “professionals” actually seem to believe they’re working to “save our democracy” or on the side of the angels seeking only “the truth, ” scares me, because either these people are the most clueless nincompoops alive or they are shameless political hacks and media charlatans, willing to sell any spin lie to gain political advantage, score a few ratings points or garner some clicks online.  Increasingly, I just glance at the spin headlines, listen to a few video takes, then throw my hands up in disgust and tune out most of the political spin.

How we ended up here boils down to 2016 presidential political corruption led to Dems and the mainstream media engaging in a massive spin dirty trick promoting Trump, by giving him billions of dollars in free media, all to derail the GOP primary.  Trump gained a following.  Dems then pivoted to a massive scorched earth spin effort to slay the spin monster, Trump the GOP Insurgent, whom they worked so hard to promote.  Their spin monster creation ended up winning the election and the Clinton machine, high-level Obama peeps and Dems, plus their vast array of liberal friends in the media then launched their #Resist scorched earth spin effort, dedicated to derailing Trump’s presidency, by any means necessary.  Here we are, almost three years later, and nothing has changed, except Trump has become more battle-hardened against Dem/media spin attacks, Trump-friendly media has become as willing as the liberal media to launch corrupt spin attacks and Republicans, who once cowered and surrendered quickly under Dem/media spin attacks, now, by and large, just double down on supporting Trump and/or ignoring the Dem/media spin attacks.

Both political parties and the news media in America hunker down in enemy camps, determined to inflict as much spin damage on the opposing side as possible.

What should have been only a few months of scorched earth political spin war, from the end of our 2016 primary season/beginning of the general election season to election day, instead has turned into an entrenched, take no prisoners, three-year long political battle to destroy Trump’s presidency by any means necessary.  The Dems and mainstream media tirelessly work to report only negative-slanted news about Trump and his presidency, they’ve left no stone unturned searching for Trump dirt, and in the absence of any “new” Trump outrage to report on, well, they recycle through the same tired repertoire of Trump scorched earth spin themes… Trump the Russian asset, Trump the Sexual Abuser, Trump the Crook, Trump the Demented/Dementia case, etc. etc., etc.

Our politics and news media have devolved into competing third-rate reality TV shows, so the “plots” veer more to tired publicity stunts, absurd gimmicks, and insultingly lame spin narratives, all repetitively cycled through, as America descends into scorched earth spin hell.  Each repetitive Trump outrage media spin cycle plummets us further toward a looming information void, where the American people will no longer believe anything the news media reports and the news media becomes so mired in their own convoluted spin narratives, that they meander, hopelessly lost in the maze of, dare I use the term, “fake news,”  that they created.  It’s not just Trump spinning fake news, it’s Democrats, liberal mainstream media, Trumpy Fox News, and yes, this scorched earth spin war provides an unguarded media environment for hostile foreign disinformation operations.  Our own partisans and their respective media spin forces will believe ( and amplify) any negative story about the other side.

My big picture take can be summed up with it’s most disturbing watching retired foreign policy experts, top military leaders and former intelligence officials get caught up in various “spin narratives.” become agitated and or sound hysterical based on the latest scorched earth spin narrative blazing across the media.  When I  start listening to these people or read their angry op-ed screeds (mostly anti-Trump ones), what strikes me most is how quickly I can discern which spin narratives, along this scorched earth spin trail, they’ve meandered down.  It’s easy to navigate from their present hysterical outraged take and backtrack to which media they “trust” and “believe” report “facts” and which bubble of “cohorts” in this spin war they’re aligned with.  Yes, these former apolitical national security people sound more and more like rabid partisan spin warriors than leaders committed to America writ large.  That scares me.

So, now my little picture take on this impeachment sideshow:  It’s a train wreck, on both sides.  Dems launched a major scorched earth spin war offensive, but can’t even seem to get their spin straight on what grave crime or high crimes and misdemeanors Trump’s committed.  Dems started with dramatic allegations of Trump committed a quid pro quo in a phone call with President Zelensky of Ukraine, back in July, by demanding investigations into the Bidens and withholding military aid to Ukraine to pressure Zelensky.  On this allegation, after reading through some of the released transcripts from Schiff’s private hearings, I leaned toward supporting impeachment and yes, I believe Trump was pressuring Zelensky to open investigations into a list of matters, from 2016 corruption to Burisma to the Bidens to some unfathomable allegation about Crowdstrike and some secret DNC server.  I still believe Trump mainly wanted these investigations opened to inflict political damage on Joe Biden, yet Trump insists that July call was a “perfect call.”

Trump’s Republican mouthpieces have meandered far and wide, from saying his call was “inappropriate, but not impeachable” all the way to going full-Trumpian adopting the “perfect call” spin.  With Trump, who on earth even knows what he believes about Ukraine and assuredly, watching Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, wildly tweet allegations, assert he has a RICO chart ready, hint at ominous revelations to come, as he gallivants around Ukraine gathering “evidence,” this seems more like a bad script for another movie about grumpy old men run amok.

There’s been so much underhanded Adam Schiff and Dem efforts to craft that one phone call into “an impeachable offense,” that in the real world would likely rise to gross prosecutorial misconduct, that I think this impeachment effort, at this point, lacks legitimacy and has been so poorly managed by Dems that it’s more a scorched earth media spin event than anything remotely about saving our republic from a corrupt president.  Dems appear to have spent more time plotting their spin theatrics than on investigating the allegations.  They appear to be working on a tight partisan timeline rather than trying to take the time to secure witness testimony and run a fair process, but most telling that this is all just spin sideshow is Dems went from quid pro quo as the reason Trump had to be impeached immediately, to extortion, to bribery and lo’ and behold the reason has now pivoted back to “Russia”…

Since Dems rolled out Fiona Hill, The Non-Partisan, national security expert, to testify, I became disillusioned and disgusted with the Dem/media spin sideshow masquerading as a serious impeachment effort. Their impeachment spin narrative made a dramatic pivot back to Trump=Russia spin theme.  Hill set that pivot in motion hyping the Dem spin line that she wants no part in advancing Republican spin that promotes dastardly Russian disinformation, which frames Ukraine as the culprit in 2016 attacks against our election. Russia did massively interfere in our election, but there were mainstream news media reports about much smaller Ukraine interference too. Now to even mention Ukraine interfered has been spun as promoting Russian disinformation…

So, not only is Trump a Russian asset, but in this latest Dem/media scorched earth spin attack… Republicans who dare even mention Ukraine interfered in our 2016 are now Russian assets too…

Here are a few mainstream media news reports on Ukraine interference:

1/11/17, Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire,  and David Stern by Kenneth Vogel at Politico

7/13,2017, Did Ukraine try to interfere in the 2016 election on Clinton’s behalf, CBS News

12/12/18, Ukraine Court Rules Manafort Disclosures Caused “meddling” in U.S. Election, NY Times by Andrew E. Kramer

12/12/16, a Daily Beast article on the Manafort ledger

As for me, I’m devoting my energy to reading more books that interest me and way less time to this idiotic scorched earth spin information war.

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Gut Instincts

In my last post  I mentioned my reliance on my gut instinct in formulating what is, admittedly, a conspiracy theory.  Interestingly enough, Trump has stated many times he trusts his gut when making decisions too.  Somehow though I suspect there’s a yuge difference between his process and mine, so I’ll explain a bit about how I make my gut decisions identifying the Clinton/Dem/mainstream media spin operations in the media and how I analyze any news pertaining to the actions or public comments and appearances of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Studying propaganda and military information warfare operations has been an interest of mine starting in 1980, when I became interested in studying the Cold War, while in the Army.  Another hobby, of sorts, has been watching people, because people fascinate me.  I also developed a habit of reading a lot of government reports, starting with a hand-me-down copy of The Warren Commission report my oldest sister had sitting around the house.  I read many reports  after big political controversies and calamities, but I also find military after-action reports fascinating.  Add these interests to my news junkie habit that developed when I was probably around 11 or 12, and these habits help guide my “gut instinct”, which fails badly sometimes, but sometimes it’s way ahead of the media reporting.

I also look for patterns of behavior (how people operate/what their personal signature of actions looks like and work on trying to put together a timeline of events or political activities connected to the situation.

Trump, from what I can glean, bases his gut instinct based on his complete faith in his superior dealmaking skills.

Back in the early 90s, I became very interested in the Clinton “war room” and their spin operations. It was something very different than normal political messaging in American presidential politics.  Bill Clinton’s ability to mask his true meaning behind deceptive language fascinated me, to the point, I would often listen closely to what he said in a speech and then look at quotes from the speech that were reported in the news and marvel at how clever he was at saying one thing and meaning exactly the opposite.  Bill and Hillary Clinton both are extremely mendacious people and so is Donald J. Trump but the differences between the Clinton spin operations and comparing that to Trump’s spin sideshow is like comparing fencing to a WWE wrestling match.

Often in combat, guerilla disruption operations prove very successful.  In this endless scorched earth spin information war, Trump disrupts and often hijacks the carefully constructed Dem talking points messaging, that relies on a large network of political operatives, sympathetic news media conduits and Hollywood celebs.  Trump is a one-man show spin guerilla fighter, who routinely, with just a single tweet or public statement, completely disrupts a carefully constructed Dem spin attack.  It’s a large ponderous network vs. an unpredictable, lone spin guerilla, who attacks at random and without any warning.

Along with following the news, I’ve read many of the books that came out on the Clintons (friendly and unfriendly viewpoints), I read books by Democrat political operatives too, like Carville, Dick Morris, John Podesta, etc.  I recently saw David Axelrod’s book, Believer, which I found in my local Dollar Tree store for a $1, so I bought it. I intend to read Ken Starr’s book, Contempt, too, but I have a long list of books I want to get through before I buy that.  I even have a couple books on Trump too.  Another habit of mine is to read bios online of people and political events, to try to understand where they came from.  This brings me back to trusting “gut instinct” –  some people’s quick decisions might be more reliable than others, based on how they go about analyzing situations.

The caveat to trusting “gut instinct” is no human system based on making fast judgments is ever going to be 100% accurate  and it’s best to keep paying attention to new information that develops and be open to admitting some of your “gut instinct” assessments were incorrect and try to improve.

In 2005, Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book, Blink: the Power of Thinking Without Thinking, where he describes this process:

“Thin-slicing” refers to the ability of our unconscious to find patterns in situations and behavior based on very narrow slices of experience.

Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink (p. 37). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition.

Two situations described in this book interested me.  Retired Marine Corps general, Paul Van Riper is without a doubt one of the most brilliant military strategists in America. Gladwell explains Van Riper was selected to lead the Red Team, playing a rogue military leader in the Persian Gulf, heading a terrorist group in Millenium Challenge ‘o2, a very expensive U.S. military wargaming exercise.  In the exercise Blue Team was meant to test the U.S. military’s new operational system, relying on high-tech systems that provided all the super-duper complex computer assessments and analysis, which would provide vast amounts of information quickly.  The Red Team rogue leader, Van Riper played, didn’t have all those high-tech systems:

“Millennium Challenge, in other words, was not just a battle between two armies. It was a battle between two perfectly opposed military philosophies. Blue Team had their databases and matrixes and methodologies for systematically understanding the intentions and capabilities of the enemy. Red Team was commanded by a man who looked at a long-haired, unkempt, seat-of-the pants commodities trader yelling and pushing and making a thousand instant decisions an hour and saw in him a soul mate.

On the opening day of the war game, Blue Team poured tens of thousands of troops into the Persian Gulf. They parked an aircraft carrier battle group just offshore of Red Team’s home country. There, with the full weight of its military power in evidence, Blue Team issued an eight-point ultimatum to Van Riper, the eighth point being the demand to surrender. They acted with utter confidence, because their Operational Net Assessment matrixes told them where Red Team’s vulnerabilities were, what Red Team’s next move was likely to be, and what Red Team’s range of options was. But Paul Van Riper did not behave as the computers predicted.

Blue Team knocked out his microwave towers and cut his fiber-optics lines on the assumption that Red Team would now have to use satellite communications and cell phones and they could monitor his communications.

“They said that Red Team would be surprised by that,” Van Riper remembers. “Surprised? Any moderately informed person would know enough not to count on those technologies. That’s a Blue Team mind-set. Who would use cell phones and satellites after what happened to Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan? We communicated with couriers on motorcycles, and messages hidden inside prayers. They said, ‘How did you get your airplanes off the airfield without the normal chatter between pilots and the tower?’ I said, ‘Does anyone remember World War Two? We’ll use lighting systems.’”

Suddenly the enemy that Blue Team thought could be read like an open book was a bit more mysterious. What was Red Team doing? Van Riper was supposed to be cowed and overwhelmed in the face of a larger foe. But he was too much of a gunslinger for that. On the second day of the war, he put a fleet of small boats in the Persian Gulf to track the ships of the invading Blue Team navy. Then, without warning, he bombarded them in an hour-long assault with a fusillade of cruise missiles. When Red Team’s surprise attack was over, sixteen American ships lay at the bottom of the Persian Gulf. Had Millennium Challenge been a real war instead of just an exercise, twenty thousand American servicemen and women would have been killed before their own army had even fired a shot. “

As the Red force commander, I’m sitting there and I realize that Blue Team had said that they were going to adopt a strategy of preemption,” Van Riper says. “So I struck first. We’d done all the calculations on how many cruise missiles their ships could handle, so we simply launched more than that, from many different directions, from offshore and onshore, from air, from sea. We probably got half of their ships. We picked the ones we wanted. The aircraft carrier. The biggest cruisers. There were six amphibious ships. We knocked out five of them.””

Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink (pp. 185-189). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition.

While it’s a gross insult to General Van Riper’s strategic brilliance to compare him to Donald J. Trump in any way, I think  a very  general “complicated system vs. a very simple, unpredictable system” analogy  holds up.  General Van Riper was playing a rogue military leader of terrorists with few military assets pitted against the most high-tech military in the world.  Scorched earth spin information warfare, on the other hand is sleazy mass media propaganda games and smear campaigns, so it was the Clinton/Dem/mainstream media manipulative word games/smear campaigns vs. Trump, the crass, loudmouth reality TV star blazing insults across the airwaves and mean tweets on his personal Twitter account.  I just don’t think it takes ‘brilliant” strategists to ruthlessly manipulate people, spread outrageous lies and wage vicious smear campaigns.  It takes total amorality of thousands of slithering snakes in the grass vs. a giant hissing orange-skinned snake.

Gladwell gives numerous examples of how sometimes thin-slices of information can give you enough information to make those, almost “thinking without thinking” determinations based on a pattern, you detect very quickly.  I read a book a long while ago, dealing with some of this “in a glance” concept, which Von Clausewitz, a brilliant military strategist, referred to this ability as Napoleon’s Glance, and used the term coup d’oeil.  William Duggan in his book, Napoleon’s Glance writes:

“Coup d’oeil was the secret of Napoleon’s success.  He made no innovations himself: Instead, he studied in detail the winning campaigns of the great generals who came before him, all the way back to Alexander the Great more than two thousand years before.  Napoleon imitated their tactics but always in a new combination that fit the present situation.  He put his army in motion with no particular destination, until he saw in a glance a coup d’oeil a chance to win a battle.  The place and time were completely unpredictable, and he passed up more battles than he fought.”

Napoleon’s Glance, written by William Duggan, page 4

Gladwell also touched on coup d’oeil in his book, Blink, and described a WWII situation pertaining to British women recruited to listen to German radio broadcasts:

“In the Second World War, the British assembled thousands of so-called interceptors— mostly women— whose job it was to tune in every day and night to the radio broadcasts of the various divisions of the German military. The Germans were, of course, broadcasting in code, so— at least in the early part of the war— the British couldn’t understand what was being said. But that didn’t necessarily matter, because before long, just by listening to the cadence of the transmission, the interceptors began to pick up on the individual fists of the German operators, and by doing so, they knew something nearly as important, which was who was doing the sending. “If you listened to the same call signs over a certain period, you would begin to recognize that there were, say, three or four different operators in that unit, working on a shift system, each with his own characteristics,” says Nigel West, a British military historian. “And invariably, quite apart from the text, there would be the preambles, and the illicit exchanges. How are you today? How’s the girlfriend? What’s the weather like in Munich? So you fill out a little card, on which you write down all that kind of information, and pretty soon you have a kind of relationship with that person.”

The interceptors came up with descriptions of the fists and styles of the operators they were following. They assigned them names and assembled elaborate profiles of their personalities. After they identified the person who was sending the message, the interceptors would then locate their signal. So now they knew something more. They knew who was where. West goes on: “The interceptors had such a good handle on the transmitting characteristics of the German radio operators that they could literally follow them around Europe— wherever they were. That was extraordinarily valuable in constructing an order of battle, which is a diagram of what the individual military units in the field are doing and what their location is. If a particular radio operator was with a particular unit and transmitting from Florence, and then three weeks later you recognized that same operator, only this time he was in Linz, then you could assume that that particular unit had moved from northern Italy to the eastern front. Or you would know that a particular operator was with a tank repair unit and he always came up on the air every day at twelve o’clock. But now, after a big battle, he’s coming up at twelve, four in the afternoon, and seven in the evening, so you can assume that unit has a lot of work going on. And in a moment of crisis, when someone very high up asks, ‘Can you really be absolutely certain that this particular Luftwaffe Fliegerkorps [German air force squadron] is outside of Tobruk and not in Italy?’ you can answer, ‘Yes, that was Oscar, we are absolutely sure.’””

Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink (pp. 45-47). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition.

I don’t know if my “gut instinct” when it comes to identifying the Clinton/Dem spin attacks and smear campaigns launching in the media and their endless corrupt political power plays has more to do with Gladwell’s  “thinking without thinking” concept,  coup d’oeil or is more akin to Gavin DeBecker’s, The Gift of Fear, after surviving  the Clinton’s ruthlessness during impeachment in 1998…


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I stitched this small patriotic teddy bear piece last week.  Not sure yet, how I want to finish it, but I want to stitch a few more small patriotic pieces before the 4th of July for some small display on my coffee table.

Here’s the leaflet with this pattern – yep, another one from the 90s:

Now, on to politics…

Last Sunday,  JK, shared two links to a blog, asking for my opinion.  Jk and I bounced a lot of ideas back and forth in a comment section on a previous blog post of mine.  He said this blog is written by a friend of his:

Both of these blog posts provide timelines and raise many questions about events from January to May when Mueller was appointed special counsel by Rod Rosenstein.

The time period that interests me the most is the few days from Trump telling advisers he definitely wanted to fire Comey until Mueller was appointed special counsel – May 5, 2017 t0 May 17, 2017.

In the first of these blog posts, this entry left me pondering and I am still pondering, the same things JK’s friend raised in the second blog post:

May 16
Rosenstein brings Robert Mueller to the White House to meet with Trump as potential FBI Director.  However, by statute the FBI Director is eligible to serve only one term, for a maximum of ten years.  At the end of Mueller’s earlier ten-year tenure as FBI Director it was extended for two years by a special Congressional Act and new legislation would be required if he was to be reappointed.  Trump, Rosenstein, and Mueller converse in the Oval Office.  It is not known whether the legal impediment to Mueller’s appointment is raised.  McCabe has recently published a book in which he writes that Robert Mueller temporarily left his cell phone behind after meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office and that the phone “later had to be retrieved.””

In the second blog post, JKs friend includes this entry, expanding on this meeting:

“The day before Rosenstein announced he was appointing Special Counsel and that it would be Mueller, he brought Mueller to the White House to meet with Trump. Is it true that the President was told Mueller was a potential candidate as FBI Director? If so, was the President told that Congress would have to pass special legislation to allow the appointment? Was there any discussion of Russia or the Comey firing at the meeting? When did Rosenstein decide to appoint Special Counsel and decide it would be Mueller? Did Rosenstein and Mueller have any discussions, directly or indirectly, regarding that decision prior to the meeting with the President? Is it true that, as described in McCabe’s recent book, Mueller left his cell phone in the President’s office and had to return later to retrieve it? If so, did the device record anything while it was left in the office?

Did Rosenstein ever consider recusing himself from the investigation since he was a potential fact witness in any obstruction case involving the President?

Why did Rosenstein not consider Mueller’s long and close relationship with Comey as grounds for not appointing him as Special Counsel?”

I hadn’t heard about this quote when Andrew McCabe’s book came out in February of this year, so I googled and found it in a February Breitbart article:

“In this same meeting Rod talked about interviews with candidates for director. Then he flipped back to talking about possible candidates for the special counsel job. It was hard to track whether he was talking about candidates for one job or for the other. One minute, he said Mueller had been asked to interview for the position of FBI director; Mueller had gone in for an interview with Trump, and left his phone there, and then the phone had to be retrieved.”

Back in 2018, McCabe has stated that after Comey’s firing, Rosenstein offered to wear a wire to record President Trump.  McCabe, who became acting FBI director after Comey’s firing, says he discussed Rosenstein’s offer with his general counsel.  Rosenstein has stated he made the comment in jest.  McCabe has been cast as the liar all-around, yet the odd thing is when I watched McCabe testifying in front of Congress, I thought he was way more truthful than Comey or Rosenstein, as far as demeanor, watching his eyes.  Here’s a video of McCabe reasserting that Rosenstein offered to wear a wire, in an interview in February when his book came out, and he believes Rosenstein was completely serious and not joking.

I don’t read Breitbart and wasn’t confident the quote from McCabe’s book was accurate, so I bought McCabe’s book last week.

So, Rosenstein agreed with firing Comey, when talking to President Trump and Sessions and McGahn.  Rosenstein even drafted the memo with reasoning for firing, but after Comey’s firing,  Rosenstein went to McCabe and talked like he was distraught over Comey’s firing.  He was a man who was looking for atonement from Comey’s colleagues and friends at the FBI, it seems to me.   At the FBI, they were completely convinced Trump was involved in some nefarious connections to Russia. They believed the Steele dossier.  I believe McCabe’s version of this “wearing a wire”, because the spin level created hysteria about Trump firing Comey, Trump-Russia, and the FBI had bought into the Steele dossier as being reliable intel.

Trump exacerbated the spin hysteria by talking to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister, in the Oval Office, the day after firing Comey, trashing Comey as  a real nut-job.  The day after that Trump did an interview with Lester Holt completely changing his story and this is the problem with anything Trump says – he lies constantly, he obfuscates, and he often says totally incongruent things in the same sentence.

Rosenstein appeared, to me,  to be lying about the wire comment.  I don’t believe anyone at the FBI headquarters was in a joking mood about Comey’s firing.

We know from the Strzok messages that have poured out that Strzok loathed President Trump.  We know Comey treated Hillary Clinton with kid gloves and expected her to be his next boss.  We know Comey believes Trump is a threat to American democracy and Comey believed Trump was conspiring with Russia.  McCabe, despite the Mueller report, still believes Trump and his campaign had disturbing connections to Russia.  Yet, all three seem to have taken the Steele dossier as a serious intel product, only because they trusted Steele.

From the Michael Cohen arrest, we now know Trump lied about not having any business in Russia, and that even while campaigning for president, he was still trying to work out a deal for a Trump-Moscow project.

Andrew McCarthy in his recent podcast with Rich Lowry talks about how the Mueller investigation began and he asserts the mixing of politics with law corrupted the process and that Rosenstein panicked.(around minute 25:00).  I believe it was more than just politics.  I believe the orchestrated Clinton/Dem spin operation amplified constantly by the mainstream media was designed to create a “crisis” atmosphere and drive the spin effort that Trump was an imminent threat (the #Resist SPIN War Campaign) that required the immediate appointment of a special counsel.  (Fox News runs the Trump “Deep State” hysteria spin messaging effort).

Since McCabe and Rosenstein give two different versions on the “wearing a wire” comment, it sure would be a good idea to get Robert Mueller under oath, answering questions about what he and Rosenstein discussed before the Oval Office meeting with Trump on May 16, 2017, about his “left behind” cell phone, if anything was recorded while the phone was in the Oval Office, how long that cell phone was in the Oval Office, and who retrieved it.  If anything was recorded, what was it?

I don’t for a minute believe Robert Mueller would ever have acted in bad faith, but:

“Before I step away, I want to thank the attorneys, the FBI agents, the analysts, and the professional staff who helped us conduct this investigation in a fair and independent manner. These individuals, who spent nearly two years with the Special Counsel’s Office, were of the highest integrity.”


There’s still Peter Strzok being hired, who was anything, but fair and independent and there are lawyers he hired,  with close ties to the Clintons.  They never investigated the Steele dossier, which fed the Trump-Russia hysteria  The Clinton campaign, replete with a vast network of Dem operatives, who specialize in sophisticated smear campaigns,  deliberately fed the Steele dossier and the Shearer dossier, masquerading as intel coming from reliable sources, into official government channels.

And here again we come to a word that doesn’t get talked about much in this whole mess, even though it is central to what happened in 2016.  That word is TRUST.  I believe trust was central to what happened to me in 1998 (see Messages of mhere link at the top of my blog).  That retired general would never have participated in that “operation” against me, unless he completely trusted the information he was given.  He already hated my guts, so I believe that he easily believed the worst of me.   I think Mueller trusted in Comey’s integrity and he trusted in the information he was provided.  Mueller’s appointment came about in a very confined timeframe and in the midst of a massive spin outrage cycle, with the media ranting about a “crisis”  and “Trump is a Russian agent”.

Mueller looked nervous and uncomfortable in his press conference.  I suspect he trusted Comey, who has been reported to be Mueller’s golden boy.  I believe Mueller trusted in the information he was given on Trump-Russia collusion.   Comey made “intent” his key tenet in his charging decision in Hillary’s email investigation and he overlooked the FBI Notes completely.  The months before Hillary became Sec. of State, after Obama’s election, the Clintons had their respective IT guys, Cooper, who set up Bill Clinton’s personal Foundation server in their home and Hillary’s campaign IT guy, Pagliano, use campaign computer equipment to upgrade the family Foundation server, in anticipation of adding the State Dept, message load to their Foundation server.  That upgrade process took months, so Hillary really did find it easier to use one device – she wanted to have their Foundation business and her State Dept. business on one secret server in their home…  Comey does not seem to believe Hillary is a corrupt person.  He does seem to believe Trump is a very corrupt person.

Getting all of the 2016 facts sorted out and on the table is important for our governmental institutions, even if the process will cause a great deal more political upheaval.

2016 should never be repeated.

Hopefully, someone involved in the FBI or DOJ, as this mess unfolded, has the INTEGRITY to sit down with Durham and just tells the truth about what all happened, rather than trying to run competing media spin efforts.


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Tweets from the wilderness

Very quick free pattern I stitched last night on a scrap piece of 14-count Aida cloth. I stitched this while watching the FOX News gloat fest over Avenatti’s indictment. Yes, I made a mistake in the middle row in the blue field of the flag and left it. I was probably distracted by Hannity’s sanctimony… This pattern is available at

Redundancy Warning, lol: This blog post is thoughts that I’ve already posted on Twitter this morning and it’s the same message, I’ve repeated many times, even though I doubt the combatants on both sides of America’s SPIN information war will ever admit they are part of the problem

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Both sides, Trump & FOX News vs. the entire Left & mainstream media remain deeply entrenched in a take no prisoners scorched earth SPIN information war, but each side pretends only the other side is engaged in vicious character assassinations and orchestrated spin attacks.7:57 AM – 23 May 2019

The reality check on this constant back and forth about who is the victim feeds the respective spin on each side. The Clintons have been using this “poor, pitiful me” spin tactic (victim of a Witch Hunt) since the 90s and Trump borrowed that spin tactic from Hillary, just like everything else about his spin effort.

The Clintons were under investigation throughout Bill Clinton’s presidency, some of it was justified, some was excessive and yes, the Clintons were extremely corrupt.

Trump has been under investigation even during the 2016 campaign, which in itself is under investigation presently. He remains under investigation by Dems and some is excessive, and yes, Trump is extremely corrupt too.

The Clintons lied constantly. Trump lies constantly. Lying constantly makes you a corrupt person, no matter how much parsing of words and spin you try to gloss over this character question. Of course, being corrupt is not necessarily “criminal”, which seems to be the theme both Clinton and Trump apologists use, but being corrupt should be a flashing warning light to sensible people that this person is not trustworthy or someone you should follow.

Corrupt leaders invariably corrupt their followers. This is just common sense. Character matters and it especially matters in leaders, who are people of great “influence”. The President holds the highest elected office in the land and with that office comes not only the presidential duties and powers laid out in the The Constitution, but also the role of “influencer-in-chief”. The President of the United States can also use the office to set the tone for our country simply by how he/she acts.

A lot of Trump supporters see the Clinton and Dem corruption in their scorched earth spin efforts to destroy Trump, like the Trump-Russia spin/investigation spin hysteria and the orchestrated character assassination spin effort waged against Judge Brett Kavanaugh and they refuse to see anything wrong in Trump’s “fighting back”. Trump sinks into the gutter like the Dems in “fighting back” against Dem smear efforts, but Senate Republicans and Kavanaugh took a high road approach to countering the Dem smear onslaught and managed to win over, even moderate, Susan Collins. Eureka! Perhaps, Trump should consider some other ways to counter the Dems spin attacks (he won’t).

  1. libertybelle‏ @october601 3h3 hours agoMoreTrump broke through the Left & mainstream media control of spin war in America by mimicking the Clinton spin model. He has far less media, but he relies on his own stage presence and hijacking the Left’s spin. In military terms, he owns the OODA loops:1 reply0 retweets0 likesReply 1 Retweet  Like  View Tweet activity

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Trump broke through the Left & mainstream media control of spin war in America by mimicking the Clinton spin model. He has far less media, but he relies on his own stage presence and hijacking the Left’s spin. In military terms, he owns the OODA loops:8:50 AM – 23 May 2019

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Neither side will win this scorched earth SPIN information war. The only outcome will be an America that is totally factionalized & ungovernable. SPIN information war corrupts everyone who engages in it – it’s orchestrated propaganda warfare to control public opinion in America 8:50 AM – 23 May 2019

I’ve said all of this before. There are no winners in scorched earth information warfare, just escalating corruption of our government processes, the media and most of all our culture. There’s absolutely no threads of common ground left to sew together to unite our country at the end of the road – only rabid factions, who distrust and despise each other.

Trump was not just being “reactive” to the media, he was reacting to Nancy Pelosi launching another Dem spin attack, with her “Trump cover-up” hit, before heading to the White House yesterday. Haberman and the mainstream media sell the Dem spin constantly. The mainstream media loyally ran with the Schumer/Pelosi version of the White House meeting and Trump’s behavior and they repeated Pelosi’s spin “Trump covered-up” over and over and over last night. The “mainstream media” is really the Dem’s spin chorus. They attack Fox News as Trump’s “state TV”, but they don’t see that they do the same thing with running the Dems spin talking points. Just like FOX News peeps see only the mainstream media “bias” against Trump. Both sides are engaged in waging spin attacks.

I finished stitching this a couple days ago and haven’t washed and pressed it yet. It’s from a Leisure Arts leaflet, Scriptures of Thanksgiving. This design, with no fractional stitches, worked well on 14-count Aida cloth, which I have a lot of and am trying to use up.

Besides my daily housework/ caregiver chores and my blogging and tweeting today, I want to work on stitching another Christmas pattern. Sometime soon I need to start working on turning some of these stitched pieces into actual Christmas ornaments… Following the spin war or needlework… Needlework is the winner in my book, lol.

Have a nice day!

Blog note: I apologize for the twitter repeats, but WordPress has a new editing program called “blocks” and I am just learning how to use it.

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A few bits of politics

There’s currently a deluge of reports and other information pertaining to the endless Trump-Russia mess, the Steele dossier mess, and assorted other matters in Washington. It’s hard to even keep track of all of these reports and the information, let alone find time to read through all of it.

There are various audio versions of the Mueller report available to purchase and this week Congressional Dems are doing a public reading of the Mueller report. However, I located a free version of the Mueller report on Stitcher, that’s broken down into chapters and you can pick and choose what parts you want to listen to or slowly work your way through the entire report. Here’s the link: I’ll listen to some of some of this, but after reading a bit of it, the part that interests me the most is Volume I – the Russian activities and national security aspect of this. The Volume II obstruction part will end up being both a #Resist political and spin hyped melodrama and I’m sick to death of the 2016 spin reruns.

A couple days ago, Congressman Doug Collins released 9 more transcripts of House Oversight interviews of Obama officials, including interview of Loretta Lynch, Andrew McCabe and James Rybicki. Here’s the link to those transcripts:

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Lots more questions about the Hillary email investigation & Crowdstrike too

I am wondering if the FBI’s Clinton email investigation was stage-managed by Clinton lawyers from the start?

The news that Attorney General, William Barr, appointed a U.S. prosecutor, John Durham, to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation has set off a media and spin firestorm.  The general media consensus about Durham’s reputation seems to be that he is an apolitical, by-the-book, hard-nosed prosecutor with extensive experience investigating organized crime and high-level government corruption.  We can be sure that no matter what he finds or doesn’t find America’s rabid partisans will continue to foam and froth at the mouth and our endless spin war over 2016 will grind on.

With so much spin to sift through, my most trusted source of information and analysis on this ongoing 2016 mess, remains Andrew C. McCarthy.  Here’s a link to a Byron York podcast  from last week, where his guest is Andrew McCarthy,  that covers the latest happenings.

In various comments on my blog last week,  JK and I tossed a lot of theories, suspicions and links back and forth, so I’ll include some of them here:

May 17, 2019 – The McCarthy Report podcast hosted by Rich Lowry, where Andrew McCarthy covers the latest.  After minute 28:30, JK thought this information was rather a bombshell:

May 18, 2019: The John Batchelor Show, with Thaddeus McCotter and Andrew McCarthy as guests, is a podcast offering insights and works to connect the dots into the origins of the Steele dossier and investigation of the Trump campaign:

May 18, 2019: In a comment, JK posted this link to a McCarthy NR piece, The Steele Dossier and the ‘VERIFIED APPLICATION’ That Wasn’t.

May 18, 2019: JK posted this link to another John Batchelor Show podcast, titled, Why did Christopher Steele name Russian names to the State Department October 11, 2016? @ChuckRoss, where Batchelor interviews Chuck Ross, a reporter at The Daily Caller, a right-leaning news site, that, unlike the mainstream media, actually covered the Awan Brothers scandal (see the many investigative reports by Luke Rosiak – if you go to this link, scroll down and there’s a long list of other Rosiak reporting on the Awans).

Since I veered into the Awan “scandal”, which the mainstream media blew past in another “nothing to see here” Dem spin cover-up effort, JK mentioned this Awan scandal, so here’s our exchange, which gets to the real problem for America with this endless scorched earth SPIN information war  – AMERICA’S NATIONAL SECURITY TAKES A BACKSEAT TO PARTISAN POLITICS:


Thanks for that link – yeah I’d seen that but hadn’t gotten to the ‘bright idea part’ of clicking on the guy’s tweet to open the whole thread. Remember LB, I’m Twitter-Ignorant.


Sometime/Somehow I expect we’ll see (maybe not in our lifetimes though maybe our kids will) But anyway I’ve long thought, in at least the Podesta emails hack specifically, “the unrung bell” has the fingerprints of the Awan Crime Family Syndicate all over it. Nobody it sometimes seems to me even remembers those Pakis having access to virtually all the D-Team’s stuff, computerspeakingwise.

I believe you are right there, JK. I found it hilarious with the Dem outrage spin cycles about various Trump administration security clearances, like Kushner’s, yet they all turned a blind-eye to the having a Sec of State running the State Department from an unsecured, makeshift server that two flunkies (with no computer-expertise) put together in the Clinton’s basement and then add in the Awan brothers, who were providing IT services for not just the DNC, but for several Congressional Dems. And add in that the, tens of thousands (one estimate was around 49,000) State Dept emails on the Weiner laptop. Abedin’s family is Muslim Brotherhood-connected, so how she got a security clearance is a mystery to me. The Awan brothers had financial disasters in their background, fraud too, I think, so how they were cleared to be handling computer IT services in Congress baffles me. They stole computer equipment too, I believe…

The mainstream media threw a lid on all of that.

The Dems are total frauds and have zero credibility when it comes to national security.

With the unfolding Steele dossier and “at the beginning” queries into how the investigation of Trump/Russian collusion began, another source I trust is Trey Gowdy, former SC Congressman.  On May 14, 2019, Gowdy made a comment in an interview with Sean Hannity, that instigated a “rats scurrying effect” of finger-pointing between James Comey and John Brennan.  I avoid watching Sean Hannity, because I place him in the same category as Rachel Maddow – pathetic partisan shills, who will say anything to prop up their own partisans.  That said, here’s the link and here’s the Gowdy comment that led to media spin efforts between Saint Comey of Mount Extremely Careless and John Brennan, Our Lord of Unassailable Intelligence Professionalism:

HANNITY: Last question —

GOWDY: So, whoever is investigating this, tell them to look for emails between Brennan and Comey in December of 2016.

May 15, 2019, Streiff at RedState wrote a piece, Brennan And Comey Start Pointing At Each Other As Barr’s Prosecutor Closes In, which explains the divergent versions of how the unverified Steele dossier got included in the intelligence report in 2016.

Often I come across information from sources, whom I have no idea who they are , if their information is reliable, verified or corroborated, but it’s still fascinating and raises more questions in my mind.

Andrew McCarthy mentioned a Twitter account, Undercover Huber, which is an unverified account, although that doesn’t mean much of anything really, just no blue checkmark seal of approval from Twitter as a person who is worthy of notice.  I’m both an unverified account and also a total failure in the “influencing” world of social media. Undercover Huber has almost 70.000 followers and Andrew McCarthy mentioned him, so I pay attention to Undercover Huber tweets.  I have an unverified account on Twitter, down to 50 followers and I feel certain Andrew McCarthy is never going to mention me, lol.  Anyhow, reading Undercover Huber tweets are very interesting.

McCarthy retweeted another unverified Twitter account thread, from an account, brennan’sorangejumpsuit, who has posted some tweet threads using government documents available through FOIA and news reports, where he pieces together and highlights intriguing bits of information, like this: and this:

The tweet thread that McCarthy retweeted is this one:   The thread is long and leads to questions veering in several different directions, but since I am a timeline person and I prefer to understand matters from a  “let’s start at the beginning” approach, here’s what caught my attention:

One question I have is whether Crowdstrike participated in the FBI’s investigation (cough, cover-up) of whether Hillary’s private server was hacked by foreign powers. That would undermine Crowdstrike’s credibility/objectivity.

The FBI’s investigation of HRC’s private server began with an IC IG referral on 7/6/15. The formal investigation opened 7/10/15.

Exactly in between those two dates, on 7/8/15, Crowdstrike was awarded an emergency, no-bid, 364-day contract with the FBI:

The FBI is in no big hurry to disclose what that contract was for.

I found this Crowdstrike information very interesting.  If the FBI signed an emergency, no-bids contract with Crowdstrike as soon the Hillary email server investigation started, what on earth was Crowdstrike contracted to investigate?  Who at the FBI approved this emergency contract?  Was the DOJ involved in this emergency contract with Crowdstrike?  Did the FBI ever independently analyze the Clinton homebrew server or devices turned over to the FBI or did Crowdstrike, which is also on the payroll of Perkins Coie handle all the computer forensics work in the FBI’s Clinton email investigation?

It seems to me, that answering these Crowdstrike questions will explain a lot about why the Hillary email investigation was handled totally unlike other FBI investigations.  James Comey being publicly cornered by Loretta Lynch, to make the call on whether to prosecute Hillary Clinton, after her infamous tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton, may have been par for the course in bending all the rules to accommodate the Clintons special treatment rule at the Lynch DOJ.  The special rule may have started at the beginning, with Clinton lawyers working through the Lynch DOJ to make sure FBI  computer forensic experts never laid hands on the Clinton server or the devices Hillary deigned to turn over (2 ipads out of 5 and none of her 13 blackberries per the FBI Notes released in 2016).

I am wondering that if the Clinton lawyers made sure that Crowdstrike, a firm also on the Perkins Coie payroll, handled all of the Clinton email computer forensic investigations, did Crowdstrike also do the quickie Weiner laptop investigation in October 2016, when Comey reopened the Hillary email investigation???  And, if  Crowdstrike was tasked with that Weiner laptop investigation, who all was involved in orchestrating that?  Comey takes all the heat about the Hillary email investigation, but perhaps, the Lynch DOJ or even higher, President Obama, himself, may have been directing the Hillary kid-glove treatment from the get-go.

Finding out who was calling the shots in the Hillary email investigation is important, because James Comey will be the one to take the fall as the Clinton cronies close ranks, imo, even if he was just a man caught in the middle with Clinton loyalists and Obama higher-ups (some overlap there) directing this investigation and FBI investigators who wanted to do their job.  Comey is someone whom both sides of rabid partisans love to hate, which makes him the perfect candidate to become the Clinton’s spin patsy, if they want someone to take the hit, so they can declare “There’s been accountability, so for the good of the country, it’s time to move on.”  Saint Comey doesn’t realize that the Clinton/Dem machine will throw him over the cliff as the fall guy in a heartbeat, while protecting Loretta Lynch and the other DOJ rats.

Exposing the full scope of the corruption, all the way to the top, will expose too many powerful Dems, not just the Clintons, so I doubt that will happen.

Alas, it’s always more questions and zero accountability in the Clinton public corruption maze…

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Glass Houses

Today I watched Attorney General, Bill Barr, testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee while I was working on another cross-stitch Christmas ornament:

This is a greeting card kit, that I bought on clearance at Walmart years ago.  I worked there for close to 15 years, holding various positions, including the department manager of the fabrics and crafts department.  My co-workers in that department were always urging me to buy clearance stuff that was sitting there and not selling.  They would tell me how crafty I was and how I would use it.  It has never taken much encouragement to get me to buy craft and needlework stuff, so the blame is mine, not theirs, lol.  I am stitching this using an old mat from a photo frame, because I learned this helpful hint, for stitching on small pieces of fabric, online at a cross-stitch blog.  It’s easy to use masking tape to tape the fabric to the mat, stitch up the piece, then pull off the masking take and it avoids embroidery hoop marks like this:

I stitched this one a week ago and used my 4″ inch hoop.  It still has masking tape on it, which I  use on the edges of my Aida to prevent fraying while I stitch, because it’s quick and easy.

Now, to the hearing.

The Dems and some anti-Trump members of the Mueller team appear to have coordinated their efforts to smear Barr in this hearing.

That was my main takeaway.

There was a leak to the NY Times yesterday quoting information that had to come from members of Mueller’s team:


This hearing was intended to be just another spin stage for Dem Senators to work hard to enact their spin message soliloquies and grandstanding theatrics, in hopes of capturing news media oxygen and help Dems win the spin cycle.

There were cringe-worthy moments on both sides of the aisle, but the scale definitely tipped on the Dem side, with the disgraceful, prepared smear delivered by Senator Hirono taking the prize for most vile political hack attack of the day.

Alas, the Dems are in panic mode, because finally the investigative lens will be turning to the Clinton/Obama peeps corrupt antics in 2016.  It’s amazing that, finally, the Steele dossier and the 2016 Clinton/Obama administration corruption are now grabbing headlines in mainstream media. because it feels like I’ve been saying this a long, long time: 2016 Russian Collusion Count.

Sadly, America has been living with a corrupt “mainstream” (liberal) media that has been the willing “amplifier” and “enforcer” of Dem spin messaging since the 90s.  Trump disrupted and broke through the Dems’ and the “mainstream” media’s  control of spin messaging.  Since 2016, the American media serves as the battlefield for this scorched earth spin information war, littered with everything from nuclear level media smear campaigns to annihilate Trump, to bizarre frenzied  guerilla Twitter spin attacks by Trump, to now the Dems, with Hillary leading the charge, are engaged in a spin carpet bombing mission in the media.

Hillary and the Dems are working to regroup after the Mueller report fizzled as a spin weapon to take down Trump.  Their new spin message carpet bombing effort includes smear attacks on Barr, to destroy his credibility and rally their media minions to following along.  Top Obama peeps and the Clintons know the forthcoming IG report will open many top Obama officials to some serious public scrutiny of their corrupt efforts to weaponize the Obama DOJ, FBI and intelligence to target Trump in 2016.  They need Barr, and hence the forthcoming IG report preemptively discredited, and most of all they need the mainstream media convinced they are the victims, Trump is still evil and this IG report, due to Barr, is merely… another witch hunt against the Clintons.

Hillary was on Rachel Maddow’s show Wednesday night, playing the “I was robbed” victim again, as she rallied rabid Dems against Bill Barr (and Trump).

I’m sick to death of partisans, on both sides.

It’s awful for most of America that our small tribes of the Washington and media “inside” crowd, long to be America’s political rainmakers. These political movers and shakers live in their own partisan glass houses and hobnob exclusively within their own elite villages, listening to only their own circle of rabid partisans.  Most of America is the real victim of boths sides of partisans and foreign info war efforts, subjecting the rest of America to 24/7 agitation propaganda, all to “win” news media spin cycles (control media information in America) and hopefully win the larger culture war.  The end game is to maintain political control of America, by totally marginalizing dissenting political opinions, by using  massive media “influence operations” (sophisticated information warfare).  The ultimate target is manipulating the hearts and minds of the American people.

Today, the NY Times also ran another spin effort, this one from James Comey, who will assuredly be going through a lot more public scrutiny before the 2016 corruption – on both sides – is ever put to rest.  Comey, who views himself as Mr. Integrity, decided to try a preemptive spin move to attack Barr’s integrity, because Comey knows the investigations and spin winds are now shifting to the Obama administration actions in 2016, in which he was a key player.  Comey may be a brilliant man, but his political instincts and timing are clunky at best.  He has a tin ear to how his words sound and resonate.

This  Comey op-ed effort to impugn Barr’s actions and character comes across as pure deflection.  Comey appears to be sharing spin notes with top Clinton/Obama peeps, who are trying to destroy Barr’s reputation with a full-frontal preemptive spin attack… before the IG investigation into their 2016 actions start being made public.

Comey is another Washington insider who lives in a fragile glass house.

I’ve been busy with my everyday stuff caring for my husband and my home. I am online less and working on things like my counted cross-stitch more.  The rest of this post is crafting junk.

Here’s a box of cross-stitch and some needlepoint kits I pulled out of a large plastic container in the garage, as projects I want to work on stitching.  Some I’ve had since the mid-90s:

These are photos from the past few weeks:


This cute bunny Walmart clearance kit is from 2000.  I know this, because I have two more of these bunny kits with different bunnies and one has the year stitched on the picture.


I stitched the kitten in the stocking pattern above and this teddy bear pattern from a Leisure Arts leaflet from 1997:

This leaflet has very cute Christmas patterns.

I bought two 5X7 inch cross-stitch kits at Joann’s last year, when my husband was in the hospital.  Here’s one that I stitched up recently:


Plus, I have a few other larger cross-stitch pieces that I’m working on too, but working on stitching some small Christmas projects and making them into ornaments is my focus at the moment.  My cross-stitch is way more interesting than this endless, destructive, vile scorched earth spin information war.

May 2, 2019, 10:57 am – I apologize for all the editing and rewrites on this post. I rushed writing it last night and between terrible writing and a lot of afterthoughts, I keep reworking this post.

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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.” –

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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