Friday, December 15, 2017

FBI's Strzok and Page also slammed Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, pondered sexual preference of John Kasich-USA Today, 12/12/17

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12/12/17, Strzok and Page "also slammed former Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley – and pondered the sexual preference of Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich."

7/6/2016, "Comey says FBI did not 'give a hoot about politics' in Clinton email investigation," LA Times, Del Quentin Wilber
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12/13/17, "Ironically, Democrats pushed for the [IG] investigation."..."New Details Emerge About Discovery of FBI agents' Anti-Trump texts," Daily Caller, Chuck Ross
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12/12/17, "Peter Strzok, FBI agent removed from Robert Mueller's Russia probe, called Trump an 'idiot'," USA Today, Kevin Johnson

"Peter Strzok, a counter-intelligence agent who also helped run the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, expressed a clear preference for the Democratic candidate while leveling expletive-laden insults against Republicans. The GOP, he said in one exchange, “needs to pull their head out of their ass."...

The disclosure of 375 text message communications between Strzok and FBI colleague Lisa Page not only included disparaging references to Trump but also slammed former Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley – and pondered the sexual preference of Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

The communications obtained by USA TODAY late Tuesday covered more than a year’s worth of communications between Strzok and Page, beginning Aug. 16, 2015 to Dec. 1, 2016. 

The communications between the two officials initially came to the attention of the Justice Department's inspector general during an ongoing inquiry into the department's handling of the Clinton email investigation. Page also had been assigned to the Mueller team but had returned to the FBI before the text messages were discovered....

During one Aug. 16, 2015 exchange, Page noted that she had just noticed “my first Bernie Sanders bumper sticker. Made me want to key the car.”...

During the Republican convention the two colleagues engaged in running commentary on the roster of speakers, including actor Scott Baio.

Oooh, TURN IT ON, TURN IT ON!!! THE D----BAGS ARE ABOUT TO COME OUT,” Strzok writes.

Later, Strzok asks about Trump’s performance, also referring to him as “a d-----.”"...

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Added: "They're with her..."















Source: Branco

"Evidence is building instead that some officials at the FBI—who have worked for him [Mueller]—may have interfered in an American presidential election." Wall St. Journal Editorial Board

12/13/17, "The FBI’s Trump ‘Insurance’," Wall St. Journal Editorial Board (Thurs., Dec. 14 print ed.) 

"More troubling evidence of election meddling at the bureau."
 
"Democrats and the media are accusing anyone who criticizes special counsel Robert Mueller as Trumpian conspirators trying to undermine his probe. But who needs critics when Mr. Mueller’s team is doing so much to undermine its own credibility?

Wednesday’s revelations—they’re coming almost daily—include the Justice Department’s release of 2016 text messages to and from Peter Strzok, the FBI counterintelligence agent whom Mr. Mueller demoted this summer [after an IG report]. The texts, which he exchanged with senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page, contain expletive-laced tirades against Mr. Trump. Such Trump hatred is no surprise and not by itself disqualifying. More troubling are texts that suggest that some FBI officials may have gone beyond antipathy to anti-Trump plotting....
 

Meanwhile, we’re learning more about the political motives of Mr. Mueller’s lieutenant, Andrew Weissmann. Judicial Watch last week released an email in which Mr. Weissmann expressed his “awe” and praise for Sally Yates, after the then acting AG and Obama holdover refused to implement Mr. Trump’s travel ban.

This should trouble anyone who cares about the integrity of the Justice Department. Ms. Yates had every right to resign at the time if she felt she couldn’t implement Mr. Trump’s order. But she had no authority as an executive branch official to defy a legitimate presidential order. Mr. Weissmann's support for her insubordination was a declaration that he is part of the “resistance.” This should be unacceptable in a ranking FBI official, much less someone charged with conducting a fair-minded investigation. 

Public confidence isn’t helped by the continuing Justice and FBI refusal to cooperate with Congress. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who supervises Mr. Mueller, toed the Mueller-FBI line on Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee. He repeated FBI Director Christopher Wray’s preposterous excuse that he can’t answer questions because of an Inspector General probe. And he wouldn't elaborate on the news that Nellie Ohr, the wife of senior Justice official Bruce Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, which hired Mr. Steele to gin up his dossier.

The man who should be most disturbed by all this is Mr. Mueller, who wants his evidence and conclusions to be credible with the public. Evidence is building instead that some officials at the FBI—who have worked for him—may have interfered in an American presidential election. Congress needs to insist on its rights as a co-equal branch of government to discover the truth."

"Appeared in the December 14, 2017, print edition."

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"Both were driven primarily by a desire by federal officials to protect Clinton's election chances, and hurt Trump in any way possible."
 
12/14/17, "Explosive Texts Point To FBI, Not Russian, Meddling In 2016 Election," IBD Editorial

"Scandal: For 18 months, the FBI has been fixated on determining whether President Trump worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election. But explosive text exchanges between top FBI agents suggest it should be looking in the mirror. 

The text messages sent between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, which became public on Wednesday, provide a rare and illuminating window into just how rabidly partisan putatively nonpartisan law enforcement officials can be. 

In the exchanges, they called Trump an "idiot," a "loathsome human," an "enormous do-che," and said "this man cannot be president."

When not berating Trump, they were praising Hillary Clinton. In one text, Strzok said: "God, Hillary should win 100,000,000-0." In another, he said that "a lot of people are holding their breath hoping" about Clinton.... 

During one of the presidential debates, he texted: "Oh hot damn. HRC is throwing down saying Trump in bed with Russia." In one of Page's texts, she said Hillary "just has to win now."

On their own, these texts might not be a big deal, even if the two are career government employees. Everyone is entitled to their opinions.

But Strzok and Page weren't just a couple of bureaucrats crunching numbers in a windowless office at the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Strzok was a key player in the FBI's investigation into whether Clinton had broken the law by using a private, unsecured email server to handle highly classified documents. He interviewed several of the people involved, including Clinton herself.

He was also the person who watered down the language in the statement used by Comey to exonerate Clinton, changing it from "gross negligence" to "extremely careless," which as we noted in this space was critical to Comey's claim that Clinton didn't break any laws.

Remember, too, that when Strzok was busy airbrushing Clinton's email crimes, he would have known that, had the FBI done the right thing and indicted her for putting national security at risk, it would have crushed her campaign, and helped elect the man Strzok clearly felt should never be president."...

[Ed. note: "Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell said that he believes some foreign intelligence agencies possess the contents of Hillary Clinton’s private email server." 5/15/2015, "Michael Morell: Foreign Governments have Hillary's email," Politico, Adam B. Lerner]

(continuing): "In other words, Strzok had motive, means and opportunity to sabotage that investigation.
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Strzok and Page were also deeply involved in the FBI's investigation into alleged Russia meddling, which started almost immediately after Comey let Clinton off the hook, and was sparked by a dodgy Clinton-financed "dossier." In fact, according to CNN, Strzok signed the document making the Russia probe official.

So did these FBI agents act on their fervent anti-Trump beliefs in ways that might have compromised the integrity of both investigations?

The text exchanges suggest they very well may have. Consider: 


  • In August, Page told Strzok he should stay where he is because "you're meant to protect the country from that menace," meaning Trump. She then sent a link to a David Brooks column in The New York Times which argued that, with Trump, "There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you're not in revolt, you're in cahoots." To which Strzok said "of course I'll try to approach it that wayI can protect our country at many levels." 
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    One of the texts also suggests that both knew they should be careful when discussing Clinton. In April 2016, Page texted "you say we text on that phone when we talk about Hillary because it can't be traced."

    At the very least, these messages cast still more doubt on both the Clinton email and the Russia investigations, and lend more credence to claims that both were driven primarily by a desire by federal officials to protect Clinton's election chances, and hurt Trump in any way possible."


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    'These people don’t understand they are undermining their own country, they aren’t showing respect for Americans that voted for Trump'-Mr. Putin, 12/14/17...(Someone finally mentions the voters without whom there would be no Pres. Trump)

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    12/14/17,  "Vladimir Putin: Russiagate “invented by those aiming to de-legitimize Trump”," RussiaFeed.com 

    "In Vladimir Putin’s annual Q and A presser, the Russian President takes questions from foreign journalists and citizens"  

    "On the issue of alleged collusion with the Trump campaign:  

    Putin: “That’s been invented by those aiming to de-legitimize Trump. These people don’t understand they are undermining their own country, they aren’t showing respect for Americans that voted for Trump.""... 

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    Comment: Someone finally mentions the voters without whom there would be no Pres. Trump.





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    Evidence builds that FBI officials some of whom have worked for Mueller may have interfered in 2016 US presidential election-Wall St. Journal Editorial Board, 12/14/17...(FBI didn't "give a hoot about politics," James Comey, 7/6/16)

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    7/6/2016, "Comey says FBI did not 'give a hoot about politics' in Clinton email investigation," LA Times, Del Quentin Wilber...The reason for Strzok's removal from Mueller's team on 8/16/17 was kept secret for 4 months.

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    12/13/17, "The FBI’s Trump ‘Insurance’," Wall St. Journal Editorial Board (Thurs., Dec. 14 print ed.)

    "More troubling evidence of election meddling at the bureau."

    "Democrats and the media are accusing anyone who criticizes special counsel Robert Mueller as Trumpian conspirators trying to undermine his probe. But who needs critics when Mr. Mueller’s team is doing so much to undermine its own credibility?

    Wednesday’s revelations—they’re coming almost daily—include the Justice Department’s release of 2016 text messages to and from Peter Strzok, the FBI counterintelligence agent whom Mr. Mueller demoted this summer [after an IG report]. The texts, which he exchanged with senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page, contain expletive-laced tirades against Mr. Trump. Such Trump hatred is no surprise and not by itself disqualifying. More troubling are texts that suggest that some FBI officials may have gone beyond antipathy to anti-Trump plotting.

    I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office—that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected—but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk, Mr. Strzok wrote Ms. Page in an Aug. 15, 2016 text. He added: “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

    What “policy” would that be? The “Andy” in question is Andrew McCabe, the deputy FBI director. FBI officials are allowed to have political opinions, but what kind of action were they discussing that would amount to anti-Trump “insurance”?

    In another exchange that month, Ms. Page forwarded a Trump-related article and wrote: Maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace. He thanked her and assured: “Of course I’ll try and approach it that way.” Mr. Strzok, recall, is the man who changed the words “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless” in James Comey’s July 2016 public exoneration of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

    The McCabe meeting came on the heels of the FBI’s launch of its counterintelligence probe into Trump-Russia ties. July [2016] is also when former British spook Christopher Steele briefed the FBI on his [Mrs.] Clinton-financed dossier of salacious allegations against Mr. Trump. The texts explain why Mr. Mueller would remove Mr. Strzok, though a straight shooter wouldn’t typically resist turning those messages over to Congress for as long as Mr. Mueller did. 

    Meanwhile, we’re learning more about the political motives of Mr. Mueller’s lieutenant, Andrew Weissmann. Judicial Watch last week released an email in which Mr. Weissmann expressed his “awe” and praise for Sally Yates, after the then acting AG and Obama holdover refused to implement Mr. Trump’s travel ban.

    This should trouble anyone who cares about the integrity of the Justice Department. Ms. Yates had every right to resign at the time if she felt she couldn’t implement Mr. Trump’s order. But she had no authority as an executive branch official to defy a legitimate presidential order. Mr. Weissmann's support for her insubordination was a declaration that he is part of the “resistance.” This should be unacceptable in a ranking FBI official, much less someone charged with conducting a fair-minded investigation. 

    Public confidence isn’t helped by the continuing Justice and FBI refusal to cooperate with Congress. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who supervises Mr. Mueller, toed the Mueller-FBI line on Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee. He repeated FBI Director Christopher Wray’s preposterous excuse that he can’t answer questions because of an Inspector General probe. And he wouldn't elaborate on the news that Nellie Ohr, the wife of senior Justice official Bruce Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, which hired Mr. Steele to gin up his dossier.

    The man who should be most disturbed by all this is Mr. Mueller, who wants his evidence and conclusions to be credible with the public. Evidence is building instead that some officials at the FBI—who have worked for him—may have interfered in an American presidential election. Congress needs to insist on its rights as a co-equal branch of government to discover the truth."

    "Appeared in the December 14, 2017, print edition."

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    Added: "Ironically, Democrats pushed for the investigation."

    12/13/17, "New Details Emerge About Discovery of FBI agents' Anti-Trump texts," Daily Caller, Chuck Ross 

    "The Justice Department’s office of the inspector general revealed new details Wednesday about how it discovered the anti-Trump text messages that led to FBI agent Peter Strzok’s removal from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

    Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department watchdog, said that his office obtained the text messages from the FBI on July 20. A week later, he met with Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to inform them of the politically-charged texts.... 

    Strzok’s departure from Mueller’s team was reported by ABC News on Aug. 16 (2017). The network reported that Strzok had been placed in a job in the FBI’s HR department.

    The reason for Strzok’s demotion remained a secret for nearly four months as the Justice Department and Mueller’s office declined media and congressional requests for an explanation. The levy finally broke on Dec. 2, when The Washington Post and New York Times simultaneously reported the existence of the text messages....

    The Strzok texts, which he exchanged with Lisa Page, his mistress and an FBI lawyer, were discovered as part of the inspector general’s investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email investigation.

    Ironically, Democrats pushed for the investigation. Many Clinton supporters blamed then-FBI Director James Comey’s actions during that investigation for Clinton’s election loss.

    “This is highly encouraging and to be expected given Director Comey’s drastic deviation from Justice Department protocol,” Clinton campaign communications director Brian Fallon said back in January. “A probe of this sort, however long it takes to conduct, is utterly necessary in order to take the first step to restore the FBI’s reputation as a non-partisan institution."...
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    Comment: Trump has added to the swamp.


     
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    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    The Republican Party prefers Democrats to be in charge. 1994 was first time in 40 years that GOP controlled the House. In 34 of 40 years from 1954 through 1994, Democrats controlled both House and Senate. Sabotage Republicans ensure the GOP never becomes real opposition party to Democrats

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    The Republican Party prefers to be in the minority.  




    that Republicans controlled the House.

    From 1955-1980, (25 years) Democrats controlled both the House and Senate. 

    In 34 of 40 years from 1954 through 1994 Democrats controlled both House and Senate.

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    Added: Then came 2016 which would be nullified. As the Ruling Class reminded us, it’s a class war, you stupid people.

    1/3/17, "Trump utterly gutted the GOP in the primaries. That was the real landslide of 2016." CNBC, Jake Novak    

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    Added: The Sabotage Republicans ensure that the Republican Party never becomes a real opposition party to the Democrats:  

    11/8/2013, "The Sabotage Republicans," Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator 

    "Not much has been made of the long, disgraceful trait of Establishment Republicans to demand party unity--unless they lose a primary or a convention. In which case they simply refuse to unite behind the winning conservative. And deliberately, with malice aforethought-- actively seek to sabotage that conservative....

    Sabotaging conservatives is built into the DNA of the GOP Establishment. Unable to win themselves a considerable bit of the time and then continuing to move the country left when they do win, just not as fast and so much better managed don’t you know — they have never ever changed....That is the Republican Party’s real problem. And it’s a big one."

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    Added: The Democrat win in Alabama is credited to six term Alabama Establishment Republican Senator Richard Shelby who promoted writing in a Republican candidate other than Moore:

    12/13/17, "GOP's Shelby played a key role in Alabama Democrat's victory," AP, Matthew Daly 

    "Credit six-term Republican Sen. Richard Shelby for Democrat Doug Jones’ shocking win in Alabama, senators from both parties said Wednesday. 

    Shelby, Alabama’s senior senator and the state’s most influential official, publicly opposed GOP nominee Roy Moore and declared before the election that ”the state of Alabama deserves better” than a former judge accused of sexual contact with teenage girls decades ago. 

    A former Democrat, Shelby, 83, announced weeks before the election that he had already cast an absentee ballot for another, unspecified Republican, even as President Donald Trump and other prominent state Republicans stood up for Moore. 

    “I give the Alabama voters a lot of credit for the courage in rejecting Roy Moore’s candidacy and I think Sen. Shelby deserves a lot of credit for speaking out and encouraging people to write-in a Republican candidate” other than Moore, said Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who also opposed Moore.... 

    Jones beat Moore by more than 20,000 votes in a race in which some 22,000 write-in votes were cast. 

    Shelby deflected any credit, telling reporters there was no way to measure the impact of his write-in effort.

    "I just did what I thought I needed to do," he said.... 

    Voters in the solidly Republican state had to choose whether to back Moore or send Jones to Washington, narrowing the GOP's already precarious majority in the Senate....

    Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said Shelby's call to write-in someone other than Moore played a key role in the outcome. 

    "Sen. Shelby's an icon in Alabama, as he is in the Senate," Perdue said. "When he speaks, people listen." 

    Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, said Shelby and Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake - who made a $100 donation to Jones - "showed extraordinary courage in what they did. And I think history will treat them well." 

    Shelby shrugged off the accolades..."...

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    Added: GOP E wants "the president's agenda to fail and the only way to really achieve that is to suddenly become the minority:"

    12/12/17, "Tammy Bruce: Republican Establishment wants to lose Senate Majority so Trump's agenda fails," Real Clear Politics, Ian Schwartz

    "Conservative commentator Tammy Bruce, in a discussion about Alabama Republican candidate for Senate Roy Moore, said the Republican establishment want the party to lose the majority in the Senate so the Trump agenda fails. Bruce cited Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), who announced he did not vote for Moore, and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who donated to the Democratic candidate Doug Jones, as examples. 

    "This is a test for the president," Bruce said Tuesday on FOX News' Hannity. "I think what you've seen with Shelby going against it. Jeff Flake, giving money to this guy. I think the Republicans in the Senate want to lose the Senate. I think they want the president's agenda to fail and the only way to really achieve that is to suddenly become the minority."...

    "The fact is that future of the country is at stake. This is larger than Roy Moore. It's about our families and the future. But this is also a sign of how awful things have become under the establishment...."...Bruce said."

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    Added: It fell on Alabama and Roy Moore to be the focus of a pivotal effort to detach the Republican Party from the Bipartisan Ruling Class--Angelo Codevilla: 

    11/21/2017, "As the Ruling Class reminds us, it’s a class war, you stupid people." Angelo M. Codevilla, American Spectator

    "The argument has little to do with Roy Moore, and even less with what is acceptable behavior. It is about what Lenin succinctly called “who, whom?” — who can do what to whom or, as Amos ’n Andy used to say, who’s gonna be the “do-er” and who the “do-ee,” neither more nor less. The reason why the bipartisan ruling class of officials, corporate executives, educators, the media, entertainment, etc. demand Roy Moore’s political scalp is that
    it fell on Moore to be the focus of a pivotal effort to detach the Republican Party from that ruling class. It has nothing to do with what he may have done four decades ago, and everything with the threat that his election now poses to their power to run the country while de-legitimizing the rest of Americans and their culture. Had it been anyone else, the degree of hostility would have been the same, the charges possibly different but just as fiery and equally beside the point: which sector of the population shall have its power enhanced, and which diminished? 

    By precisely the same token, crediting the 2016 election’s outcome to Russia or/and “the resistance” thereto to concerns with Donald Trump’s personal proclivities bespeaks willful detachment from reality.

    Focusing on the ruling class’s hypocrisy, its sordid history of approving behavior by its members far worse than that with which it charges Roy Moore, crying “tu qoque!” not only lends unwarranted credence to its charges on Moore. It diverts attention from the most important reason for that approval, namely the key function of partisan solidarity. Lenin explained partiinost, party spirit, most succinctly. Asked in the Duma whether one of his decrees was in accordance with justice, he answered: “Justice? For what class?”...

    The reason why Republicans even more than Democrats try to destroy Roy Moore is that, for the moment, his campaign is the spear-point of a movement first to peel away Republicans from business as it is being done in Washington, and then to destroy that business model. How it got to be that is worth keeping in mind.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt made the Democrats the party of big government. Naturally, Americans who disagreed with, felt burdened by growing government, gravitated to the Republicans, then led by Robert A. Taft. But the Party was always anchored by officials and donors tied to big business, who disdained ordinary Americans as much or more than Democrats. Beginning with Barry Goldwater’s movement in 1960, and culminating in Ronald Reagan’s 1981-89 presidency, the Party became an advocate for liberty vis-à-vis government and a defender of American culture — at least rhetorically and at the local level. But in Washington, under the Bush dynasty, ever-bigger government tied Republican officials ever more tightly to Democrats and their agendas. Ever since 2006, Republican voters have been trying to take back the Party, or to find another political vehicle for their needs. 

    In 2016, voters chose Donald Trump because he presented himself as opposed to the Republican as well as the Democratic wings of the ruling class. But his election by no means dissolved the business relationships between Republicans and Democrats in Washington, of which Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is emblematic. When Alabama’s Republican leaders appointed Luther Strange, an ally of McConnell’s, to fill the seat vacated by Trump’s choice for U.S. Attorney General, voters rebelled. They nominated Roy Moore, defeating Strange by ten points despite the entire Republican establishment’s efforts on his behalf, the expenditure of over $30 million, and even Donald Trump’s appearance on his behalf. 

    Roy Moore’s victory over all that raised the prospect that candidates who appeal to the sentiments that had elected Trump in 2016 and nominated Moore in 2017 would sweep establishment Republicans out of their cushy places. To put this specter off a little while longer, the Washington Post published allegations — wholly unsubstantiated — that, some forty years ago, Moore had engaged in consensual sexual activity with minors.

    The ruling class piled on. Perhaps enough conservative voters would view the accusations as defenses of youthful virginity. But such objections to Roy Moore, coming from such as Mitch McConnell and Hillary Clinton, recall voters to reality and might well count as reasons to vote for him."

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    Added: How much it cost the Ruling Class to defeat Mississippi Republican voters in 2014, OpenSecrets.org:
      


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    Added: In the 2014 Mississippi (open) GOP primary, the GOP E recruited 40,000 Democrat votes. Dr. Codevilla's recap of 2014 Mississippi Republican primary and runoff including NY Times quote from a black Democrat paid by the Republican Establishment campaign as part of its effort to recruit some forty thousand Democrats to vote in the open GOP primary runoff for the Ruling Class Republican candidate, Thad Cochran:

    6/30/2014, "The Ruling Class Went Down to Mississippi," Angelo M. Codevilla, Liberty Law site



    "The mass of GOP and independent voters, having come to see themselves as disadvantaged and insulted by the ruling class, have increasingly supported anti-establishment candidates to challenge it in Republican primaries. Accurately, the Republican establishment sees this as a greater threat to themselves than any Democrats could be.

    In the Mississippi primary, Republican establishmentarians from around the country solicited votes from Democrats to defeat the insurgent challenge to Senator Thad Cochran. Their arguments were the same ones used by the bipartisan ruling class that has ruled America for a generation:

    The role of government is to generate benefits for its clients, and those who object are bad people.

    They paid many Democrat voters (nearly all black) so called “walking around money” for their votes, and have refused in many counties to let McDaniel aides examine the voter roles to see whether these voters were eligible to cast ballots.

    The retail corruption is much less remarkable than the acquiescence therein of the establishment’s leadership – such as Karl Rove and The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page. This is very remarkable. Rove’s super-PAC, “Conservative Victory Project,” which played a leading role in recruiting Democrats for Cochran, exists explicitly to defeat insurgent Republicans everywhere.

    The Journal’s editorial page, whose editorials and featured columnists mobilized opinion against the Mississippi insurgency, had done the same throughout this and previous years’ primaries. Rove’s post election commentary glossed over the vote-buying as if it had not happened, while the Journal’s Jason Riley endorsed it cynically as “minority outreach.” To Republican and independent voters who are dissatisfied with the direction of the country, the conflict between the pretenses and the actions of such as Rove and of the Journal added insult to injury. The Journal, for example, never loses an opportunity to declare itself the mortal enemy of “crony capitalism” as it decries the direction in which America has been headed, while the word “conservative” as part of the title of Rove’s super-PAC intentionally evokes the complex of sentiments of voters angry at the ruling class’s characterization of them as, well, the litany: “racist, greedy, stupid,” etc.

    Indeed, the Republican Party’s very identity, the one, sole, argument it makes to persuade voters to vote Republican rather than Democrat, is that it will take the country in a direction different from the one in which it has been going.

    But, in the Mississippi primary, the Republican Establishment’s campaign was by and for crony capitalism, and employed the classic themes by which the ruling class has beaten down the rest of America.

    To Mississippians white and black, the establishment’s message was: All this Tea Party talk about dangerous deficits and the need to cut spending is a threat to responsible officials’ capacity to bring you the jobs and federal assistance on which your prosperity depends.

     
    Orchestrating that message was Haley Barbour, former governor of Mississippi, former national chairman of the Republican Party, and arguably Washington’s biggest lobbyist.
     
    Day to day operations were run by Stuart Stevens, formerly chief strategist in Mitt Romney’s 2012 national campaign, along with Henry and Austin Barbour, Haley’s nephews. There could be few better personifications of crony capitalism.

    To the blacks, who, according to The New York Times’ FiveThirtyEight.com provided some forty thousand votes, the message was:
     

    "Don’t be intimidated by the Tea Party....Mississippi cannot and will not return to the bygone era of intimidating black Mississippians from voting. We must rise up on Tuesday and have our voices heard on who will represent Mississippi in the U.S. Senate. VOTE THAD COCHRAN." 

    The Times reported the effect: Roger Smith, a black Democrat who said he was being paid to organize for Mr. Cochran, said, ‘I don’t know too much about [Cochran’s opponent] McDaniel other than what McDaniel is saying:

    that he’s Tea Party, he’s against Obama, he don’t like black people.

    In short, those who oppose the way things are done in America are racists. You ought to hate them as they hate you.

    Why do such things? Cui bono? Clearly such behavior by the Republican establishment has nothing to do with the role it claims for itself of opposition to the direction on which America has been taken in recent decades, never mind with anything “conservative.”

    It has everything to do with maintaining its status, and that of its clients, within the ruling class.

    The Mississippi primary
    confirmed yet again that, if America is to go in a direction other than the one of which some three fourths of American disapprove, it is compelled to do so with a vehicle other than the Republican Party." Image above, Haley Barbour.

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    "Angelo M. Codevilla professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University. He served as a U.S. Senate Staff member dealing with oversight of the intelligence services. His new book Peace Among Ourselves and With All Nations was published by Hoover Institution Press." Photo in article from Liberty Law site.

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    Added: The Ruling Class plays the race card. To defeat the Mississippi Republican insurgent in 2014 the GOP E enticed black Democrats to vote in the open GOP primary by saying the insurgent was racist: 

    6/30/2014, "Yes, There Were Flyers and Robocalls [from the GOP E] That Accused the Tea Party of Racism," Patterico 

    "John Fund asked if this was the flyer that got Thad Cochran elected:"... 
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    (image from Patterico)

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    Added: From NY Times article linked in Codevilla piece, NY Ruling Class billionaire Mike Bloomberg gave as much as $500,000 to support the GOP Establishment candidate in 2014 Mississippi GOP primary:

    6/24/2014, "Cochran Holds Off Tea Party Challenger in Mississippi," NY Times, Jonathan Weisman

    "A center-right super PAC, Defending Main Street, which contributed over $150,000 to Mr. Cochran during the runoff, received $250,000 from Michael Bloomberg in the same period, according to a source close to the former New York City mayor.

    Mr. Bloomberg also contributed $250,000 to Mr Cochran’s super PAC, Mississippi Conservatives, before the primary."...


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    Added from Codevilla: The US has only one functioning political party, the UniParty:

    "So long as the UniParty exists, mere voters will have no way of affecting what the government does."

    12/15/2013, "Breaking The UniParty," Angelo Codevilla, libertylawsite.org
       

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    From 2010 Codevilla article: The US political class usually dismisses voter opposition to it "as mere 'anger and frustration'-an imputation of stupidity": 

    July-August 2010, "America’s Ruling Class--And the Perils of Revolution," Angelo M. Codevilla, American Spectator 

    US Ruling Class

    "The Country Class"...(9th subhead)

    "Nothing has set the country class apart, defined it...so much as the ruling class's insistence that people other than themselves are intellectually and hence otherwise humanly inferior. Persons who were brought up to believe themselves as worthy as anyone, who manage their own lives to their own satisfaction, naturally resent politicians of both parties who say that the issues of modern life are too complex for any but themselves. Most are insulted by the ruling class's dismissal of opposition as mere "anger and frustration"--an imputation of stupidity--while others just scoff at the claim that the ruling class's bureaucratic language demonstrates superior intelligence. A few ask the fundamental question: Since when and by what right does intelligence trump human equality? Moreover, if the politicians are so smart, why have they made life worse?" (5th parag. of subhead)

    "The Political Divide"... (first subhead)

    "While Europeans are accustomed to being ruled by presumed betters whom they distrust,

    the American people's realization of being ruled like Europeans shocked this country into well nigh revolutionary attitudes. 
     
    But only the realization was new. The ruling class had sunk deep roots in America over decades before 2008."...(begins 3rd parag. in subhead). Image of US Ruling Class from American Spectator

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    Added: But in 2008, 'angry, anxious,' Americans seeking "change" were considered important and exciting as the premise of Obama's campaign-Boston Globe, 7/20/2008
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    page 2, parag. 5: "Unerring faith in the premise of the Obama candidacy that many Americans are angry, anxious, and engaged as never before in the political process because they want change."...
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    7/20/2008, "Obama's paid staff dwarfing McCain's," Boston Globe, Brian C. Moone


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    More on 2017 from Codevilla:

    June 4, 2017, "Punishing The Real Russia Crime: Leaking," Angelo Codevilla, American Greatness

    "These legal and pseudo-legal proceedings abstract from the patently obvious felonies that U.S intelligence officials have committed each and every time they have informed reporters of the Washington Post and New York Times about the...results of U.S communications intelligence....Since the number of those who possessed the information in question is small, ascertaining the identity of those who divulged it poses no problem to serious investigators. Since Messrs Schmidt and Entous could not help but know that communications intelligence is protected by a strict liability statute, they could also be held responsible for their participation in the crime....

    Numerous intelligence officials have claimed to know who supplied the-mails to Wikileaks. No one has given evidence on the record. A minor defensive maneuver at the time, the “Russia interference in the elections” narrative grew into the Democratic Party’s main explanation for the massive electoral rejection at all levels it ended up suffering on November 8, 2016."... 

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    Added: From Rush Limbaugh on enduring the assaults:

    "You’ve got to win the election and then you have to implement the agenda.... You have to withstand all of the assaults that are going to come your way in the process....Many on the right, the Republican Party…haven't wanted to endure the assaults....So they’ve been pragmatists or compromisers....Enter Trump into all of this, and now we've got action." 

    2/24/17, "What Is Conservatism in the Age of Trump?" RushLimbaugh.com

    "Many people who thought that they were the modern-day leaders of conservatism, in fact found themselves in a new category called Never Trumpers. They were the group of people that thought no matter what, Trump should not win....

    And many of those people are still there. And they are still active in what I call the academic or intellectual side of conservatism.... 

    But I don't think it's had a leader in a long time. I don’t think there’s any one person that can tell you what it is and have other conservatives agree with it....Conservatism, largely, became an academic exercise. It became a movement that wasn’t really fraught with much action. It was a lot of philosophizing....

    So enter Trump into all of this, and now we've got action....Whether by design or by accident where Trump is concerned, we have action against the left, and this is what it looks like. And it’s always going to be ugly and it’s always going to be upsetting — and it’s not going to get better....

    Whether you claim to be politically conservative or not, we are in a mess that has been made by wanton liberalism — liberalism which has not been opposed much, and certainly not at all in the last eight years. It’s gotten its lip service. But the actual warrior aspect of conservatism? That’s what everybody’s wondering: “Where is that? Where is the warrior-conservative movement?” Yeah, we know we’ve got a lot of brainiacs that sit up there and they think and they write and they publish and all. But where are the warriors?"



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    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    Former CIA official Mike Morell didn't think Russia was so bad in 2015 when he went on Russian tv channel RT to promote his book, "The Great War of Our Time: The CIA's Fight Against Terrorism--From al Qa'ida to ISIS"

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    May 19, 2015, RT America

    RT text from You Tube page:

    "Drones are “the most effective” weapon the US has in the war against terrorism, and while collateral damage does occur, “propaganda” makes it seem far worse than it actually is, according to former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell. Discussing a wide range of national security issues, including Iraqi WMDs and the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the former spy told RT’s Ben Swann that UAVs are more accurate than any other weapon the US could be using, and their use is an unfortunate necessity."
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    Morell's 2015 book about "CIA's Fight":

    "The Great War of Our Time: The CIA's Fight Against Terrorism--From al Qa'ida to ISIS," by Mike Morell and Bill Harlow

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    Added: More on Michael Morell:

    "This (Michael Morell) is a man who on the one hand described "Russia's hacking is the political equivalent of 9/11" and constantly hyped "Russian propaganda", while on the other he went on a lengthy RT News segment [in May 2015] in order to promote his newly published book." Dec. 11, 2017, "Ex-Spy Chief Admits Role In 'Deep State' Intelligence War On Trump," zero hedge


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    Former CIA official Michael Morell says he believes some foreign intel agencies have contents of Hillary's private server. "The good ones have everything on any unclassified network the government uses"-May 15, 2015

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    May 15, 2015, "Michael Morell: Foreign Governments have Hillary's email," Politico, Adam B. Lerner

    "Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell said that he believes some foreign intelligence agencies possess the contents of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

    I think that foreign intelligence services, the good ones, have everything on any unclassified network that the government uses,” Morell said Friday in an interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show.

    I don’t think that was a very good judgment,” he added of Clinton’s decision to use the private server for official State Department business. “I don’t know who gave her that advice, but it was not good advice.” 

    “She’s paying a price for it now,” Morell said of the server. “It was not good.” 

    Morell appeared on the program to promote his new book, “The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism — From al Qa’ida to ISIS, which contains a passage on what happened in Benghazi before and after the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

    A version of the passage was published this week by POLITICO Magazine."


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    Cooking fire at homeless camp--not global warming-sparked blaze in Bel-Air California that destroyed 6 homes and 400 acres. Portable stove and fuel cannisters remained. Homeless population in LA County is up 23% in past year-LA Times, 12/12/17

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    12/12/17, "Cooking fire at a homeless encampment sparked Bel-Air blaze that destroyed homes, officials say," LA Times, Laura J. Nelson, David Zahniser 

    "The blaze that swept through the hills of Bel-Air last week, destroying six homes and damaging a dozen others, was sparked by a cooking fire at a homeless encampment in a nearby ravine, Los Angeles officials said Tuesday.

    The encampment was nestled in a canyon several hundred feet from Sepulveda Boulevard and the 405 Freeway, hidden from passing cars. For several years, it had been home to an unknown number of people, officials said.

    Investigators said the fire had not been set deliberately and they have not found any of the people who lived there. The camp — one of scores of makeshift communities that have grown along freeways, rivers and open space across Los Angeles — was largely destroyed in the fire, leaving authorities with little evidence.

    News that one of Los Angeles’ most affluent neighborhoods was damaged in a fire sparked by some of the city’s poorest residents added a sober note to the incident, with some officials saying it underscores the need to do more to house the homeless.

    This “makes a tragic event even more tragic,” said Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz, whose district includes Bel-Air. “The saddest thing is that we have so many homeless people. And they are everywhere in the city. And that sometimes causes serious problems.”

    A new task force for fire prevention will tackle some of those questions, officials said. The panel will consider mandatory evacuations of hillside and brush area encampments during days or seasons of high fire risk, and education campaigns to discourage outdoor fires when winds pick up.

    “But given the topography of… all the hills in our city, we could do that 24 hours a day and still miss a lot of people,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “Just like ramping up efforts to try to anticipate terrorist incidents, you can never get to zero risk. And I think it would be a mistake to think we could.”

    Nickie Miner, vice president of the Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council, said residents had long worried about the fire hazard from hillside homeless encampments, but “all the agencies’ hands seemed to be tied.

    “We knew it was only going to be a matter of time before something horrible happened,” Miner said.

    Miner said she was skeptical of the proposed campaign to educate homeless people about fire risks. Los Angeles needs a massive regulatory overhaul like the one that followed the 1961 Bel-Air fire, she said, which should include eliminating hillside encampments.

    Humans are usually the cause of fires in Southern California, including sparks from car crashes, farm equipment, cigarette butts or camping fires, officials said.

    Debate about camps and the fire danger come as Los Angeles is struggling with a rise in the homeless population. An annual count in May found that the homeless population of Los Angeles County had soared 23% to nearly 58,000 people in the last year. The homeless population in the West L.A. service area — including Bel-Air and Brentwood — rose 18% from 4,659 to 5,511 in the same time period, the count found.

    Photos taken of the Sepulveda encampment in September and shared with The Times showed a cluster of green and olive tarpaulins stretched across a canyon and camouflaged by treetops and brush....

    Fire investigators found evidence that people had been cooking and sleeping there, but did not find anyone to interview, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Peter Sanders said. The department has no suspects. The size of the encampment before the fire was unclear, because the area was so badly burned.

    All that remained Tuesday was a scorched portable stove, a pot, a cheese grater, several fuel canisters and the remnants of a boombox. Burned pages of the Children’s Illustrated Encyclopedia littered the charred brush and rocks in the canyon.

    The Skirball fire erupted early last Wednesday, scorching chaparral-covered hillsides east of the 405. The blaze closed the highway during morning rush hour and forced the evacuations of a large swath of Bel-Air, one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the country.

    In less than a day, the blaze destroyed more than 400 acres. Six homes were destroyed and a dozen more were damaged on Moraga Drive, Casiano Road and Linda Flora Drive.

    The Skirball fire was 85% contained Tuesday, with 69 firefighters still working to mop up the operation, officials said.

    A few miles west of Bel Air, residents of Pacific Palisades have been looking at ways to reduce the risk of fire in homeless camps. 

    A community group there, the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness, persuaded the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to post signs declaring a high fire severity zone along a bluff where homeless people congregated.

    The sign allowed authorities to cite and clear homeless people from the area, said Maryam Zar, a member of the group’s board of directors.

    "The city as a rule does not sign on to the idea that homelessness is a criminal problem," Zar said. "Our whole strategy is a bundle of different solutions, and for us, it’s working.”"


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