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Russia! Russia! Russia!

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Before a criticism is given, perhaps it should be thought all the way through.Practically every one of the components of the commonplace press has posted, broadcast or published at least one article/commentary denigrating President Trump for not “being firmer” or even “standing up to” Putin on the allegations of Russian interference in our last presidential election. I would like to add my humble opinion:

It is always presumptuous for any outsider to make a judgement about how one issue should be handled and fit into the overarching strategy of the relationship, the negotiations and what we want to get out of that regime or what path we want them on. They also presume that they know all about every phone call, every message, etc. However, often they do not know context at all. They are only presented with optics.

So, I think automatically about what my response would have been if I were Putin. It isn’t very difficult at all. The United States foolishly tried to meddle in the last major Israeli election, and to condemn us even further, Israel is one of our closest allies! I do not think President Trump would have come out on top of that argument. You could add in Libya, Iraq and more (justified or not they were sovereign nations).

Since Russia and America have not been on friendly terms for the last eight years and we have numerous other highly advanced technical adversaries in China, North Korea, Iran and etc. It seems a little ignorant to me that we neglect installing top notch protection and defense of our election systems. Why are we not angry at the people responsible for leaving us open to attack? Why are we not investigating the entire election, including the Democratic Party? Why are we not hardening the grid? Why are the democrats and the MSM trying so hard to focus the public and the politicians on Russian collusion with the Trump campaign? What are we missing while they are flashing their worthless shiny object?

Before we back any person in a corner and forcefully present him with his crime, we had better have good evidence. That is right and reasonable. It cannot be the expert opinion of 17 professional organizations, opinions will always be subjective. If there is no IRREFUTABLE proof, then President Trump sounds like the boy crying wolf. After all…..what proof does he have when so many other hackers can leave traces making themselves look like Russians? What real proof, hard evidence, do we actually possess?

Play it out in your mind, but take the part of Putin. Obama did not leave Trump an easy fact set to work with!

Double Standard?

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Looking at the current judicial approach to President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration, the courts are very outspoken about their ability to rely on his statements made during the campaign in order to determine the intent of the Orders. It may violate judicial precedent and certainly is contrary to the facts of the case, nevertheless, reason and logic has not been allowed to intrude on these Federal Court Decisions (9th and 4th Circuits) unconstitutionally removing a legal power from the executive branch.

Whether they take it now or wait until the conclusion of the Circuit Courts’ legal proceedings, eventually this issue will be facing the Supreme Court. During the campaign, at about the same period of time as President Trump’s campaign statements, one of our SCOTUS justices spoke out publicly against candidate Trump. Justice Ginsburg made some fairly extreme statements indicating that she did not like him at all. http://nypost.com/2016/07/11/ruth-bader-ginsburgs-unhinged-assault-on-trump/

Since judges are required to recuse themselves in circumstances like these, and although Supreme Court Justices are exempted, there is really no good reason why this should be so. If anything, recusal should be mandatory for justices also. The cases they decide are far too important and affect far too many lives to be decided with any justice who is too biased, opinionated or Politically motivated to objectively evaluate the facts, weigh the merits fairly or render a logical Constitutionally based decision. It is bad enough that Justice Ginsburg actually feels such animus, but it is beyond concerning when she cannot keep her mouth shut about it in front of the media.

So, (to quote my grandparents) what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Or maybe we should change judicial thought and say, what is said in the campaign stays in the campaign!

Just a Word….

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One way that public opinion and attitude can be manipulated is by changing terminology and labeling. This is not new. I am seeing it being done so successfully with Social Security that even conservatives slip and call it an entitlement.

This is not about reform, SS problems or the need for something to be done. This is an irritation. The American People are forced to pay in to Social Security for all of their working life. (20, 30, 40 and even sometimes 50+ YEARS) That money is not there because Congress stole it. They have ever increasing salaries with unbelievable insurance and perks along with large staffs and etc. I am not sure how they find money for all the things they want to do and yet seem to have no funds to pay the American People back! 

Social Security is not now, and never has been, an entitlement. Calling it an entitlement will not make it one. Conditioning the public by including SS in that category might be really smart, except for one thing. When people look at the information from their paycheck, the stub does tell you exactly how much the government is taking away from you (for your own good, for retirement). 

RePost From Judicial Watch on Robert Mueller:

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Now that Robert Mueller has been appointed special counsel to investigate if Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election it’s worth reiterating his misguided handiwork and collaboration with radical Islamist organizations as FBI director. Judicial Watch exclusively obtained droves of records back in 2013 documenting how, under Mueller’s leadership, the FBI purged all anti-terrorism training material deemed “offensive” to Muslims after secret meetings between Islamic organizations and the FBI chief. Judicial Watch had to sue to get the records and published an in-depth report on the scandal in 2013 and a lengthier, updated follow-up in 2015.

As FBI director, Mueller bent over backwards to please radical Islamist groups and caved into their demands. The agency eliminated the valuable anti-terrorism training material and curricula after Mueller met with various Islamist organizations, including those with documented ties to terrorism. Among them were two organizations— Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)—named by the U.S. government as unindicted co-conspirators in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case. CAIR is a terrorist front group with extensive links to foreign and domestic Islamists. It was founded in 1994 by three Middle Eastern extremists (Omar Ahmad, Nihad Awad and Rafeeq Jaber) who ran the American propaganda wing of Hamas, known then as the Islamic Association for Palestine.

The records obtained as part of Judicial Watch’s lawsuit show that Mueller, who served 12 years as FBI chief, met with the Islamist organizations on February 8, 2012 to hear their demands. Shortly later the director assured the Muslim groups that he had ordered the removal of presentations and curricula on Islam from FBI offices nationwide. The purge was part of a broader Islamist operation designed to influence the opinions and actions of persons, institutions, governments and the public at-large. The records obtained by Judicial Watch also show similar incidents of Islamic influence operations at the Departments of Justice and State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Obama White House.

Here are some of the reasons provided by Mueller’s FBI for getting rid of “offensive” training documents: “Article is highly inflammatory and inaccurately argues the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization.” It’s crucial to note that Mueller himself had previously described the Muslim Brotherhood as a group that supports terrorism in the U.S. and overseas when his agency provided this ludicrous explanation. Here’s more training material that offended the terrorist groups, according to the FBI files provided to Judicial Watch: An article claiming Al Qaeda is “clearly linked” to the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing; The Qur’an is not the teachings of the Prophet, but the revealed word of God; Sweeping generality of ‘Those who fit the terrorist profile best (for the present at least) are young male immigrants of Middle Eastern appearance;’ conflating Islamic Militancy with terrorism. The list goes on and on.

Mueller’s actions have had a widespread effect because many local law enforcement agencies followed the FBI’s lead in allowing Islamic groups like CAIR to dictate what anti-terrorism material could be used to train officers. Among them are police departments in three Illinois cities— Lombard, Elmhurst and Highland Park—as well as the New York Police Department (NYPD). In the case of the Lombard Police Department, CAIR asserted that the instructor of a training course called “Islamic Awareness as a Counter-Terrorist Strategy” was anti-Muslim though there was no evidence to support it. Like the FBI, Lombard officials got rid of the “offensive” course. The NYPD purged a highly-acclaimed report that’s proven to be a critical tool in terrorism investigations after three New York Muslims, two mosques and an Islamic nonprofit filed a lawsuit.
Considering Mueller’s role in much of this, it makes him a bizarre choice to lead the heated Russia investigation. The goal, apparently, is to determine of Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and if President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian officials. In the Justice Department announcement, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein describes Mueller as person who qualifies to lead the probe because he exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command. “Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result,” according to Rosenstein.

Would Someone Please Say for the Record…

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  • Comey was NOT leading “the investigation” or any other investigation. He was the leading the entire FBI, for heaven’s sake, those that lead each investigation report to him or his deputy, but he has too many responsibilities, is supervising too many projects and has too many duties to spend all or even most of his time and/or energy on one area or project. Does anyone posses common sense?
  • To make the assumption that President Trump fired Comey because of “the investigation” without evidence is insane. It is especially so when Deputy Director McCabe who is currently acting as director until a new one is chosen, testified in committee last week that not only did the FBI have all the resources it needed but that nothing had been done to interrupt or impede the progress of the investigation and that it was continuing. Obviously, if President Trump intended to stall or stop “the investigation” firing Comey would NOT have been his best choice. (A little like trying to put out a kitchen fire with a glass of water) It all depends on who he chooses to replace Comey. There is enough there to justify this action, now the media should back off and wait to see who the new nomination will be.
  • This random group of extremist liberals who claim to be mental health professionals, yet violate the McGovern rule as well as the standards of care and the ethical standards of psychiatrists and psychologists, who have dedicated themselves to bringing down President Trump by attacking his mental stability would be insanely funny if they were not so intently serious! I saw one of these characters being interviewed recently and it literally dropped my jaw! Common sense should tell you that no diagnoses could ever be made of any person’s mental condition based on public persona. None of these alleged professionals have ever even met President Trump!! We may all have opinions on the reasons behind the unbelievable things that politicians do…..but we do not put our opinions out into the marketplace of ideas while legitimizing those opinions by calling them facts by virtue of degrees or titles after the names of the authors. Every profession has its fringe, those who walk the line or just never get caught. The names are out there and they are doing unethical things, where is the profession?
  • People are so accustomed to the liberal slant of the mainstream media that they do not even realize how very much they are being manipulated just by what that media chooses to cover and discuss. Some of the things that are the most important to the people, trade deals that will mean more production and more jobs etc., are either not mentioned or buried in favor of any political dirt or rumor. Most of the media is out of control and cannot stand up to a simple consumer fact check!
  • It is NOT ACCEPTABLE for the party that loses a presidential election to spend the entire next four years tearing apart the country, telling bald face lies, trying to manufacture impeachment circumstances and conditions, setting up war rooms to take the legitimately elected president down (see mental health comments above), funding riots and violent protests, encouraging illegal activities such as easing the way for illegals to vote and registering them as well. Every day in every branch of government the democrats are blocking, attacking and slowing down the agenda that the people put President Trump into office to accomplish. Some things that Soros and the Democrats do almost verge on subversive and treasonous. They say things that have no relationship to reality and they act like they do not have good sense. There is no question but that they put loyalty to and success of party ahead of loyalty to, prosperity and safety of our country. Each year the Democratic Party seems to get more violent, more extreme, more demanding that we give up our American Heritage, culture and values. There is something really wrong with the Democratic Party.
  • Where are the Republicans? On the other hand, Republican politicians are mostly divided into conservatives and the “how’s it gonna make me look” crowd (aka: establishment crony types). Unfortunately, we seem to have more of the latter and for the last too many years they have kept themselves very busy avoiding conflict, bad publicity, dancing around controversial issues, ensuring they have proper election funding and time to campaign and protection from the laws that they pass for everyone else. Oh, don’t get me wrong, both parties are guilty of this but Republicans have been elected time and time again to stand up and do the right thing regardless of whether it is hard, controversial or publicly popular. We need a Republican Party with principles and a backbone or we need some other party.
  • We did not have an independent prosecutor with any of the Obama scandals: guns being run into Mexico to the drug cartels (1+ deaths), Benghazi (4 deaths), use of the IRS to suppress political opposition or for any of the other arguably illegal acts. Therefore, it is not logical that we need an independent criminal prosecutor simply because the democrats do not like President Trump. Congress needs to focus on healing and helping this nation move forward until some sort of evidence says otherwise. 

    The Truth

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    I just watched Sally Yates’ testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. This post is a response to her statements that she had the authority to determine the intent behind the Executive Order on Immigration (EO), that she had the authority to act on that determination as if it were fact. I question her definition of “truth” and believe that she acted inappropriately by refusing to support the president.

    The Justice Department enforces the law. However, it fulfills many other functions including pursuing and arguing cases on the government’s behalf. The Justice Department is not a private law firm and if there is a problem with a case the White House is envolved with there would usually be close collaboration and a working solution. This outlandish declaration and public grandstanding on behalf of an opposing political party is just intolerable!

    In the Hearing, Ms. Yates had no problem with the Constitutionality of the EO as written. Her sole argument was that it was unconstitutional because the intent of the president was to discriminate against Muslims. This determination of intent was not hers to make. Ms. Yates stated that religious discrimination was the only truth possible for this EO. A reasonable person capable of any sort of logic should be able to understand that there can be other rational explanations for such an EO. In fact, these reasons and objectives have been widely published and are the reason why the EO had such broad public support. It is frightening to see an unelected temporary administrative employee try to block the president!

    Ms. Yates’ definition of absolute truth is very interesting. Truth is. Ms. Yates’ definition of truth is what her mind determines it to be. She discounts other opinions, inconvenient facts and ignores what she doesn’t know. She shuts out the voting public and boldly declares her opinion to be THE TRUTH.

    I am merely thankful that Sally Yates is no longer employed with our Justice Department.

    In a Perfect World….

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    1. Everyone would realize that what the Constitution actually says is what should control the government, not what a Congressman or government official says the Constitution says.
    2. Nobody would believe anything the media reported without checking on it!
    3. Political party affiliation would be secondary to patriotism.
    4. Every single office, branch and department of the federal government would be audited yearly and this would be available to the public for inspection.
    5. Democrats would not be able to get away with theft, collusion, selling favors to foreign governments, associating with terrorist groups, funding radical orgs that support and encourage rioting and violence, etc.
    6. The opinions of a Senator or House Member are fairly unimportant and all would ignore them.
    7. The House and Senate would have to live by and suffer under the laws that they pass for the rest of us!
    8. The Congress would travel and recess less and work more!!
    9. Congress would not vote themselves ever more money and automatic pay raises and perks!
    10. Everyone would judge Trump fairly without the hype OR the lies and defamation. Just fairly.
    11. There would be at least one ethics course required in every high school, two semesters.
    12. Proper American History would be taught in every school, including the very many black warriors who made a difference in the revolutionary war and every war thereafter. Let’s start comming together by teaching our children that we have much to be proud of together.
    13. People would hear what is actually said, not what they expect to hear.
    14. Judges would never legislate from the bench!
    15. People would never litter.
    16. Every citizen would be a patriot armed with common sense.
    17. Civil discourse and common courtesy would be taught to and expected from everybody.
    18. Cursing would be considered the choice of those with small minds and limited vocabularies.
    19. Only citizens would vote in elections, and they would only vote once.
    20. Facebook and Google, and the other net nasties, would be stopped from collecting data and spying on people.
    21. There would be strict controls on immigration and border control.
    22. Federal agencies would be almost non-existent, there would be no entrenched fourth branch of government.
    23. All foreign leaders, kings, dictators, etc. would at least be sane and reasonable
    24. We would still have a basic respect for life and the property of others.
    25. Why not…….. There would be world peace!

    I know there is more and I wish I knew how to open the list up so anyone could add to it!

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