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It Is Long Past Time To Clean Our House…

Why is it so important to prioritize cleaning out the Deep State?    
When AG Sessions was asked about why he recused himself from the current investigation into the possibility of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the judicial hearing today, when the investigation was a counterterrorism investigation as opposed to a criminal investigation, his response illustrated the point pretty well. AG Sessions stated that the ethics attorneys in the DOJ did not approach the issue from that particular angle. Why not? I know that every objective rational attorney in the room immediately wondered exactly who those attorneys were.

  •  DOJ-Specific Conflict of Interest Regulation: No DOJ employee may participate in a criminal investigation or prosecution if he has a personal or political relationship with any person or organization substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation or prosecution, or who would be directly affected by the outcome. 28 CFR 45.2
  • Political relationship means a close identification with an elected official, candidate, political party or campaign organization arising from service as a principal advisor or official; personal relationship means a close and substantial connection of the type normally viewed as likely to induce partiality.

How an investigation is labeled evidently affects the ethics conflict of interest requirement of recusal for the Attorney General in the DOJ. We are all aware of how much of an impact Mueller has made as the Special Prosecutor. I would argue that if the AG had not recused himself he would have either not appointed a Special Prosecutor at all or he would have appointed someone entirely different. It would have been an impartial, independent and neutral party but things would not be in the mess they are now! There was always the ability to conduct this counterterrorism investigation under the current leadership of the FBI. The present head of the FBI, Wray, is not a media hog, is sworn to follow the facts, has nothing whatsoever in his long distinguished and honorable record to indicate any lack of trustworthiness and is held in high esteem by everyone in Washington worth a modicum of respect.

Such a small thing – cleaning the deep state out of our government administrative agencies. The committee member who asked AG Sessions this question should not have been able to catch him off guard. His consultation with the “ethics section” should have analyzed that provision concisely from all angles and then concluded with an opinion. The AG should have been been informed, well aware of the distinction and should have made his own honestly informed un-manipulated decision about recusal in the first place. It was much too important and the repercussions too great for opinionated “deep state” players to be advising!

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Just A Thought (or three)

In a time of stiff world-wide competition among a very few countries and global corporate conglomerates for total and absolute domination of technology, artificial intelligence, bio-engineering and its associated chip development, etc., etc., etc. when everything we read seems to be purloined from the pages of a classic Sci-fi thriller, this would seem to be the time to pay more attention to the atrocious problem of so much of our technological work product being siphoned away from our shores. Sometimes it is required in order to obtain a new market (should not be allowed), sometimes acquired in merger or acquisition (rare) and then sometimes it is stolen (bingo!) China has even stated through it’s media that it plans to rule the world (insert evil laughter here) through technology and STEM development and domination. 

Obviously, in the course of “growing up as a republic” we have allowed some institutions to become established with an insufficient amount of oversight. As a result these institutions have recently made it increasingly obvious that “We, the People” should shine the light of exposure on these highly secretive organizations so that they may either be cleaned up or abolished entirely. Proper controls and procedures could be put in place under President Trump, General Kelly, Senator Lee from Utah, Senator Cruz from Texas, or perhaps a few other select individuals HONEST, TRUSTWORTHY, UNPURCHASED and wholly committed to the Constitution in order to ensure Government security, defense of the homeland and intelligence is not compromised or released. However it is done, our president needs to set up some sort of review board or committee for:

  1.  Intelligence agencies
  2. DOJ
  3. IRS
  4. State Dept.

Our three branches of government no longer even blink when crossing the boundaries set by the Constitution. Federal appellate courts are blocking lawful Presidential Executive Orders on ideological grounds. The judicial branch has no knowledge, no familiarity and no authority over immigration yet, for example, a Maryland federal judge suspended President Trump’s executive order requiring more extensive vetting of refugees entering this country. We MUST return to the principles and the fundamentals set out for us in our founding document. We must get rid of the arbitrary administrative rules, regulations and requirements which have been attached to the people’s institutions in order to circumvent the purpose of those bodies or shift the responsibilities which each member bears as part of his duty to his/her constituents. Even more common it is used as a method to hide what he/she is voting for or against.

I will no longer be tactful and polite about it. The Democratic Party appears to have launched a campaign to chip away at our Republic, pushing this radical idea that being born on U.S. Land makes you a citizen, advocating for the rights (?) of ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!, advocating for and passing laws to protect lobbying, advocating for the consideration and even the application of foreign law in our courts (including sharia law) and I am not even covering education or the entertainment industry. Why does the Democratic Party want to change America in such a radical way? 

If we want to keep our American culture and our Constitutional Republic we had better wake up and closely monitor our representatives and senators. If the people we elect to vote in our name do not vote with our voice, if they vote for big business, if they vote with the media, if they vote with non-citizens – then we can not afford to vote them back into office again.

An elected office is a service job. Those who are called to SERVE are obligated to fulfill the promises they make, to work for the goals and needs of the poorest as well as those who own small businesses and the largest corporations equally. Any elected office is hard work involving more problems than possible solutions, it requires being excruciatingly frugal with the taxpayer’s money while concurrently being generous of heart but armed with research on how to get the most bang out of every single buck. An honest Senator or Representative does not get rich in Washington or the state capital, does not vote for automatic pay increases, outrageous perks or unbelievable pensions. For an ideal in service we need to think back to the beginning when George Washington was asked to become King by a very sincere and thankful nation. Most generals, heck most men who had fought tooth and nail, sacrificed and been through so much would have accepted the offer to continue to lead and protect the fledgling nation through its formative first years with the power to ensure all was done correctly and all the states stayed in line.               
GEORGE. WASHINGTON. SAID. NO. 

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. 
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