The lead FBI official at the heart of the rapidly unraveling Trump-Russia probe sent a text message to his FBI mistress last year which discusses some sort of ‘insurance policy’ against Donald Trump becoming president. “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way he [Trump] gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk.” writes FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok to FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair while spearheading both the Clinton email inquiry and the early Trump-Russia probe, adding “It’s like a life insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.” Text-from Peter Strzok to Lisa Page (Andy is Andrew McCabe): "I want to believe the path u threw out 4 consideration in Andy's office-that there's no way he gets elected-but I'm afraid we can't take that risk. It's like an insurance policy in unlikely event u die be4 you're 40" — Bret Baier (@BretBaier) December 13, 2017
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 13, 2017.
As mainstream media sees it, Roy Moore’s stunning special election loss yesterday in red-state Alabama to Democrat Doug Jones is all about narrowing Republican control in the U. S. Senate; or it’s about Trump’s inability to boost a fellow Republican; or it’s an early warning for Republicans as to how they will fare in the 2018 midterm elections. But if the media could pull itself out of the 24/7 political swamp for a moment and broaden our nation’s horizon past 2018, we might consider the impact that last night’s events will have on the lives of the women who had the courage to come forward and accuse Roy Moore of sexually molesting them when they were young girls and its impact on the next generation of American girls who desperately need and deserve less hostile work environments in our so-called ‘democracy’ when it’s their time to join the workforce. From television news to Hollywood to Congress to the Oval Office, women have boldly said this year that enough is enough. They have risked their careers and backlash and lawsuits and revealed their sexual attackers, even after they had signed those barbaric gag orders as part of a settlement to shield their attackers from public disclosure. They have brought one of America’s darkest secrets of how women are routinely sexually demeaned in the workplace and ‘kept in their place’ into the disinfecting sunshine of public scrutiny. That courage has inspired a long-overdue national debate on what America really stands for and if it is genuinely a beacon of hope to the world. Putting a man like Donald Trump in the White House after he was caught on an Access Hollywood video admitting to grabbing women in their genital area and bragging that he could get away with it because he was a celebrity has only added more fuel to the burning question of just how bright America’s beacon actually shines to the rest of the world.
Literally dozens of pro-Trump candidates are running for seats in Congress in 2018, and the establishment is really starting to freak out about this. If having Trump in the White House was a nightmare for them, how are they going to respond once his allies start taking control of Capitol Hill? For a very long time I have been saying that the 2018 mid-term elections are going to be the most important in modern American history. They will inevitably be a referendum on Trump and his policies, and I believe that the American people will support Trump wholeheartedly. Personally, I am running as a pro-Trump candidate in Idaho’s first congressional district. Trump supporters have been flocking to my campaign, and it is absolutely amazing how much momentum we have built up over the past few months. At first my opponents were very polite to me because they didn’t see me as a threat. But then they started seeing numbers that showed how well I was doing, and now the claws are coming out. It is funny how the attacks against me and other pro-Trump candidates around the nation sound almost exactly like the attacks that are constantly being hurled at Trump himself. But like Trump, we are refusing to be intimidated and we are keeping our eye on the ball. Our campaign website is getting the most visits of any of the candidates, our Facebook page has the most likes, and we won the most recent online poll by a very wide margin. We need your help to keep the momentum going, because the establishment is likely to continue to hammer me with attacks up until election day. Other pro-Trump candidates are getting a lot of heat as well. One of the candidates that I really like is Tom Campbell of North Dakota…
New York, NY – On Monday morning, a 27-year-old alleged terrorist by the name of Akayed Ullah walked into the underground tunnel between Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal and detonated a crudely-made pipe bomb. Luckily no one but Ullah was seriously injured. After the blast, which happened at 7:20 am during rush hour, the suspect was almost immediately identified and a profile of him released. Ullah is from Bangladesh and had been living in Brooklyn. He arrived in the United States in February of 2011 and had a visa. He came in with his parents and 3-4 siblings and subsequently obtained a Green Card and became a permanent U. S. resident, according to CBS news. ‘They’ve been bombing in my country and I wanted to do damage here,’ law enforcement sources reportedly told the NY Post. He told cops he was inspired by ISIS, but police don’t believe he had any direct contact with the group, sources said. Currently, police are claiming Ullah is a lone wolf attacker and they are saying there is no reason to believe any other attacks are forthcoming.
The headline on an article by Mercury News reads ‘Kids’ climate change lawsuit against Trump administration lands in San Francisco court.’ The headline, while technically true, doesn’t really paint the full picture. The lawsuit that has made its way to the Ninth Circuit court of appeals was actually begun in 2015, so, technically, it’s a lawsuit against the Obama administration, now extended to include the Trump administration. The lawsuit itself is extremely troubling from a liberty perspective. A bunch of high-born, self-righteous, central-gov-supporting adults gathered up a group of kids and manipulated them to bring a lawsuit against the Federal government because they’re not doing enough to stop climate change. Despite what you may have heard from the central-goverment-loving statist left, the science is NOT settled on climate change, so the fact that children can bring a lawsuit against the Federal government that could force the government (and I’m sure the government would be extremely upset at being forced to take more control over the lives of the people it rules over) to seize the means of production in the name of saving the planet for these poor, traumatized kids.
Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017
One day after several women reincarnated the narrative of “Trump as sexual predator”, early on Tuesday morning President Trump slammed New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for coming to his office “begging” for donations, and as someone who “would do anything for them.” Trump’s attack against Gillibrand comes a day after the New York Democrat said Trump should resign from the presidency because of the renewed accusations numerous women have made against him for sexual misconduct. Speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Gillibrand said the accusations against Trump are ‘credible’ and should be investigated, and that the president should resign. Just a few hours later, Trump was on Twitter – after taking an unexpected sabbatical from his favorite social network – and calling Gillibrand a ‘flunky’ for Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N. Y.) and a ‘lightweight’ lawmaker. He also made a reference to Gillibrand’s statement this month that President Clinton should have resigned from office, calling her “very disloyal” for the former president.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 12, 2017.
Authored by Tom Luongo, Last week, Venezuela announced it would develop a national cryptocurrency backed by its oil reserves, the Petro. Now there is a report that Russia is considering the same thing. Iran will likely follow suit. As of right now this is just a rumor, but it makes some sense. So, let’s treat this rumor as fact for the sake of argument and see where it leads us. The U. S. continues to sanction and threaten all of these countries for daring to challenge the global status quo. There is no denying this. And so much of what we see in the geopolitical headlines are knock-on effects of this challenge. The Geopolitical ‘Why’ From the Middle East to North Korea, the Dutch changing their laws to block Nordstream 2 to the Saudis breaking off relations with Qatar, everything you read about in the news is a move on the geopolitical ‘Go’ board.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 12, 2017.
Eat the bomb (or if you prefer, “embrace the suck”) and enjoy it, Governor and Mayor. An attempted suicide bomber who set off a rush-hour explosion at the nation’s busiest bus terminal is a Bangladeshi national living in Brooklyn who was inspired by ISIS, law enforcement officials said. … Ullah lived in Brooklyn after he entered the U. S. in 2011 from Bangladesh on a chain migration visa, Department of Homeland Security Press Secretary Tyler Houlton said in a statement. Good thing this particular terrorist was not very bright (as demonstrated by his inability to make a bomb that was actually effective and went off when he wanted it to, instead of exploding both poorly and early.) That was a matter of luck, by the way — luck that will eventually run out.
San Joaquin, California – The resignation of a chief autopsy doctor has raised questions as he is now claiming that he chose to resign because he no longer wanted to stand by and watch the sheriff override his findings from death investigations, in order to protect law enforcement. Former Chief Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu, claimed that when he was conducting autopsies on individuals who were killed by police officers, Sheriff-Coroner Steve Moore attempted to influence his medical findings, according to a report from KQED News. Based on a series of documents that include memos from Omalu, the report claims the doctor said some of the most alarming death investigations Moore tried to override were those of people who ‘died in the custody of law enforcement officers who used Tasers or other types of force.’ ‘The sheriff was using his political office as the coroner to protect police officers whenever someone died while in custody or during arrest. I had thought that this was initially an anomaly, but now, especially beginning in 2016, it has become routine practice.’ The resignations of both Dr. Omalu and his colleague, Dr. Susan Parson, come months after they began documenting Moore’s behavior in March. Their complaints against the sheriff include accusations that he routinely changed the labels on ‘homicides’ to ‘accidents,’ and he would delay the written reports pathologists needed from sheriff’s investigators in order to complete their cases for months.
The hits keep coming….. The FBI has, in my opinion at least, had a relatively poor and spotty reputation for a very long time. This hasn’t stopped me from being willing to provide assistance on a voluntary basis in certain circumstances (of course if you get subpoenaed your cooperation isn’t voluntary!) There are plenty of reasons for people with a brain to be skeptical at best when it comes to the integrity of the FBI, and the issues are hardly new. J. Edgar Hoover was an infamous political hack who abused his power and destroyed myriad people using that power as director of the FBI, serving until 1972. As such to intimate or worse, state that the FBI is historically and currently an apolitical agency is a flat-out lie and anyone asserting same deserves to be hung by their genitals in a hungry pen full of feral pigs. I remind you that the FBI’s Headquarters building remains named for him to this day — despite it being an established fact that he trashed the Constitution and Bill of Rights when it came to political opponents for some 40ish years neither the FBI or any other part of the Feral Government has struck his name from that building or the visage of the FBI itself. It should not really surprise that we are discovering there’s more politically-aligned malfeasance within the FBI today.
Update 3: The New York Post reports, an ISIS-inspired Bangladeshi national set off an homemade explosive device at the Port Authority Bus Terminal subway station Monday morning, law enforcement sources said. The suspected bomber – a 27-year-old who lived in Brooklyn – had wires attached to him and was armed with a five-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack as he walked through the Manhattan transit hub, sources said. Police took the man into custody. Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ that the man was inspired by ISIS and originally from Bangladesh.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 11, 2017.
No, it is not Russia Today, nor Sputnik, nor some other ‘foreign agent’ reporting this, but the U. S. own Newsweek. The mass media, mainstream news publication headlined its recent report with this: ALABAMA HAS THE WORST POVERTY IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD, U. N. OFFICIAL SAYS (You know things are pretty much going South when the UN sends in a “Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights” to look into the, that is right, poverty and human rights record of the world’s leading democracy, the Number One, the shining light on the ever-dark horizon, that marks the way for the destitute and the oppressed… ah, you know the leitmotif. It would be a bit of a ‘right, UN, say no more’ if it weren’t for the hard cold facts mentioned in the Newsweek article, the open sewers, the 2017 hookworm outbreak, the “nearly 41 million people in the U. S. live in poverty. That’s second-highest rate of poverty among rich countries” reported by another, non-RT/non-Sputnik agency, the U. S. Government’s own Census Bureau. Were it not for the fact that the UN investigator is a U. S. law professor (well, he might be a foreign agent too, who knows).
This post was published at True Economics on Monday, December 11, 2017.
‘Central government employs many meddlers. They have found the one thing they can do: mind other people’s business. Otherwise, they’d be pumping gas in Death Valley.'(The Underground, Jon Rappoport) In case you’ve been living under a rock – the government decides what health/medical treatments you can legally take and which you can’t. It does this by deploying a stranglehold on practitioners. For example, it’s perfectly fine if doctors kill you with chemo, but they can’t suggest medicines the government hasn’t approved, even if those medicines might save your life. Because the government wants to protect you. Or, to put it another way, it wants to control you. Laws and agencies exist to make that happen. Once that basic framework was put in place, powerful pharmaceutical companies used it to rule out their competition. Who couldn’t see that coming? To be more accurate, the laws and agencies which control your health options were established, in the first place, through pharma influence.
Citizen journalist Rhoda Young came upon the scene of a house fire and went live via Facebook to provide a news report about the tense situation as fire trucks roared into action. Though tragic for the individual who owned the home and happened to be watching the fire while drinking a six pack from across the street, Young explained to viewers what was happening, going so far as to even suggest to firefighters she knew how the blaze started. The owner of the house was upstairs when the fire started. Doing my investigation, I have now discovered his motherf*****g hair was on fire, and his pants is burned off his d**n leg. So he was right there when the fire started, and he got a six pack of godd**n PBR. So now I gotta figure out how he start that fire. Once again, that’s the owner drunk as a motherf****r. The owner was subsequently arrested, reportedly because law enforcement officials believe he purposely set the fire.
This post was published at shtfplan on December 9th, 2017.
In 2015, when writing his dissenting opinion against FCC 15-24 – formally known as the Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order in the Matter of Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, but commonly referred to as ‘Net Neutrality,’ – Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Ajit Pai had this to say: ‘This is not only a radical departure from the bipartisan, market-oriented policies that have served us so well for the last two decades. It is also an about-face from the proposals the FCC made just last May. So why is the FCC changing course? Why is the FCC turning its back on Internet freedom? Is it because we now have evidence that the Internet is not open? No. Is it because we have discovered some problem with our prior interpretation of the law? No. We are flip-flopping for one reason and one reason alone. President Obama told us to do so.’ The singular reason why this-so called ‘Net Neutrality’ came to the forefront is because then President Barack Obama ordered it. And who was prodding Obama to do so? Google. Microsoft. Facebook. Twitter. Amazon. The Tech Left, funded largely by George Soros, had decided to champion under the banner of a benign-sounding ‘Net Neutrality’ campaign and seize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grab the moral high ground in their determination to allow the giant edge providers to censor the Internet to suit their ideological preferences – ridding the Internet of conservative and libertarian content.
When Bakers Go Fishing Government intervention into a nation’s economy is as foolish as attempting to control the sun’s rise and fall by law or force. But that doesn’t mean governments don’t meddle each and every day with the best – and worst – of intentions. The United States government is no exception. Over the years, layers and layers of interference by various federal, state, and local agencies have built up like grime on a kitchen window. The grease shines and smells of something fierce. The layers of government grime also drip and ooze into every crack and crevice of the economy. These days, for example, it is impossible to carry out a simple private transaction with your barber or barista without some form of government interference. Has your barber obtained the required license and paid the obligatory fees to be able to legally taper your neck line? Has your barista’s espresso bean grinder passed city health inspection? Is the hot Cup of Joe served in a paper cup of appropriate recycled material composition? Did the hot beverage exceed the legally accepted temperature standard? Did state and local governments receive their tax exaction upon payment?
This post was published at Acting-Man on December 8, 2017.
Cable news networks just can’t seem to get their facts straight when it comes to publishing purportedly damning reports about the Trump campaign’s efforts to ‘collude’ with the Russians. Last week, ABC News suspended reporter Brian Ross after Ross reported that Mike Flynn had agreed to testify that Trump ordered him to reach out to the Russian government during the campaign – something that, if true, would’ve validated the mainstream media’s collusion narrative and potentially placed the president in serious legal jeopardy. Shortly after publishing its initial report, ABC was forced to issue a crucial correction: Flynn actually planned to testify that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner ordered him to reach out to representatives of the Russian government during the transition. This changed the whole context from something that would’ve been overtly illegal to something much more mundane. The correction was issued – but not before the Dow shed 350 points. Today, it was CNN’s turn to bungle a ‘bombshell’ concerning the Trump campaign and Wikileaks. To wit, Trump’s favorite fake news network has issued a correction to a Friday morning ‘exclusive’ claiming that Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign staff received a directive from Wikileaks to download a trove of emails stolen from the DNC before those emails were made public. CNN initially claimed the Wikileaks email was dated Sept. 4 – ten days before the watchdog publicly released its filings.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 8, 2017.
Since Mike Flynn pled guilty to one count of obstruction a week ago, observers everywhere have wondered how, exactly, the former National Security Advisers’ misdeeds would play into the overall case against Trump and the rest of his inner circle. Initially, ABC reported that Flynn – who allegedly felt ‘abandoned’ by Trump – was prepared to testify that the president ordered him to reach out to the Russians during the campaign. That report was quickly proved false (but now before the Dow slumped 350 points) when ABC admitted its mistake – reporting that Flynn instead was prepared to testify that Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner asked him to reach out to Russian officials during the transition – something that’s neither illegal nor out of the ordinary for a presidential transition. So, how exactly then does the prosecution of Michael Flynn fit into the special counsel’s probe? Equally as important, Flynn’s prosecution, following so soon after the charges against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, also suggests that his investigation is making ‘progress’ – though the logical end point of his crusade remains murky.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 8, 2017.
GOP lawmakers have come forward with new allegations of political bias or interference at the FBI – this time involving the 2012 Benghazi attack. John Solomon of The Hill reports tht Rep. Ron Desantis (R-FL) recently interviewed a retired FBI supervisor who told him he was instructed by Deputy Director Andrew McCabe not to call the 2012 Benghazi attack an act of terrorism when distributing the FBI’s findings to the larger intelligence community – despite knowing exactly who conducted the attack. The agent found the instruction concerning because his unit had gathered incontrovertible evidence showing a major al Qaeda figure had directed the attack and the information had already been briefed to President Obama, the lawmaker said. –The Hill After the September 11, 2012 attack against U. S. government facilities in Benghazi, Libya, the Obama administration peddled a lie, telling the public that the attack was related to Muslims who had become enraged at an anti-Islam YouTube video, and not a planned act of terrorism – despite Hillary Clinton emailing Chelsea Clinton from her unsecure @clintonemail.com server the night of the attack to say exactly that. Chelsea – using the pseudonym “Diane Reyonds” probably didn’t have the clearance to receive classified intelligence from her mother, the Secretary of State.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 7, 2017.