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Miscellaneous / Re: Observations
« Last post by larryJ on August 09, 2018, 10:41:47 am »

Last night as I was off to dreamland I heard on the news the Oklahoma is now the earthquake capitol of the country.  Some attribute this to fracking.  Then my sleep timer went off and so did the TV.

In my binge watching I see a lot of the same companies advertising such as Verizon.  One of their ads features the Verizon spokesman approaching a family of four beside an ice cream truck.  One version of this ad is that the family is not holding any ice cream and there is no ice cream involved.  The second version of this is that the family is holding ice cream cones as the spokesman makes his pitch.  The third version is that the spokesman walks past the family and gets a large order of ice cream.  I am left wondering why the company felt it necessary to release all three versions.

Another is Toyota.  For months now they used a very pretty spokeswoman to do their commercials.  Over time it became apparent she was pregnant but not too noticeable.  She wore oversize tops.  Then all of a sudden she appeared all nice and thin.  On closer inspection I thought that this was not the same woman but a very close look-a-like.  I wonder how long it took them to find her.  Or maybe it is the original and she has done a fantastic job in losing the baby weight.  Hmm,

Life is so much fun.

Binge watching can be so addicting. 

Politics / Facebook’s Community Standards . . .
« Last post by redcliffsw on August 08, 2018, 05:33:51 am »

Facebook’s removal of Alex Jones is politically-motivated. It’s coming from the Left, but it would not be surprising if well-known right-wing politicians and deep state members joined in the attack on Jones because he questions the Establishment and conventional narratives.
-Michael Rozeff

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Politics / The Deep State Censors Those Who Question . . . .
« Last post by Wake-up! on August 07, 2018, 12:28:59 pm »
 . . . . and spreads lies. Here is what they do not want you to know. Here is why the Democrats and the press are trying to impeach Trump. His people in the Dept. of Justice are working to end the corruption and hold people accountable.


Memo Key Points

Overview of Process
• The Committee has made this memo public due to the American people’s right to know this information.
• The Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the activities of the Intelligence Community, hopes the publication of this information will help inform the public about abuses that have occurred at the DOJ and FBI, and spur needed reform and accountability at those agencies so that similar abuses will not occur under any administration, Democrat or Republican.
• The government’s surveillance capabilities are extraordinary powers that must be carefully circumscribed to protect Americans’ civil liberties. Any use of these powers for political purposes or any purpose other than defending the American people is intolerable.
• The decision to release the memo was procedurally sound, in accordance with House and Committee rules, and included review by the Executive Branch and over 200 members of the House.
• It is in the public interest to release the memo, which was carefully crafted to safeguard national security.

Key Revelations from Declassified Memo
• The Steele dossier formed an essential part of a FISA application targeting Carter Page. Former FBI Deputy Director McCabe confirmed that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) without the Steele dossier information.
• FBI and DOJ obtained from the FISC an initial warrant, and three FISA renewals.
  o Then-FBI Director James Comey signed three FISA applications in question on behalf of the FBI, and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one.
  o Then-Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Sally Yates, then-Acting DAG Dana Boente, and DAG Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more FISA applications on behalf of DOJ.
• Steele was paid over $160,000 by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary for America (Clinton campaign) for his dossier. Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior DOJ and FBI officials.
• While the FISA application relied on Steele’s past record of credible reporting on other unrelated matters, it ignored or concealed his anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations.
  o Before and after Steele was terminated as a source, he maintained contact with DOJ via then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr. In September 2016, Steele told Ohr, he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.” Ohr later relayed this evidence of Steele’s bias to FBI, where it was recorded in official files, but not included in any of the FISA applications.
  o None of the FISA applications mention that the FBI had separately authorized payment to Steele for the dossier information.
• According to the head of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, Assistant Director Bill Priestap, corroboration of the Steele dossier was in its “infancy” at the time of the initial Page FISA application. In early January 2017, Director Comey briefed President-elect Trump on a summary of the Steele dossier, a document he later described as “salacious and unverified.”
• The Page FISA application incorrectly assesses that Steele did not directly provide information to Yahoo News. Steele has admitted in British court filings that he met with Yahoo News—and several other outlets—in September 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS.
• Perkins Coie, the law firm that hired Fusion GPS on behalf of the DNC and Clinton campaign, was aware of Steele’s initial media contacts, and hosted at least one meeting in Washington D.C. in 2016 with Steele and Fusion GPS.
• Ohr’s wife was employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump. Ohr later provided the FBI with all of his wife’s opposition research, paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign via Fusion GPS.
• The Page FISA application also mentions information regarding fellow Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, but there is no evidence of any cooperation or conspiracy between Page and Papadopoulos.

Top Ten Memo Facts
• The Memo is NOT intended to undermine the Special Counsel: It is intended to expose past abuses of the FISA process at DOJ and FBI.
• The Memo is NOT intended to undermine DOJ or FBI: The House’s fulfillment of its constitutional responsibilities enables effective constitutional oversight of those agencies.
• The Memo does NOT jeopardize national security: The careful release of [formerly] classified information served the public interest, followed House rules, and included Executive Branch review.
• The Memo does NOT undermine FISA Section 702: It has nothing to do with Section 702, which targets foreigners located overseas.
• The Memo does NOT contain any factual errors: FBI did not identify any factual errors during its review of the memo.
• The Memo does NOT result from cooperation with the White House: No one outside the House Intelligence Committee played any role in drafting the memo.
• The Memo is NOT a collection of partisan talking points: It lays out important facts for the American people about FISA abuses.
• The Memo is NOT the product of “secret changes”: Minor edits were made BEFORE the vote to publicly release the memo, which was procedurally sound.
• The Memo is NOT a staff-driven exercise: All Committee Republican Members were engaged in the process that led to the memo.
• The Committee did NOT suppress the Democrats’ memo: It voted unanimously to follow the same process for minority memos by first making it available to the House.

HPSCI Memo Edits
• HPSCI Ranking Member Adam Schiff has been a ceaseless opponent of the Committee’s attempts to collect and share information on FISA abuses. He even denounced the Committee’s issuance of subpoenas to the DOJ and FBI for information the agencies were withholding from Congressional oversight.
• In a last-ditch effort to block publication of the HPSCI memo, Ranking Member Schiff issued a press release complaining about minor edits the Committee made to the memo.
• The edits, implemented before HPSCI voted to make the memo public, included routine, minor technical changes and edits suggested by the FBI and by the Committee Minority themselves, respectively.
• Ranking Member Schiff’s press release was one in a long line of media stunts meant to oppose transparency and stifle the Committee’s investigation of possible surveillance abuses by top officials at the FBI and DOJ.
Politics / Neocons Demand Sanctions . . .
« Last post by redcliffsw on August 07, 2018, 06:14:36 am »

Neocons Demand 'Crushing' Sanctions on Russia

Recent polls show that the majority of Americans approve of President Trump’s recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Among Republicans, a vast majority support the meeting. Perhaps a good defeat in November will wake these neocon warmongers up. Let’s hope so!
-Ron Paul

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Politics / LGBT Comes to IDF . . .
« Last post by redcliffsw on August 07, 2018, 05:45:47 am »

The Israeli army has promoted its first openly gay major general. Not that you care or I care. I point this out because some conservative evangelical Christians think very highly of the IDF. The truth, of course, is that it is just as corrupt as the U.S. military.
-Laurence Vance

Miscellaneous / Re: Observations
« Last post by Diane Amberg on August 04, 2018, 12:06:18 pm »
Happy anniversary! We celebrated our 48th on July 23. We went to a seafood place and had soft shell crab sandwiches with slaw and hush puppies. Our niece and her husband and step kids stopped by for a visit on their way to Ocean City Maryland. They live in AZ, so the kids had never seen an East Coast beach. Have a great day.
Obituaries / JOHNSON, Howard Wayne - b. May 17, 1943 - d. July 31, 2018
« Last post by patyrn on August 03, 2018, 08:09:33 am »
Howard Wayne Johnson, age 75, of Grenola, Kansas, passed away on July 31, 2018 in Grenola.  He was born on May 17, 1943 in Oregon, the son of John and Alpha Johnson.  Howard worked as a self-employed mechanic.

Howard is survived by sons, Dan Johnson and Dean Johnson; brother, Harold Johnson; three grandchildren, Holly Johnson, Shelby Johnson, and Tanner Johnson; and two great-grandchildren, Rally Guy and Rexen Guy.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ron Johnson.

Cremation has been requested, and a service will be held at a later date.  Online condolences for the family may be left at  Services have been entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)
Politics / What The CIA & FBI Are Hiding
« Last post by Wake-up! on July 31, 2018, 10:10:13 pm »
By Thomas J. Baker*
The Wall Street Journal, July 31, 2018
*Mr. Baker is a retired FBI special agent and legal attaché.

Did the Central Intelligence Agency lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation down a rabbit hole in the counterintelligence investigation of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign?

Although the FBI’s case officially began July 31, 2016, there had been investigative activity before that date. John Brennan’s CIA might have directed activity in Britain, which could be a problem because of longstanding agreements that the U.S. will not conduct intelligence operations there. It would explain why the FBI continues to stonewall Congress as to the inquiry’s origin.

Further, what we know about the case’s origin does not meet the threshold required by the attorney general guidelines for opening a counterintelligence case. That standard requires “predicate information,” or “articulable facts.”

From what has been made public, all that passes for predicate information in this matter originated in Britain. Stefan Halper, an American who ran the Centre of International Studies at Cambridge, had been a CIA source in the past. Recent press reports describe him as an FBI informant. Joseph Mifsud, another U.K.-based academic with ties to Western intelligence, met with Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos on April 26, 2016. Mr. Mifsud reportedly mentioned “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. Then, on May 10, Mr. Papadopoulos met with Australian Ambassador Alexander Downer in London, to whom he relayed the claim about “dirt” on Mrs. Clinton.

Peter Strzok, the FBI’s deputy assistant director, went to London Aug. 2, 2016, two days after the case was opened, ostensibly to interview Mr. Downer about his conversation with Mr. Papadopoulos. But what about the earlier investigative activity? The FBI would not usually maintain an informant in England. It is far likelier that in the spring of 2016 Mr. Halper was providing information to British intelligence or directly to the CIA, where Mr. Brennan was already pushing the collusion narrative.

James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, has acknowledged that “intelligence agencies” were looking into the collusion allegations in spring 2016. The Guardian, a British newspaper, reported that British intelligence had been suspicious about contacts between associates of Mr. Trump’s campaign and possible Russian agents. That prompted Robert Hannigan, then head of Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, to pass information to Mr. Brennan. With only these suspicions, Mr. Brennan pressured the FBI into launching its counterintelligence probe.

The FBI lacked any real predicate. But in the post-9/11 world, a referral from the CIA would cause some in the FBI to believe they had to act—particularly as the agency’s information originated with America’s closest ally. Shortly after the case opened that summer, Mr. Brennan gave a briefing to then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, telling him that the CIA had referred the matter to the FBI—an obvious effort to pressure the bureau to get moving on the collusion case.

As the FBI’s investigation progressed, it would use a surveillance warrant against Carter Page, a former member of Mr. Trump’s campaign, who had been in contact with Mr. Halper. A dossier prepared for the Clinton campaign by Christopher Steele, formerly of Britain’s MI6, was used to obtain the warrant.

The existence of the investigation was withheld from the congressional “gang of eight” because of its “sensitivity,” former FBI Director James Comey later said. The FBI continues to withhold the full details of the origin story from Congress. Their rationale is the “protection of sources,” as the origin lies with our best international partner.

Although Mr. Brennan has exposed himself as a biased actor, the CIA has escaped criticism for using only thinly sourced information from British intelligence to snooker the FBI. Most damaging is the possibility that the CIA violated agreements with Britain by spying there rather than asking MI5 or MI6 to do so. And that may be what is really being withheld from Congress.
Obituaries / SCHNEIDER, Leonard P. - b. August 19, 1940 - d. July 21, 2018
« Last post by patyrn on July 31, 2018, 03:36:47 pm »
Leonard P. Schneider, 77, of New Albany, Kansas, passed away on July 21, 2018 at the Pleasant Valley Assisted Living facility in Sedan, Kansas.  He was born on August 19, 1940 to Wendell P. and Edith (Morgan) Schneider.

Leonard grew up in and attended schools in Fall River, Kansas, graduating from Fall River High School in 1958.  On January 21, 1961, he married Linda Frost at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fredonia, Kansas.  They raised two children, Mike E. Schneider and Paula Hendrix.  He was a loving grandfather to Corey Hendrix (Tosha), Lindsey Cox, and Devlin Hendrix along with six great-grandchildren.

Leonard helped start the Old Iron Club in Fredonia and started the first car club in the area in New Albany, Kansas.  He was a lifetime member of the National Drag Racing Association and was a 4-H leader for over 45 years with the Busy Beavers 4-H Club.

Leonard worked for Carl Meadows Salvage right out of high school, becoming a salvage owner himself later in life.  He was employed by Kenny Lambert Construction Company and retired from Alert Construction in Fredonia, Kansas.  Leonard never met a stranger and always helped those in need.

Leonard is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Mike Schneider of Longton, Kansas and Paula Hendrix of Chanute, Kansas; three grandchildren, Corey Hendrix, Lindsey Cox, and Devlin Hendrix; and six great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Bernard Dale Schneider.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 28, 2018 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fredonia, Kansas.  Interment was held at Weakley Cemetery in New Albany, Kansas.  A memorial has been designated for The Old Iron Club, and contributions may be left with or mailed to Wickham Funeral Home, 510 N. 7th, Fredonia, Kansas 66736 which was in charge of arrangements.

(taken from the Wickham Funeral Home website)
Politics / A Modest Suggestion for D.C. . . .
« Last post by redcliffsw on July 31, 2018, 05:32:54 am »

Now that the city fathers and mothers (a.k.a. sleaezeball cultural Marxist politicians) of Austin, Texas want to rename the place because Stephen Austin was a slave owner, I think it would be appropriate as well to rename Washington, D.C. (and Washington state) since George Washington was a slave owner for 56 years.   The assumption behind all such proposals to erase American history is the notion that all the problems of the so-called  “black underclass” stem from “the legacy of slavery” and have nothing –nothing! — at all to do with the welfare state, the war on drugs, the rotten inner city goverment schools, the minimum wage law, the horrors of public housing, etc.  Consequently, it would seem appropriate to rename D.C. something like Kingville, after M.L. King, Jr.  This will guarantee an instant disappearance of all the problems of the “black underclass” and “marginalized communities,” as the cultural Marxist Left calls it.
-Thomas DiLorenzo 

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