[REALCLEARPOLITICS] Key Democratic operatives and private Sherlocks who tried to derail Donald Trump ...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States... ’s campaign by claiming he was a tool of the Kremlin have rebooted their operation since his election with a multimillion-dollar stealth campaign to persuade major media outlets and politicians that the president should be impeached.
The effort has successfully placed a series of questionable stories alleging secret back channels and meetings between Trump associates and Russian spies, while influencing related investigations and reports from Congress.
The operation’s nerve center is a Washington-based nonprofit called The Democracy Integrity Project, or TDIP. Among other activities, it pumps out daily "research" briefings to prominent Washington journalists, as well as congressional staffers, to keep the Russia "collusion" narrative alive.
TDIP is led by Daniel J. Jones, a former FBI investigator, Clinton administration volunteer and top staffer to Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein ...Dem Senator-for-Life from Caliphornica. She has been a politician since about the time she was weaned. Feinstein was the author of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban, and tried it a second time in 2012. Feinstein has chaired the Select Committee on Intelligence since 2009. At age 80, Feinstein is the oldest currently serving United States Senator.... . It employs the key opposition-research figures behind the salacious and unverified dossier: Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson and ex-British intelligence officer Remington Christopher Steele. Its financial backers include the actor/director Rob Reiner and billionaire activist George Soros ...either Ernst Stavro Blofeld or Auric Goldfinger come true... The project’s work has been largely shrouded in mystery. But a months-long examination by RealClearInvestigations, drawn from documents and more than a dozen interviews, found that the organization is running an elaborate media-influence operation that includes driving and shaping daily coverage of the Russia collusion theory, as well as pushing stories about Trump in the national media that attempt to tie the president or his associates to the Kremlin.
The group also feeds information to FBI and congressional Sherlocks, and then tells news hounds that authorities are investigating those leads. The tactic adds credibility to TDIP’s pitches, luring big media outlets to bite on stories. It mirrors the strategy federal authorities themselves deployed to secure FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign: citing published news reports of investigative details their informants had leaked to the media to bolster their wiretap requests.
[Redit on WaPo article] Boeing senior executives arrived at NASA headquarters two weeks ago for what they knew would be a tense meeting. The rocket they’ve been building for NASA was behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget. Worse yet, there was no way it was going to be ready for a scheduled maiden launch in June 2020.
One estimate had the rocket launch as late as November 2021, and NASA’s leaders were furious, according to people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to be candid about sensitive negotiations. President Trump and Vice President Pence wanted NASA to pull off something big and bold with human spaceflight before the 2020 election: sending a crewless capsule around the moon in a precursor to an eventual return of American astronauts to the lunar surface.
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...As another space traveler once said, "I've got a bad feeling about this." My dad retired from NASA - he started just after the Challenger accident and retired just before Columbia went in (he received an award for his work on Columbia, and was to have been given it by the mission commander had they gotten back). His opinion of the NASA leadership was withering - they did not exist to explore or research, but to insure money got to contractors. And not long before he passed last January, he told me that he believed any effort to get a ship - manned or otherwise - around the Moon would result in a spectacular and embarrassing failure, especially if they were pushed into it.
I simply cannot see NASA having the courage - political, technical, or otherwise - to challenge their Congressional masters, and Boeing will not have the guts to stand up and say they're not ready. Someone will say "Fly the mission," and a couple billion people will watch as we launch the world's biggest and most expensive bottle rocket while Mr. Bezos and Mr. Musk keep successfully flying their privately funded birds.
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
03/23/2019 7:27 Comments ||
NASA seems to be the NHS of space.
Idiots think it's a good idea. It kills people and eats taxpayer's money in large quantities.
Mike, they get a couple billion dollars a year more than Musk to spend on development. If they can't send an unmanned capsule around the moon they need to lose their funding. They've spent something like 30 billion on it over the last ten years, and it's still not ready?
One of Dad's stories that has stayed with me the longest was in the late 80s, he was assigned as the team chief for the design of a triple-sonic-plus air intake - but he was going to have to wait until the research was done, which was going to be something on the order of three YEARS.
Dad did some thinking, and started digging into the NASA archives. He found just what they needed...in the the mountains of data collected when NASA owned the surviving XB-70 Valkyrie in the late 60s and early 70s. Feeling rather proud of himself, he went to his boss and gave him the good news.
Unfortunately, that worthy had a meltdown worthy of an MSNBC host reading the Mueller report, and told Dad to not only drop the idea, but forget he'd ever even seen it. Upon returning to his section, he told his team what had happened and they explained it: using existing data doesn't get NASA or contractors any money. The wheel gets reinvented every time, whether it needs to be or not.
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
03/23/2019 12:28 Comments ||
"Steely eyed missile man" seems to have been a passing phase.
As heartless as it sounds, if NASA does blow one of its own missions up, this time it will find itself cancelled, and good riddance. The private companies are now present to do what it always pretended it would eventually do (and those companies are not the traditional arms contractors who want to just keep sucking up money, like Boeing). Let them do it and let Boeing wither. They seem utterly incapable of quality. Delays in delivering the new tankers, faults that were covered up in those planes that are falling out of the sky, and these rockets that apparently don't exist. Nothing is really going well (other than Airbus being on the bleeding edge of bankruptcy).
[The Algemeiner] Tlaib understands the power of grievance rhetoric. Once she says, "my living grandmother [is] in the West Bank in the occupied territories," that changes the whole dynamic of the debate. In fact, it's a "two-fer": Her own grandmother is an "occupied," persecuted person, which gives Tlaib standing; plus, it's her "living grandmother," so she's a real live eyewitness, which presumably gives Tlaib's assertions even more validity.
Except that Congresswoman Tlaib is lying.
Grandma Tlaib is a resident of the Palestinian Arab village of Beit Ur al-Fauqa. The Israeli occupation of that village ended in 1995. It has been governed by the Palestinian Authority (PA), not Israel, for the past 24 years. For the congresswoman to claim that her grandmother is "occupied" by the Israelis ‐ and therefore a victim of persecution and an eyewitness to Israeli "human rights violations" ‐ is simply a lie.
[Free Beacon] Democratic freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) has been holding a series of secret fundraisers with groups that have been tied to the support of terrorism, appearances that have been closed to the press and hidden from public view.
The content of these speeches, given to predominately Muslim audiences, remains unknown, prompting some of Omar's critics to express concern about the type of rhetoric she is using before these paying audiences, particularly in light of the lawmaker's repeated use of anti-Semitic tropes in public.
Omar recently spoke in Florida at a private event hosted by Islamic Relief, a charity organization long said to have deep ties to groups that advocate terrorism against Israel. Over the weekend, she will appear at another private event in California that is hosted by CAIR-CA PAC, a political action committee affiliated with the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR a group that was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a massive terror-funding incident.
Omar's appearance at these closed-door forums is raising eyebrows in the pro-Israel world due to her repeated and unapologetic public use of anti-Semitic stereotypes accusing Jewish people of controlling foreign policy and politics. With Omar's popularity skyrocketing on the anti-Israel left, it appears her rhetoric is translating into fundraising prowess.
It remains unclear what Omar has told these audiences in her private talks. Washington Free Beacon attempts to obtain video of past events were unsuccessful, and multiple local news and television outlets in the Tampa, Fla., area, where Omar spoke to Islamic Relief last month, confirmed they were unable to gain access to the closed door event.
Islamic Relief has come under congressional investigation for what lawmakers have described as its efforts to provide assistance to terrorist group such as Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. The charity has been banned by some countries as a result of these ties.
In 2017, Congress sought to ban taxpayer funds from reaching the charity due to these terror links.
A representative from Islamic Relief declined to provide the Free Beacon with any material related to Omar's appearance.
Posted by: Frank G ||
03/23/2019 07:59 ||
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[NEWSBUSTERS.ORG] Talk about a bad day to be analysts, commentators, hosts, and pundits at CNN who had been wanting the First Family’s legal situation to end in criminal charges and for the Trump presidency to end in disgrace.
On Friday afternoon after the Mueller Report had been handed over to Attorney General Bill Barr, chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and crime and justice news hound Shimon Prokupecz conceded that the lack of further indictments (sealed or unsealed) in relation to the Mueller probe is a "huge victory for the President" and "really good news" for individuals who had been subject to endless media speculation.
How bad did it get? Two CNN personalities even admitted that Trump "had been vindicated." More on that shortly.
After Laura Jarrett delivered the news that there would be no further indictments (or recommended ones), Prokupecz told host Wolf Blitzer that this was "probably one of the most significant pieces of information of all this because there's been so much speculation from everywhere" that "more is coming."
In the end, he noted "that’s not happening" even though there are other investigations that are Russia-related out there.
"So, the investigation itself in terms of other parts of this is not over. It's very important ‐ it's a very important line and there's a reason why they're saying this. No other indictments from Robert Mueller," he added.
Toobin then interjected and disregarded a setup from Blitzer so he could emphatically assert that everyone should "be specific" about this because "[t]his is really good news for a lot of people around Donald Trump ...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
From the NYT article (I figured it'd be the worst-case) -
With department officials emphasizing that Mr. Mueller’s inquiry was over and his office closing, the question for both Mr. Trump’s critics and defenders was whether the prosecutors condemned the president’s behavior in their report, exonerated him — or neither. The president’s lawyers were already girding for a possible fight over whether they could assert executive privilege to keep parts of the report secret.
OK, now turnabout is fair play. Right? Lets start an investigation about Hillary, Bills, Obama's, collusion with the Russians, and the Iranian Mullahs, and the rest of our enemies...
Yeah, and don't forget China.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
03/23/2019 10:53 Comments ||
The dims are not that smart.
To be fair, they were promised a pony for Christmas and all they got was a dress shirt and some socks. The grownups knew this, but the kids will be grumpy until the next election when they'll *really* have something to be mad about.
Mueller’s job was to tie up the President and associates and keep him ineffectual until the 2020 elections. Well, he ran out of steam. Now turnabout is fair play. Anybody heading for Canada?
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
03/23/2019 13:18 Comments ||
Trump should appoint special counsels to investigate Clinton, Comey, Mueller, and the entire pack of criminals. Immediately seize all computers and records through the use of SWAT teams and make sure to perp walk all of them in front of the cameras.
And in the future, make sure that anyone in the white house press pools badges denote them as "Suspected terrorist and insurrectionist."
Rachael Madcow says the Russians may be controlling our government.I guess it's now time to investigate Mueller for being a Russian stooge. The leftists are bonkers. They drank the koolaide and when the dream ended they just cant accept it was just a dream.
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
03/23/2019 16:49 Comments ||
I guess it's now time to investigate Mueller for being a Russian stooge.
No question the Russians are masters of disinformation and pot-stirring. I don't doubt they would have liked to disrupt or impede US govt functions, but likely in their wildest dreams they could not have done as well as Mueller and the rest of the Deep State Coup team.
disclaimer: I was thinking of starting my own Russian troll farm given that what I'd seen of Russian attempts to rile up on-line forums was laughably ineffective - mainly from lack of understanding of American politics and linguistic idioms. Never got around to it, but it did align with my interest in natural language processing and sentiment analysis.
[Washington Times] If Democratic voters are struggling to see what sets John Hickenlooper apart from the 2020 pack they need to look no further than his autobiography, which outlines in excruciating detail his quest to lose his virginity and, seemingly, every sexual exploit since.
The candidate's book, The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics, outlines the journey from a child in the Philadelphia suburbs to the president of a brewing company, mayor of Denver, and then governor of Colorado.
Sprinkled throughout is the minutiae of his angst-ridden relationships with women, named and unnamed. A Washington Examiner analysis totaled Hickenlooper's declared sexual partners at seven, including his two wives. Even his experience of the 9/11 terrorism attacks is viewed through the prism of whom he was in bed with at the time.
He even discusses going to porno-theaters with his mother!
I got presented a years of service honor years ago that my supervisor insisted that I go so she could accompany me to his office. A real pain in the butt having to go downtown, parking etc to listen to his crap. I was prepared to make a few comments that I was upset about at the time thinking to make the trip worthwhile, but thought better of it as my supervisor adored Looper. I kind of wished once there that she wasn't so I could speak freely.
Yeah I was a chicken when it came to job security having seen some get transferred to other units or to night shift by this supervisor, the hospital was getting rid of experienced nurses for new grads using all kinds of stupid reasons.
When he learned my last name he asked me if I was related to someone he knew, I said yes pulling his leg, little did I know....
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.