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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Mueller, Comey, and the Deep State Rescue of Sandy Berger
[American Thinker] In April 2005, a Republican-led Department of Justice did something quite unusual. After catching a Democratic operative stealing and destroying highly relevant classified documents, the DoJ punished him as though he had stolen the Snickers bars from the office vending machine.

On October 28, 2005, another curious event took place in those same halls of justice: an allegedly Republican special prosecutor indicted a White House advisor of his own party for a series of process crimes unrelated to the original intent of his investigation.

As will become clear, this double injustice not only foreshadowed future injustices, but it also served as a practice run of sorts for the players involved. Several of these players would come center stage once again in the long-running political drama that debuted in 2016.

The Democratic operative on that barely warm seat in 2005 was former Clinton National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, since deceased. The attorney general at the time, the feckless Alberto Gonzales, had been on the job less than two months when the Berger deal went down.

Gonzales’s deputy attorney general, James Comey, however, had been on the job for more than a year. It was under Comey’s supervision that the DoJ reviewed the case against Berger. It was a doozy.

In the nerviest of his criminal acts, Berger stole highly classified documents and stashed them under a trailer at a construction site during a break. He retrieved the documents at the end of the day and admittedly used scissors to cut them into little pieces before throwing them away. He then lied to investigators about what he had done.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/04/2018 05:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What was difficult to comprehend back then has become common place today.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/04/2018 5:40 Comments || Top||

#2  The ideologues are in it for the power, the careerists for the pensions, and the opportunists for the applause. Working together with their media partners, they follow the path of least resistance, which is almost inevitably to the left.

Read that again. Some things never change.

Posted by: Bobby || 09/04/2018 10:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Hey, lighten up a little about the FBI! /sarc: Wizard of Odd: FBI Cracks BIG Case, Recovers Stolen Ruby Slippers from ‘Wizard of Oz’
Posted by: Anomolous Sources || 09/04/2018 18:50 Comments || Top||

'Good job Jeff': Trump blames Sessions as Republicans charged before midterms
[Guardian] Donald Trump has mounted another extraordinary attack on his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, blaming him for charges against two congressmen that he said jeopardised Republican chances in the forthcoming midterm elections.

On Monday afternoon, the president tweeted: "Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department. Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff......

"....The Democrats, none of whom voted for Jeff Sessions, must love him now."
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/04/2018 05:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The two men were Trump’s first supporters in the House. Hunter will run for re-election. Collins will step down.

Probably a coincidence.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/04/2018 5:08 Comments || Top||

#2  The Democrats, none of whom voted for Jeff Sessions, must love him now

Someone has got to take McCain's place
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/04/2018 6:58 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Claim: Putin reactivating old German STASI network
[EuromaidanPress] Boris Reitschuster, author of Putin’s Secret War, says that the Kremlin is “actively using the old agent network” that the East German intelligence service set up in the West during the Cold War not only to achieve specific foreign policy goals like the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline but also to set the tone in German discussions about Russia.

Despite the received opinion, he tells US-based Russian journalist Kseniya Kirillova that the Stasi network “was not unmasked after the end of the Cold War. Yes, the archives were opened, but their information concerned mostly the Stasi agent network in East Germany.”
Much more at the link
Posted by: badanov || 09/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well, IMO, West Europeans demonstrated that they're incapable of self-rule. And USA too busy dealing with the same type of people as ruined Europe to save them again (also, just a bit, pissed off from all the ankle biting). So, it's either Muslim or Russian rule in EU future.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/04/2018 4:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Angela may wish to dust off her CV.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/04/2018 5:38 Comments || Top||

#3  ...and pick up the "Telefon".
Posted by: DooDahMan || 09/04/2018 6:57 Comments || Top||

#4  It's an Ukrainian site.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/04/2018 17:03 Comments || Top||

#5  How old are the agents in this "old agent network?"
Posted by: james || 09/04/2018 23:21 Comments || Top||

Europe’s Quislings Unmasked
[SPECTATOR.ORG] One of President Trump’s overlooked achievements is the unmasking of our false allies in Europe. The governing elite of Europe
...also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
‐ the same people who lead the most powerful members of both the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
and NATO
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Posted by: Fred || 09/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Quislings!
Posted by: 3dc || 09/04/2018 0:46 Comments || Top||

#2  A German fellow once joked to me that every American driving a tank in Germany meant a German didn't have to. I forget what I responded, but I remember it was in Russian and he didn't like it.

If we had a Snark of the Cold War category, that right there would have won.
Posted by: SteveS || 09/04/2018 1:03 Comments || Top||

#3  "This new package will widen economic and sectoral relations in areas that are of direct benefit to our citizens."

Sure. Let's see the detailed list of benefits.
Posted by: gorb || 09/04/2018 1:10 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Spengler: A funeral for a world that never was
[ATimes] Senator John McCain's grand funeral was also a chance for the Establishment to take one step closer to its grave.

Funeral services are not for the benefit of the defunct, who is beyond our praise or condemnation, but for the living, who know before long that they will follow the honored dead into a cold grave.

Senator John McCain’s funeral was the most ostentatious that Washington has accorded except for a president, and much grander than the 2006 funeral of Gerald Ford, for example. The American Establishment took the opportunity to mourn a world that it imagined but never inhabited.
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Posted by: Anomolous Sources || 09/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As they say - a picture worth a thousand words. Now all we need to go with it is the pic of him voting against abolishing Obamacare.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/04/2018 3:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Unlike McNamara, McCain never thought that he had made a mistake. He clung to a failed policy out of conviction. During his last years he erupted with anger at old friends who questioned his judgment on matters such as the Muslim Brotherhood.

He was a tool of the shadow gov't. The same denial is found in Obama, John Brennan and their cohorts. Members of congress do not meet with enemy combatants or pass along scandalous dossiers from foreign sources unless sanctioned to do so.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/04/2018 4:08 Comments || Top||

#3  I particularly likes the pallet load of American greenback cash being swung out on the forklift for the Iranian mullahs. That was sweet.

Oh, and you can keep your doctor and your HealthPlan...period.
What Brain Cancer or Tumor was it McCain had? Remind me again.
Explain it to me medically, go into detail, was it the whole brain got eaten up or only part of McCains brain? The brain stem or the Hemispheric parts ? Or ALL of it?
Posted by: Elmoluper Thrinelet8122 || 09/04/2018 4:18 Comments || Top||

#4  "A shared identity and values that transcend ideology, class or race."

Yeah, globalism. The Establishment politicians have far more in common with one another than they do us. They certainly don't represent us in government. As far as they are concerned, we can die in a fire.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 09/04/2018 4:52 Comments || Top||

#5  I thought the photo that supposedly shows McCain with ISIS leaders was proven to be false and those Arab guys are not terrorists.

I agree with the article I just think there is no reason to use false photos as evidence.
Posted by: Penguin_of_the_Desert || 09/04/2018 8:27 Comments || Top||

#6  It's like diagrams used in Biology Textbooks - you don't really think a cell is neatly arranged as this, Penguin?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/04/2018 8:46 Comments || Top||

#7  McSsssscccchhhhhtain was exccccccssssshhhhtremely bitter that "legacy" enrollment did not include a flag rank for himself. All the other damage he did courting America's enemies was strictly collateral damage. Those who endow the now deceased man with a three-D chess mind have tragically overthought it...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/04/2018 10:45 Comments || Top||

Trump on the Ground
[AMGREATNESS] For all the op-eds condemning a polarizing Trump who has wrecked American foreign policy, there are also more silent concessions among many analysts that the team of Mike Pompeo, Jim Mattis, John Bolton, and Nikki Haley
...Trump administration's ambassador to the UN. First woman to serve as Governor of South Carolina, and the second Indian-American governor in the country, after Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. At the age of 39, Haley was the youngest governor in the U.S., a distinction formerly held by Jindal. She is a Republican, which really grates on the Dems...
is impressive. They are more likely than imagined alternatives to stop any more Iranian nonsense on the seas of the Persian Gulf, or tune out the periodic ultimatums of the Paleostinians, or take seriously the nuclear threats of North Korea, or get tough when Putin deserves tough treatment‐and they have the will and, increasingly, the means to do what they say. The policy is to be ready for a fight, but neither to prompt nor to welcome one. For Trump, who values ratings and money most of all, wars can quickly lose viewers and cost too much.

In sum, we are witnessing one of the great ironies of the modern age. Minorities who are not Trump supporters are doing better under Trump than any past president, liberal or conservative. Environmentalists who despise him know that America has become more effective than its green European critics in reducing carbon emissions, largely through the breakneck production of natural gas. Diplomats who loathe Trump find their good cop talk and soft power has more resonance once it is backed up by a better military, a better national security team, and an unpredictable commander-in-chief who might just be capable of doing anything at any time to anyone anywhere in the defense of American interests and illusory sovereignty.

NeverTrump legal scholars are perplexed that never has a Republican president appointed so many qualified judges and seen them confirmed so quickly. They wonder how that could be so, without at least one David Souter or Harriet Miers. They despair that it might become true that a president who enlists the best and brightest of the "you can’t dare do that" administrative state and the revolving Washington and New York diplomatic and financial elite, is a president who will be rendered inert.

How can things be getting concretely better than they were during the Obama years when expert opinion insists things are getting worse?

The simple answer is that for half the country Trump’s crudity trumps his cunning on the economy and foreign policy. That irony prompts the essential question of this presidency: could crudity have been the accelerant that pushed his agenda forward? And if so, what does that say about those who led us who were far less crude and far less competent‐and far less worried about the consequences of their policies upon those whom they rarely ever saw? Or rather what is crudity when mellifluousness did such damage? And what is morality when a lot of ruin was done by those who claimed by birth, education, reputation, ZIP code, or influence to be so much better than those they hurt?
Posted by: Fred || 09/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: Culture Wars
Is Feminist Brain-Washing a Form of Child Abuse?
h/t Instapundit
"If not, maybe it should be," I thought after reading about the University of Kansas's latest foray into indoctrinating parents and their children with the idea that gender doesn't matter:

...I have heard of kids whose parents (mainly mothers) confused them so much with gender issues and social justice theories that they ended up with severe emotional problems. This brain-washing is troubling to say the least and forcing kids not to acknowledge gender or to act in politically correct ways may just backfire.

Our children are not social experiments and any parent willing to toy with their kids mental health like this needs to ask themselves why they would sacrifice their own child's well being to fulfill the political satisfaction of a PC university.
Personally, I used anime to educate Grom Jr on the subject of gender.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/04/2018 05:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is Feminist Brain-Washing a Form of Child Abuse?

Yes. Next question?
Posted by: Dave D. || 09/04/2018 6:24 Comments || Top||

#2  No.
Leaving a child in the control of one or more supervisory adults with diminished capacity is child endangerment.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/04/2018 8:09 Comments || Top||

#4  What I wouldn't give to travel back in time and see the face of my young self as I told me, without a trace of irony, "First they came for the nazis (the world is seething with 'em, by the way)... and the Islamophobes (ditto)... and the upskirters (who knows... but they're apparently going to be a huge problem too)."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 09/04/2018 20:14 Comments || Top||

American Hóng Wèibīng
h/t Instapundit
...Radiating rapidly from campuses into the larger polity, the noble defence of an infinitely multiplying list of ’marginalised groups’ is a predatory movement. Prowling the cultural veldt for givers of ’offence’ is a blood sport, and its pleasures are those of hunting: spotting your prey, stalking, going in for the kill. Any source of umbrage thus presents an exulting opportunity to score a trophy, stuff it, and hang it on your (Facebook) wall. Mainstream institutions straining to be with-it give credence to this pretence of injury and vulnerability, when no one’s feelings actually have been hurt. So the victory is two-pronged. You take down the sinner, and you humiliate the editors of the Nation by forcing them to participate in an emotional theatre that every-one knows is fake.

I don’t buy into the notion that the ’snowflake’ generation is all that sensitive, either. Antifa protestors in balaclavas can be quite violent for little specks that melt. ’Snowflakes’ may have induced institutions to employ the language of fragility, but I think a lot of these kids are tough as old boots.

...The students cowering in ’safe spaces’ don’t feel endangered; they’re claiming territory. In protecting the faux-helpless from noxious opinions via no-platforming, they’re exercising power. The experience of exercising power isn’t scary, except on the receiving end; it’s supremely gratifying. These people aren’t frightened. They want you to be frightened of them.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/04/2018 04:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Link found here I believe.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/04/2018 4:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Antifa protestors in balaclavas can be quite violent for little specks that melt.

Who have they gone against that weren't restrained. It the old story of the little girl pestering her older brother, but always within retreat distance to mom's skirt. They have the blind commitment to the 'way' that the Hitler Youth or Red Guard had, both of which fell before trained troops.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/04/2018 6:57 Comments || Top||

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  Jalaluddin Haqqani joins the Choir Eternal
Mon 2018-09-03
  Islamists militants in northeast Nigeria kill up to 30 48 soldiers: Sources
Sun 2018-09-02
  Yemen’s army imposes full control over Saada’s Al-Zaher directorate
Sat 2018-09-01
  Dutch police shoot suspect after he stabs two people at an Amsterdam train station
Fri 2018-08-31
  ISIS leader Yasir Khurasani killed with 5 comrades in Nangarhar drone strike
Thu 2018-08-30
  Egyptian forces kill 20 militants in Sinai operation: Army
Wed 2018-08-29
  Syrian Army foils ISIL breakout attempt in east Sweida
Tue 2018-08-28
  Idlib: Nusra arrest 20 ISIS turbans, Gov’t closes key crossing
Mon 2018-08-27
  Elite Army units moving to Idlib for major assault
Sun 2018-08-26
  John McCain dies at 81
Sat 2018-08-25
  Syrian Army launches powerful assault in northern Hama
Fri 2018-08-24
  Arab coalition thwarts Houthi boat bomb targeting commercial ships off Yemen
Thu 2018-08-23
  Syrian Army cuts all supply lines to ISIL’s last stronghold in southern Syria
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