[Townhall] President Trump was correct in pulling back the security clearance held by former CIA Director John Brennan. It should have happened under Barack Obama. Former CIA Director John Brennan has weaponized national security status and has uncharacteristically been on a mission trashing the Trump administration while defending the Obama administration and its meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign that included trying to place a spy inside the Trump campaign.
I say uncharacteristically because most of his predecessors who left the position faded into anonymity rarely to be heard from again. In fact I had to go back and look up the last few people who held the position going back to 1981. They include William Casey, William Webster, Robert Gates, James Woolley, John Deutch, and George Tenet. Other than Robert Gates who went on to become Secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration, I am willing to wager that most people could not tell me what those men are doing today. That has been the pattern with former CIA directors. They serve and fade into obscurity. But not John Brennan.
John Brennan is working overtime using an anti-Trump agenda driven liberal media platform while claiming to be protecting the reputation and integrity of our intelligence agencies that have come under scrutiny since it has been exposed that they may have engaged in political hi-jinx or worse, colluded with the FBI to subvert the will of the people in choosing Donald Trump for president.
From 2001 to 2005 there was an ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation. A Grand Jury had been impanelled because governments from around the world had donated to the “Charity”. Yet, from 2001 to 2003 none of those “Donations” to the Clinton Foundation were declared.
CF was under investigation and who was the lead, James Comey (1). Lois Lerner (2) was then tranfered into the Internal Revenue Service to run the Tax Exemption Branch of the IRS and Rob Rosenstein (3) found himself as the Director of the Tax Division inside the Department of Justice from 2001 to 2005? And the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during this time frame was, I'll take Robert Mueller (4) for 1000 Alex.
What do all 4 casting characters have in common? They all were briefed and/or were front-line investigators into the Clinton Foundation Investigation.
Let's fast forward to Uranium One. Who delivered a sample of the uranium? Mueller. Who is still working in the IRS Charitable Division and who would ultimately oversee any investigation into the CF, Mrs Lerner. Who became FBI Director? Comey. Rosenstein becomes Asst. Attorney General and his wife, Lisa H. Barsoomian, is a well known swamp defense attorney who has represented the Clintons, Mueller, Comey, and Obama; she also represented the FBI on a few occasions.
Comey's brother works for DLA Piper, the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation's taxes and in its 20+ years of operation of being the largest International Charity Fraud in the history of mankind, it was never been audited by the Internal Revenue Service.
...A poll taken several months before the election revealed that neglected voters overwhelmingly favored Donald Trump above any other candidate: "Voters who agreed with the statement ’people like me don’t have any say about what the government does’ were 86.5 percent more likely to prefer Trump. This feeling of powerlessness and voicelessness was a much better predictor of Trump support than age, race, college attainment, [or] income," wrote Derek Thompson at The Atlantic.
...Trump violates every sycophantic, mannerly rule that politicians and their handlers are taught to follow. The name-calling, the gloating, the fight-picking are precisely what any political consultant would advise their client not to do. "Act presidential," the memo would say. Let others do your dirty work. Stay above the fray, don’t get in the mud. Keep on message. Politics is a game of addition, not subtraction. Yada yada yada. (Let’s add "Political Consulting Experts" to the long list of professional know-it-alls who’ve been wholly discredited in the Trump era.)
...Nearly two years later, the war between The Untouchables and The Deplorables rages on. Last week featured several more clashes, proving again that the president’s opposition remains stunningly and stubbornly tone-deaf. (As Peggy Noonan wrote last year, Trump has been lucky in his enemies.) The Untouchables brandished their revoked security clearances and their opinion pages and their GoFundMe campaigns as the latest weapons against a president they intend to destroy.
But instead of taking it on the chin, these martyrs of #TheResistance embrace their victimhood. They caterwaul about imaginary constitutional rights violations not because it’s legitimate but because their self-enacted 28th Amendment right‐the Right to Infinite and Unchecked Power‐is being trampled.
...More than 300 newspapers published editorials last week to defend themselves against Trump’s "attacks" on the media.
...The media can’t answer legitimate criticism because they have long been in The Untouchables group, self-proclaimed warriors of the truth regardless of how untruthful they actually are. In their desire for self-efficacy, reporters have compared themselves to first responders and combat veterans. The real-life woes of The Deplorables are ignored‐even mocked‐as journalists preen about their moral superiority. But Trump has exposed their duplicity and their arrogance; it’s making them nuts. They now lash out at any imaginary threat against themselves while fueling violence and political chaos among Americans on a daily basis.
Trump’s one-man crusade against The Untouchables is working. Regular Americans see this crowd’s shameless sense of entitlement and their resentment for anyone outside their circle. Their hatred for Trump is just an extension of their hatred for those he is defending. That’s why Trump will continue to fill up school auditoriums in the Midwest while The Untouchables will continue to fill up their columns with whining.
[Daily Wire] Recent revelations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church have sparked the age-old debate on whether or not the church should have an absolute ban on same-sex attracted men entering the seminary.
As noted by Matt Walsh and other Catholic commentators, roughly 80% of the sexual abuse victims in the Catholic Church were male, many of them being postpubescent. Recently-ousted Cardinal Theodore McCarrick had sexual relations with both adult males and minors; far too often, he preyed on male seminarians entering the priesthood.
In May of this year, Pope Francis went as far as to warn the Italian bishops about homosexual applicants seeking to join the priesthood and why they should not be allowed. His position followed that of Pope Benedict, who emphasized that men "who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies, or support the so-called ’gay culture’" could be denied entry into the priesthood. The 2005 Vatican instruction on the question of homosexuality and the priesthood also states: "The Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called ’gay culture.’"
The Catholic Church could have saved itself a helluva lotta trouble by adopting the Boy Scouts rule that adult troop leaders are never to be alone with a child. Two or more children are OK. One child is not. It's pretty simple and there's really no excuse for doing it any other way. If you're never alone with a kid there can be no question of impropriety. If you are caught alone with a kid you lose your position. You don't get transferred, you get fired.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
08/21/2018 11:56 Comments ||
I won't even totally close my office door when meeting with a female subordinate. Sad that it's gotten that way
Posted by: Frank G ||
08/21/2018 12:26 Comments ||
I know a guy who finally admitted he was gay then shortly thereafter started down the road to becoming a priest, maybe going to escape his sexuality. Of course, often there will be a resurgence later. And he would be trapped in the priesthood with a bunch of choir boys and other kids with problems who don't know right from wrong . . . .
Totally ignored in this discussion so far is that there is a branch of the Roman Catholic church (Byzantine Rite) which allows priests to be married. It would be interesting to investigate how much of a problem aberrant sexual behavior has been in that part of the Church. My guess would be, very very little.
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.