July 22, 2018
— Open Blogger Protesters Throw Feces at L.A. Kosher Cafe Because Owner Supports Trump
Why didn't they go after some Korean shop owner who was expanding? Because he would have called 50 of his friends and the protesters would have gotten their asses kicked. Jews are better targets for a few reasons, first of which is that American Jews have no history of fighting back, and in fact have a reputation for being conciliatory in the extreme. And let us not forget the historical hatred of Jews by the Left. Seemingly every leftist revolutionary struggle has demonized Jews, Judaism and Israel.
But when those revolutionary struggles run out of Jews to persecute, or they need to expand the class struggle, they move on to their next targets, the Catholic Church and devout Protestants.
Bernie Sanders makes Israel a regular target of his ire, and his idiot acolyte from NYC, Ocasio-Cortez chose Israel for one of her first public attacks.
That is the past. the present and the future of socialism, and anyone who doesn't understand it is a fool or a crypto-socialist.
— Open Blogger Wake me if anything happens.
July 21, 2018
— Open Blogger
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— Open Blogger Robin Hood
So, let's talk about a movie no one remembers because it was pretty derisively received by critics and largely ignored by audiences: Ridley Scott's Robin Hood!
I can feel the excitement!
I bring it up because I think that when trying to talk about a director's work, it's a bit easier to focus on something that isn't universally considered great. Being able to balance between things that a director did well in a particular picture with things that he did not do well in that same picture provides a great view of what the man creates as an artist.
I am, of course, a Ridley Scott fanboy, but I don't love everything he's ever made. In fact, one of his movies that's most often held up as a jewel of his career (Gladiator) I find boring. I overall genuinely think that he's one of the most talented filmmakers working today. With that being said, let's dive into one of his more recent historical epics that I feel was unfairly maligned upon its release.
— Open Blogger Those power outage blues. 60 mph gusts tend to leave a mark.
July 20, 2018
— Open Blogger Tonight's ONT is going to rock on
— Open Blogger I had guessed earlier that, having a history of and appreciation for shock humor, James Gunn wouldn't be the type to support Outrage Firings over other people's tweets.
It would be hypocritical and suicidal to do that.
Well, he's just another liberal who had this baggage in his past but figured The Rules Don't Apply to Liberals.
Enjoy your early retirement, asshole.
— Open Blogger Was Mueller given authority to investigate a specific defined matter, or has he illegally been granted authority to investigate the Deep State's enemies for any possible crime until it finds one?
— Open Blogger Looks like this is true. From the Hollywood Reporter:
"The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James' Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values, and we have severed our business relationship with him," Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement Friday.
On Thursday, Gunn tweeted in response to the tweets being resurfaced, "Many people who have followed my career know, when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I've developed as a person, so has my work and my humor."
He added: "It's not to say I'm better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it's shocking and trying to get a reaction are over."
The offensive tweets came to light after conservative website The Daily Caller dug up the social media posts, which were mostly posted in 2008 and 2009. Soon after, conservative personalities were tweeting to followers to confront Gunn at Comic-Con. Gunn had been expected to be at Sony's presentation on Friday. Insiders say Gunn is not expected to be part of the panel now.
I don't feel great about that, if true, given that he was fired due to fake rage over what seems to be nonsense.
But then, sometimes you have to take a scalp just to demonstrate to the scalp-takers that you can respond in kind.
it already does and you'll notice all the fretting and if-this-goes-on-ism in the world hasn't stopped it— David Hines (@hradzka) July 20, 2018
make 'em eat it
— Open Blogger Unceasing, 24/7 harassment for you; but a demand that even my congressional office not be protested.
The Oath Keepers had planned to protest Maxine Waters' congressional office. But when Maxine Waters called, essentially, for a little muscle over here, they talked with police and decided not to show up.
But her muscle did show up -- one carrying a baseball bat over his shoulder -- and they decided that not even people merely videotaping them were permitted to be present on the street. Oh, and they also burned an American flag.
— Open Blogger Here's Mike Cernovich on the tweets, which have now been mass deleted.
"An Open Secret" is really pushing the tweets.
The tweets make a lot of taboo jokes, about the Holocaust and, especially, pedophilia.
I honestly do not have a problem with any of the jokes. They're edgy -- yes. But... so what?
What gives this more juice than it would otherwise have is the exchange at the end of Cernovich's post. There, a post to him says "You might enjoy this video," and links to a video calling itself "100 pre-pubescent girls touch themselves." Gunn responds, "Enjoy it? I came all over my face!"
But that's clearly a joke. As to the video itself, though no one dares click on it (as that would technically make you a sex criminal, assuming it was a pedo video), people are telling Ethan Van Sciver that 4chan people say they've clicked on it, or know what it is, and it's a misleadingly titled video that's supposed to be a joke. The claims is that it's a video of 100 schoolgirls singing the DiVinyl's "I Touch Myself" or something (which itself is kind of questionable, but... not pedophilia).
I'm not clicking on anything titled that either, so I can't say what the truth is.
What complicates this, of course, is that Disney fired Roseanne Barr for making a joke that the left claimed was racist, but will not, I assume, fire James Gunn for making pedophilia jokes.
Incidentally, I believe both Roseanne Bar and James Gunn. I think Roseanne Barr did not know Valerie Jarrett was black for a simple reason: Because I didn't know that myself.
She says she assumed Jarrett was Iranian; I believe that, because I assumed that too. I always heard of Valerie Jarrett's family's close relations to Iran; I assumed that meant they were Iranian.
I also think James Gunn was just making a lot of edgy jokes.
But Disney did fire Barr -- so should Gunn be spared the Social Justice whip?
Although one might say two wrongs don't make a right, let me explain the wrong I care about avoiding: the wrong in which liberals are permitted to say whatever they like without consequence, but where I will be fired and hounded out of civil society for saying the same sort of thing.
I will not put up with that, and yeah, I think I'll demand a bullshit firing of James Gunn, because I will insist on the #SameRules applying to both liberals and myself.
So yeah, fire this pedo-normalizing monster.
— Open Blogger Apparently it's illegal, for some people, to pay what appears to be blackmail.
They're going to claim it's a "campaign expense" which "should have been disclosed in campaign filings." Yeah.
Meanwhile, Mueller has given yet another Hillary Clinton associate immunity, because Hillary Clinton associates are never prosecuted for crimes, only given immunity for them. Only people running against Hillary are prosecuted.
Because: How Dare They.
Fox Newss Tucker Carlson reported exclusively on Thursday night that Robert Mueller has offered Tony Podesta, the brother of a longtime friend to Hillary Clinton, immunity to testify against his business partner, Paul Manafort.
— Open Blogger
Good morning kids. Friday and the weekend's here. In fact, today marks week 78 of the Trump presidential era - exactly 18 months of some of the most incredible accomplishments that are sadly marred by the ugliest, most dangerous time in our nation's history since at least the 1960s and perhaps the 1860s. And as is always the case, the danger is wholly caused by the Democrat party and the anti-American, Socialist Leftist movement that owns it. I believe that the times and the response to challenges during same are the measure of true leadership, and all things being equal, President Trump is on the path to becoming one of the most consequential (in a positive way) presidents of the past 50-100 years, if not ever.
Look at the week that has passed. And every Friday it feels like deja-vu all over again because I'd swear I've written that same sentence at the end of the previous week. The latter began with the ginned-up hatred of Brett Kavanaugh at the outset only to be supplanted at the end by the arrogance and altogether weird performance art of Deep State hack Peter Strzok and his Greek chorus of Democrat stooges before the House Intel committee. And with their faces still glistening with meringue and feces from the pies and poo that were flung, a fresh batch was already being prepared for the President's Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin.
The Democrat-Left-Media Complex along with their Renfields in the Coup-Cucks-Clan warned him not to go. That is, they threatened him not to go or else. Of course, he ignored them and they all went insane, with cries of 'treason" irresponsibly hurled from all quarters for being conciliatory to a man who stole the 2016 election. Naturally, with the Mueller "investigation" into Russian "collusion" with PDT its main target only increased the insanity to eleventy-leven. In any case, had President Trump blasted ol' Vladdy in front of the world, the Left would've ripped him a new one for creating an international incident. And now comes the news that PDT has invited Mr. Putin for a state visit in the fall, perfectly timed for just before the midterms sot the voters can see the Left go insane before casting their ballots.
If you put all of that aside, in normal terms the summit was quite successful. Mr. Putin is a thug who has political opponents liquidated, bordering nations (formerly Soviet or not) invaded and/or destabilized and submissive and has turned the Russian economy into his own business enterprise. Plus, they have nukes. We know what happened when Dubya looked into Putin's soul and saw a man he could trust, or some such idiocy. And of course, Obama's and Hillary's eagerness to sell America down the river. Trump's not stupid. He knows with whom he is dealing. And "dealing" is the operative word. We learned yesterday that Texas alone is now the world's third largest petroleum producer (plus PDT ripped Merkwurdige Merkel a new one for the secret gas pipeline to Russia) and the Syria/Iran situation is no doubt hammering and sickle-ing ol' Vladdy as well. And the Chi-Coms issuing an official warning to Moscow that the Trump Administration won't be around forever means that they're worried about the prospect of Russo-American rapprochement. So behind closed doors there could be some very interesting geopolitical maneuvering that we're not privy to, Deep State State Dept. leakers notwithstanding.
And this leads into our top story this morning. From Matthew Vadum's excellent piece at Frontpage Mag:
...Before November 2016 Democrats "never met a communist they didn't like or a Russian they didn't want to embrace, Walsh wrote.
Not surprisingly, Comrade Sanders' ties to Russia are much more substantial than any ties President Trump may have.
Bernie's top 2016 presidential campaign strategist Tad Devine is mentioned 16 times in a list of 500 newly disclosed potential exhibits that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may use in former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's upcoming trial for failing to register as a foreign agent and related offenses. According to the emails in evidence, at one point Devine was in regular contact with Russian intelligence agents. Devine was a lobbying business partner of Manafort and previously worked for the pro-Kremlin president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. Devine also previously worked for Sanders in the 1990s and as an aide to Al Gore, John Kerry, and Michael Dukakis on their respective presidential campaigns.
Bernie himself has been around Russians and Soviet-era communists a long time...
Bernie may seem like a farschimmelt, meshugina alta-cocker with a rumpled suit, geriatric funk and halitosis, but make no mistake; he's dangerous, as is his acolyte Dem-Socialite Occasional-Cortex. Too many people listen to them and nod their empty heads in agreement. In any case, I have not scanned the headlines of the Dem-Agitprop media this morning but something tells me that this story will be nowhere to be found, and certainly buried somewhere in the classifieds, if at all.
Meanwhile, as Paul Manafort rots in jail for all intents and purposes as an actual, dictionary-definition political prisoner, Obama, Clinton and all of their underlings and henchman who sabotaged America and American interests to Russia and others ideologically or for monetary gain are free as a bird, their praises sung on TV, newspapers, film and in the classroom. Feh. In fact, James Clapper, Obama's DNI and one of the key operatives of the current coup against President Trump, admitted that it was Obama who effectively set up the entire Mueller investigation. And in a not wholly unrelated piece, as it redounds to the attack on PDT for not defending his intel and LE agencies, we have a golden oldie of Clapper declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a secular organization that has renounced terrorism. TOP. MEN. Aside from that Adam Schiff is a grandstanding, pencil-necked little worm.
Moving along to other topics, in the Civil War 2.0 category, a planned protest at Maxine "Polluted" Waters' LA HQ by the Oath Keepers had to be cancelled as counter-protesters (read: Black Panther goon squads) showed up and starting making threats and burning the US flag. I guess we have to trash America in order to save it. A group of miscreants is trying to interfere with Trump's private business concerns by having the liquor license revoked at one of his hotels, the Left's obsession with images (so far) of beheadings, a couple of excellent essays on the nature of "Progressive" tactics including Mark Levin who does the deep-dive into history and calls out the "Progressives" for what they are: tyrants.
In politics, a look at a potential Dem field for 2020, an Alaskan Dem candidate for the House has never even been to the state (hey, open borders!), the Dems are now officially the party of open borders, and as the last link warns us, now the party that will reject any and all electoral losses as evidence of cheating and rigging. What was sown in 2000 and 2004 has now metastasized to 2016 and beyond. It's a lead pipe cinch that if (now more likely when) the GOP crushes the Dems in the midterms, this will be the battle cry. You think Waters et al are bad now, you ain't seen nothing yet. And related to that, Limbaugh has now doubled-down on his prediction that eventually, the Dems will call for an abolition of elections. Maybe sooner than we think even.
On the international scene, Secretary of State Pompeo is set to deliver a major speech on Iran which is seen as the announcement of policy vis a vis support of those in country seeking to oust the mullahs. With that, there is some discord in the administration of exactly what that support will look like. Also, there is news of an arrest being made of a Brit who was plotting to assassinate Theresa May. Evidently his co-conspirators were FBI agents.
Domestically, it's a bit of a mixed bag. Weekly unemployment claims are at the lowest level since 1969 and PDT has signed an EO authorizing a major apprenticeship program for the private sector. On the down side, the President is pissed that the Fed is going to raise interest rates, supposedly to stem inflation but more likely to throw a wrench into the booming economy. And while Mick Mulvaney has done wonders taking a tomahawk to Fauxcahontas' CFPB politburo, Labor Secretary Acosta has been a failure at his job, to the joy of Leftists.
But, over in enviro-communism news, a federal judge has tossed NYC's/DeBolsheviks insane anti-oil company lawsuit and Tom Steyer's green energy ballot initiative in Arizona may get dumped because of signature gathering fraud on the petition. That said, this carbon tax bill is gaining support from RINOs and Cuckservatives. I hope PDT calls it out as DOA.
From hither and yon, as the NFL decides to continue to commit social justice suicide, the Miami Dolphins have announced fines and suspensions for kneelers. Too little too late, IMHO, and I can't see Goodell letting that stand anyway. Obama screwed the pooch before eating it in South Africa, some schmuck Disney filmmaker is a racist and homophobe but of course gets a pass, and New Jersey governor Murphy evidently treats the players on the soccer team he owns like abject crap... "For the People!"
Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.
- Report: Sandersnista's Chief Strategist Contacted Former Russian Spy Just Before Joining Campaign
- Bernie and the Bolsheviks: The Russian Collusion the Left Doesn't Want to Talk About
SPYGATE, MUELLER WITCH HUNT, DEEP STATE
- Report: Tony Podesta Offered Immunity to Testify Against Manafort
- Clapper Admits Obama "Responsible" for Mueller Investigation
- PDT Has Been Set Up, Framed and Relentlessly Persecuted by the US Intel Community
- Rand Paul Blocks Bill Brimming with "Trump Derangement Syndrome"
- Schiff-for-Brains Disrupts Hearing on China in Botched Attempt to Subpoena PDT Summit Interpreter
CLINTON SCANDALS, OBAMA SCANDALS, DEMOCRAT SCANDALS
- "Different Set of Standards for Clintons" Circle Drives Americans "Crazy"
- Pelosi's Dentures Clatter Drivel About Protecting "Spiritual Link" Between "Mother and Child": "Now, We're Going to Rip That Apart" (no, she's not suddenly pro-life - jjs)
- ICE Arrests 37 Illegal Aliens in New Jersey, Slams Officials for "Sanctuary" Policies (only 37? - jjs)
- Think Tank Sues Government for Information on DACA
TRUMP/PUTIN SUMMIT AFTERMATH
- For Democrats, History is Bunk (no, not that "bunk" - jjs)
CIVIL WAR 2.0
- Petitioners Trying to Revoke Liquor License at Trump Hotel Have History of Anti-Trump Hate
- Maxine Waters Supporters Chant "Black Power," Burn US Flag in Front of Her Office, Force Cancellation of Oath Keepers Planned Protest
- Hell Hath No Fury Like a Progressive Scorned
- The Left's Beheading Obsession
- Levin: "Progressivism is a Form of Tyranny... Of Course They're Attacking You!"
POLITICS, 2018 MIDTERMS
- AFT Passes Resolution to Only Endorse Candidates Pushing Universal Healthcare
- Yes, Democrats Are Now the Party of Open Borders
- Here's How PDT's Possible 2020 Challengers Stack Up
- Democrat Running for Alaska House Seat Has Never Been to the State (Pat Roberts has a barcalounger he'd like to sell you - jjs)
- The Constitutional Crisis of Rejecting Election Losses
FIRST AMENDMENT, FAKE NEWS
- Slim's Slimes Runs Hagiography on Nazi Collaborator George Soros, Fails to Mention $3 Million Investment in Company
- Slimes Reporter Under Investigation for Breaking into GOP Staffer's Home
BRETT KAVANAUGH SCOTUS CONFIRMATION
- The Coming War Over the Constitution (Adams has got to lurk here with that "Trek" reference - jjs)
FOREIGN POLICY, INTERNATIONAL
- PDT Invites Putin to Washington
- Pompeo to Deliver Major Speech Highlighting Specific Examples of Iranian Regime Corruption
- Related: Trump Administration Divided on Level of Support to Give to Regime Protesters
ISLAM, TERRORISM, SHARIA, DHIMMITUDE
- Plan to Kill Theresa May Foiled; Would-Be UK Jihadist Unknowingly Plotted with FBI
- Flashback: James Clapper Said Muslim Bro'hood "Largely Secular" and "Has Eschewed Violence" (these are the TOP. MEN. PDT was ripped for not praising - jjs)
- American Jewish Professor Attacked in Germany by Palestinian... and German Police
THE ECONOMY, STUPID
- PDT Not Thrilled with Federal Reserves Interest Rate Hikes
- Weekly Jobless Claims at Lowest Level Since 1969
- PDT Signs EO Establishing Apprenticeship Programs with US Companies for 3.8 Million Workers
DOMESTIC POLICY, COURTS, BUREAUCRACY
- PDT 9th Circuit Nominee Tanks as Tim Scott, Dondi Rubio Join Dems to Oppose (stellar jurist by all accounts - jjs)
- Drain the Swamp? Labor Sec Acosta Won't Even Go Near It
- Chicago's Next Really Bad Idea - Guaranteed Basic Income (served in a deep dish - jjs)
- Still Not Tired of All the Winning at CFPB
- Study Finds Kids Who Attend Government Preschool Learn Less, Misbehave More (requiring another study and billions more "for the children" - jjs)
RED-GREENS, CLIMATE CHANGE, LYSENKOISM
- Judge Tosses NYC Lawsuit Blaming Oil Companies for "Climate Change"
- Group Says Steyer-Led AZ Green Energy Ballot Initiative Submitted Invalid Signatures
- "Revenue Neutral" Carbon Tax is a Lie; Bill Targets Conservatives and Already a Few Score GOPers Have Fallen for It
CULTURE WARS, HITHER and YON
- LGBTQWERTY Totalitarianism in Boston: The Destruction of the St. Patrick's Day Parade
- Obama's Delusional Lecture in South Africa
- After Attacking Conservatives, Disney Filmmaker's Tweets Reveal Racism, Homophobia and Assaults Against Children
- Miami Dolphins Will Suspend and/or Fine Players Who Kneel During National Anthem (way too little and too late - jjs)
- NJ Governor's Treatment of Players on Soccer Team He Owns Horrendous
IN THE LEAD
July 19, 2018
— Open Blogger So, what kind of an evening is it going to be?
Oh, so it's going to be that kind of night? Fine. So be it. more...
— Open Blogger Ana Navarro and her stinky Barney-Rubble peasant feet was part of the lynching, of course. more...
— Open Blogger Fracking amazing.
Hmm, #3 oil producer with a lot of land and a strong economy...? Why, you'd think such a small-s state could almost be its own capital-S independent State.
The future charter state of New America will pass Iran in oil production, and will be second only to Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Sexton points out that if another accounting of total US oil production is credited as right, the US is already the number 2 producer. Already.
By the way: The anti-fracking agitprop designed to stop America from becoming the world's biggest oil producer is of course funded by Russia, "interfering" in our domestic politics and influencing elections, trying to get candidates elected who would outlaw fracking.
Why doesn't CNN ever talk about that, he asked rhetorically.
I guess sometimes Russian Interference in Our Precious Democracy is a good thing. As long as it's in service of Russia's actual allies in the US, the socialist/Democrat left.
— Open Blogger Either one of two things is true:
Either the "Intelligence" community is lying, again, to advance its sectarian interests, or the "intelligence" community, which claims it is forced to violate its oaths and protocols to contain the traitor Trump, has just outed the existence of a top-level spy in the Kremlin to make minor hay about Trump.
So which is it?
The NYT piece continues:
The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation.
Now we truly have a scandal on our hands. Someone in the intelligence community (or a former intelligence official) has apparently now revealed that the United States has a "top-secret source close to Mr. Putin." The apparent disclosure of incredibly sensitive intelligence information like this could surely put clandestine operatives' lives in jeopardy. This also sows doubt in the narrative being promulgated by the media that we must blindly trust the intelligence community's findings. If the information is to be believed, such a leak has come from someone (or multiple people) in the intelligence community who prioritized taking shots at the president over the safety and security of the American people -- and their own operatives.
Sometimes spies will lie about the nature of their information so that they can reveal the information without revealing anything about the source. There's an old story, which I think is actually true, about the US chain of command lying to air base commanders about how they knew that the Luftwaffe would be attacking this or that target this or that day.
The truth was that we had broken their codes and were simply decoding the Luftwaffe's signals traffic.
But we didn't want to expose that to base commanders, so we claimed to lower-level commanders that we had an Italian spy near a Luftwaffe air field who would peek over the fence and note when planes were leaving the base and in what direction.
The funny bit of this story is that the higher-ups were flummoxed when a base commander asked them to have the spy take a look at the Nazis' fuel stores and record how often they were filled.
So anyway, it could be that the American services have some kind of surveillance capacity that lets them know what the Russians are up to, and they're lying about having a "top-secret source close to Putin."
And yeah, that could still be inexcusable lying to the public rather than the excusable type. Because a top-secret source close to Putin sure sounds conclusive. What if the true source of the information, which is being concealed, relies upon more inferences and deductions, all subject to doubt and questioning, than a "top secret source to Putin" does?
What if, as is the wont of people who don't like having their judgment questioned, they're claiming a higher level of confidence than they really have in order to shut pesky citizens (or Presidents) up with their insolent questions?
The media spins false narratives every day, and they seem, psychologically, to be close cousins of the "intelligence" community.
So either the "intelligence" community is now burning actual highest-level codeword-clearance spies just to leak some ammunition against Trump, or, more likely, they're lying about the source of their information.
And they're not necessarily lying on the square, even. They may be once again lying in a fashion that suits their own sectarian interests.
But you should trust them because College Guys With Guns.
While the New York Times, leftist media, and NeverTrump continues insisting that it's wrong for Trump or any American citizen to ever question the "intelligence" community, former acting head of the CIA Mike Morrell, a Hillary crony and Benghazi talking points editor, actually disagrees. And he's An Expert, right?
The former acting head of the CIA, Michael Morell, decided last year that it was time to get political. Concerned about the possibility that Donald Trump would become commander in chief, Morell wrote an August 2016 New York Times op-ed endorsing Hillary Clinton and calling Trump a "threat to our national security."
It sounds like he regrets it -- at least somewhat.
In a very worthwhile Q&A with Politico's Susan Glasser, Morell reflects upon the decisions made by himself and other previously nonpolitical top intelligence officials to weigh in against Trump. And he suggests that it was counterproductive in one key way.
Below is a lengthy excerpt, but it's all worth reading:
GLASSER: Okay, so, flash-forward a year [after the op-ed]. Was that a mistake?
MORELL: So, I don't think it was a mistake. I think there were downsides to it that I didn't think about at the time. I was concerned about what is the impact it would have on the agency, right? Very concerned about that, thought that through. But I dont think I fully thought through the implications.
And one of the ways Ive thought about that, Susan, is -- okay, how did Donald Trump see this? Right? And from -- it's very important -- one of the things we do as intelligence analysts is make sure that our guy --the president -- understands the other guy. Right?
So let's put ourselves here in Donald Trumps shoes. So, what does he see? Right? He sees a former director of CIA and a former director of NSA, Mike Hayden, who I have the greatest respect for, criticizing him and his policies. Right? And he could rightfully have said, "Huh, what's going on with these intelligence guys?" Right?
GLASSER: It embroiders his narrative.
MORELL: Exactly. And then he sees a former acting director and deputy director of CIA criticizing him and endorsing his opponent. And then he gets his first intelligence briefing, after becoming the Republican nominee, and within 24 to 48 hours, there are leaks out of that that are critical of him and his then-national security adviser, Mike Flynn.
And so this stuff starts to build, right? And he must have said to himself, "What is it with these intelligence guys? Are they political?"
Then he becomes president, and he's supposed to be getting a daily brief from the moment he becomes the president-elect. Right? And he doesn't. And within a few days, there's leaks about how hes not taking his briefing. So, he must have thought -- right? --that, "Who are these guys? Are these guys out to get me? Is this a political organization? Can I think about them as a political organization when I become president?"
So, I think there was a significant downside to those of us who became political in that moment. So, if I could have thought of that, would I have ended up in a different place? I dont know. But it's something I didn't think about.
He might also have noted that before Trump took the oath of office, Comey, Clapper, Brennan, and other leave-behinds at the DOJ undertook a conspiracy to hide from the president the nature and existence of the probe into the alleged Trump-Russia conspiracy, and lie to him about it, resulting in Comey telling him three times that there was no investigation into Trump-Russia conspiracy, while the same people would simulataneously leak to the Times and Post that there was.
Why would Trump trust what these guys told him?
Even Mike Morrell, again, former acting head of the CIA, thinks that from Trump's point of view, it's perfectly understandable why Trump wouldn't trust them.
He's The Expert, right?
And yet the people who tell us every day to Trust the Experts also tell us to ignore this Expert's thoughts on the matter.
Almost as if they're selectively toggling the Trust the Experts light on and off as it suits their political agenda for the day.
So, to recap: NYT just exposed the existence of a source in Putin's inner circle to prove that...Trump has seen evidence of Russian meddling but continues to publicly question it, because he thinks it undermines his legitimacy?— James Hasson (@JamesHasson20) July 19, 2018
Literally everyone already knew that. https://t.co/WTSfbxrXs1
Less interested in NYT publishing it than that our Intel communitywhich the groupthink of the day says Trump (and all Americans) must have undying fealty towardleaked it to attempt to hurt him. https://t.co/7CJHLoHZn3— Mollie (@MZHemingway) July 19, 2018
July 20, 2018
— Open Blogger
"Ever since the election, I see these women on the news marching up and down and wearing their pink pussy hats and hollering obscenities and I think, what are they going to tell their daughters? They'll have stories about the evil Trump and how awful everything was, and how he was Voldemort and Sauron and Satan all rolled into one, and their daughters will ask, well then, what did you do to fight this great evil, did you join the army or take up arms like they did in the American Revolution, or what? And the mothers will say, no, I jumped up and down and shouted that Trump was a Nazi while dressed as a giant twat."
Meanwhile, Across the Pond:
July 19, 2018
— Open Blogger That NATO Ally? Turkey, which is currently trying an American pastor for "terrorism," which is what Erdogan calls anything he feels threatens his political position.
U.S. President Donald Trump on July 19 urged his Turkish opposite Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Twitter to help release an American pastor kept behind bars in Turkey since October 2016.
"A total disgrace that Turkey will not release a respected U.S. Pastor, Andrew Brunson, from prison. He has been held hostage far too long," Trump said.
"[Turkish President] Recep Tayyip Erdoğan should do something to free this wonderful Christian husband & father. He has done nothing wrong, and his family needs him!" he added.
On July 18, a court in Turkey's Aegean province of İzmir ruled that Brunson, an American pastor being tried on terrorism and spying charges, will be kept in jail pending trial.
Flashback: Barack Obama previously hailed Erdogan as a role-model for Muslim leaders.
Was Obama a traitor? Was Obama a lover of autocrats?
Should he be arrested and tried for treason?
Just asking questions.
— Open Blogger I'm still trying to get my brain to start working.
Cap'n Bill wants to deny the troops whose lives he's serially imperiled a parade, just to show Trump:
Hey, Congress: While youre in session, could you take a few minutes and pass legislation prohibiting the expenditure of any appropriated funds for Trumps planned military parade? Thanks.— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) July 19, 2018
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