Flashback: The day we stood up and saved America…or sure tried

 

For Saturday’s flashback of whatever happened to, I thought a memory of a feel good moment might put a spring in our step. With all of the heavy news this week, I needed it.

It’s hard to believe its been 500 plus days. We had no idea how this would go, and I doubt many of us ever thought that it would be Sessions of all people who would be the real Brutus.

Enjoy…

 

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The 41 Republicans who killed the Goodlatte Immigration Reform Bill

 

In spite of the gnashing of teeth over the jacket our First Lady had on with the infamous statement: “I don’t really care do you?” which really sums up no doubt how she feels, the world did continue.

Look, as well, it is sad to lose Charles Krauthammer, but enough already Fox. Hours of non-stop tribute, I get it. He is your pal. I am sad too.

Now this morning we are back at the tribute as I thrash about trying to find something to post about that isn’t totally depressing.

OK.  Let’s look at the latest epic fail of GOP leadership as Ryan flails about doing his best to destroy the party on his way out the door. Paul, don’t let the door hit you whatever as you go out the door. You should have resigned as soon as you decided to hang it up to make the really big bucks.

So here voters can check their Rep to see if they were a “Nay” for further reference, and why not give him/her a jingle either way.

The House voted down an immigration reform bill sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., Thursday that would have dramatically increased border security and provided a pathway to citizenship for roughly 700,000 of the 1.8 million so-called “Dreamers” living in the United States.

The bill — the more conservative option of two pieces of immigration legislation originally scheduled to be voted on this week — was defeated by a final vote of 193-231. No Democrats voted for the bill, and these 41 Republicans voted nay:

 House Vote #282
 Jun 21, 2018 2:11 p.m.
 Failed 193/231
On Passage of the Bill in the House
This bill would make sweeping changes to laws governing legal and illegal immigration. For legal immigration, it would end the diversity program and chain migration by eliminating the visa lottery green card program and green card programs for relatives other than spouses and minor children. And it would increase immigration …

Check out how your congressman voted Here

 

Following Thursday’s failure, leadership elected to postpone the vote on the second bill — authored by Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and other members of leadership — first until Friday and then again until next week. H/T: Washington Examiner

Susan Rice gave “Stand Down” order in response to Russian Meddling

Obama and henchmen

 

The take away from this little number, and I for one will answer it. Why did Rice want our own Cyber security team not to continue to stop Russian meddling?

“I was incredulous and in disbelief,” Daniel Prieto, who worked under Daniel, is quoted saying in “Russian Roulette.”

“Why the hell are we standing down? Michael, can you help us understand?” Prieto asked.

Simply Susan Rice and her gaggle of co-conspirators needed Russian involvement. After all, Rice was doing endless “unmasking” of names, so she was deep into the Russian/Trump plot to deny this Presidency. Who knows, maybe the ones doing the cyber attacks were none other than our own CIA with some of their paid Russian henchmen involved. Most importantly, why all the secrecy. Why would we not have the right to know? There was even consideration for them to call voting a “critical infrastructure” thus giving Obama the right to control the States voting processes. I’ll even throw in some tin foil at the end!

Yes, we don’t need a special prosecutor, there is “no bias” and better yet, the deep State shall go on unimpeded:

Former President Barack Obama’s cybersecurity czar confirmed Wednesday that former national security adviser Susan Rice told him to “stand down” in response to Russian cyber attacks during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Michael Daniel, whose official title was “cybersecurity coordinator,” confirmed the stand-down order during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing held to review the Obama and President Donald Trump’s administrations’ policy response to Russian election interference.

Rice’s order to Daniel was first reported in “Russian Roulette,” a book published in March that details Russia’s meddling in the election.

In the book, authors Michael Isikoff and David Corn reported that Daniel was developing strategies to respond to Russian cyber attacks on U.S. companies and political campaigns. He proposed using what’s known as denial of service attacks to take down Russian propaganda news sites and to attack Russian intelligence agencies.

Another idea was to announce a bogus “cyber exercise” against a Eurasian country. The goal was to put the Kremlin on notice that its infrastructure could easily be targeted by the U.S.

Read more at the Daily Caller

(The full post below is well worth the read) –

The Russian Spying story first came out in March of 2018 in the Huffington Post. Knowing what we know now, did Rice and others use this as cover to try and justify getting involved in State elections? Why all the secrecy?? Deep into the post entitled with this knee slapper:

‘Stand Down, how the Obama team blew the response to the Russian Meddling’

For the meetings related to the Russian hack, Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, ordered the video feed turned off. She did not want others in the national security establishment to know what was under way, fearing leaks from within the bureaucracy.

White House officials who were absent from the meetings were not told what was being discussed. This even included other NSC staffers — some of whom bristled at being shut out. Often the intelligence material covered in these meetings was not placed in the President’s Daily Brief, the top-secret document presented to the president every morning. Too many people had access to the PDB. “The opsec on this” — the operational security — “was as tight as it could be,” one White House official later said.

Full story Huffington Post

Bombshells at IG Horowitz hearing on second day

 

Believe it or not, I endured the entire hearing yesterday. My big take away was that there were at least 15 IG staff members as well as Horowitz that “together” came to the stated conclusion of the report of no bias that many of us find unbelievable. It appears there are drafts.

My other take away was that Horowitz only had access to those individuals available. No subpoenas were issued. Thus how could any conclusion be determined as to bias? It was pointed out that those questioned could have had the same bias of that of Strzok and Page.

YouTube has the full Gowdy hearing statements. Well worth going there and listen to the full thing. He did good. Zero Hedge has some good highlights, wander over to their place for the goodies, here are a few:

While Monday’s testimony by Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray was certainly eye-opening – Congressional Investigators uncovered several game-changing bombshells on Tuesday that will re-frame the entire discussion. Hat-tip to Paul Sperry for reporting these stunning developments in real time.  Zero Hedge

    • There were no actual subjects of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, meaning that neither Hillary nor any of her top aides – including Huma Abedin and the IT guys who set up her illegal server and then used “bleachbit” to destroy evidence (for which they received immunity) – were ever under any direct FBI scrutiny. Horowitz found this “surprising.”

There is at least one and possibly more original drafts of the OIG report, which were subsequently redlined by DOJ/FBI higher-ups.

  • Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) has sent a formal letter to Horowitz requesting “the various drafts of the report, particularly the draft provided to the DOJ and FBI, before those agencies made any changes to the draft report.”

 

  • Horowitz is investigating allegations that FBI officials “edited” agents’ 302 forms – which doument an interview with a suspect or a witness.

A highlight of the hearing:

Netflix bans employees from looking at each other for more than five seconds

 

George Orwell’s 1984 has arrived. I first thought this was from The Onion and a spoof..but no. The thought police are here. When will this nonsense end?

Netflix has reportedly banned workers from looking at each other for more than five seconds as part of its new anti-harassment rules.

The new policy also bans the company’s film crews from asking their colleagues for their phone numbers, according to an article in the Sun.

“Senior staff went to a harassment meeting to learn what is and isn’t appropriate,” an on-set runner told the Sun. “Looking at anyone longer than five seconds is considered creepy.”

“You mustn’t ask for someone’s number unless they have given permission for it to be distributed,” the source continued. “And if you see any unwanted behaviour, report it immediately.”

Other new rules include: “Don’t give lingering hugs or touch anyone for a lengthy period of time,” “Don’t ask out a colleague more than once if they have said no,” “Steer clear of a colleague once they have said they are not interested in you,” and “Don’t flirt.” The rules also encourage employees to “Shout ‘Stop, don’t do that again!’ if a colleague has been inappropriate.”

Calling an innocent six-second glance “harassment” trivializes the very real struggles of those who are actually harassed, and a no-phone-numbers rule is going to make it more difficult for employees to communicate. More at National Review

 

Welcome to America… formerly the land of the free.

 

And of course this from my stash of old stuff.

From the 2003 Television docudrama: George Orwell – A Life in Pictures. A reminder from George Orwell.  This is where we are.

 

DERSHOWITZ: ‘I DRAW THE LINE WHEN AN FBI AGENT SAYS WE’LL STOP HIM’

 

Marie Bartiromo had an outstanding program yesterday. She devoted much of it to the IG report and bore down to the nub of it. I can’t find the full thing right now, but this is a piece to start with.

Today is the big day when the IG heads to Capital Hill to testify as well as Strzok. I have yet to hear that it will be open, though we were promised by the GOPers that it would be. CLOSED.. yep.. Thanks GOP. UPDATE  A comment:

Answer: The circus will come to town at 2 p.m. on C-Span, https://www.c-span.org/video/?446804-1/doj-inspector-general-fbi-director-testify-clinton-email-probe-report

My cable company will air it, not sure of others. ( I had checked earlier)

Here we go:

 

 

Dershowitz told Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures” that FBI agents are allowed to have partisan proclivities but that he “draw[s] the line” at FBI agents expressing a desire to influence an investigation.

The inspector general report that came out this week revealed a new text message from Strzok to his colleague and lover Lisa Page promising “we’ll stop” Trump from becoming president. (RELATED: STRZOK: ‘We’ll Stop’ Trump Presidency)

“FBI agents are allowed to be biased. They’re allowed to support political candidates, that’s part of the law,” Dershowitz said. “Where I draw the line is when an FBI agent says, ‘we’ll stop him.’”

“That’s not an expression of bias; that’s not saying who we’re gonna vote for. That sends a message to the American people that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is going to interfere in an election in an effort to try to stop the election of one candidate rather than the other,” he said. “That to me was where the red line was crossed.”

Dershowitz also asserted that this text message precludes Strzok from continuing to be an FBI agent.

More at the  Daily Caller

Sunday Respite – Wind Beneath My Wings

 

For today’s respite I chose Richard Clayderman – Wind Beneath My Wings. Best wishes go to all the fathers as we celebrate Father’s Day today. Wishing you a wonderful day.

This week the wheel turns as many celebrate the Summer Solstice on Thursday, June 21st. The longest day of the year.

As we endured the darkest and longest night around December 21, we kept the vision of summer’s light and bliss in our hearts, and this too keeps hope alive. We understand the cyclical nature of all that lives and our dependence on the balance of light and darkness, life, and death. Midsummer is when all life is at its zenith. We honor life, ours and all that live. We bask in the light and enjoy its blessings, ever remembering the returning darkness is necessary for the cycle of life and death to remain in balance. From Litha, Summer bliss

 

I suggest watching the video in full screen.

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