Biden Raises Reminder of Infamous Dodd – Kennedy Sexual Assault

You can’t get any more self unaware than to mention “waitress” and “Dodd” in the same sentence. His mind wandered to Dodd and his BFF Ted Kennedy and the infamous Dodd-Kennedy Waitress Sandwich Story apparently. His filter was on the blink. One would not want to be the waitress. Recall it was Dodd who was chosen to lead Biden’s pick for the VP, thus we have Kamala Harris.

Biden says former Sen. Chris Dodd would never ‘disrespect the waitress’

President Biden raised eyebrows Friday when he praised former Senator Chris Dodd — and inadvertently referenced a notorious episode of alleged sexual assault involving the Connecticut Democrat and the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.).

Biden lauded his longtime Senate colleague during remarks dedicating the Dodd Center for Human Rights at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, saying he measures a person’s character by how they treat workers in the service industry. More from the NY Post

Let us not forget-

Notorious Sexual Harasser Chris Dodd named to Biden VP selection Committee

The Kennedy-Dodd Waitress Sandwich Information Clearinghouse

In 1985, Dodd and fellow Senator Ted Kennedy were out (with dates) for a night on the town at La Brasserie. Much liquor was consumed–that will come as a shock to those of us familiar with Ted Kennedy–and the two Senators were at one point unaccompanied by their dates. The Senators made a “Waitress Sandwich” out of some poor, unsuspecting waitress.

If you’re not entirely sure what that means, let’s just say you wouldn’t want to be the waitress
“Dodd and Kennedy were also reported to have made a ‘human sandwich’ with a waitress at La Brasserie, another Capitol Hill restaurant. The report had it that Kennedy threw the woman on Dodd, who was slumped in a chair, and then jumped on top of her. She was said to have run screaming from the room.”
Summary of 1989 Penthouse magazine article, summarized by the Washington Times:

“When she put in an appearance in their private retreat – ‘The Teddy Kennedy Fun Room’ – the Massachusetts senator picked her up and heaved her onto a table. The crystal candlesticks and champagne glasses shattered as he grabbed her again and flung her on top of Dodd.

“Then Kennedy threw himself on top of the woman. The waitress implored Mr. Kennedy to ‘Get off me!’

“Another waitress entered to find ‘things all tipped over and Kennedy was on top, [the waitress] was in the middle and Dodd was on the bottom.’ At that point the sandwich was disassembled.”

Here’s the story, originally reported by GQ in 1990 here Included in the link is the long history of his debauchery.

Bonus: Joe up to his old tricks.

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The Pentagon’s leadership lies to Americans – America’s Toxic Military

 

By Mustang

The subject of command ability arises because of recent claims by retired Army Colonel Doug MacGregor (appearing recently with Tucker Carlson), who asserted that our problem in Afghanistan is the result of toxic leadership within the Armed Forces.  He may have been thinking of JCS Chairman Mark A. Milley, whose exhibited leadership would confuse even a recent graduate of Army boot camp.

Retired Army Colonel Doug MacGregor discusses collapse of Afghanistan, arguing he ‘can’t think of anything worse’ on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

In the past, the selection of officers to command Marine Corps companies was the prerogative of the battalion commander.  A regimental commander selected his battalion commanders, and a division commander picked his regimental commanders.  While commanding generals still have a say in the commanding officer selection process, a bureaucratic screening board in Washington now decides which officers shall be deemed “good enough” for assignment to command the Marine Corps’ combat organizations.

The problem, or so it seems, is that given the number of command officers relieved of their duties, “for cause” suggests that individuals “deemed good enough” by Washington bureaucrats to command combat organizations weren’t good enough at all.

 

This process, whatever it entails in all the military services, isn’t simply a matter of selecting the best of the best to lead combat units; it involves all the elements that have destroyed the entire process of military performance evaluation.  Anyone today who receives an average fitness report has reached the end of their career.

The reality of this suggests, very strongly, that “average” is no longer good enough; it also indicates that “average officers” should have been discharged before advancement to captain, rather than allowing them to languish around “taking up space” until they reached the rank of colonel.

It is hard to imagine that any officer serving as a senior field grade officer would ever be judged “not good enough” to command an appropriate level combat organization.  If, for example, a colonel was determined “not good enough” to command a regiment, then why was this person promoted to colonel in the first place?  Any officer judged “not good enough” to command a brigade would never advance to brigadier general — so, why the double standard?

On the other hand, maybe there isn’t a double standard.  As it turns out, the services canned more than a few general officers because they exhibited poor leadership, which again begs the question: how does a poor leader ever become a flag-rank officer?  The answer is politics.

Rather than promoting officers into senior ranks with distinguished service in combat, which given the essential mission of the US military, to begin with, is what officers are supposed to do for a living, many flag-rank officers today have NO distinguished combat service awards at all.  They seem to have a plethora of administrative awards and commendations, which almost entirely encourage sycophantism and rewards or recognizes superior degrees of political correctness.

We are all familiar with the case of Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, promoted to flag rank because she was one of the Army’s first lesbian colonels, who gave us the debacle of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.  One might conclude from that incident that a better system to identify qualified colonels for promotion might be in order.  No, that isn’t the case at all.

Janis Karpinski - Wikipedia

Janis Karpinski

A few weeks ago, Military Times reported that while serving as Commanding Officer, 50th Space Wing, (then) Colonel Jennifer Grant’s poor leadership resulted in the worst toxic environment Air Force investigators had ever seen within the active duty force.  The Air Force interviewed more than sixty witnesses. Most of them claimed that Grant treated her subordinates with disrespect, created and maintained an environment of fear and that she even accepted gifts from junior personnel (apparently seeking her favor).  However, the most troubling of their findings involved three instances of suicide and increased incidents of alcohol abuse since she assumed command.

This is the official portrait of Brig. Gen. Jennifer L. Grant.

BRIGADIER GENERAL JENNIFER L. GRANT

Despite these findings, the Air Force advanced Grant to brigadier general early this year.  In another case, the Air Force fired Major General Dawn Dunlop for her poor leadership in creating and maintaining a toxic environment.  Dunlop continued to serve as a major general but in a different (less demanding) assignment.  In other words: no accountability.

At present, we have a horrible situation in Afghanistan, which Colonel MacGregor claims is essentially the fault of poor senior (general officer) leaders who had command authority in that country.  According to an article published in BizPacReview, MacGregor said:

“I think there are three things we have to take into consideration. First, of course, is there was never an exit strategy; no glide path out of Afghanistan. When I was in the Pentagon, the only thing I could find out was an intention to stay indefinitely. For some of the reasons you outlined in your opening remarks, lots of people were benefiting. Not the American people and certainly not our soldiers and Marines, but there was no glide path out of the place.”

“Secondly, is the problem with [toxic military leaders] [Note: with an inserted reference to General Mark A. Milley, CJCS] — toxic because they simply don’t tell the truth and for 20 years they’ve been lying, frankly, to the American people to soldiers and Marines doing the fighting telling them things were getting better, that we were making progress when the truth was we weren’t.”

MacGregor continued to criticize the decision to invade Afghanistan in the first place, laying much of the blame at the feet of retired Army General Tommy Franks, but returning then to the situation in Afghanistan over the past two years, he said:

“We don’t have democracy [in Afghanistan], we haven’t defeated terrorism per se, we have probably created some new ones [terrorists].  We have the largest Narco-state in the world that is now falling into the hands of new criminals and new terrorists.”

“When we first went into Iraq, there was an argument between [Donald] Rumsfeld and some others in his office, and finally Paul Wolfowitz interjected and said ‘look, we just want to get the army into Iraq.’  I think there were a lot of people that decided they just wanted to get the military into these places and that somehow or another, we would muddle through, that things would improve.”

“What you see now on television, this mass chaos and dissolution is the end of the illusions that began long ago in the aftermath of desert storm.  Well, we have employed it [the Army] and the Marine Corps all over the Middle East, and what have we created?  Chaos.  What have we established that’s in the interest of the American people?  Nothing”

 

The preceding is enough to lead one to this conclusion: the mission of the US military is defending the United States.  This mission strongly suggests that the Armed Forces’ critical duty is combat, combat support, combat logistics support, and combat readiness.

It is not vital race theory indoctrination; it is not making women equal to men in the combat arms, it is not righting the wrongs of past generations, it is not leveling the playing field for minorities through affirmative action programs, and it certainly is not nation-building or protecting Afghan women from their abusive husbands.  It is raw, horrific, blood and guts combat.  America’s senior military officers have (a) forgotten this essential mission, or (b) the mission has become secondary to their advancement.

But we must not lay this entire mess at the feet of senior field grade and flag rank officers.  The civilian leaders who tell the military what to do, have created most of this mess.  They encourage yes men by firing combat leaders and replacing them with men and women devoid of personal and professional integrity.

If you want to put stars on your collar one day, go with the flow.  Understandably, there will always be some element of politics in any organization, but to encourage it within the Armed Forces has produced, as we have seen, men who value their careers over that which is best for the United States of America.

And this is not simply toxic for our junior officers and enlisted men and women of our armed forces; it is dangerously unhealthy for our Republic.  Can any of this be “fixed?”  Sure — and it wouldn’t take long to accomplish — but only if Congress has the wisdom to see that it is necessary and the will to make it happen.

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American Sovereignty

On the Question of Sovereignty

by Mustang

By now a long-held principle in American government, popular sovereignty holds that the authority of a state and its government is created and sustained by the people’s consent.  Should this ever become no longer true, the government is unlawful, and the people are entitled to overthrow it.  How people maintain their sovereignty may vary from country to country.  In the United States, the people give their consent to Congressional representatives, who then act in accordance with the will of their constituents.  Supposedly, the people are the sole source of political power.

Washington DC - Capitol Hill: United States Capitol

That’s what everyone learned in civics class (back when we had such things).  It is true that the notion of popular sovereignty, as espoused by Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau, was incorporated into the concept of our Constitutional Republic.  Over time, however, Mr. Benjamin Franklin’s assertion that “In free governments, the rulers are the servants, and the people their superiors and sovereigns” turned out not entirely accurate.

Political reality in America today proved Mr. Franklin wrong.  We, the people, are not in charge of anything.  Career politicians rule the roost, and this has been going on for so long that the politicians themselves have stopped pretending that they work for us.  They do not, and if the truth were told, maybe they never did.

We must evaluate the foregoing as a startling shift away from the intent of the founding fathers.  Government organization is up to political leaders, of course, but the relationship between the people and their government is not a matter of the government’s preferences.  In the House of Representatives, elected officials must carry out the people’s will in matters of spending, law, and war.  Congress has no mandate to support any president.  They do have the mandate to support the people.

Note: Only the House of Representatives (through the will of the people) may impeach a president.  Only the Senate may convict a president of high crimes and misdemeanors.  Other than Congress, neither the president nor any member of the federal judiciary answers directly to the people.  The people may vote for the president, but they do not elect him.  The Electoral College does that.

If the preceding is true, then why are members of Congress so dismissive of we the people?  There are several explanations for congressional behavior toward us.  One is that the average citizen hasn’t a clue how politics works inside the nation’s capital.  Most of us have no clear idea about how our economy works, the federal budget, taxation, or the necessity or process of making laws.  We do not understand many of these things, but they do.  So, we aren’t as bright as members of congress.  We’re like the elderly uncle who must be reminded to wash his hands before dinner.

Another problem that we created is that we put these people in charge, but we also leave them in charge for years.  They are career politicians, and the longer they remain in office (because we keep reelecting them), the more arrogant and insufferable they become.  How arrogant?  For one thing, they’ve forgotten who they work for and take it for granted that they’ll be reelected again and again.  Some of these people no longer respond to letters or emails from their constituents, and even when they do, the tenor of their response is almost insulting.  Another example of their arrogance is that they expect voters to reelect them even though they no longer live in the districts they represent.

The takeaway from all this is that we little people are no longer in charge; the political elite is running the show.  Congressional membership has become a cash cow and corrupt in the extreme.  Once an elected member of Congress reaches five years in office (two and a half terms), they become vested in full retirement (currently, $139,200 a year for the rest of their lives), beginning at age 62.  If they serve twenty years in congress, they may retire at age 50.  If they remain in congress for 25 years, their pension begins immediately upon retirement.  Most members of congress acquire wealth in other ways, some of it entirely legal for them, but not if we did it.

We cannot lay this situation at the feet of career politicians.  The blame for arrogant career politicians is no one’s fault other than the people who keep electing them.  Some of these people served for nearly sixty years.  Can you even imagine that?  Currently, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been feeding at the public trough for 34 years, Maxine Waters (D-CA) for 30 years, Don Young (R-AK) 48 years, Hank Johnson (an utter moron) (D-GA), 14 years.  Some members of the Senate have served 30, 40, and 50 years.

Members of the House of Representatives no longer work for us; we work for them.  We pay their salaries; we suffer the consequences of their political point of view.  Their job is to spend our money; our job is to do what we’re told.  I will add to the preceding that when one considers the weight and power of the federal government, “doing as we’re told” becomes an ominous proposition.  If no one realized this before 6 January, they would have to be an idiot not to know it now.  And, as I said earlier, the blame for this completely unsatisfactory relationship is entirely our fault.

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Bizarre – Congressional Doctor orders House not Senate to wear masks

 

In a bizarre twist of the infamous wearing “mask or no mask” put down one Dr. Brian Monahan as the latest actor in this congressional play. He hails from the Office of the Attending Physician. We are familiar no doubt with the Doctor who looks after the President, but this fine fellow takes care of the congressional staff.

 

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Dr. Brian Monahan

The fellow who apparently followed Nancy Pelosi’s direction and ordered the House members to wear masks. The Senate? Not so much. What was this decision based on? Apparently it included a nonsensical study done in India. Apparently the CDC decided to use it as well. So it appears at least one of the studies the CDC used to justify their guidance was rejected by a peer review and was based on a vaccine not even used in the United States. Brilliant stuff.

But first:

Try and follow this nonsense.

The Office of the Attending Physician issued late night guidance for each chamber Tuesday, but with a mandate for the House and a softer recommendation in the Senate, confusion still reigns. Partisan fights over masks erupted in the House earlier this year and could make a comeback if a fresh mask mandate is imposed.

“For all House Office Buildings, the Hall of the House, and House Committee Meetings, wearing of a well-fitted, medical grade, filtration face mask is required when an individual is in an interior space and other individuals are present. To be clear, for meetings in an enclosed US House of Representatives controlled space, masks are REQUIRED,” reads the memo from the Office of the Attending Physician.

The Senate, with many fewer (and older) lawmakers who took Covid precautions more seriously from the outset, is left to self-regulate by the Capitol’s top doc.

Dr. Brian Monahan recommends that in the Senate, “all individuals should wear a well-fitted, medical-grade filtration mask (for example an ear loop surgical mask or a KN95 mask) when they are in an interior space and other individuals are present.”

Ed: (Why a KN95 and not a N95 mask?)

What’s The Difference Between N95 and KN95 Masks …

In short, N95 masks are the US standards for respirator masks; KN95 masks are the Chinese standards for masks. Let’s buy our masks from China. They haven’t done enough damage yet.)

But I digress.

It is the same guidance as for the House, but recommended, not required.

“We’re going to speak without the masks, but wear the masks,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, explaining his mask approach at a Tuesday press conference. “Right now, you have to do what you think is best. For myself, I’m going to put on a mask.”

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And now this:..

Study Cited By CDC To Justify New Mask Guidance Rejected By Peer Review, Based On Vaccine Not Used In US

(Via Daily Caller) – At least one of the studies that was cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to justify changing their guidance on masks was based on a vaccine that is not authorized for use in America and was rejected by a peer review.

The study in question from researchers in India claims to show that a COVID-19 Delta variant infection generates a higher viral load in comparison to other variants.

Despite no mention in the study of viral loads from the variant against unvaccinated individuals, the CDC cited it in yesterday’s updated brief as evidence that the Delta variant is transmissible from a vaccinated individual with a breakthrough infection.

“Studies from India with vaccines not authorized for use in the United States have noted relatively high viral loads and larger cluster sizes associated with infections with Delta, regardless of vaccination status,” the CDC said.

“These early data suggest that breakthrough Delta infections are transmissible,” the CDC’s brief goes on to say, even though the India study was conducted with a non-approved U.S. vaccine.

The report from the CDC also says that “unpublished” and “additional data collection” studies are pending that will help to “understand the level and duration of transmissibility from Delta vaccine breakthrough infections in the United States and other settings.”

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This Institution Is A Sham!’: Chip Roy Laces Into Pelosi Over New House Mask Mandate

 

 

Just for the record:

Dr Brian Patrick Monahan[1] (born 1960) is the Attending Physician of the United States Congress and the United States Supreme Court and holds the rank of rear admiral in the United States Navy. Monahan was selected by the leadership of the Congress and nominated to the position and rank by United States President Barack Obama in January 2009.[2] 

 

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FBI Wray refused to discuss the death of Capitol Cop Sicknick – a repeat of Vince Foster Coverup

 

The refusal for Chris Wray to discuss the death of Capitol Police Officer Sicknick’s death at the recent Congressional hearing brings back shades of the Vince Foster coverup of his autopsy and investigation. Without a doubt an autopsy was completed long before any cremation of Officer Sicknick. As you will learn in the Foster clip below, the autopsy and investigation was fatally flawed in determining the true manner of his death. Worse the investigation was led by no other than Supreme court Kavanaugh back in the day. Which only goes to prove swamp creatures are everywhere and keep rising out of their snake pit to bite when the time is ripe. The so called Foster conspiracy theory was simply an elaborate coverup.

As to the one certain victim, we do know she was murdered.

USA:

U.S. Capitol Police identified military veteran Ashli Babbitt as the woman who was shot Wednesday amid a riot inside the Capitol.

“As protesters were forcing their way toward the House Chamber where Members of Congress were sheltering in place, a sworn (U.S. Capitol Police) employee discharged their service weapon, striking an adult female,” police said in a statement Thursday. “Medical assistance was rendered immediately, and the female was transported to the hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. She has been identified as Ashli Babbitt.”

Note all the heavy armed and attired police on the side of Babbitt yet they did nothing. This is one angle but there were many views on other clips with police with heavy weapons and did nothing as well. Instead they backed off and turned around. I suggest a few shots in the air by them would have chilled the air. There was no one arrested in the Capitol with weapons. So much for the armed insurrection,

The video is age restricted. Click on “watch on Youtube.” Where are the questions regarding this situation?

 

 

 

Daily Mail:

The mother of the US Capitol police officer who died following the riot on January 6 believes that her son succumbed to a fatal stroke – that he was not bludgeoned to death by a fire extinguisher as reported.

Yet more than one month after Officer Brian Sicknick’s death on January 7, she has admitted that they are still in the dark as to what exactly caused that catastrophic episode.

Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com Gladys Sicknick, 74, was unequivocal in her assertion that Officer Brian Sicknick was not struck on the head and that as far as the family knows her son had a fatal stroke.

New York Post:

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday refused to tell senators the cause of death for Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, whose death heavily influenced coverage of the Capitol riot.

Reports after Jan. 6 originally said Sicknick died after being bludgeoned by a fire extinguisher while fighting off then-President Donald Trump’s supporters, which authorities didn’t deny at the time. The claim became part of the impeachment trial case against Trump for allegedly inciting the riot — though his family now says it’s untrue.

Wray cited an “ongoing” investigation into Sicknick’s death.

 

 

 

A reminder how this is going to play out. Just as did the death of Vincent Foster.

Deputy White House counsel Vince Foster was found dead in Fort Marcy Park off the George Washington Parkway in Virginia, outside Washington, D.C., on July 20, 1993. His death was ruled a suicide by five official investigations,[1] but remains a subject of conspiracy theories.

 

 

 

For more on Vince Foster from an earlier post if you want a real conspiracy theory.

Supreme candidate Kavanaugh, from the deep state, led murdered Vince Foster coverup

This is the only time in history that an Independent Counsel was ordered to include evidence of a cover-up by his own investigators in his own Report.

Click on the title for more. Search Vince Foster in the search bar located at the top right side of this page for additional posts on the topic. I had spent a number of months reading all of the primary documents available and it is mind blowing..

We know about the JFK investigation. We were suppose to get the report released by now after many years but now they have extended the time. We know the drill don’t we?

 

Enter one Nancy Pelosi and the coverup begins:

Pelosi appoints a fixer Lt Gen Russel Honoré to whitewash the truth of 1/6 riot

In her letter Monday, Pelosi said, “It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened.”

She added, “As we prepare for the Commission, it is also clear from General Honoré’s interim reporting that we must put forth a supplemental appropriation to provide for the safety of Members and the security of the Capitol.”

Now the fixer:

Enter Army Lt. Gen Russel Honoré

Just who in the world is he? Tucker Carlson let us know. The perfect addition to Pelosi’s swamp.

 

 

 

At the end of the day the names of Police Officer Brian Snickwick and military veteran Ashli Babbitt will be buried. Mere footnotes in a tragic ending to a bad story. Pawns of a set up. An overly exuberant crowd infiltrated and misled by ANTIFA. Commandeered by one Nancy Pelosi who refused the offer of one Donald J. Trump of 10,000 National Guard men and women. A woman who needed a death by fire extinguisher – an insurrection caused by a blood thirsty mob intending to take over the government. After all you must have blood and a victim. The placement of the remains in the Capitol Rotunda. Even that was odd and jarring. It took a month after his death? A month latter the ashes were presented for appropriate honor and respect by everyone who was anyone. You see it has to be death by fire extinguisher. And remain so. Otherwise the whole spectacle becomes simply the theatre of the absurd.

 

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Money, Corruption, & Politicians

 

 

Money, Corruption, & Politicians

America has the best politicians money can buy

by Mustang

Here’s an interesting question: who would spend $25 million (mostly in donated funds) to keep a job that pays $194,000.00 annually?  Well, the $194-thousand salary is what Nancy Pelosi gets paid (annually) to serve as Speaker of the House.  $25 million is how much she averages in campaign donations every two years.  Actually, she raised $27 million, spent $21 million, retaining about $6 million in her war chest.

Well, of course, there are a few follow-on questions.  If Nancy Pelosi has a net worth of $120,000,000.00 — if she makes only $194,000.00 a year, then where is she getting her money?  I am asking because at her salary as Speaker of the House, she’d have to work for 618.5 years in order to accumulate $120 million.  Oh wait … maybe she’s a very wise investor, or lucky … or something else.

The Pelosi investment portfolio includes Facebook, Apple, Comcast, Shutterfly, and Walt Disney.  And a ton of real estate properties in downtown San Francisco, of course.  Plus, it might be interesting for some to know that, according to Steve Kroft ( 60 Minutes report in 2011) it was perfectly legal for members of congress to engage in insider investments — while normal folks (you and I) would have gone to jail for insider trading.  File this under the Politically Elite Exemption Provision of the U. S. Constitution (which I cannot seem to find a copy of).  

 

After Kroft’s airing of his report in 2011, Congress passed the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act.  Only three members of the Senate opposed the act: Jeff Bingaman, Richard Burr, and Tom Coburn.  House Members who, at the time, were vulnerable to losing their seats in Congress overwhelmingly supported the bill (417-2).  So the question remains, how do members of congress — especially the veterans — who arrive in Congress next to poor, end up as millionaires?  In 2014, Nancy Pelosi was worth $74.2 million.  Seven years later, she’s increased her wealth to $120 million.

Obviously, some members of Congress were wealthy before arriving in Washington; it didn’t make them any poorer staying there for a few terms.  Pelosi’s wealth likely comes from her real estate holdings, which are substantial.  John McCain married into his wealth.  In 2010, 150 lawmakers claimed that most of their wealth came from investments — and we don’t exactly know how to define that.  

Could it mean, for example, backing a bill that generates kickbacks?  For instance, did Nancy Pelosi support any bills that materially benefitted Facebook, Apple, Comcast, or Walt Disney Enterprises?  Does she lease any of her properties to the federal government?

When the median household income in the United States is $65,000.00 (as of 2018), and Congressional salaries are $174,000.00 (for the regular member), can we really make the argument that members of Congress are looking out after John Q. Citizen?  Joe Biden is now earning $400,000.00 annually for serving as president.  On his first day at the office, he put between 70,000 and 100,000 Americans out of work.  Two things become apparent:

      1. Despite all the campaign rhetoric about looking after the American people, no member of congress or the White House really gives a damn about us.  All this nonsense about increasing the minimum wage does no more than shift the cost of increased wages onto the backs of consumers.  The Democrat’s demands for taxing the rich only increases the consumer’s cost of goods and services.  Biden can cause people to lose their jobs with a snap of his fingers, and for the rest of us, lower our disposable income by increasing the cost of gas and oil.  Democratic voter … thy name is Idiot.
      2. Members of Congress are not going to give up any of THEIR money to the poor.  I’m thinking Nancy Pelosi doesn’t eat McDonald hamburgers, but if you’re worth $120 million, who cares about the cost of a hamburger and fries?  

Unrelated: Donald Trump donated his $400,000 annual salary to charity, will Biden?  Never mind — I was just being silly.

The attitude among these political elites is basically this — don’t blame them because you weren’t smart enough to get elected to Congress.  The problem for America is, I think, that we have many levels of elitism going on simultaneously.  

Presidents, Governors, & Mayors; Congress members, state legislators & city councilmen; federal judges, state judges, & municipal judges — every one of them imagining that they’re better people than those who elected them.  Well, they may be better off that we are, financially, but they are hardly better people that most of us.

There are no sour grapes here — honestly.  I just think that before you elect someone to public office, someone who is willing to spend tens of millions of other people’s money to get a salary of $174,000 — maybe they don’t deserve your vote.  If it smells bad on election day, the odor won’t improve with time.

 

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Peace Through Military Power in D.C.

 

PEACE THROUGH POWER

by Mustang

According to Reuters News Agency and Politico sources, up to 21,000 national guard troops were authorized for service inside Washington DC to provide security for the Biden inauguration.  They continue to serve under Major General William Walker, Commanding General, District of Columbia National Guard (which is the only national guard unit that answers directly to the President of the United States through the Secretary of the Army).

According to official national guard officials, their mission is to provide a back-up force to the District of Columbia Police Department, a federal agency, with infantry, communications, air guard, logistics, and coordination responsibilities with all other supporting agencies.

 

According to General Daniel Hokanson, Chief, National Guard Bureau, the national guard’s “first priority is to protect people and property and the safety and well-being of our national guard personnel and their families.”

The typical mission of the national guard, supporting state governments, is (a) to support civil authorities whose capabilities are insufficient to meet current requirements, (b) protect the life and property of all US citizens, (c) protect critical US infrastructure (d) provide humanitarian assistance during disasters and domestic emergencies, and (e) support law enforcement agencies.  In Washington, D. C., the national guard has been authorized to carry loaded weapons to protect individual members of Congress and their staffs.

Apparently, the President, his cabinet, personal staff, Congress members, and their staff are living in fear for their lives.  To the amazement of any clear-thinking person, the mission seems hardly justified since no one is authorized to carry firearms inside DC except government officials.

The costs associated with this deployment of national guard personnel, funded by the US Department of Defense, suggests that instead of serving in Washington “on loan” from their various states, the federal government federalized these weekend warriors at an estimated cost of around $550.00 per day/per guardsman – or roughly $11.5 million per day.  Their “tour of duty” has been extended through the end of March 2021, equating to around $460 million.

In contrast to the difficulty earmarking money for the southern border security wall, which Trump actually intended to provide security to American citizens and communities located near the Mexican border, the decision to expend forty million dollars to protect the political elite from radicals took all of about forty seconds.

The basis of the threat, the justification for national guardsmen, to begin with, was an FBI assessment that Trump supporters posed a clear and present danger to the “orderly and peaceful” transition of power to the new administration.

According to my sources, the FBI assessment took place in the third stall of the FBI building’s executive washroom.  An entire “division” of national guard expeditionary forces seems a bit of overkill, however.  Still, nothing is too good to protect the lives and well-being of Nancy Pelosi and her sidekick, AOC (who, along with Senator Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut, was a distinguished veteran of the Vietnam War).

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

Waiting….wondering…. Just how all of this is going to end

 

 

 

Here they come.

Migrant Caravan pushes through border patrols, police on journey to U.S.

January 17, 2021. Worth watching to the end.

 

 

 

The cult of Trump.

 

“At least a dozen National Guardsmen have been removed from the mission of guarding the Capitol for Inauguration Day after concerns about threats from within the ranks”

I read one had an expired drivers license.

 

 

 

One if by land, two if by sea.

 

 

 

Sunday’s Reflection – Freedom isn’t Free

 

We are disheartened and discouraged. As Adrienne at  Adrienne’s Corner 

titles her post:

This is The Great Awakening – Not The Great Reset…

it’s a fight for our way of life and freedom.

And she is right.

We are tempted to give in, to give up.  We need to recall that we have our freedoms because there were tens of thousands of young men and women willing to sacrifice their young lives so that we may be free this last century alone.

At this time of anxious concern for our Nation, as concerned as we are, consider the anxiety of the 56 men and what they were willing to do for us so many years ago during our Independence.

Together “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” 

The ages of the signers ranged from 26 (Edward Rutledge) to 70 (Benjamin Franklin). Many of them probably expected to die.

They signed anyway.

This video captures the terrible price so many have paid so we can be free. What energy and price are we willing to offer?

These are American Cemeteries around the world and the number of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. I suggest watching this in full screen to appreciate the enormity of it all. Staggering.

“Hymn to the Fallen” by John Williams is the background music

 

 

Adrienne  continues:

This is a battle between good and evil and you must choose your side.  Not “sort of” or “maybe”, but a firm declaration of truth.  Beyond even good and evil is the fight for humanity, as God intended it to be.

What can you do?
That’s both a real question and a rhetorical question.
It’s up to each of you to probe your psyche for your purpose in life. Each of us has an individual role to play.  Due to physical, age-related, or cognitive differences, our strengths and weaknesses are not the same, and we aren’t going to have the same purpose. Your purpose right now is to find your purpose.
Please spend some time in quiet reflection, discuss the present and the future with those you trust, and decide accordingly. Don’t be spewing your plans all over Facecrap, or your blog if you have one, or even with most of your neighbors.  Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves (Matt 10:16)  You may want to take a few minutes to research that verse.

And  – don’t forget to pray!

 

 

God Bless Donald J, Trump and God Bless America.

 

Golden nuggets from the day the USA shall remain in infamy

Why would they shoot this woman with SWAT right behind her? Something isn’t right here…and nobody is speaking up. Also, numerous people walking into the building, even w police escort…why her? This doesn’t pass the sniff test

Some clips for the old scrap book.

This includes a different view from what is being shown most frequently.

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A good thread on the tweet.

All is well in the swamp.

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