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Mark Levin: 'If we don't get to the bottom of this we're in a hell of a lot of trouble!'
[Right Scoop] Mark Levin has published an 8-minute clip from his LevinTV show tonight, which he says will be available for free, where he discusses the FBI missing texts, the Obama/Clinton/Russia collusion and how the silent coup against Trump is escalating.

Levin discusses how he’s never seen anything like this happen before and at the end of the video he puts it plainly, saying that if we don’t get to the bottom of this, we’re going to be in a hell of a lot of trouble.

It’s worth pointing out that Erick Erickson echoes a similar sentiment to what Levin is saying here in a post he wrote this morning:
But the reality is this: if FBI agents collaborated to fabricate or exaggerate allegations about Donald Trump and/or tried to bring down his Presidency through partisan motivations, it is game over on the republic. If the civil institutions we have put in place to ensure law and order apart from politics are infiltrated by politics, there really is no turning back.

This is exactly why Levin says we must get to the bottom of this. The future of the country depends on it. We don’t want to become a banana republic.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2018 06:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We don’t want to become a banana republic. Yes, we have no bananas.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 01/26/2018 12:52 Comments || Top||

#2  We have plenty of bananas. They reside within the democrat party.

The left are good at making banana republiks.
Posted by: newc || 01/26/2018 22:44 Comments || Top||

Shep Smith: Let's Face It, The Nunes Memo Is A "Weapon Of Partisan Mass Distraction"
[Hot Air] The Fox News break room must be pretty awkward these days whenever Shep walks in, huh? Hannity’s pronouncing Mueller’s investigation "over," Tucker’s running "Tainted Probe" segments, and Shep’s on the air in the middle of the day casually assuring Fox viewers that it’s all BS. The hate mail he gets must be *kisses fingers*. I don’t know why he stays. He’s a big enough name that CNN would be eager to poach him, possibly even in primetime. Maybe he views his relationship to Fox primetime the way Kelly, Mattis, et al. allegedly view their relationship to Trump: Someone’s gotta be in the room to keep the populists calm.

It wasn’t just Shep either. Chris Wallace, another big name on the "hard news" side of Fox, also tried to chill viewers out a bit, albeit in a lower-key way: "I’m not sure that talking about deep state coups against the president or corruption at the highest levels of the FBI, I’m not quite sure we’re there yet." That’s the second clip below. Wallace grumbled a few months ago about certain unnamed commentators on his network piling on the press ("I don’t think they recognize that they have a role at Fox News and we have a role at Fox News. I don’t know what’s in their head."), making him another obvious candidate to leave sooner or later. Although, precisely because the opinion side of Fox has moved so far into the West Wing in carrying Trump’s message, maybe Wallace and Smith have FNC over a barrel. They and Bret Baier are key to Fox’s "fair and balanced" pretensions. Lose the hard news guys and all that’s left is Hannity pounding the table about a "deep state coup" forever.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2018 03:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hey Dennis, I wonder if they miss us yet ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2018 3:12 Comments || Top||

#2  I quit sending money to Murdoch run media properties over six months ago. I laugh whenever I hear second-hand about the sad crap faux news and wsj are peddling.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/26/2018 7:23 Comments || Top||

#3  I just heard Geraldo Rivera on Fox heap great praise and accolades upon President Trump for his success at Davos.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2018 8:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Adam Schiff rebuts the memo:

Posted by: Vast Right Wing Russian Conspiracy || 01/26/2018 9:01 Comments || Top||

#5  Shep Smith is a CNN or MSNBC guy all the way.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/26/2018 10:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Shep's best reporting skills were in the movie "Volcano".
Posted by: Roth LaDoad || 01/26/2018 11:14 Comments || Top||

#7  Shep Smith next week: Let's Face It, I'm Gay!
Posted by: Raj || 01/26/2018 11:45 Comments || Top||

#8  #7 Shep Smith next every week: Let's Face It, I'm still Gay!
Posted by: Pearl Noodleman3611 || 01/26/2018 21:22 Comments || Top||

#9  Drama Queen™
Posted by: Frank G || 01/26/2018 21:28 Comments || Top||

Why Are Strzok And Page Still At The FBI? - Did Someone Delete Their Texts?
[Townhall] Sara Carter, formerly of Circa News, dropped by Fox And Friends Tuesday morning to discuss the latest batch of FBI texts between FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and bureau lawyer Lisa Page. The two sent tens of thousands of texts, riddled with anti-Trump swipes and praise for Hillary Clinton. It’s clear that these two did not want Donald Trump to be president. The exchanges initially raised eyebrows over an August 15, 2016 text, where Strzok mentioned an "insurance policy" after a meeting with Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Keep in mind; this is the man who signed off on the bureau’s counterintelligence probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians a month earlier. Is this in reference to the Trump dossier? Some say it could be, which is also alleged to have been the basis to secure FISA warrants against members of the Trump campaign. Now, we have a new and rather cryptic text from Lisa Page sent to Strzok the day after the 2016 election, where she mentions a secret society. Is it a joke? Maybe. Does it absolve them of their incredibly unethical and unprofessional behavior that’s put the credibility of the FBI on the line? No. These people were responsible for investigating with objectivity. Strzok was involved in the Russian collusion and Hillary email fiasco, and believe me‐there’s some glaring discrepancies on that one.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2018 02:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The question that has been asked many times (and we know the answer) - do you know how difficult it is to fire a Federal employee?
Posted by: Raj || 01/26/2018 2:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Example ref #1:

FCC: Person who sent false Hawaii missile alert refusing to cooperate
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2018 2:28 Comments || Top||

#3  I have to imagine that Mr. Strzok‘s home life has recently become more interesting by the day, and the divorce after this is all over will leave him with no more than a spare pair of socks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/26/2018 9:59 Comments || Top||

#4  imho, they are disposable pressure relief valves for a very bad story that will most assuredly be revealed.
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 01/26/2018 10:02 Comments || Top||

#5  Don't you think Mr Strzok's socks and Orange outfit will be provided for him by the taxpayer?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/26/2018 10:03 Comments || Top||

#6  I bet they figured out a way to archive the texts locally on their cellphones to avoid the server archive. That ability may be the "glitch" that DoJ is talking about but won't admit.

I find it interesting that Strzok's fingerprints are all over this mess. He ran the email investigation, he was the guy who interviewed Flynn (which by the way was an ambush interview with no announcement or appointment), and he was the guy that probably co-authored the various FISA warrants.

Seems to me that he and Priesap are the point men on this coup d'etat
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 01/26/2018 12:06 Comments || Top||

#7  I will be very disappointed if these two "star-crossed lovers' will end as scapegoats while Comey & McCabe walk free.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/26/2018 12:11 Comments || Top||

#8  I don't see McCabe, Priestap, or Rosenstein not getting it in the shorts also.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 01/26/2018 12:42 Comments || Top||

#9  Has anyone considered the texts are a ruse to some other end? Consider the source, counter intelligence, texting, really? the steamy affair, the timing. Is it a set up to cover something much deeper. That could explain non-firings.
Posted by: Jefe101 || 01/26/2018 12:56 Comments || Top||

#10  People involved, not that smart. Wat u see is probably wat it is.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2018 13:05 Comments || Top||

#11  Hubris.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/26/2018 13:22 Comments || Top||

#12  People involved, not that smart. Wat u see is probably wat it is.

It's not so much a question of smarts as a question of getting away with so much, they lost all sense of proportion.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/26/2018 15:16 Comments || Top||

#13  https://twitter.com/HousatonicITS/status/954173497168875520
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/26/2018 20:08 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Egypt's war against terrorism: Analysing progress in 2017
Two cute graphs can be seen at the link of the number of counter-terror operations Egypt undertook last year in North Sinai and in the rest of Egypt.
[AlAhram] Egypt saw progress on combating terrorism in 2017, but more needs to be done, especially in activating the roles of the individual and civil society in counter-terrorism efforts.

When analysing the outcome of counter-terrorism policies in 2017, many think tanks in the West and terrorism scholars in Egypt focus only on security while ignoring other aspects of anti-terrorism policies. The conclusion, therefore, is that terrorism is combated through "militarisation" and "security measures".

Terrorism literature specifies three main domains of anti-terrorism policies. First, engaging with terrorist elements directly; second, dealing with terrorism victims; third, preventing the spread of terrorism through inoculating society through effective counter-terrorism programmes.

When applying these three domains to Egypt’s anti-terrorism policies, we find there is real non-military and non-security work being done, but that it needs improvement. It is important to take these three factors into consideration when analysing last year’s efforts to combat terrorism.

In the first domain, last year saw more raids and combat operations by security forces that led to pre-emptive attacks being planned by terrorist cells. Security agencies succeeded in dismantling terrorist cells focused on recruiting new members, such as Amr Saad cell, while continuing the state of emergency in North Sinai, engaging more air strikes targeting terrorists, and prosecuting more terrorist cases in court.

Also, the Supreme Council for Combating Terrorism was formed in July 2017, which in theory is a step in the right direction since this is a body that would at least coordinate efforts to combat terrorism, extremism and decide on a national strategy.

In the second domain, the government continued to pay monetary compensation to victims on a case-by-case basis.

For example, after the attack on al-Rawda Mosque in Beir Abd, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi ordered payment of LE200,000 to the families of each of those killed, and LE50,000 to each injured victim. The Ministry of Education also waived the fees at government schools for the children of those killed, and a decision was taken to prioritise hiring the offspring of deaders in government offices.

There are some serious shortcomings in defining who is a victim because the 2015 anti-terrorism law does not have an exact definition or compensation clauses for victims. The draft law on victims of terrorism has not yet been ratified by parliament.

In the third domain, inoculating society against extremism, which mostly focuses on addressing the causes of terrorism, existing efforts continue to deal with religious extremism as the main feature of the radicalism responsible for terrorist attacks. But this ignores the political and social dimensions of terrorism in most cases.

Efforts in this domain remain dispersed among various state institutions without a coordinating body. Combating radical ideology on the Internet is a good example because it is necessary for these efforts to be comprehensive and develop suitable messages to reach Internet users who are being targeted by terrorists.

Although the state invested in non-security policies to combat terrorism, this does not mean they were effective. It is indicative, however, that progress was made in how it views counter-terrorism, which is worthy of praise and development, especially since these policies were adopted at a time when Death Eaters planned and carried out substantial attacks last year.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

President's Rock Star welcome at Davos, SZ
[The Mail] The approximately 40-minute trip took Trump over a snowy countryside dotted with houses, frosted mountains and a glistening lake.

As Trump got off the helicopter in Davos, he gestured to aides who held him by the arms as he walked across the snowy landing zone to his waiting car.

'We're very happy to be here,' Trump said as he arrived. 'The United States is doing very well, and will continue to do well and this will be a very exciting two days.'

Trump waved to a bank of cameras when he arrived, before being immediately whisked away to the annual gathering of heads of state and business leaders where he had a one-on-one meeting with May.

He then had a meeting with Netanyahu, where the two reaffirmed the historic decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and Trump blasted Palestinian leaders for 'disrespecting' the U.S.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2018 02:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Trump waved a bank at cameras

Wait, did I read that incorrectly ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2018 7:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Anybody else offering up 3% GDP growth? Record Unemployment? Bueller?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/26/2018 8:04 Comments || Top||

#3  ...I suspect there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth over this foolish American...and then they will do nothing, because they know full well that the US is the 500-lb gorilla in the room when it comes to economic potential, and if we decide to exercise it there's not a damned thing they can do.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 01/26/2018 9:42 Comments || Top||

#4  ...I suspect there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth over this foolish American...

Well, we know one of 'em who's got his panties in a wad...

Soros calls Trump a danger to the world
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/26/2018 11:22 Comments || Top||

Soros calls Trump a danger to his world

Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/26/2018 12:39 Comments || Top||

#6  Anyone who takes money from Soros is just as dirty as he is.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/26/2018 13:31 Comments || Top||

#7  And as I've said before, Trump is pissing off all the right people.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/26/2018 13:31 Comments || Top||

#8  Anybody else offering up 3% GDP growth?

If Obamacare got repealed, he'd be looking at 4%, probably more. People have little understanding how badly this fookin' law hampers job growth in small companies.
Posted by: Raj || 01/26/2018 19:05 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
The Pension Crisis Is Starting to Hit Home. School Choice Might Be the Only Answer
[National Review] Private schools educate students far more cheaply than public ones do. Talk to the people of Illinois about America’s looming public-pension crisis, and they’ll tell you it’s not looming ‐ it’s already here.

This month, a statute went into effect giving Comptroller Susana Mendoza the right to make up for any town or county’s delinquent pension payments by seizing its share of sales, excise, and other taxes collected by the state.

The result is that municipalities across Illinois have been scrambling to either cut services or raise taxes. Mattoon officials have announced that ambulance services will be scuttled to pay pension bills a half-million dollars higher than last year’s, while Springfield’s budget director, Bill McCarthy, says he will have to "reduce other services just to meet pension obligations."
There are still people in Mattoon ?
Normal will handle the problem through property-tax increases, while Danville has imposed a separate "public safety pension fee," which will cost residents up to $267 annually. East St. Louis, which depends almost exclusively on its share of tax money from state’s Local Government Distributive Fund, could soon see its entire budget confiscated to satisfy pension obligations.

With a national pension asset shortfall calculated as high as $6 trillion ‐ and with accelerating benefit payouts to retiring Baby Boomers ‐ Illinois is sadly not the only state where voters are being hit with revenue surcharges or deprived of essential services.

Florida localities will have to allocate an additional $178.5 million in their upcoming budgets to pension payments; in San Diego, the Unified School District has been reduced to polling parents on what K‐12 student services they would be willing to sacrifice to sustain the benefits promised to retired teachers. Fulton, Ky., has cut back on hospital and ambulance services and still faces a $114,000 annual shortfall. Looking at the situation nationally, two researchers for the politically moderate Brookings Institution, William Gale and Aaron Krupkin, have estimated that an average 5.7 percent across-the-board service reduction is required just to ensure that state and local pension liabilities do not rise any further.

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2018 07:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Illinois is sadly not the only state where voters are being hit with revenue surcharges or deprived of essential services.

Zimbabwe on the Wabash.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2018 7:39 Comments || Top||

#2  what K‐12 student services they would be willing to sacrifice to sustain the benefits promised to retired teachers.

This has been predicted for years — unkeepable promises can’t be kept. That they never should have been made is a legitimate complaint for those depending on them, but there it is. The choice will soon enough become accepting less or getting nothing at all from bankrupt communities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/26/2018 10:40 Comments || Top||

#3  For teachers, its amazing they lacked the understanding of 1)over farming the (taxpayer) land and simple understanding of human nature written 2500 years ago 2) don't kill the golden goose.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/26/2018 10:51 Comments || Top||

#4  With the market going gangbusters I wonder what WS firm is bleeding the union pension plan?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/26/2018 11:03 Comments || Top||

#5  simple understanding of human nature is now lacking across most levels of our society, to the point where we now have a mass culture promoting insanity and delusions. We have developed many ways to promote human health & happiness since WWII, but the vast majority seem to be hell-bent on lunacy and social breakdown.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 01/26/2018 12:44 Comments || Top||

#6  Since the US Constitution includes: no state shall pass a "Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts", all those non-federal promises which constitute the "pension crisis" cannot be retroactively changed. We are stuck with them. Offering up school choice as the "only answer" - in this context - is utter nonsense.
The real fun begins when judges start imposing taxes and fees - on their own - to meet these ironclad and inescapable promises made by irresponsible local & state authorities. Maybe Illinois will start taxing every semi that crosses their border, and every air passenger who touches down at O'Hare. You ain't seen nothing yet!
Public information and discussion of this issue hasn't even reached the level of misinformation.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 01/26/2018 12:51 Comments || Top||

#7  The real fun begins when judges start imposing taxes and fees

Yep, and they'll learn what Charles I found out about being unelected and sitting for life meant when the power of purse resides solely in the authority of the house of the people.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/26/2018 16:05 Comments || Top||

#8  Private schools don't have to provide for special ed kids, who are far more expensive to educate/attend. That's the standard excuse for why public schools cost so much more than private, per student. I don't believe it's the whole story, and would like to see the costs split out for comparison.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/26/2018 17:17 Comments || Top||

#9  Private schools don't have to provide for special ed kids lots of administration or continuous outside testing to verify QA. Of course that may be why public schools need more administrators, to 'revise' tests answers to avoid real measurements.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/26/2018 18:50 Comments || Top||

#10  By the way.... How is Greece doing nowdays?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/26/2018 23:03 Comments || Top||

Film Critics Slam '12 Strong' movie - Taliban poorly portrayed
[Hollywood in Toto] The critical consensus? A well-meaning war film filled with too many genre cliches. Other critics took the film to task in ways that remind us one irrefutable fact.

The majority of modern film critics lean to the left.

Some do more than let their ideology shine through. They’re aggressively partisan in their critical approach. Take the BirthDeathMovies.com review, which features a conventional takedown until this baffling series of barbs.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2018 02:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Taliban Poorly Portrayed.

Indeed they were. Bacha bazi (dancing boys) were given no screen time.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/26/2018 7:46 Comments || Top||

#2  BirthDeathMovies some dirt on them at CDAN
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/26/2018 9:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Rotten Tomatoes

12 Strong - critics 55% audience 72%

Stars Wars: Last Jedi - critics 91% audience 49%
[which was withdrawn from the most valued Chinese market after 3 weeks]
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/26/2018 10:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Gee, lemme guess - 'film critics' skew massively to the left?
Posted by: Raj || 01/26/2018 19:02 Comments || Top||

Kill Shot – The Narrative Takes Two to the Chest; Women in the Infantry Myth Firmly Debunked
[FreeRangeInternational] Newman: Is gender equality desirable?

Peterson: "If you mean equality of outcome than almost certainly it’s undesirable...Men and women won’t sort themselves out into the same categories if you leave them alone to do it on their own accord. We’ve seen that in Scandinavia, it’s 20 to 1 female nurses to male nurses...and approximately the same male engineers to female engineers and that’s the consequences of free choice by men and women in the societies that have gone farther than any other societies to make to make gender equality the purpose of the law. Those are ineradicable differences. You can eradicate them with tremendous social pressure and tyranny but if you leave men and women to make their own choices you will not get equal outcomes."

This answers, once and for all, both the how and why behind forcing women onto the infantry.

The Marine Corps, like all the branches of the armed forces, is helpless against the diktats of our ruling elites. They can’t sit down and spend 30 minutes dismantling liberal dogma on live TV. They fought back against Ash Carter and the idiot Ray Mabus the only way they could, by launching a detailed experiment on the performance of mixed gender infantry units. The results were unequivocal; mixed gender units performed poorly, women Marines were unable to meet the physical demands of infantry combat. Even if they could hack it the critical topic of how infantry Marines socialize to develop the cohesion required to sustain themselves in combat was ignored.
Watched Prof. Peterson on Tucker last evening. A most interesting gentleman.
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 01/26/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Every time I go to a year-end tax seminar, it's 85% men and 15% women. I wonder if Cathy Newman's pea-sized brain can explain that?

(no, I don't, actually...)
Posted by: Raj || 01/26/2018 0:22 Comments || Top||

#2  File under - WhiteMale Privilege
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/26/2018 8:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, the IDF, the Pershmerga, and others have done quite well with female combatants. However, they were organized into female only units.

There is nothing gender based about being able to shoot a rifle. The issue is the getting to that point to fire the rifle. They can't hump a 120 lb rucksack for 10 miles at a run and they can't life the power bag for an 8-inch howitzer.

There are a lot of things women can do in combat, and they are deadly at it, ask ISIS, but they can't do a lot of the things necessary to fight as infantry.

Flying and servicing aircraft and helicopters seems about right.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 01/26/2018 12:11 Comments || Top||

#4  Well, the IDF, the Pershmerga, and others have done quite well with female combatants

Not if you ask me
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/26/2018 12:13 Comments || Top||

#5  They can't hump a 120 lb rucksack for 10 miles at a run and they can't life the power bag for an 8-inch howitzer.

The difference between defense and offense. It's damn hard to win a war always on defense.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/26/2018 12:27 Comments || Top||

#6  The race doesn't always go with those who CAN hump a 120 lb rucksack for 10 miles at a run , but that's who I'd bet on.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 01/26/2018 13:01 Comments || Top||

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Fri 2018-01-26
  Mosul clean up continues: 21 turbans permanently unwound, 9 more jugged
Thu 2018-01-25
  Double car bombing kills 33 in Benghazi
Wed 2018-01-24
  Two suicide attackers, Islamic State member killed as troops repel attack in Baghdad
Tue 2018-01-23
  1.5K al-Nusra troops surrounded in Idlib
Mon 2018-01-22
  Tunisian forces kill top aide of Al Qaeda leader in Maghreb
Sun 2018-01-21
  Seven Niger troops killed in Boko Haram attack
Sun 2018-01-21
  Seven Niger troops killed in Boko Haram attack
Sat 2018-01-20
  Lebanon foils ISIS plans to attack places of worship, government buildings
Fri 2018-01-19
  Deso Dogg -- Dead Again
Thu 2018-01-18
  US drone strike leaves 6 militants dead, wounded in East of Afghanistan
Wed 2018-01-17
  Wanted terrorist Abdullah Al-Qalaf killed in eastern Saudi Arabia
Tue 2018-01-16
  Deadly clashes in Libyan capital force airport to close
Mon 2018-01-15
  Israel Says It Destroys Hamas Tunnel Under Key Gaza Crossing
Sun 2018-01-14
  Islamic State affiliate claims Mali attack that injured 3 French soldiers
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