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-Short Attention Span Theater-
UFC Star Whips Opponent in D.C. Fight; Shouts to Trump That He'll ‘Whoop' HIS Foes 'For Free!'
2019-12-11
[PJMedia] On Saturday night, UFC star Bryce Mitchell put a finishing move on his opponent that has only been used twice in a UFC "pro-motional" fight. Mitchell was named the victor, and then name-checked Washington, D.C.'s most famous MMA fan, President Donald Trump: "Donald Trump. I'm up here in D.C. If you need help whooping some politician, holler at me bro; I'll do it for free!"
Sooooo tempting. A large portion of the demoncrats need a good ass kicking too.
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Home Front: Culture Wars
The Fall of the Deep State and 1989's Fall of Communism
2019-12-11
The collapse of the figurative and literal wall between East and West Germany was chief among the upheavals in those final weeks of 1989. Not even a year out of office and Reagan was magnificently proven correct in his understanding of basic humanity: people want to be free. Apart from one major exception, the oppressed behind the Iron Curtain that autumn overcame their regimes without bloodshed and violence.

I was in high school during the fall of communism across Eastern Europe. I could not then imagine that precisely thirty years later a caricature of upheaval would be transpiring in my own country.

"Resist!" is screamed by media personalities and celebrities and politicians who in a sane world would never win a race for city lieutenant sanitation commissioner. They betray ignorance of what real dictatorship is, as they dare ascribe the gravitas of 1989's righteous rebellions upon their own crusade.

When I consider Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi, and Jerry Nadler maneuvering for impeachment of President Donald Trump, it is with some dark bewilderment. They have no idea what disaster they are courting for themselves and their allies. It will not end well for them.

...let's clarify something: the present effort to impeach Donald Trump is not a revolution. It is a counter-revolution.

Since the summer of 2015 the hardliners of the Deep State have gazed at Trump with derision, then desperation, and now total destruction in mind. To them the American people simply aren't meant for a loosening of control and regaining oversight of their own government. Trump's message resonated with those same American people as had nothing in recent memory. Democracy came to Eastern Europe by ballots and not bullets. So too did American citizenry in flyover country begin to revolt against their elitist masters.

...Trump's domestic and foreign efforts share some kinship with glasnost and perestroika. Mikhail Gorbachev's policies encouraged greater transparency of the Soviet government and loosening of control over the Russian people. But Gorbachev's reforms were too great for Soviet upper crust to accept. Their frustrations with Gorbachev came to a head in August of 1991, when the USSR's own hardliners staged their coup and tried to depose the Russian president.

The coup failed, and Gorbachev was restored to office. His policies against entrenched Soviet politics had succeeded beyond any expectation. So too are many of Trump's own policies, particularly economic, already bearing great fruit. "Make America Great Again" may sound ruffian compared to the beautiful enunciation of perestroika, but it has shaken the power structure of our own establishment all the same.

...The likelihood of success for the coup in our midst is comparatively less. Doubtful the methodology will mirror that of the Soviet hardliners. However, the motive remains the same: hold on to power over the people.

...As noted, there was one significant deviation from the pattern of the pro-democracy movements in the autumn of '89. For a quarter century communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu wielded absolute power over the Romanian people. As one Soviet satellite after another fell, he staged a bloody countercoup against Romania's own invigorated malcontents. It didn't work.

...December 25, 1989 was not a Merry Christmas for the Ceausescus. Found guilty by a drumhead trial of crimes against the Romanian people, Nicolai and Elena were immediately thrown against the wall ‐ literally ‐ and shot dead. Images of their shattered bodies were broadcast around the globe.

So far as analogies go, the comforts and careers of the petty tyrants in Washington may soon be just as crumbled. Our own would-be overlords would do well to be mindful of that.
To point to remember, it's the same kind of people who run Soviet Union - they just rely on different totalitarian tools.
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Afghanistan
Afghan War Can End In Weeks if Pakistain just dies Denies Support to Taliban
2019-12-11
[India Today] Afghan war can end in few weeks if Pakistan denies safe haven to Taliban: US top Senator Graham

The war in Afghanistan would end in a few weeks if Pakistan denied the Taliban safe haven, a top US Senator has said, urging the Trump administration that it should start negotiations with Islamabad rather than the Afghan insurgents to stop the deadly conflict.

The comments by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham came amid reports that the US has resumed talks with the Taliban in Qatar on Saturday, three months after President Donald Trump abruptly halted diplomatic efforts that could end America's longest war. Pakistan is said to be assisting the US in reopening the talks with the Taliban.

"As to negotiating with the Taliban, I think we got this wrong. I think what we should do is start negotiating with Pakistan. If Pakistan denied the Taliban safe haven in Pakistan, the war in Afghanistan would end in a matter of weeks," Graham, the senior Senator from South Carolina said in an interview to Fox Channel on Monday.

In September, President Trump called the year-long negotiation efforts "dead" and withdrew an invitation to the insurgents to join secret talks at his retreat at Camp David after the killing of an American soldier in Kabul.

Graham also said that he wants to change the "behaviour" of Pakistan.

"So, I want to try to get Pakistan to change their behaviour through a free trade agreement tied to security performances, then talk to the Taliban. I want as much leverage over the Taliban as possible to end this war, he said.
Good target, wrong ammo. Sigh... at least he's willing to accept the problem is in Pakistain. 'B-' for effort.
President Trump is keen to end the deadly war in Afghanistan that has claimed the lives of hundreds of American soldiers over the past 18 years.

Trump made a surprise visit to the Bagram Airfield, the largest US military base in Afghanistan late last month and met American soldiers. During the visit, Trump said the Taliban "wants to make a deal".
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
So Obama knew all along about the FBI bid to spy on his rival
2019-12-11
[American Thinker] Up until now, President Obama has said he knew nothing about the FBI bid to destroy his political rival, Donald J. Trump, as evidenced in the newly released and mighty critical inspector general report.

Back in August 2016, Obama said:
I do not talk to the attorney general about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations[.] ... I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department or the FBI -- not just in this case, but in any case. FULL STOP. PERIOD. Guaranteed. Nobody gets treated differently when it comes to the Justice Department[.]

Today, Obama's claim is in tatters. Julie Kelly of the Federalist found references within the new I.G. report that Obama was briefed on the gamy investigation and knew all about it all along.
Former FBI Director James Comey briefed President Barack Obama about the investigation into Donald Trump's campaign before the 2016 election, according to a report released today by the Justice Department's inspector general.

When we asked Comey about meetings with the White House concerning Crossfire Hurricane, he said that although he did not brief the White House about the investigation, he did mention to President Obama and others at a meeting in the Situation Room that the FBI was trying to determine whether any U.S. person had worked with the Russians in their efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election. Comey said he thought it was important that the President know the nature of the FBI's efforts without providing any specifics. Comey said although he did not recall exactly what he said, he may have said there were four individuals with 'some association or connection to the Trump campaign.' Comey stated that after he provided this information, no one at the meeting responded or followed up with any questions. Comey did not recall specifically when this meeting took place, but believed it may have been in August 2016.

The White House meeting also included then-National Security Advisor Susan Rice, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and then-CIA Director John Brennan, the inspector general found.

So Obama knew, quite contrary to his claims, that this now criticized rat-king of an investigation on his rival was happening as he watched.

It's not a big surprise, actually. As Kelly notes, FBI officials Peter Strzok's and Lisa Page's emails suggested that that was going on:
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Home Front: Culture Wars
Trump expected to issue executive order against antisemitism on campus
2019-12-11
Worst.Hitler.Ever.
[JPost] US President Donald Trump is expected to issue an executive order on Wednesday invoking Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to fight antisemitic rhetoric on college campuses.

The new executive order would also label Judaism as a nationality in addition to a religion, so it would fall into the category of Title VI.

Hopefully to be followed by executive orders targeting anti-white & anti-male activities.
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia’s Lavrov calls on US to publish bilateral communications over 2016 election
2019-12-11
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday said Moscow wanted to publish a cache of communications with Washington that he said cleared Russia of allegations it interfered in the 2016 US election, but that the United States has blocked their release.

During a joint news conference with his US counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Lavrov once again dismissed the American accusation that Moscow tried to sway the 2016 election, which resulted in the upset victory of President Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
"We suggested to our colleagues that in order to dispel all suspicions that are baseless: Let us publish this close channel of correspondence starting from October 2016 until November 2017 so it would all become very clear to many people," Lavrov said through an interpreter at the news conference.

"However,
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
regrettably, this administration refused to do so," added Lavrov, who has begun his meeting with Trump at the White House. "We are prepared to do that, to publish the correspondence that took place."

It was not immediately clear what communications Lavrov was referring to.

He said Moscow "used the channels that existed" between Washington and Moscow at the time in 2016 with the B.O. regime, and had got "zero response" when it appealed for an opportunity to directly discuss the allegations.

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Home Front: Politix
Pierce Bush, GOP Congressional Candidate And H.W.'s Grandson, Marched In Anti-Trump Protest In 2017
2019-12-11
The entire family is in agreement, because he was mean to Jeb.
"Please clap"
[DAILYCALLER] Republican Texas congressional candidate Pierce Bush, the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush, marched in an anti-Trump protest in January 2017, according to photos he posted on his personal Facebook page.

Bush jumped into the GOP primary for Texas’ 22nd Congressional District on Monday. "It’s time for new leaders to stand for conservatism that empowers all Americans, placing individuals above government and ensuring we all have the freedom to achieve success in life," he said in his launch video.

While Bush might benefit from his family name in running for a congressional seat once held by his late grandfather, his past anti-Trump activism could be a stumbling block in an already crowded primary race.

"In the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, my sister, Lauren, and I marched near Battery Park NYC (where people arrived after leaving Ellis Island) with thousands of people today against the immigration ban. No ban. No fear. Refugees are welcome here. #nationofimmigrants colonists #diversityisourstrength," Bush wrote in a Jan. 29, 2017, post that included three photos from a protest against President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
’s travel ban.

Related:
George H.W. Bush: 2019-11-26 United Nations Condemns U.S. Embargo on Cuba
George H.W. Bush: 2019-10-16 End of An Era: America's Mideast Long War Phase is Over
George H.W. Bush: 2019-09-12 Sununu: Joe Biden ‘Confused,’ ‘Useless’ During Clarence Thomas Confirmation
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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Comey: 'We Did Not Spy---We Just Observed And Reported Secretly Without The Subject's Knowledge Or Consent'
2019-12-10
[Babylon Bee] WASHINGTON, D.C.—After Attorney General Barr suggested that the FBI and other agencies spied on Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, former FBI director James Comey fired back.

"We did not spy," he told reporters as he stretched for his morning yoga class. "We just observed and reported secretly without the subject's knowledge or consent."

"See, I've never considered that spying," he added as he formed the "downward dog" pose. "That's just kind of secret watching. It's definitely not the same thing. When you spy, you watch someone without their knowledge. When you secret-watch, you just kind of secretly watch them."

"If we redefined spying to include all secret watching, we would have to include all the watching of American citizens on a daily basis as spying, and that probably wouldn't be good for our public image."

He then asked reporters if they would take a picture of him looking pensively up at the trees.
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Home Front: Politix
Democrats expected to unveil two articles of impeachment against Trump
2019-12-10
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives were expected to unveil two articles of impeachment against Republican President Donald Trump on Tuesday, a senior Democratic aide said, setting the stage for a possible vote this week on impeachment.

The House aide spoke on condition of anonymity on Monday night and declined to give any details.

Democrats were expected to draft articles of impeachment on abuse of power and on obstruction of Congress, the aide told Reuters. The Washington Post first reported the expected articles, citing three unidentified officials.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Russian forces have entered Raqqa, the former de facto capital of the ISIS so-called caliphate
2019-12-10
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Home Front: Politix
Trump attacks 'pathetic' Fox News for airing 'loser' Rep. Eric Swalwell and other Democrats
2019-12-10
[USATODAY] President Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
again slammed Fox News for giving airtime to Rep. Eric Swalwell and his other Democratic critics, tweeting Sunday that it was "pathetic" how "Fox panders."

"Don’t get why @FoxNews puts losers on like @RepSwalwell (who got ZERO as presidential candidate before quitting), Pramila Jayapal, David Cicilline and others who are Radical Left Haters?" Trump tweeted listing three Democratic House members who have frequently spoken out against the president and his policies.

"The Dems wouldn’t let @FoxNews get near their bad ratings debates, yet Fox panders. Pathetic!" he wrote, referring to the Democratic National Committee's decision not to let Fox News host the party's primary debates.

Rep. David Cicilline, D-Ri.I., fired back on Twitter, telling Trump, "while you’re busy tweeting insults, we’re busy working to honor our oath of office to protect and defend the constitution and safeguard our democracy," along with a photo of himself with Swalwell, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo.

"Thanks for watching, Mr. President. Why won’t you testify about your attempt to get Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election?" he added.

Related:
Eric Swalwell: 2019-12-02 Democratic congresswoman says it doesn’t matter if Trump quid pro quo didn’t happen
Eric Swalwell: 2019-11-26 Maxine Waters: Ben Carson Lacks the ‘Intelligence’ to Be HUD Secretary
Eric Swalwell: 2019-11-20 Rep. Eric Swalwell appears to fart on live TV
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Pramila Jayapal: 2019-12-08 Resolution in US Congress seeks end to repression in Kashmir valley
Pramila Jayapal: 2019-11-23 Dem Rep: Trump ‘Trying to Use the Court System’ Is ‘Obstruction of Justice’
Pramila Jayapal: 2019-07-15 AOC's Brain
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David Cicilline: 2019-08-20 Rep. Pete King off the reservation again, this time about firearms
David Cicilline: 2018-12-05 Dem Congressman: As Many as 40 Democrats Will Run for President
David Cicilline: 2018-11-01 Top Planned Parenthood Contributions to House and Senate Races
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Democratic National Committee: 2019-12-05 DOJ watchdog finds FBI omitted details about Steele dossier in FISA renewal applications
Democratic National Committee: 2019-12-05 AG Barr Disagrees with IG on Whether Trump Surveillance Justified
Democratic National Committee: 2019-12-03 Buttigieg Agrees That Illegal Aliens Are ‘Reclaiming Stolen Land’
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Home Front: Politix
Impeach Trump Because Of... Slavery?
2019-12-10
[POWERLINEBLOG] Congressman Al Green has become one of the Democratic Party’s top spokesmen. Which is a good thing, because Green is generally unfiltered, and therefore gives us a glimpse into his party’s id. This, for example, is revealing:

Rep. Al Green (D-TX) said on Saturday during an interview on MSNBC that President Donald Trump needed to be impeached “to deal with slavery.”

Green, who has previously stated that Trump must be impeached or else “he will get reelected,” said this week that there is “no limit” to the number of times that Democrats can try to impeach the president.

But wait! Let’s go back to that first part: how in the world does impeaching President Trump “deal with slavery”? Rep. Green explains:

I do believe, ma’am, that we have to deal with the original sin. We have to deal with slavery. Slavery was the thing that put all of what President Trump has done lately into motion.


This is idiotic, almost beyond belief.

It’s insidious … racism, the president has played on racism and he’s used that as a weapon to galvanize a base of support to mobilize people.


Democrats keep saying this, but that doesn’t make it true. In fact, Trump has done no such thing. On the contrary, he relates well to black Americans and, more important, his policies have made him one of the best presidents ever for African-Americans. Which is why I think he will get a startling number of black votes next November, sufficient to guarantee his re-election. Actually, Green may agree with this; perhaps this is why he famously said that Trump must be impeached, lest he be re-elected.

Green continued with the usual tiresome litany:

We cannot overlook what happened when he came down the escalator and just demeaned people of color when he talked about the s-hole countries.


Related:
Al Green: 2019-12-08 Adam Schiff’s Secret Subpoena Adventure Could End with Legal Buckshot in His Face
Al Green: 2019-12-07 Texas Dem call for perpetual impeachment of The Orange Man
Al Green: 2019-12-06 Rep. Al Green slams committee over impeachment experts: 'not one person of color'
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