John McCain Corners Me

John McCain Corners Me

I’ve been trying to avoid writing about John McCain for a while now – and he’s finally cornered me. I don’t want to write about him because I have mixed thoughts and emotions and I’ve learned from my experience in the past, it’s either dangerous to write about such subjects — because I don’t give enough background — or I’m forced to give so much, the piece becomes a history lesson.

In general I Love the Senator, think him a great American, war hero, and a man of principle. His handling of the Trump dossier, his intolerance of Trump and recent statements all bother me a lot. On balance I give him the benefit of the doubt, which is why, his recent decision NOT to vote for the Cassidy Graham Obamacare repair bill, is another McCain puzzler. His objection, that the bill has not met the test of regular order, is, on it’s face, very principled. The bill creating Obamacare passed through regular order with a 60-vote majority in the Senate, McCain ostensibly feels this repeal must meet the same test.

If this was a straight up repeal, without a replacement plan AND if the original program was not also programmatically and financially failing, I would agree with the Senator. But the budget reconciliation process is constitutional and designed in fact to deal with exactly this situation, one where simple majority, as defined by the parliamentarian, allows modification of an existing authorization. McCain is making up a new level of procedure and/or formality, in a body that already has far too many of them, so many in fact, they barely function.

A man of principle would vote to fix this failing program hurting so many American families — rather than make up a fake principle to hide behind and do nothing.

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Power and Rice will face Felony charges soon…

Power and Rice will face Felony charges

I predicted here – months ago – both of these trail blazing and important woman, who shaped foreign policy in the United States for years, would eventually be arrested and charged with felony crimes concerning abuse of authority and use of government resources to illegally monitor then President elect Trump and/or his close advisors. Step by step, FBI and DOJ authorities, under the direction of Senator Chuck Grassley’s office, are unraveling this huge ball of string and so far, I’ve been proven right, these women look to be in ever deeper and hotter water.

I predicted this because it was clear to me, the Russian narrative was a ploy by the Dems, to smear Trump, that turned into a cover-up, and when you draw the intersecting lines for such a scheme, they intersect at Obama and Hillary – HOWEVER – according to another of the Spain political axiom’s which I believe generally apply, this nation’s fixed judicial system RARELY punishes the people at the very top and they never punish a guy like Obama — who many consider a god. So, I knew a crime had been committed, I knew it was done with computers and therefore would come out — BUT I assumed the system would fix a scapegoat near the top, like Rice, Rhodes, or Power, or even Wasserman-Schultz, and/or some combination.

So far, my thinking has been spot on.

A crime was committed, in fact, HUNDREDS of them by the top Dems during this election cycle, and it looks like the blame, plea deals, convictions, secret arrangements and judicial excess I expected are all kicking in – but unfortunately I believe the stink from all this will only get close to the source of the cancer – AND not get all the way to the former President and former Secretary of State, where it definitely belongs.

The alternative, which every Democratic partisan is walking around in denial over – is that Rhodes, Power, Rice, Clapper and all the others necessary for the wiretap, the unmasking, the release of those names, and the rigging of the primary – did all these illegal things WITHOUT the president’s or candidate Clinton’s knowledge.

As the kids today say, LOL.

 

From the Daily Caller — Former Obama administration UN ambassador Samantha Power requested the ‘unmasking’ of Americans named in intelligence reports more than 260 times during her last year in office, according to a new report.

Power’s total is more than one request per workday of 2016 – far exceeding the numbers typical of someone in her position, which in the past have come in the low single digits, according to a report by Fox News.

Unmasking occurs when a government official so-empowered, requests the name of an American who appears in an intelligence report, be revealed.

In Power’s case, this activity extended up until shortly before Obama left office, according to the Fox report.

House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) is part of his panel’s inquiry into whether any officials engaged in political unmaskings to discredit Trump officials.

Nunes removed himself from his panel’s Russia probe after his trips to the White House where he viewed intelligence documents and reviewed unmaskings.

In July Nunes, wrote Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to complain about ‘partisan’ unmaskings.

“We have found evidence that current and former government officials had easy access to U.S. person information and that it is possible that they used this information to achieve partisan political purposes, including the selective, anonymous leaking of such information,” Nunes wrote.

 

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Hogan Proposes Huge Road Improvement

Hogan Proposes Huge Road Improvement

This decade overdue news is nonetheless welcome. This from the Sun:

Baltimore Sun — Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday proposed a $9 billion project to add four express toll lanes to the entire stretches of three of Maryland’s most congested highways — the I-495 Capital Beltway, the I-270 spur connecting Frederick to D.C. and the 295 Baltimore-Washington Parkway that connects the city to Washington.

“This problem has been marring the quality of life of Maryland citizens for decades,” Hogan said at a news conference. “Today, we are finally going to do something about it.”

The massive project involves persuading the federal government to give the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to the Maryland Transportation Authority. Hogan said he has already met with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke about the transfer, and instructed state staffers to “finalize the details.”

He told reporters that the federal government wanted to give the state the road, according to a state spokeswoman. Maryland would need to purchase it.

Hogan proposed adding four toll lanes to the entire stretch of that roadway, from Baltimore to D.C. The price tag of that project is estimated at $1.4 billion. In addition, Hogan said his office has started writing a formal request for proposals for private companies to bid on the $7.6 billion projects to widen I-495 and I-270. The companies would finance, design, build, operate and maintain those express toll lanes.

Existing lanes on each road would remain free to drivers, a spokeswoman said.

Hogan predicted the “three massive, unprecedented projects … will be absolutely transformative and will help Maryland citizens go about their daily lives in a more efficient and safer manner,” Hogan said.

 

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China shocks North Korea

China shocks North Korea

PBoC Orders all affiliated Chinese financial entities to halt all transactions with any entities tied to North Korea.

Trump also met with South Korean President Moon today, who warmly embraced the President and openly endorsed his leadership on the North Korean nuclear issue.

After the meeting Trump signed an executive order empowering the Treasury Department to issue sanctions against businesses and banks doing business with North Korea.

Trump looks great, sharp, rested, on top of his game, and he seems to be relaxing into the daily routines of the White House. Respect to Kelly.

Kelly should call Angela Merkel, get a copy of her playbook against Putin after Ukraine and run the same routine against Kim (Rocket Man). Give the President a new sanction, restriction and/or maneuver to announce everyday — until NK folds.

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McCain, Manchin and Heitkamp NEED to support Cassidy-Graham

McCain, Manchin and Heitkamp NEED to support Cassidy-Graham

Obamacare, or the ACA, is failing.

Americans expect the government to fix things, particularly things they broke.

McCain (probably doesn’t care about this), Manchin and Heitkamp will lose their seats if they don’t vote to support President Trump and also repeal this problematic, expensive, poorly designed program.

The Cassidy-Graham compromise is a good bill; it gives the states flexibility, has the high-risk pool adjustment AND is a big save for the American people. Heitkamp knows this; I don’t understand her reluctance to sign on to this version – much of which was done to make moderates like her, happy.

I won’t comment on McCain.

Manchin knows he should vote for this, wants to vote for this, and just doesn’t want to be the only Dem who does. Too bad, the American people and the people of West Virginia expect him to do the right thing here.

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Afghan President Praises Trump

Afghan President Praises Trump

It should not be a surprise the Afghan President likes President Trump’s approach to the war in Afghanistan better than Obama’s — whose approach was so dangerous, Ghani had to fly here and beg then president Obama not to carry through with his pullout, which would have emboldened the Taliban and probably cost Ghani his life.

After Trump spoke in New York, Ghani spoke:

OAN — The leader of Afghanistan is praising President Trump’s proposal to send an additional 3,000 American troops to the country.

The Afghan President Ashraf Ghani made the comments Tuesday while speaking to the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

He claimed Afghanistan represents the front lines in the fight against the
global threat of terrorism.

“With President Trump’s recent announcement of his strategy to counter terror and stabilize to South Asia, Afghanistan’s enduring partnership with the United States and the international community has been renewed and redirected,” Ghani announced.

“We welcome this strategy, which has now set us on a pathway to certainty. The Afghan people have looked to the United States for this type of resolve for years.”

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Obama Wiretapped Manafort at Trump Tower, Clinton funds Antifa, Trump addresses UN

Obama Wiretapped Manafort at Trump Tower, Clinton funds Antifa, Trump addresses UN

To the Faithful Five, as you all know, the media lies to you daily and the biggest lie they commit, is the lie of omission, where important news is buried or completely not reported. Here is todays front page if they had any news judgment at all:

Headline: Obama White House wiretapped Trump official Manafort at Trump Tower

Subhead: President Trump vindicated on “Wiretapping” claim

Government reports released late Monday confirm the U.S. government, under a FISA court warrant, wiretapped Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort — while he was living at Trump Tower, and was in daily contact with then candidate Donald Trump, during Trump’s campaign for the Presidency.

This revelation marks only the second time a sitting president has been caught wiretapping political adversaries, during a campaign for the Presidency. The first time this occurred, at the Watergate headquarters of the DNC, forced then president Richard Nixon to resign in disgrace after a pair of Washington Post reporters uncovered the scheme, and it’s subsequent cover-up.

Barack Obama, the President whose administration is responsible for this alleged crime, left office at the expiration of his second term, under the normal process of succession, before this report was released.

FBI agents apparently began investigating Manafort in 2014, in connection with activities of the Podesta Group. That firm, which Manafort owned, was under scrutiny for ties to a pro-Russian party in Ukraine. The investigation was discontinued for lack of evidence in 2014. In 2016, after Manafort was named to the Trump leadership team, officials at the DOJ and the FBI requested — and received — an additional FISA court approval to wiretap Manafort again, this time while he was residing at Trump Tower, and was principally engaged running the President’s election campaign.

Government officials have not disclosed whether or not these recordings included the calls between the former high level Republican Party official and President Trump but security officials confirmed it’s highly probable. “Confidentially, that was probably the point of the tap, so yea, of course they have those calls as well.” a former intelligence official told a newspaper reporter.

Democratic Party officials stressed in repeated off-the-record interviews this new evidence is not a direct link to former president Obama, because only “senior officials” at DOJ and the FBI are identified in the report, and none by name. However, Obama’s top security aide, Susan Rice, testifying before Congress this week, repeatedly contradicted earlier sworn testimony concerning her role in the “unmasking” scandal, leading both intelligence committee chairs to describe the two developing scandals as “related” and they also used the word “gigantic” and the word “overwhelming” — while dismissing claims this does not lead to the former President.

“This was an illegal attack on President Trump, it abused government rules, regulations and laws – and I believe was done under the direct supervision of President Obama and his top advisors – with the singular intent of electing Hillary Clinton, his former Secretary of State, his endorsed successor.” Congressmen Nunes stated.

The Congressman has been accused of being a “partisan hack” by Democratic Party source knowledgeable with the Congressman who also has been accused of leaking confidential government information, but the Congressman appeared in good spirits:

“The truth is coming out, and it will shock people. The Obama administration and Hillary Clinton were using government resources to violate the civil rights of their political adversaries and unfairly influence the American election system.”

Hillary Clinton Funded Antifa

Together Forward, a Hillary Clinton controlled Super Pac, has been identified by media and law enforcement sources as a major contributor to Antifa, the communist political group staging violent street brawls and riots at Charlottesville, Berkeley and many other U.S. cities. The group is currently under investigation by the DOJ for organizing, advertising, training, arming, transporting and coordinating violent operatives.

Trump Addresses U.N.

President Trump at the United Nations in New York laid out his vision for the success of that institution. He outlined two core principals, sovereignty of it’s members states through individual embracement of different cultural, language and military approach’s – with a single limitation – that these government’s serve the interests of their OWN people.

Trump focused on the real victims in the world’s battle with countries like Iran, Venezuela and North Korea, the citizens that live in those countries.

Trump also made it clear he would order the US military to completely destroy North Korea if the Kim regime continues to threaten it’s neighbors, including the U.S., with thermonuclear weapons and ICMB’s.

Trump offered a refugee alternative program focused on keeping refugees near their home countries, “We can help ten refugees in this way, rather than just 1, for the same money it would take to settle them in the U.S.”

Calling the Iran Nuclear deal an embarrassment, Trump challenged them to stop sponsoring terrorism in other countries and suppressing their own people in Iran.

Trump on NK from UN

Here is the latest from the lying leftist loony tunes NYT, their actual dispatch on the President’s remarks at the UN concerning North Korea. This actually is a good article, they didn’t use the word provocative in the lede the way the WaPo did:

Greg Mills at the NYT — If the United States is forced to defend itself or its allies, “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” President Trump told the gathering.

In his address to the General Assembly on Tuesday, Mr. Trump denounced North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong-un, saying the nation “threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of life” as a result of its nuclear weapons program.

“If the righteous many don’t confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph,” he said.

Mr. Trump emphasized that it was against the interest of the entire world for North Korea — which he called a “band of criminals” — to obtain missiles and nuclear weapons.

“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself,” he said of Mr. Kim.
Mr. Trump accused Mr. Kim of overseeing a regime that has starved its people, brutalized an imprisoned American college student who was returned home in a coma, and assassinated Mr. Kim’s older brother, a potential rival, with poison chemicals.

“If this is not twisted enough, now North Korea’s reckless pursuit of missiles and nuclear weapons threatens the entire world,” Mr. Trump said.
While he thanked Russia and China for supporting recent United Nations sanctions on North Korea, Mr. Trump also took an indirect swipe at them for continuing to do business with Mr. Kim.

“It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply and financially support a country that imperils the world,” Mr. Trump said.

The president said that America would act alone if needed. He emphasized an “America first” agenda, and said that while the United States would “forever be a great friend to the world and especially to its allies,” his primary responsibility was to Americans.

“As president, I will always put America first, just like you as the leaders of your countries will always — and should always — put your countries first,” he said.

 

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A Love Letter to Tillerson and Haley

A Love Letter to Tillerson and Haley

I have a lot of respect for the job Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is doing under very bad circumstances and of course, I’m in love (isn’t everybody?) with UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, who has exceeded even my impossibly high expectations. She has expertly handled a wide variety of situations, in short order — even with hostile countries — with such a perfect combination of logic, persuasion, and some arm-twisting — as to look like she’s been on the international stage all her life. I’m convinced either her or Heidi Heitkamp, the wonderful Senator from North Dakota, will be our first woman President.

But this piece is not about how great they are doing, but about something serious they need to address, and unfortunately, even as full as their plates are, they need to ALSO get going on this.

In the summer of 2013, the U.S. State Department issued a report, which supposedly was a summary of Iranian influence in Latin America. I say allegedly because I have excerpted the report below, and as you can see for yourself, it’s amateurish, and makes broad sweeping assertions without support, that are consequently wrong. Although this report outraged me at the time, there was nothing that could be done, the Iranian Nuclear Deal whitewash was on, and since the State Department itself — was coordinating this whitewash program — getting them to withdrawal their propaganda portion of this, was a pipe-dream, and I knew it.

That document sits out there, un-repudiated by our government however, and that is a mistake. Let’s examine just a few reasons why:

From the study summary – “In 2013, governments in Latin America made modest improvements to their counterterrorism capabilities and their border security.”

This starts out innocuous enough, sort of a – “No Problem Here,” beginning, but lede of this report does not even mention Iran.

State Department – “Corruption, weak government institutions, insufficient interagency cooperation, weak or non-existent legislation, and a lack of resources remained the primary causes for the lack of significant progress in some of the countries.”

The very things Iran is promoting in Latin America, and exploiting, the report admits exist — but makes no to CONNECTION to Iran.

This is like leftist street literature not a State Department report, people are poor, that’s the problem, not the behavior and interference from a foreign regime — that given a chance — will wipe out the legal systems in these countries, (Sharia Law), gut their democratic institutions and/or CLOSE them, (Venezuela, Iran, Russia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, etc.), kill all your Jews, Homosexuals, Christians and non-believers of all stripes, and then LEAVE the country stone-age poor forever. This process, being violently carried out by Iran in multiple countries, according to the State Department, in the next sentence — is less of a threat — then the drug cartels, which they call transnational criminal organizations:

State — “Transnational criminal organizations continued to pose a more significant threat to the region than transnational terrorism, and most countries made efforts to investigate possible connections with terrorist organizations.”

This is a bold lie, the Obama narrative was slicker than oil, he never said, you are wrong, he always provided some false stalking horse, like “The big problem isn’t Iran buying Presidential influence in Argentina to cover the bombing of a Jewish day care center BY the Iranians, or the purchase of advanced Russian SAM systems (sanctions violation) through Venezuela, or the propping up of that illegitimate regime, or the actual terrorists, used throughout Latin America, comprised of Cuban, Venezuelan and Iranian forces? What does State say to all this? The following line:

State – “Iran’s influence in the Western Hemisphere remained a concern.”

That’s it; I swear that was all there was – “…remained a concern.”

Like the Mullahs, and the Republican Guards, and their worldwide terrorism program were a storm off the coast of Argentina that would blow over. The rest of the paragraph was devoted to an outright lie the Obama administration was brilliant at telling:

“Look, we did this; it worked; now we’re going to go a step further.”

Of course, the original program they were declaring a success, was already such a compete cluster *uck-up, only the Obama people would have had the brass balls to call it a success.

AND remarkably they got away with exactly this kind of shit for 8 straight years. It would take a book to detail the enormity of the lie perpetrated by this report, but I think most people would agree, the next sentence is ludicrous on it’s face.

State – “However, due to strong sanctions imposed on the country by both the United States and the EU, Iran has been unable to expand its economic and political ties in Latin America.”

This is contradicted by hundreds of press reports SINCE this report was issued but it was preceded by them as well, this didn’t just turn out to be untrue, it was untrue when this report was generated by what appears to be either a college student and/or a State Department intern at that time. Just this week of course, Iran loaned the dictator of Venezuela, Maduro The Bull, enough money to stay in power down there, and suppress his own people, while further destabilizing the continent, after getting a multi-billion dollar line of credit from China. Next State will be issuing a report saying the Chinese influence in Latin America is also non-existent and also not a threat.

Here’s MORE of what State said fours year ago in that disastrous report the State Department needs to officially repudiate:

State – “The United States continued to work with partner nations to build capacity to detect and address any potential terrorist threat. There were no known operational cells of either al-Qa’ida or Hizballah in the hemisphere, although ideological sympathizers in South America and the Caribbean continued to provide financial and ideological support to those and other terrorist groups in the Middle East and South Asia.”

These were all State Department lies — Iran doesn’t export oil, they export terror, terrorists, terrorist ideologies, and provide funding and training and logistical support for terrorist activities. It’s just what they do — and they are doing it, have been doing it, and will continue to do it in Latin America if we don’t respond.

Rex Tillerson and Nikki Haley, I say this with Love, because you both are pitching a nearly perfect game by my standards (I know there’s a little personal friction between you two, I would hope you both would see that as a plus for the American people) but this old report is a batter left on base that needs to come home, this report is a disgrace and if we want to change the way the world sees Iran — we need to stop lying to the world in our own State Department reports, about who they are, what they are doing, and where they are doing it.

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What is an entrepreneur and why are they valuable?

This piece was about the need for a President, to do what Trump is doing, before this election began.

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By Karl Spain

As an entrepreneur, having started over 30 businesses, and run them, in all shapes and sizes, from a chain of six daily newspapers to an IT company working for Tommy Hilfiger in NYC, from companies with one employee to 350, from huge losses to huge profits, I can tell you America, entrepreneurship in this country is sick, maybe dying, and it’s health, is our own economic health.

My first business was Sly Pie Incorporated. I was 12 and had received an ancient Polaroid for a present. I couldn’t afford the film, ($1 a shot), but I wanted to take pictures (photography became a lifelong pursuit) so I opened up Sly Pie. I would hit one classmate with a pie, in the face; photograph it, and deliver the photo to the kid who anonymously who hired me for $10. Each hit got me a pack of film and…

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Liberty & Capitalism = Free Will

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