davidl on January 10th, 2020

It is an amusing question…

Which is more inept… the security staff at the Manhattan Correction Center, who did anything but protect the late Jeffery Epstein, or the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court rubber stamped four different legally defective FISA application by four different judges violate Carter Page’s Fourth
Amendment rights?

From Margot Cleveland, Federalist:

That question was key! But the IG report merely noted that it “did not find a written response to this specific question, and the [Office of Intelligence] Attorney did not recall a response,” before noting the attorney said he later learned that some of the sub-sources were “‘definitely’ in a position to have had access to the information Steele was reporting,” and that they provided that information to the FISA court.

But merely being in a position to have access to information is insufficient. The government needs to establish either the reliability of its sub-sources or provide corroborating evidence, and it did neither.

How did the FISA court miss this fatal flaw? And not once, but four times! The

The same mistakes against the same victim by four different federal judges can not be explained away by mere coincidence.

Eric Florack on January 10th, 2020

Let us forget for just a moment, the number of troops committed to the Middle East by Barack Hussein Obama. let us also forget for just a moment the number of troop commitments that were not needed as a result of the actions of the Trump Administration.

Let us also be kind enough to ignore the whinings of the skulls full of mush at the various elite universities, all of them supposedly scared to death about being drafted, which of course was never going to happen.

I wonder how many of you know who Newton K Baker was. It’s not a name you often hear, particularly you never hear the name in the government-run places of higher education.

Newton K Baker was a progressive Democrat. He was of the variety that would fit directly in with today’s progressive. He was a pacifist.

Ready? It was Newton K Baker as created the modern military draft. and as a result it wasn’t the leftist Elites that went to war, it was Joe and Jane everybody.

Now maybe you understand why you don’t hear the name very much.

I wonder how many of the whiny brats currently attending Princeton, and wandering in and out of Woodrow Wilson Hall on that campus, would have a clue as to the history involved.

I rather doubt it.

Eric Florack on January 9th, 2020

Video taken outside Jeffrey Epstein’s cell mysteriously is erased.

The revelation comes after Assistant US Attorney Jason Swergold told White Plains federal Judge Kenneth Karas in December that the footage was missing — and then backtracked the next day, claiming it had been preserved.

In a Thursday filing, Swergold admitted that the Metropolitan Correctional Center had preserved footage amid the investigation — only it was the wrong cell in the Lower Manhattan jail.

“The Government has learned that the MCC inadvertently preserved video from the wrong tier within the MCC, and, as a result, video from outside the defendant’s cell on July 22 – 23, 2019 (i.e. the requested video) no longer exists,” the letter reads.

Rosemary Woods was unavailable for comment.

This is been making the rounds, and was mentioned already a couple of times on Fox this morning:

For the sake of discussion let’s assume that the the thing that what we see here is true.

It seems to me the only way Iran had out of the box that it created for itself, while still surviving.

There is no way that Iran would have survived an attack from the United States. At the same time, if they didn’t respond with some overt show of force the natives most certainly would have become restless to the point of overturning the Iranian government.

By the way on other matters, does anybody truly think that the earthquake outside their nuclear power plant was merely a coincidence? The timing of that would seem to stretch credulity just a little bit. that said, let’s consider a couple of alternative scenarios both of which I consider to be highly plausible given the circumstances…

One alternative that seems to me to be quite believable is that there has always been nuclear experimentation at the site. Recent events caused the mullahs to hit the panic button and demand results from the scientists working there. In their hurry, they screwed up. Boom.

The other possibility I can think of is sabotage. Was that created by Western interests or by iranian citizens who finally crossed the international enough line, would seem an open question.

Now before some of you get started, I’m not claiming any of this is true. I’m simply offering what I consider plausible conjecture.

Then to add to the highly improbable list of coincidences, that plane crash.

One point about that stands out in my mind…. the fact that it was a Ukrainian flight. Not a Russian flight. A Ukrainian flight full of westerners at that. Canadians, Germans, Ukrainians of course, and a few Brits. Then there’s the idea about Iran refusing to turn over the black box. Has David suggests, somebody knows what’s on there and doesn’t want it revealed.

The highly unlikely list of occurrences in the last 48 hours alone would over stuff a James Bond movie script. It’s almost impossible to believe that it’s all coincidence. We are definitely dealing with levels of 3D chess, beyond mere mortals… And it’s a sure bet that if they knew, the Democrats would never approve of any of it.

davidl on January 8th, 2020

Ukrainian International Airlines 752 crashed after departure from Tehran with no survivors, from Fox News:

Iran is refusing to hand over the black box of the doomed Ukrainian airliner to Boeing amid an investigation into what caused the crash that killed all 176 people aboard the flight out of Tehran early Wednesday, according to a report.

[…]
Ali Abedzadeh, the head of Tehran’s civil aviation organization, told Mehr news agency in Tehran that Iran has not made a decision on which country or international authority it would send the black box to for its data to be analyzed, Reuters reported.

It seems that Iran already knows the cause, and Ukrainie has suspicions, via Instapundit:

Iranian authorities, and apparently Ukrainian as well, are blaming mechanical issues. It’s a catch-all term in this case describing a series of events that are exceptionally unlikely, including most notably the aircraft transponder’s abrupt cessation of activity at about 8,000 feet following an entirely normal departure and ascent; and the aircraft’s recorded descent consumed in a fireball.

Neither of these outcomes are at all within range of ordinary possibility.

One more datum: UIA quickly terminated all service to and from Tehran, which is not done over mechanical issues.

Eric Florack on January 8th, 2020

This stuff isn’t rocket science, kids:. Jihad Watch:

Australia has just arrested a number of arsonists who are accused of setting the wildfires that are ravaging the country. Could they have anything to do with the fact that jihadis have identified setting fires as a tool of jihad?

This has been a threat for years.

“‘Unleash Hell’: New Al Qaeda magazine describes in detail how to start huge forest fires across the U.S..with instructions on how to make ’ember bombs.’” — Daily Mail, May 3, 2012

“ISIS-linked media: California fires are retribution for Syria,” Preston Business Review, November 15, 2018

I mentioned recently that we haven’t seen much in the way of names and motives for these fires coming out of Australia. Somebody asked me what the names would provide. give me the history of the thing, I’d say that’s obvious, wouldn’t you?

Eric Florack on January 8th, 2020

Has anyone noticed?

The same people who are all bent out of shape about Trump threatening cultural sites in Iran are the same ones who are busy tearing down statues here in the ‘States.

Eric Florack on January 7th, 2020

So the New York Times decides to fact-check Mike Pence, and gets it completely wrong:

In a series of tweets on Friday defending President Trump’s decision to authorize the drone strike that killed Iran’s top intelligence commander, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, Vice President Mike Pence reeled off a list of some of General Suleimani’s most notorious attacks and machinations. Mr. Pence described “an evil man” who had threatened American national security interests for decades.

In one of his tweets, Mr. Pence claimed that General Suleimani helped 10 of the men who would go on to carry out the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks cross through Iran and enter Afghanistan. That does not match established historical accounts of General Suleimani or public United States intelligence about the hijackers.

Of course the “public record” doesn’t back him. Aren’t you the “public record”, New York Slimes?

National Review looks at the situation and says:

“Really, it’s remarkable that so many journalists are seemingly unaware that the 9/11 Commission Report found that 8 to 10 hijackers — of 19, not twelve — traveled through Iran to Afghanistan with the help of the Islamic Republic.”

The fact of the matter is that if it’s terrorism in the middle East, Iran is up to its eyeballs in it, and that’s always been the situation since day one back in the days of Jimmy Carter. If the little paragraph factory in Queens was anything better than a left-wing propaganda rag, they’d have been reporting on this for the last 40 years, as other news outlets have done.

davidl on January 6th, 2020

What do you do with a problem called the Federal Bureau of Investigatino, from Margot Cleveland, Federalist:

Shortly after the release of the special counsel report last year, I posited that Robert Mueller’s failure to investigate whether Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election by feeding dossier author Christopher Steele disinformation established that Mueller was either incompetent or a political hack. Now, with the release of the inspector general’s report on FISA abuse, we know the answer: He was both.

The IG’s report on the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI’s handling of the Carter Page surveillance applications established 17 significant inaccuracies and omissions in the FISA application and renewals. (Eighteen if you include the one the IG missed). The 400-page report also established that the special counsel’s office was complicit in the FISA abuse, the probe was a witch hunt, and Mueller’s report was a cover-up for systematic government malfeasance.

Mueller Was As Bad as James Comey

And Christopher Wray is not much better.

A corrupt FBI director, James Comey, opens a political investigation in the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump. This investigation is handed off to a former but also corrupt FBI director Robert Mueller. Comey is fired and replaced by the suspect Wray.

So what happened? Did the fickle finger of just pluck the only three rotten apples from the barrel, or the entire Federal Bureau of Investigation rotten? I say the latter. What say you?

I say fire every agent and lawyer in the FBI Headquarters. Keep the technicians.

davidl on January 6th, 2020

Now who I am to tell a famous rock star like Meat Loaf what to think, and say, about the spoiled climate brat Scoldilocks, b/k/a Greta Thunberg? Meat Loaf:

Rock Legend Meat Loaf Says Greta Thunberg ‘Has Been Brainwashed’ and the Snowflakes Freak Out

[…]While some might say he’s just saying the obvious, rock star Meat Loaf says that Greta Thunberg, the child climate activist being exploited by the media and the political left at the moment, has been brainwashed to believe that climate change is real.

“I feel for that Greta,” Meat Loaf told The Mail. “She has been brainwashed into thinking that there is climate change and there isn’t.”

Greta Thunberg was recently named TIME Magazine’s Person of The Year.

I take issue with Meat Loaf’s use of the phrase Brain Washed.  ‘
At sixteen, Thunberg is old enough to kiss.  However that is about it.  If she has been brain washed, it wasn’t done by her school.  She barely seems to attend classes.  Moreover, does she even have enough matured brain matter to be even capable of being brain washed?  In the United States, she legally considered a child, too young to held accountable for her actions.  She is too young to drive, drink or serve in her nation’s military.  She can recite what she as been told, but surely doesn’t understand it.  Thunberg is no climate prophet.  If she were mine, I’d send her to bed without her supper.  And you?

davidl on January 6th, 2020

Nancy Pelosi H/T Donkey Hotey

With San Fran Nan, b/k/a Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, promising to invoke the War Powers Act to protect the capital of state sponsored terrorism, Iran, and the media caterwauling about President Donny’s threat to strike Iran’s cultural targets, Liz Sheld gives us a pity little target list:

Two dozen missiles or bombing sorties could wipe out Iran’s economy in a matter of hours. Fewer than a dozen power plants generate 60% of Iran’s electricity, and eight refineries produce 80% of its distillates. A single missile strike could disable each of these facilities, and bunker-buster bombs of the kind that Israel used last month in Lebanon would entirely destroy them. Without much effort, the US could destroy the Port of Kharg from which Iran exports 90% of its hydrocarbons.

Despite Nan’s wet dream of rending the President impotent via the War Power’s Act, their no law Nan can pass that would void the President constitutional power and duty to defend the nation. Whenever Iran attacks the United State, which has been often, the President of the United States has the power to respond. Moreover the target is short enough to handled on single day by one naval vesse

Watch the opening monologue from the Golden Globes, as delivered by Ricky Gervais. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.

After this, he’ll probably never get any work in Hollywood again.

Then again, he’ll be making substantially more on the comedy circuts than will, for example, George Lopez, who for the life of him, still can’t figure out why people don’t like him very much.

Eric Florack on January 5th, 2020

There’s always after thoughts on something so major, so let’s knock down a few of them here:

# If Trump is a tool of Russia, how can he be accused of starting a war with a Russian Ally?

# Pay particular attention to the identities of the people who are objecting to this thug being killed…
China, Russia, Iran, and the Democrat Party.

Instructive, that.

# The Democrats are complaining that Trump went around Congress as regards to a single drone strike. they’ve apparently forgotten that Obama did it over 2800 times.

# What a difference a couple of decades makes…

Eric Florack on January 5th, 2020

If I read the signs rightly, (did you know that I watch the Russian press?) ….what amazes Russian citizens, the everyday Vladimir and Yuri about the supposed Russiagate scandal is that they were of the impression that the intelligence services here in the states were not playing political games as it is commonly known the Russian intelligence services did

Then again, they probably didn’t calculate with James Clapper and John Brennan running the intelligence services here in the States. You may recall the John Brennan is a devout communist.

And for that matter, so is James Clapper, and Jim Comey.

No Small Wonder then that they should be running our intelligence services under what we will call the “Russian model”.

And remember, it was Barack Hussein Obama who appointed these creeps.

Just one more reason why I’m still laughing out loud at the claim that Donald Trump is a Russian asset.

Eric Florack on January 3rd, 2020

A few thoughts about the Iranian situation as they occurred to me through the day.

# I can’t help but regard the cruise missile death of Terroist and Thug, Qassem Soleimani, as the ultimate in “good guy with a gun” scenarios. The death of Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, is merely icing on the cake.

# No doubt whatsoever what those two were doing in Iraq.

# You may not remember this, but both of these Iranian thugs were labeled, quite correctly, as terrorists by the American government about six months ago. Which makes this a counterterrorism strike. That relabeling of those two as terrorists, shows clearly that there is a good deal more strategy going on here then the White House is admitting, thank God, and certainly more than the Democrats are aware of. Again, thank God.

# I find it amusing in the extreme to watch the Democrats trying to dance around the fact that they are defending Islamic terrorists. Yeah, that’s going to go over well in November.

# Iraqis dancing in the streets of Baghdad would seem to suggest that at least among those, this attack was well-received.

# Did you notice Nancy Pelosi’s initial reaction to the strike? She sounds for all the world like somebody was looking for another excuse to impeach.

# The usual suspects in Congress are complaining that they weren’t consulted before the strike. Perhaps they weren’t consulted, was because the moment they were, Iran would know about it. Aside of course from the idea that Congress was in recess.

# The Usual Suspects on the net are complaining that this is a unneeded escalation. Well, sending pallets of cash didn’t work to calm those dirt scratchers down.

They used the cash to execute attacks on America. nothing and I mean absolutely nothing has worked with these people… Their response is invariably escalation. Eventually the only solution left is an attitude adjustment. Seems reasonable to try something that we haven’t tried yet. Our inaction over a 40 year period, other than butt kissing, is how we got into this situation in the first place. It’s long past time that was over and done with.

# There was a serious message sent by that attack. A message sent to Iran’s revolutionary guard. “We are watching you. We know where you are every minute of every day. We can strike when we feel the need. And with the current Administration, we won’t hesitate to do that.” The argument of course right now is that somebody will spring up to take the place of these two thugs who were killed. Thing is, I can’t imagine that their recruiting efforts are going to be fully successful. They say you never hear the cruise missile coming in. Do you suppose that very many people are really going to be willing to step into that role?

# Yes, of course Iran is threatening retaliation. Only one problem. They are essentially a paper tiger now. They don’t have the leadership to do it anymore, not for quite a while anyway. and while they have a large number of people, they most certainly don’t have a large number of munitions, and as of yet at least, no nuclear capabilities. Given that the pattern with Iran has always been one of escalation, perhaps the best idea is to confront them before they have that capability. and I wouldn’t worry about them responding just yet. if they were going to make good on their threats and any meaningful way that have done it already.

# Face it: if Obama had ordered that attack, every Democrat in the country would be considering him a genius, and singing his praises.

# given the number of protests against the mullahs that have been happening both in Iraq and Iran, it would appear that there’s a large number of people who are dead tired of these thugs and want them getting rid of. Somehow I suspect that their domestic support is nonexistent.

# Why is it Democrats are so interested in bombing Syria, but not a known Iranian terrorist?

# it would appear that John Bolton was right.

# Are the Iranian mullahs writing the Democrat talking points?

# Soleimani didn’t kill himself… rather like Epstein.