Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Record turnover at the White House

Resigned / Fired:
  • 20 White House Staff
  •   2 Executive Branch Staff
  •   2 Cabinet Member

The full list...

1. Michael Flynn
  • Title: National Security Adviser
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Feb. 13, 2017

2. Craig Deare
  • Title: National Security Council Senior Director
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Feb.17, 2017

3. Katie Walsh
  • Title: White House Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: March 30, 2017

4. James Comey
  • Title: FBI Director
  • Start date: Sept. 4, 2013
  • End date: May 9, 2017

5. K. T. McFarland
  • Title: Deputy National Security Adviser
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: April 9, 2017

6. Michael Dubke
  • Title: Communications Director
  • Start date: March 6, 2017
  • End date: May 30, 2017

7. Sean Spicer
  • Title: Communications Director, Press Secretary
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: July 21, 2017

8. Derek Harvey
  • Title: Senior Middle East Director, National Security Council
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: July 27, 2017

9. Reince Prebius
  • Title: Chief of Staff
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: July 23, 2017

10. Anthony Scaramucci
  • Title: Communications Director
  • Start date: July 21, 2017
  • End date: July 31, 2017

11. Steve Bannon
  • Title: White House Chief Strategist
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Aug. 18, 2017

12. Carl Icahn
  • Title: Special Adviser to the president
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Aug. 19, 2017

13. Sebastian Gorka
  • Title: Deputy Assistant to the President
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Aug. 25, 2017

14. Tom Price
  • Title: Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Start date: Feb. 10, 2017
  • End date: Sept. 29, 2017

15. Dina Powell
  • Title: Deputy National Security Adviser
  • Start date: Jan. 18, 2017
  • End date: Dec. 8, 2017

16. Rick Dearborn
  • Title: Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Start date: Jan. 18, 2017
  • End date: Dec. 22, 2017

17. Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Title: Communications Director
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Jan. 20, 2018

18. Andrew McCabe
  • Title: Deputy Director of FBI
  • Start date: Feb. 1, 2016
  • End date: Jan. 29, 2018

19. Rob Porter
  • Title: Staff Secretary
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Feb. 7, 2018

20. Josh Raffel
  • Title: Senior Communications Official
  • Start date: April 5, 2017
  • End date: Feb 27, 2018

21. Hope Hicks
  • Title: Director of Strategic Communications, Communications Director
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Hicks announced on Feb. 28, 2018 that she plans to resign in the coming weeks.

22. Gary Cohn
  • Title: Director of the National Economic Council
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Mar 6, 2018

23. Rex Tillerson
  • Title: Secretary of State
  • Start date: Feb 1, 2017 (confirmed)
  • End date: Mar 9, 2018

24. John McEntee
  • Title: Personal Assistant to President Trump
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Mar 13, 2018

Who's next?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Russians Are NOT Coming


"There is no allegation in this 
(Mueller) indictment 
that any American 
was a knowing participant 
in this illegal activity. 

There is no allegation 
in the indictment 
that the (Russians') conduct 
altered the outcome 
of the 2016 election."

Rod Rosenstein,
Deputy Attorney General
February 16, 2018

Robert Mueller 
deliberately announced 
his indictment 
at the prefect time 
to take attention away
from FBI actions in Florida, 
where repeated warnings 
to the FBI 
about a deranged teenager 
with guns, and hatred, 
were consistently ignored 
by the FBI.

The crude social media ads and posts 
from a Russian "troll farm" were so bad
that I thought they were funny:

"On or about October 16, 2016, 
Defendants and their co-conspirators 
used the ORGANIZATION-controlled 
Instagram account: "Woke Blacks" 
to post the following message: 

"[A] particular hype and hatred for Trump 
is misleading the people and forcing Blacks 
to vote Killary. We cannot resort to the lesser 
of two devils. Then we'd surely be better off 
without voting AT ALL."

99 numbered paragraphs followed, 
often in broken English, such as:

"Hillary is a Satan, 
and her crimes and lies 
had proved just how evil she is"

According to Facebook, 
the 3,000 ad placements cost $100,000.

But half the ads were purchased 
AFTER the election.

25% ended-up in Facebook's 
'dead letter office' (unread).

Efforts to stimulate pro-Trump rallies 
were failures. 

There is almost no evidence that 
anyone showed up at the rallies 
cited by Mueller.

Most pro-Trump social media postings 
were "copy and paste" relays 
of current partisan talking points, 
such as:

"Vote Republican, vote Trump, 
and support the Second Amendment!".

"Trump is our only hope for a better future!"

"Donald wants to defeat terrorism
... Hillary wants to sponsor it"

The "troll farm" in St. Petersburg 
was not a Russian 
intelligence agency operation.

In Russia, a “troll farm” 
is a nickname 
for outfits that operate 
armies of sock-puppet 
social-media accounts.

Trolling is used to rein in 
a freewheeling Internet culture, 
starting after huge 
anti-Putin protests in 2011 
were organized over social media. 

Trolling is used wherever politics 
are discussed online -- one can expect 
a flood of comments from paid trolls.

The Internet Research Agency (IRA)
is the harmless "Hobby Farm"
of Russian oligarch and ultra-nationalist, 
Yevgeny Prigozhin, who opposes Washington's 
demonization of Russia and Vlad Putin.

It hired unemployed twenty-somethings 
at $4-8 per hour to type ham-handed 
political messaging on social media sites 
like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, 
YouTube etc. 

The broken English postings 
were not effective.

None of the Russians charged 
has an intelligence background.

The "CEO" was a retired 
St. Petersburg police officer.

Nowhere in the entire
37-page indictment 
is there any link between 
Prigozhin's Hobby Farm 
to the SVR (foreign intelligence service), 
the FSB (counter-intelligence and anti-terrorism), 
the GRU (military intelligence service), 
any other Russian state agency.

The Hobby Farm 
was no Russian state secret.

It had been covered in the Russian press 
for years, as an oligarch-funded project 
designed to glorify the Putin regime.

It had also been exposed in The Guardian 
of London, and by Radio Free Europe, 
long before the Hobby Farm had
turned its attentions to US politics 
in April 2014.

Prigozhin opposed Washington's 
heavy-handed meddling in the politics 
of the Ukraine, during the US-funded coup 
on the streets of Kiev in February 2014.

The incumbent pro-Russian government 
had come to power in an honest election.

When Crimea elected,
by a 90% referendum vote, 
to "rejoin" Russia, 
it didn't happen at gun point 
-- Crimea is 85% Russian.

A Russian billionaire 
got a bee in his bonnet 
after Washington's Ukrainian coup,
and then went to town on America 
with his trolling farm, exactly as he 
and many others had been doing 
in internal Russian politics for years.

The Russian meddlers 
had "no ground game" 
aside from a 22 day visit 
in June 2014, 
by two operatives 
who were not trained spies, 
and who had apparently 
never even been to America 

What could these two travelers
have done to  "influence" 
133 million voters two years later?

Almost no one came to the rallies 
and flash mob events organized 
from St. Petersburg.

Jim Frishe of Clearwater, Florida, 
was a real estate consultant 
who organized a sign-waving event 
in response to the Russians, 
and it attracted a few people:

Frishe, 68, said he was called 
by someone identifying themselves
 as with a group called 
"Florida for Trump" 
and asked to organize 
a sign-waving rally. 

He said between 
15 and 18 people showed up, 
and that he didn't receive 
any signs, or money, 
or other support. 

He never heard from them again.

The Democrats have been 
shell-shocked since the election.

They have deluded themselves 
by blaming Russian meddling 
and collusion.

The Mueller indictment 
is a nothing-burger 
that will never 
have to be proven in court.

"Have we ever tried to meddle 
in other countries’ elections?", 
Laura Ingraham, of Fox News,
asked former CIA Director 
James Woolsey last week.

With a grin, Woolsey replied, 
"Oh, probably."

"We don’t do that anymore though?" 
Ingraham interrupted. 

"We don’t mess around 
in other people’s elections, Jim?"

"Well," Woolsey said with a smile. 

"Only for a very good cause."

Robert Mueller Goes Out Looking Like a Fool

After 38 years as a prosecutor, 
Robert Mueller made himself 
look like a fool 
by describing extremely minor,
and ineffective, Russian meddling 
in our election, as something really, 
really big.

The Mueller indictment is a nothing-burger, 
that will never have to be proven in court,
because the Russians will never come to
the US for a hearing, or a trial.

Russian meddling was so minor
it was nothing to worry about, 
until Obama's national security team 
falsely embellished some
juvenile internet trolling
into a mortal threat 
to American democracy.

This trolling did not 
impact the 2016 election.

Not even close!

Robert Mueller 
apparently does not care 
that Hillary Clinton bought 
"opposition research",
from a foreigner, 
Christopher Steele, 
called the "Trump Dossier", 
filled with "dirt" supplied to him 
by Russian agents, 
who are probably still laughing, 
and some fed to Steele 
from Hillary's own aides,
smarmy Sidney Blumenthal
and Cody Shearer.

The claims were never verified 
by the FBI.

The "sources" claimed 
by Christopher Steele 
were never verified 
by the FBI,
to see if they existed.

The Trump Dossier 
was used to get an 
unjustified FISA warrant 
on minor Trump advisor 
Carter Page -- whose non-crime 
appeared to be making a speech 
in Russia in summer 2016.

The current FBI Director 
testified under oath
that no FISA warrant 
would have been sought 
against Carter Page 
without the "Trump Dossier".

Democrats have repeatedly
ignored his testimony.

The FBI knew Hillary 
and the DNC paid for
that Trump Dossier, 
but deliberately hid 
that fact from the FISA judge.

The Trump Dossier fiction was also used 
to launch an unjustified FBI investigation 
into the Trump campaign.

It has been one and one-half years into
the FBI, and then Mueller-led investigation, 
with not one shred of evidence 
of Russian collusion.

Even worse, collusion is not a crime,
so never justified an investigation !

The Mueller investigation 
set a terrible precedent
for a non-specific witch hunt
led by government bureaucrats 
in the FBI, and (Mueller) appointees
who were all Democrats.
on the attack against 
a newly elected Republican:

There was no evidence
before starting the investigation:

Let's just start an investigation
because our smarmy candidate Hillary
claimed DNC computers were hacked
(no proof that was true), 

... and the eMails embarrassed her,
so she immediately blamed Russians
(no proof that was true),

... and then she linked her opponent 
to Russians. 
(no proof that was true)!

There's no need to name a specific crime
as the subject of the investigation:
--- Let's keep looking 
until we find something,
such as someone who doesn't 
remember his exact words
from a phone conversation
two years earlier, that we
had recorded -- then we'll 
charge him with lying to us !

Robert Mueller 
found no collusion,
grossly exaggerated 
Russian internet trolling,
and maybe he discovered 
some tax evasion,
that had nothing to do 
with the 2016 election.

It remains to be seen, in court,
if that tax evasion charge
was true.

Paul Manafort is innocent 
until proven guilty. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Russian "election interference" is a bad joke !

The indictment of 13 Russians, 
who live in Russia, and will never
be sent to this country for a trial,
was for such weak "election interference" --
I couldn't imagine a less successful effort.

Mueller can say anything he wants to say
about the Russians, and he'll never have to
prove it in court.

A majority of the alleged $100,000 of 
Facebook ads were placed AFTER the

Many of the pro-Trump ads were placed 
in states that were 'solid blue',
and were always going to prefer Hillary.

Attempts to organize demonstrations
were failures, or near failures
, with only one possible exception:
-- An anti-Trump demonstration in NYC
on November 12, 2016, 
AFTER the election.

I have watched leftists on CNN and MSNBC,
who have been suffering from the Trump 
derangement syndrome for over a year,
comparing alleged on-line dirty tricks by the
13 Russians, to Pearl Harbor and 9/11 !

Those leftists are beyond insane !

There is so little here to discuss, 
and none of it will ever be proven,
that the only possible conclusion
is: Russians wasted their money
on internet tricks, and accomplished
almost nothing ... except for organizing 
one anti-Trump rally after the election.

There is really nothing more to write
about, because there is no way this juvenile
internet effort changed the election in any state
-- not even close to affecting the election !

Friday, February 16, 2018

What did Obama know ... and when did he know it ?

An Email was sent just after 
the Trump inauguration 
by former National Security 
Advisor Susan Rice, 
to only herself ?

She describes a January 5, 2017 
meeting of Deputy Attorney General 
Sally Yates, FBI  Director 
James Comey, VP Joe Biden, 
Susan Rice and President Obama.

We now know Lisa Page 
wrote to Peter Strzok 
on September 2, 2016, 
about prepping James Comey 
because “potus wants to know 
everything we’re doing.”  
("potus" is president of the United States)

Rice notes that President Obama:
"stressed his continued commitment 
to ensuring that every aspect 
of this issue is handled by 
the Intelligence and law enforcement 
communities by the book", and
Obama "stressed that he is not 
asking about, initiating or instructing 
anything from a law enforcement perspective."

The Trump-Russia investigation 
was not "by the book".

We now know James Comey 
mislead Congress about his contact 
with President Obama. 

Comey said he met with the Obama twice, 
once in 2015 and another 
“to say goodbye in late 2016,” 
according to his June 8, 2017 testimony 
before the Senate Select Committee 
on Intelligence.

“I spoke alone with President Obama 
twice in person (and never on the phone)
 – once in 2015 to discuss 
law enforcement policy issues 
and a second time, briefly, 
for him to say goodbye in late 2016,” 
Comey’s opening statement read. 

Comey's prepared statement 
to congress deliberately omits 
the January 5, 2017 meeting,  
and qualifies his meetings with Obama 
as "alone." 

Since the January 5, 2017 meeting 
wasn't "alone", Comey didn't include it 
-- deliberately misleading Congress 
about his communications with President Obama.

The former FBI Director also claimed 
minimal communication 
between the FBI, DOJ, 
and the Obama Administration, 
in his briefing to Congress.

That was a lie.

We now know 
government efforts 
to surveil Donald Trump 
as a candidate, 
an incoming President, 
and a sitting President, 
were a group effort, 
at the least followed 
by President Obama, 
and possibly led by President Obama ...
who was not likely to "follow" something 
without giving at least some directions 
-- after all, the man always thought that 
he was the smartest man in any room !