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  • Trump’s Foreign Policy, Back to the Future.

    by coldwarrior ( 12 Comments › )
    Filed under American Exceptionalism, Donald Trump, Economy, Open thread at December 17th, 2018 - 6:00 am

    The following link is for an article that rightly points out the Trump’s foreign policy is what is best for America, and for the World. This was argued over and over again here on these pages during the Blogmocracy Civil War that pitted Trump’s supporters versus the wanna-be elitist/globalist Chickenhawk faction. Another defeated faction in this fight is the Bill Kristol Battalion of War Mongers. Their false bravery and willingness to send every one else’s kids off to die for no good reason won’t be missed. Globalism and Transnational Progressivism are one in the same. They are vehicles for a Marxists future where the non-elite are simply wards of, and subject to, ‘The State’. Our own elitists in the GOP were all for this. This struggle permiates the need for Trump’s ‘Principled Realism’ versus Bush’s “Freedom Agenda”.

    Pleas go here for the Original Article.

    All the elements of the Trump doctrine are revealed in this maiden speech. This includes reversing military decline (“We will spend what we need to rebuild our military”); an emphasis on economic strength and “technological superiority” in geo-political competition; confronting the threats from China, North Korea, Iran and radical Islam; opposing nation-building; reversing Obama’s ambivalence with strong support for Israel; ending illegal immigration; and “strengthening and promoting Western Civilization.” Finally, the candidate rejected the “false flag of globalism” and declared, “The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony.”…He makes the moral argument that ultimate political authority resides in the people of a nation, not in transnational global elites nor in the always “evolving” notions of international (essentially transnational) law.

    The Krapperdick Follies Continues – a Brief Return to Football Sunday

    by The Barbarian ( 28 Comments › )
    Filed under Uncategorized at December 16th, 2018 - 8:00 am

    So it turns out Colin The Krapperdick had a tryout or some interest expressed in him by the Washington Redskins, who in the end took a pass. Of course, Richard Sherman, former Seattle Seahawk now with the 49ers, expressed his outrage, and was no doubt surprised to find out no one gave a crap what HE thought either.  How the mighty have fallen.  Maybe his mom can make him some soup.

    Meanwhile, of course, various news outlets have taken the latest refusal to hire this has-been as proof of the League’s racism in general, and the Redskins’ in particular. By the way, whatever happened to that name controversy anyway? I thought King Barry and the Beknighteds of the Round Congress were going to force Snyder to change the name! After all, CBS and ESPN were on record as REFUSING to use the team’s name in their broadcasts. Amazing how team Washington didn’t buckle to that kind of pressure. Don’t they know the media has power?  Apparently not, especially in this instance. Redskins completed their season without incident. And the next one, and the next one. In fact that controversy died right about the time Sir Harry of Reid and King Barry departed the podium (well, Sir Harry at any rate; we’ll never be rid of either King Barry or his wife, Mooch Antoinette).

    But it does beg the question. Why would Mr. Social Justice Warrior even want to play for a team that had such a stigma attached to his name? In fact, at last count, several have actually offered him a tryout – the Ravens, the Broncos and the Redskins; the Seahawks had offered a tryout and then withdrew – probably because they already have the requisite amount of flag disrespect in the form of Michael Bennett so that slot was pretty much filled.

    But once the Redskins took a pass, Sports Twitter was abuzz with the snark that it didn’t matter, as in the end Colin was going to be collecting so much money from the NFL for their collusion in keeping him OUT of the League, that Colin will have the last laugh.  What is it about liberals that they are staking all of their future happiness and schadenfreude on collusion of some kind. Mind you, this is the same League that forgave and rehired Michael Vick, dog abuser and paroled felon.  Because at the time he left the League for a hiatus making license plates, he was still an excellent quarterback.  There was no collusion to keep him out of League.  He simply doesn’t have the goods.  News is that he plans to depose President Trump and Vice President Pence, claiming that their opinion of kneelers are keeping him out of football.  Actually, Krap, the American PUBLIC’s opinion of kneelers may or may not be keeping you out of the league.  Yes, the arbitrator said the lawsuit could proceed.  But a spineless arbitrator and a court of law is different.  And the standard of proof is high.  And it takes nine people at least to find for you.

    But in the end, when it comes time for Krap’s deposition to be taken, he’ll have to explain why he walked away from a multi-million-dollar contract with the 49ers as a backup because he thought he should be a starter.  Dude, your own TEAM didn’t think you were a starter, and that was in an offense designed to show your particular skills.  Hell, when you did have to get off the bench and start, your interceptions were a higher number than total offensive yards gained.  The League doesn’t give a damn if you kneel – the networks wised up and stopped reporting it, to bring back the viewers.  Now you and your buddies can kneel to your heart’s content.  In fact, your cohort, Eric Reid, who is almost as much of an asshat as you are, was able to be signed by another team when the 49ers released him.

    In the end, though, where’s the legal theory that says any team has to sign a player because they believe they’re good enough to play in the league?  When the openly gay and openly obnoxious Michael Sam was drafted next to last in 2014 by the St. Louis Rams, despite being SEC player of the year, he completely washed out and was traded to the Dallas Cowboys for use on their practice squad.   He “retired” shortly after that, citing “mental health” reasons.  Because when you suck at your job, make sure it’s someone else’s fault.  RG III, Johnny Manziel, Jamarcus Russell – all lost their starter jobs for various reasons.  Russell was never hired by another team after being released by the Raiders.  Surprisingly, he didn’t sue the NFL for collusion.  RG III has been happy to accept a back-up job.  Manziel may make his way back, who knows?

    Of course, the fun part is there is some supreme irony in all this that my friends (and there are many) who are both patriots and 49er fans are enjoying.  Krap got the starter’s job when Jim Harbaugh benched the 49ers then starting QB, Alex Smith.  He then went on the take the 49ers to their 6th Super Bowl and led them to their first and only loss in the Championship Game.  Of course, it wasn’t his fault then either.  It was the power failure.  And Smith moved on to have a great career with Kansas City.  How wonderfully karmic that NOW Krap isn’t considered good enough to replace or back up the Redskins’ QB that suffered a season-ending injury – Alex Smith.

    Clinton Foundation Operated “to advance the personal interests of its principals”

    by lobo91 ( 90 Comments › )
    Filed under Bill Clinton, Crime, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Uncategorized at December 13th, 2018 - 9:49 pm

    The latest from Sara Carter, which, oddly enough, didn’t make it onto the evening news:

    The Clinton Foundation operated as a foreign agent ‘early in its life’ and ‘throughout it’s existence’ and did not operate as a 501c3 charitable foundation as required by its and is not entitled to its status as a nonprofit, alleged two highly qualified forensic investigators, accompanied by three other investigators, said in explosive testimony Thursday to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

    John Moynihan and Lawrence W. Doyle, both graduates of the Catholic Jesuit College of the Holy Cross and former expert forensic government investigators, gave their shocking testimony before congress based on a nearly two year investigation into the foundation’s work both nationally and internationally. They were assisted by three other highly trained experts in taxation law and financial forensic investigations. The forensic investigators stressed that they obtained all the documentation on the foundation legally and through Freedom of Information Request Acts from the IRS and other agencies.

    Former Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber, who resigned when he was appointed by former Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate the Clinton Foundation and the issues surrounding the approval to sell 20 percent of U.S. Uranium assets to Russia, declined to attend the hearing. Chairman Mark Meadows, R-NC, who oversaw the hearing stated that it was disappointment that Huber declined, leaving Congress in the dark regarding the DOJ’s investigation.

    Investigations into the Clinton Foundation have always been plagued by politics but Moynihan wanted to make clear in his opening statement that this investigation was one of many his firm has conducted on nonprofits and had nothing to do with politics. 

    Doyle and Moynihan have amassed 6,000 documents in their nearly two-year investigation through their private firm MDA Analytics LLC. The documents were turned over more than a year and a half ago to the IRS, according to John Solomon, who first published the report last week in The Hill.  

    “The investigation clearly demonstrates that the foundation was not a charitable organization per se, but in point of fact was a closely held family partnership,” said Doyle, who formerly worked on Wall Street and has been involved with finance for the last ten years conducting investigations. “As such it was governed in a fashion in which it sought in large measure to advance the personal interests of its principals as detailed within the financial analysis of this submission and further confirmed within the supporting documentation and evidence section.”

    At the onset of the hearing, Moynihan wanted to make perfectly clear that the intention to look into the Clinton Foundation was not political but based on their work with the firm.

    “At this point I’d like to answer two questions, who are we? We are apolitical,” Moynihan told the committee. “We have no party affiliation to this whatsoever, No one has financed us… we are forensic investigators that approached this effort in a nonpartisan profession, objective, and independent way…we follow facts, that’s all.” 

    “We have never been partisan,” he added, speaking on behalf of all five members of his group testifying to Congress. “We come from law enforcement and wall street where each of us has dedicated our entire lives and praised the rule of law doing the right thing pursuing facts. we follow facts. that’s all.”

    “None of this is our opinion,” he went on state. “I emphasize none of this is our opinion. These are not our facts. They are not your facts. They are the facts of the Clinton Foundation.”

    Read it all


    Hack Up A Lung Open

    by coldwarrior ( 164 Comments › )
    Filed under Medicine, Open thread at December 11th, 2018 - 5:57 am

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