Sunday, September 25, 2016

An important opinion

The FBI Investigation of EmailGate Was a Sham

NSA Analyst: We now have incontrovertible proof the Bureau never had any intention of prosecuting Hillary Clinton

FBI Director James Comey.
FBI Director James Comey. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
From the moment the EmailGate scandal went public more than a year ago, it was obvious that the Federal Bureau of Investigation never had much enthusiasm for prosecuting Hillary Clinton or her friends. Under President Obama, the FBI grew so politicized that it became impossible for the Bureau to do its job – at least where high-ranking Democrats are concerned.
As I observed in early July, when Director James Comey announced that the FBI would not be seeking prosecution of anyone on Team Clinton over EmailGate, the Bureau had turned its back on its own traditions of floating above partisan politics in the pursuit of justice. “Malfeasance by the FBI, its bending to political winds, is a matter that should concern all Americans, regardless of their politics,” I stated, noting that it’s never a healthy turn of events in a democracy when your secret police force gets tarnished by politics.
Just how much Comey and his Bureau punted on EmailGate has become painfully obvious since then. Redacted FBI documents from that investigation, dumped on the Friday afternoon before the long Labor Day weekend, revealed that Hillary Clinton either willfully lied to the Bureau, repeatedly, about her email habits as secretary of state, or she is far too dumb to be our commander-in-chief.
Worse, the FBI completely ignored the appearance of highly classified signals intelligence in Hillary’s email, including information lifted verbatim from above-Top Secret NSA reports back in 2011. This crime, representing the worst compromise of classified information in EmailGate – that the public knows of, at least – was somehow deemed so uninteresting that nobody at the FBI bothered to ask anybody on Team Clinton about it.
This stunning omission appears highly curious to anybody versed in counterintelligence matters, not least since during Obama’s presidency, the FBI has prosecuted Americans for compromising information far less classified than what Clinton and her staff exposed on Hillary “unclassified” email server of bathroom infamy.
This week, however, we learned that there is actually no mystery at all here. The FBI was never able to get enough traction in its investigation of EmailGate to prosecute anybody since the Bureau had already granted immunity to key players in that scandal.
Granting immunity is a standard practice in investigations, and is sometimes unavoidable. Giving a pass to Bryan Pagliano, Hillary’s IT guru who set up her email and server, made some sense since he understands what happened here, technically speaking, and otherwise is a small fish. The wisdom of giving him a pass now seems debatable, though, since Pagliano has twice refused to testify before Congress about his part in EmailGate, blowing off subpoenas. Just this week the House Oversight Committee recommended that Pagliano be cited for contempt of Congress for his repeated no-shows. That vote was on strictly partisan lines, with not a single Democrat on the committee finding Pagliano’s ignoring of Congressional subpoenas to be worthy of censure.
Now it turns out the FBI granted immunity to much bigger fish in the Clinton political tank. Three more people got a pass from the Bureau in exchange for their cooperation: Hillary lawyer Heather Samuelson, State Department IT boss John Bental, and – by far the most consequential – Cheryl Mills, who has been a Clinton flunky-cum-factotum for decades.
Mills served as the State Department’s Chief of Staff and Counselor throughout Hillary’s tenure as our nation’s top diplomat. Granting her immunity in EmailGate, given her deep involvement in that scandal – including the destruction of tens of thousands of emails so they could not be handed over to the FBI – now seems curious, to say the least, particularly because Mills sat in on Hillary’s chat with the Bureau regarding EmailGate.
This was in fact so highly irregular that Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight Committee, pronounced himself “absolutely stunned” by the FBI’s granting of immunity to Cheryl Mills – which he learned of only on Friday. “No wonder they couldn’t prosecute a case,” Rep. Chaffetz observed of Comey’s Bureau: “They were handing out immunity deals like candy.”
Not to mention that Mills has a longstanding and well-deserved reputation in Washington for helping the Clintons dodge investigation after investigation. When Bill and Hillary need a fixer to help them bury the bodies – as they say inside the Beltway – trusty Cheryl Mills has been on call for the last quarter-century.
She played a key role in the Whitewater scandal of the 1990s – and so did James Comey. Fully two decades ago, when Comey was a Senate investigator, he tried to get Mills, then deputy counsel to Bill Clinton’s White House, to hand over relevant documents. Mills went full dog-ate-my-homework, claiming that a burglar had taken the files, leading Comey to unavoidably conclude that she was obstructing his investigation. Mills’ cover-up, the Senate investigators assessed, encompassed “destruction of documents” and “highly improper” behavior.
Such misconduct is a career-ender for normal people in Washington, but not for Cheryl Mills, who over the last several decades has followed the Clintons everywhere they go. Mills has proven her loyalty to Clinton, Inc. time and again, and that loyalty has been rewarded with a pass on prosecution in EmailGate.
To say nothing of the fact that as chief of staff at Foggy Bottom, Mills was in no way functioning as Hillary’s personal lawyer, as Clinton advocates have contended. Even her other title, State Department Counselor, has nothing to do with legal matters, despite the name. That role is traditionally assigned to an esteemed foreign policy guru who is supposed to offer sage counsel to the secretary of state. Mills’ predecessor as Counselor was Eliot Cohen, one of the country’s preeminent scholars of international relations. Leave it to the Clintons to turn that job over to one of their trusted cabal, translating Counselor in mafia fashion as consigliere.
“The whole thing stinks,” explained a retired FBI senior official who professed dismay about the state of his former employer. “This was impossible in my time, unthinkable,” he rued, expressing shock that the Bureau allowed Mills to remain involved in the investigation, including acting as Hillary’s personal lawyer, despite her own immunity.
How exactly Cheryl Mills got immunity, and what its terms were, is the long-awaited “smoking gun” in EmailGate, the clear indication that, despite countless man-hours expended on the year-long investigation, James Comey and his FBI never had any intention of prosecuting Hillary Clinton – or anyone – for her mishandling of classified information as secretary of state.
Why Comey decided to give Mills a get-out-of-jail-free card is something that needs proper investigation. This is raw, naked politics in all its ugly and cynical glory. Corruption is the tamest word to describe this sort of dirty backroom deal which makes average Americans despise politics and politicians altogether.
How high in this administration EmailGate went is the key question, and it’s been reopened by the latest tranche of redacted documents that the FBI released – on Friday afternoon, as usual. There are lots of tantalizing tidbits here, including the fact that early in Hillary’s term at Foggy Bottom, State Department officials were raising awkward legal questions about her highly irregular email and server arrangements.
Most intriguing, however, is the revelation that Hillary was communicating with President Obama via personal email, and he was using an alias. The alias he used with Hillary, and apparently others, was withheld by the FBI, and let it be said the fact that the president wanted to disguise his identity in unclassified email is not all that odd.
What is odd, however, is the fact that Obama previously told the media that he only learned of Hillary’s irregular email and server arrangements from “news reports.” How the president failed to notice that he was emailing his top diplomat at her personal, address, not a account, particularly when they were discussing official business, is something Congress may want to find out – since certainly the FBI won’t.
Indeed, when she was being interviewed by the Bureau, Hillary’s ever-faithful sidekick Huma Abedin, was asked about President Obama’s emailing to Hillary using an alias. “How is this not classified?” inquired the mystified Abedin.
How indeed?
The fact that the FBI redacted the contents of that email indicates that is was classified, although it was sent to Hillary’s personal email and transited her personal server.
This, like so many aspects of EmailGate, seems destined to remain a mystery, at least for now. The State Department won’t release the full collection of Clinton’s emails until after our November 8 election. Just this week a Federal judge blasted Foggy Bottom for its slow-rolling: “The State Department needs to start cooperating to the fullest extent possible. They are not perceived to be doing that.” Nevertheless, the public won’t get to see all of Hillary’s emails until after Americans decide who the next president will be.
For Hillary Clinton, winning that election may be a legal necessity to protect her from prosecution. Congress, animated by these latest revelations of illegality and corruption, will now pursue her with vigor, while an FBI in the hands of Donald Trump seems likely to show an interest in EmailGate which the Bureau never possessed under President Obama.
Regardless, this story has emerged yet again to tar Hillary Clinton’s reputation at the worst possible time, when her campaign is lagging in the polls. We can be sure that her Republican opponent will mention EmailGate in Monday’s inaugural presidential debate. The Democratic nominee should have coherent answers about her email and server at the ready if she wants to avoid a debacle before the cameras.
John Schindler is a security expert and former National Security Agency analyst and counterintelligence officer. A specialist in espionage and terrorism, he’s also been a Navy officer and a War College professor. He’s published four books and is on Twitter at @20committee.


Never realized what kind of person I have become in today’s world,
such a predicament …

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It seems that lately my life has been getting more complicated, and I
want to thank those of you who are brave enough to
still associate with me regardless of what I have become.

The following is a recap of my current identity:

I was born white, which makes me a racist.

I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which makes me a fascist.

I am heterosexual, which makes me a homophobe.

I am a right-to-work believer, which makes me a traitor to the working
class, anti-union, and an ally of big business all at the same time.

I am a Christian, which makes me an infidel.

I am older than 65 and retired, which makes me a useless.

I think and I reason; therefore I doubt much that the main stream
media tells me, which makes me a reactionary.

I am proud of my heritage and our inclusive American culture, which
makes me a xenophobe.

I value my safety and that of my family; therefore I appreciate the
police and the legal system, which makes me a right-wing extremist.

I believe in hard work, fair play, and fair compensation according to
each individual's merits, which makes me anti-socialist.

I acquired a good education without student loans and no debt at
graduation, which makes me some kind of odd underachiever.

I believe in the defense and protection of the homeland by all
citizens, which makes me a militarist.

Please help me come to terms with this, because I‘m not sure who I am anymore!

Newest problem – I'm not sure which bathroom I should use.

Friday, September 23, 2016

See Who Said What

Great Orators of the Democrat Party ...


Great Orators of the Democrat Party – PAST:

"One man with courage makes a majority." ~ Andrew Jackson

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

"The buck stops here." ~ Harry S. Truman

"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." ~ John F. Kennedy


Great Orators of the Democrat Party – PRESENT:

"It depends what your definition of 'is' is?'' ~ President William Jefferson Clinton

"Those rumors are false. I believe in the sanctity of marriage." ~  John Edwards

"What difference does it make?" (re:Benghazi) ~ Hillary Clinton

"I invented the Internet." ~ Al Gore

"America is, is no longer, uh, what it, uh, could be, uh, what it was once was, uh, and I say to myself, uh, I don't want that future, uh, for my children." ~ Barack Obama

"I have campaigned in all 57 states." ~ Barack Obama (Quoted 2008)

"You don't need God anymore; you have us Democrats." ~ Nancy Pelosi (Quoted 2006) (A really, really stupid remark.)

"Paying taxes is voluntary." ~ Sen. Harry Reid

"Bill is the greatest husband and father I know. No one is more faithful, true, and honest than he is.” ~ Hillary Rodham Clinton (Quoted1998)

"You have a business. You didn't build that. Someone else did!" ~  Barack Obama   (Quoted 2012)

And the most ridiculous gem of wisdom, from the "Mother Superior Moron:”

"We just have to pass the Healthcare Bill to see what's in it." ~ Nancy Pelosi (Quoted March,2010)
(As one Doctor said: That is also the perfect definition of a stool sample.)


"Life is tough !  It's even tougher when you're stupid.'' ~ John Wayne

Friday, September 16, 2016


Are these New Jersey's 7 biggest financial blunders?
Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for NJ.comBy Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for The Star-Ledger
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on September 15, 2016 at 7:33 AM, updated September 15, 2016 at 8:55 AM

TRENTON — A new report from a Trenton think tank provides a critique of 20 years of New Jersey fiscal policy it says has taken the state from "an economic powerhouse" to one in distress.
New Jersey Policy Perspective's analysis focuses largely on officials' reliance on long-term borrowing to balance budgets.
The left-leaning think tank argues the "downward spiral" began in the 1990s, and "both major political parties and all three government branches contributed to the failure."
In unveiling the report, former Gov. Jim Florio, former Treasurer Clifford Goldman and New Jersey Policy Perspective President Gordon MacInnes said once-revered constitutional mandates were pushed aside, giving way to "bad decision after bad decision."
"It's good to have a historic record that is accurate. In and of itself that is a desirable goal. But equally important is the goal of giving guidance to policy directors as to what not to do," former Gov. Jim Florio said. N.J. pension system still among worst-funded
Pew Charitable Trusts ranked the state's government worker pension fund just above Kentucky and Illinois.
MacInnes said lawmakers have treated the state's pension fund as an ATM to get them out of tough spots, and now the state can't afford to pay its bills:
"That ATM became the means by which successive governors, Legislatures, abetted by the New Jersey Supreme Court, avoided their responsibilities under the Constitution and their responsibilities as leaders of the state to make the payments required, to raise the money required and to stop promising things that could not be paid for." ABSOLUTELY A DERILECTION AGAINST TAX PAYING CITIZENS RIGHTS.
1. Income tax cuts
Gov. Christie Whitman in 1994 cut income taxes by 30 percent. But the Republican governor didn't reduce spending to match. According to the report, New Jersey lost about $14 billion in revenue over the first 10 years.
"Governor Whitman's tax cuts greatly reduced the funds available to assist local governments and schools and shortchanged property tax relief programs for senior citizens, veterans, the disabled and moderate- and low-income homeowners and renters," the report said.
2. Pension holidays and bonds
Beginning in 1994, Whitman's administration allowed the state and local governments to lower their contributions to the public employee pension fund.  WHY?
According to Policy Perspective, within three years the pension fund's unfunded liabilities jumped from $800 million to $4.2 billion.
This, according to the think tank, "started the failure of all three branches of state government to make promised pensions secure at the same time they compounded the problem by increasing future pension benefits without funding the money to pay for them."
Just two years earlier, Florio's Pension Revaluation Act included more optimistic assumed rates of returns on its investments, which allowed the state to contribute less.
Whitman again gets whacked for borrowing $2.8 billion to pay down newly created pension liabilities and balance the budget. 
Whitman assumed the money to be made investing those bond proceeds would exceed the cost of borrowing, 7.65 percent.
"State and local government employers were allowed to skip required pension payments, their Share being partly made up by the money borrowed from Wall Street," the report said. EMPLOYEES HAD NO SKIN IN THE GAME!
The state is still paying off those pension obligation bonds., with a $348.6 million payment due this year. The state will spend $10.3 billion paying off the loan over 31 years. BONDING RATHER THAN ADJUSTING BUDGETS AND PLANNING. ANYONE WHO DOES NOT BUDGET ON A CONTINUING BASIS IS BOUND TO HAVE FINANCIAL PROBLEMS. AFTER 2008 WHO DID NOT ADJUST THERE RETIREMENT AND SAVING PLANS.

3. Raiding retiree health care funds
New Jersey once had a $300 million fund to pay for retiree benefits. Policy Perspective blamed Whitman for raiding that account and changing the rules to require the state to fund retiree health benefits out of the annual budget. 
"By shifting future costs of retiree health benefits to future taxpayers and raiding the assets in place, Governor Whitman reduced their costs in her first-term budget by almost $1 billion," the report said, adding the liability has grown from $2.3 billion in 1994 to $65 billion.
4. Court-sanctioned 'bad borrowing'
The report contends the pension obligation bonds plainly violated the state Constitution's Debt Limitation Clause, which prohibits the Legislature from creating new debt without voter approval. WHO APPOINTED THESE GENIUS JUDGES WHO HAD NO SKIN IN THE GAME?
In a challenge to the borrowing, the state Supreme Court ruled the bond sale was legal. "With the pension bond decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court opened the floodgates for an unprecedented Sun-up in debt without public approval, which accelerated the deterioration of the state's financial stability," the authors wrote.
5. Sweetened pension benefits
Former Gov. Donald DiFrancesco boosted pensions by 9 percent in 2001 without forcing anyone to pay for it. MORE NO SKIN IN THE GAME!
"This legislation may have been politically popular, but it accelerated New Jersey's financial deterioration," the report said. 
6. Tobacco bonds:
To balance two budgets, former Gov. James McGreevey borrowed against money the state was awarded after suing major tobacco companies.
Policy Perspective cited this as another example of the state borrowing to plug short-term budget holes. He likewise borrowed against future revenues from new taxes and fees for $1.9 billion to balance the 2005 budget.
7. ARC tunnel cancellation
In October 2010 cancelled the Access to the Region's Core Hudson River tunnel project, reallocating some of its funding to the Transportation Trust Fund. This, Policy Perspective opined, allowed Christie to avoid "a much-needed increase in New Jersey gasoline taxes to finance transportation projects."
"The $1.3 billion in ARC funds reallocated to highway and bridge projects in North Jersey meant the governor could ignore the pending bankruptcy of New Jersey's Transportation Trust Fund." THE TUNNEL WAS FOR THE NORTH JERSEY / NEW YORK BUISINESS AND COMUNTER PRIVILEGE. WHAT ABOUT THE BURDEN ON SOUTH JERSEY?

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