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Saturday, December 16, 2017

The only people improperly colluding with foreigners are Fusion GPS, the Hillary campaign, the FBI Hillary investigation, the FBI Trump investigation and the Associate Deputy Attorney-General. The only person colluding with Russians is Christopher Steele, former head of "the Russia house" at MI6-Mark Steyn

12/14/17, "The Co-Dependents of the "Independent" Counsel," Mark Steyn, SteynOnline

"3) One of the first things Mueller did was to appoint FBI counter-intelligence honcho Peter Strzok to his "independent" team. He should not have done that. Not because Strzok is a Democrat (presumably almost everyone at the FBI votes either Democrat or Republican), but because Strzok had been a key player in Comey's Hillary investigation....

9)...Mueller hired the same-old-same-old Hillary crowd for his supposed "independent" investigation into Trump: The same people had to run both investigations because otherwise the new investigators would discover the shenanigans of the old investigators. Putting Strzok and Page on the team was the FBI's way of protecting itself.
 
10) Nobody should accord this wretched and corrupted pseudo-investigation the figleaf of respectability. Even in the federal justice system, no successful prosecution by this conflicted team would withstand appeal. As to the ostensible crime they're investigating - "collusion" (which, in fact, is not a crime) with the Russians - so far: 

a) The only people improperly colluding with foreigners are Fusion GPS, the Hillary campaign, the FBI Hillary investigation, the FBI Trump investigation and the Associate Deputy Attorney-General, all of whom are colluding with Brit spook Christopher Steele to get the goods on Trump.

b) The only person colluding with the Russians is Christopher Steele, former head of "the Russia house" at MI6....

Any future independent counsels should be genuinely independent - ie, non-Washingtonians;... 

They should not use the FBI as their investigators;...

They should have no authority to charge their targets with federal "process" crimes, such as lying to the FBI (as Flynn and Papadopoulos were strongarmed into confessing to)."...

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7/6/2016, "Comey says FBI did not 'give a hoot about politics' in Clinton email investigation," LA Times, Del Quentin Wilber... 

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12/13/17, "New Details Emerge About Discovery of FBI agents' Anti-Trump texts," Daily Caller, Chuck Ross 

"Ironically, Democrats pushed for the investigation."

The reason for Strzok's removal from Mueller's team on 8/16/17 was withheld by Mueller for 4 months.


 
 




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Written on Muslim NY City subway bomber's passport: "O America, Die in your rage"-CBS NY/AP

12/13/17, "Port Authority Subway Bombing Suspect Arraigned From Hospital Bed," CBSNY/AP 

Akayed Ullah
"Authorities said a search of the Bangladeshi immigrant’s apartment turned up bomb-making materials, including screws matching those found at the scene intended as carnage-creating shrapnel.

The complaint says law enforcement also found a passport in Ullah’s name with handwritten notations, including one that read: “O AMERICA, DIE IN YOUR RAGE.

Ullah carried out the attack after researching how to build a bomb a year ago and planned his mission for several weeks, Kim said.

Court documents said he gathered the materials a few weeks ago and assembled them last week. The pipe bomb consisted of a Christmas light, wiring and a 9-volt battery, authorities said."...image from CBS NY/AP



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Friday, December 15, 2017

FBI's Strzok and Page also slammed Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, pondered sexual preference of John Kasich-USA Today, 12/12/17

12/12/17, Strzok and Page "also slammed former Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley – and pondered the sexual preference of Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich."

7/6/2016, "Comey says FBI did not 'give a hoot about politics' in Clinton email investigation," LA Times, Del Quentin Wilber
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12/13/17, "Ironically, Democrats pushed for the [IG] investigation."..."New Details Emerge About Discovery of FBI agents' Anti-Trump texts," Daily Caller, Chuck Ross
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12/12/17, "Peter Strzok, FBI agent removed from Robert Mueller's Russia probe, called Trump an 'idiot'," USA Today, Kevin Johnson

"Peter Strzok, a counter-intelligence agent who also helped run the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, expressed a clear preference for the Democratic candidate while leveling expletive-laden insults against Republicans. The GOP, he said in one exchange, “needs to pull their head out of their ass."... 

The disclosure of 375 text message communications between Strzok and FBI colleague Lisa Page not only included disparaging references to Trump but also slammed former Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley – and pondered the sexual preference of Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich. 

The communications obtained by USA TODAY late Tuesday covered more than a year’s worth of communications between Strzok and Page, beginning Aug. 16, 2015 to Dec. 1, 2016.

The communications between the two officials initially came to the attention of the Justice Department's inspector general during an ongoing inquiry into the department's handling of the Clinton email investigation. Page also had been assigned to the Mueller team but had returned to the FBI before the text messages were discovered....

During one Aug. 16, 2015 exchange, Page noted that she had just noticed “my first Bernie Sanders bumper sticker. Made me want to key the car.”... 

During the Republican convention the two colleagues engaged in running commentary on the roster of speakers, including actor Scott Baio. 

Oooh, TURN IT ON, TURN IT ON!!! THE D----BAGS ARE ABOUT TO COME OUT,” Strzok writes.

Later, Strzok asks about Trump’s performance, also referring to him as “a d-----.”"...

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Added: "They're with her..."















Source: Branco

"Evidence is building instead that some officials at the FBI—who have worked for him—may have interfered in an American presidential election." Wall St. Journal Editorial Board

12/13/17, "The FBI’s Trump ‘Insurance’," Wall St. Journal Editorial Board (Thurs., Dec. 14 print ed.)

"More troubling evidence of election meddling at the bureau."
 
"Democrats and the media are accusing anyone who criticizes special counsel Robert Mueller as Trumpian conspirators trying to undermine his probe. But who needs critics when Mr. Mueller’s team is doing so much to undermine its own credibility?

Wednesday’s revelations—they’re coming almost daily—include the Justice Department’s release of 2016 text messages to and from Peter Strzok, the FBI counterintelligence agent whom Mr. Mueller demoted this summer [after an IG report]. The texts, which he exchanged with senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page, contain expletive-laced tirades against Mr. Trump. Such Trump hatred is no surprise and not by itself disqualifying. More troubling are texts that suggest that some FBI officials may have gone beyond antipathy to anti-Trump plotting....
 
Meanwhile, we’re learning more about the political motives of Mr. Mueller’s lieutenant, Andrew Weissmann. Judicial Watch last week released an email in which Mr. Weissmann expressed his “awe” and praise for Sally Yates, after the then acting AG and Obama holdover refused to implement Mr. Trump’s travel ban.

This should trouble anyone who cares about the integrity of the Justice Department. Ms. Yates had every right to resign at the time if she felt she couldn’t implement Mr. Trump’s order. But she had no authority as an executive branch official to defy a legitimate presidential order. Mr. Weissmann's support for her insubordination was a declaration that he is part of the “resistance.” This should be unacceptable in a ranking FBI official, much less someone charged with conducting a fair-minded investigation. 

Public confidence isn’t helped by the continuing Justice and FBI refusal to cooperate with Congress. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who supervises Mr. Mueller, toed the Mueller-FBI line on Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee. He repeated FBI Director Christopher Wray’s preposterous excuse that he can’t answer questions because of an Inspector General probe. And he wouldn't elaborate on the news that Nellie Ohr, the wife of senior Justice official Bruce Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, which hired Mr. Steele to gin up his dossier.

The man who should be most disturbed by all this is Mr. Mueller, who wants his evidence and conclusions to be credible with the public. Evidence is building instead that some officials at the FBI—who have worked for him—may have interfered in an American presidential election. Congress needs to insist on its rights as a co-equal branch of government to discover the truth."

"Appeared in the December 14, 2017, print edition."

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"Both were driven primarily by a desire by federal officials to protect Clinton's election chances, and hurt Trump in any way possible."
 
12/14/17, "Explosive Texts Point To FBI, Not Russian, Meddling In 2016 Election," IBD Editorial

"Scandal: For 18 months, the FBI has been fixated on determining whether President Trump worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election. But explosive text exchanges between top FBI agents suggest it should be looking in the mirror. 

The text messages sent between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, which became public on Wednesday, provide a rare and illuminating window into just how rabidly partisan putatively nonpartisan law enforcement officials can be.

In the exchanges, they called Trump an "idiot," a "loathsome human," an "enormous do-che," and said "this man cannot be president."

When not berating Trump, they were praising Hillary Clinton. In one text, Strzok said: "God, Hillary should win 100,000,000-0." In another, he said that "a lot of people are holding their breath hoping" about Clinton....

During one of the presidential debates, he texted: "Oh hot damn. HRC is throwing down saying Trump in bed with Russia." In one of Page's texts, she said Hillary "just has to win now."

On their own, these texts might not be a big deal, even if the two are career government employees. Everyone is entitled to their opinions.

But Strzok and Page weren't just a couple of bureaucrats crunching numbers in a windowless office at the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Strzok was a key player in the FBI's investigation into whether Clinton had broken the law by using a private, unsecured email server to handle highly classified documents. He interviewed several of the people involved, including Clinton herself.

He was also the person who watered down the language in the statement used by Comey to exonerate Clinton, changing it from "gross negligence" to "extremely careless," which as we noted in this space was critical to Comey's claim that Clinton didn't break any laws.

Remember, too, that when Strzok was busy airbrushing Clinton's email crimes, he would have known that, had the FBI done the right thing and indicted her for putting national security at risk, it would have crushed her campaign, and helped elect the man Strzok clearly felt should never be president."...

[Ed. note: "Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell said that he believes some foreign intelligence agencies possess the contents of Hillary Clinton’s private email server." 5/15/2015, "Michael Morell: Foreign Governments have Hillary's email," Politico, Adam B. Lerner]

(continuing): "In other words, Strzok had motive, means and opportunity to sabotage that investigation.

Strzok and Page were also deeply involved in the FBI's investigation into alleged Russia meddling, which started almost immediately after Comey let Clinton off the hook, and was sparked by a dodgy Clinton-financed "dossier." In fact, according to CNN, Strzok signed the document making the Russia probe official.

So did these FBI agents act on their fervent anti-Trump beliefs in ways that might have compromised the integrity of both investigations?

The text exchanges suggest they very well may have. Consider: 


*Strzok texted Page saying that while he wanted to believe "that there's no way he gets elected" he was "afraid we can't take that risk," then added cryptically that "it's like an insurance policy." The text doesn't make clear what the "it" was, but does suggest the topic was discussed with the deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe. 

*In August, Page told Strzok he should stay where he is because "you're meant to protect the country from that menace," meaning Trump. She then sent a link to a David Brooks column in The New York Times which argued that, with Trump, "There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you're not in revolt, you're in cahoots." To which Strzok said "of course I'll try to approach it that way…I can protect our country at many levels." 
 
One of the texts also suggests that both knew they should be careful when discussing Clinton. In April 2016, Page texted "you say we text on that phone when we talk about Hillary because it can't be traced."

At the very least, these messages cast still more doubt on both the Clinton email and the Russia investigations, and lend more credence to claims that both were driven primarily by a desire by federal officials to protect Clinton's election chances, and hurt Trump in any way possible."

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'These people don’t understand they are undermining their own country, they aren’t showing respect for Americans that voted for Trump'-Mr. Putin, 12/14/17...(Someone finally mentions the voters without whom there would be no Pres. Trump)

12/14/17,  "Vladimir Putin: Russiagate “invented by those aiming to de-legitimize Trump”," RussiaFeed.com

"In Vladimir Putin’s annual Q and A presser, the Russian President takes questions from foreign journalists and citizens"

"On the issue of alleged collusion with the Trump campaign:

Putin: “That’s been invented by those aiming to de-legitimize Trump. These people don’t understand they are undermining their own country, they aren’t showing respect for Americans that voted for Trump.""...

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Comment: Someone finally mentions the voters without whom there would be no Pres. Trump.




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Evidence builds that FBI officials some of whom have worked for Mueller may have interfered in 2016 US presidential election-Wall St. Journal Editorial Board, 12/14/17...(FBI didn't "give a hoot about politics," James Comey, 7/6/16)

7/6/2016, "Comey says FBI did not 'give a hoot about politics' in Clinton email investigation," LA Times, Del Quentin Wilber...The reason for Strzok's removal from Mueller's team on 8/16/17 was kept secret for 4 months.

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12/13/17, "The FBI’s Trump ‘Insurance’," Wall St. Journal Editorial Board (Thurs., Dec. 14 print ed.)

"More troubling evidence of election meddling at the bureau."

"Democrats and the media are accusing anyone who criticizes special counsel Robert Mueller as Trumpian conspirators trying to undermine his probe. But who needs critics when Mr. Mueller’s team is doing so much to undermine its own credibility?

Wednesday’s revelations—they’re coming almost daily—include the Justice Department’s release of 2016 text messages to and from Peter Strzok, the FBI counterintelligence agent whom Mr. Mueller demoted this summer [after an IG report]. The texts, which he exchanged with senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page, contain expletive-laced tirades against Mr. Trump. Such Trump hatred is no surprise and not by itself disqualifying. More troubling are texts that suggest that some FBI officials may have gone beyond antipathy to anti-Trump plotting.

I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office—that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected—but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk, Mr. Strzok wrote Ms. Page in an Aug. 15, 2016 text. He added: “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

What “policy” would that be? The “Andy” in question is Andrew McCabe, the deputy FBI director. FBI officials are allowed to have political opinions, but what kind of action were they discussing that would amount to anti-Trump “insurance”?

In another exchange that month, Ms. Page forwarded a Trump-related article and wrote: Maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace. He thanked her and assured: “Of course I’ll try and approach it that way.” Mr. Strzok, recall, is the man who changed the words “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless” in James Comey’s July 2016 public exoneration of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

The McCabe meeting came on the heels of the FBI’s launch of its counterintelligence probe into Trump-Russia ties. July [2016] is also when former British spook Christopher Steele briefed the FBI on his [Mrs.] Clinton-financed dossier of salacious allegations against Mr. Trump. The texts explain why Mr. Mueller would remove Mr. Strzok, though a straight shooter wouldn’t typically resist turning those messages over to Congress for as long as Mr. Mueller did. 

Meanwhile, we’re learning more about the political motives of Mr. Mueller’s lieutenant, Andrew Weissmann. Judicial Watch last week released an email in which Mr. Weissmann expressed his “awe” and praise for Sally Yates, after the then acting AG and Obama holdover refused to implement Mr. Trump’s travel ban.

This should trouble anyone who cares about the integrity of the Justice Department. Ms. Yates had every right to resign at the time if she felt she couldn’t implement Mr. Trump’s order. But she had no authority as an executive branch official to defy a legitimate presidential order. Mr. Weissmann's support for her insubordination was a declaration that he is part of the “resistance.” This should be unacceptable in a ranking FBI official, much less someone charged with conducting a fair-minded investigation. 

Public confidence isn’t helped by the continuing Justice and FBI refusal to cooperate with Congress. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who supervises Mr. Mueller, toed the Mueller-FBI line on Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee. He repeated FBI Director Christopher Wray’s preposterous excuse that he can’t answer questions because of an Inspector General probe. And he wouldn't elaborate on the news that Nellie Ohr, the wife of senior Justice official Bruce Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, which hired Mr. Steele to gin up his dossier.

The man who should be most disturbed by all this is Mr. Mueller, who wants his evidence and conclusions to be credible with the public. Evidence is building instead that some officials at the FBI—who have worked for him—may have interfered in an American presidential election. Congress needs to insist on its rights as a co-equal branch of government to discover the truth." 

"Appeared in the December 14, 2017, print edition."

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Added: "Ironically, Democrats pushed for the investigation."

12/13/17, "New Details Emerge About Discovery of FBI agents' Anti-Trump texts," Daily Caller, Chuck Ross 

"The Justice Department’s office of the inspector general revealed new details Wednesday about how it discovered the anti-Trump text messages that led to FBI agent Peter Strzok’s removal from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department watchdog, said that his office obtained the text messages from the FBI on July 20. A week later, he met with Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to inform them of the politically-charged texts.... 

Strzok’s departure from Mueller’s team was reported by ABC News on Aug. 16 (2017). The network reported that Strzok had been placed in a job in the FBI’s HR department.

The reason for Strzok’s demotion remained a secret for nearly four months as the Justice Department and Mueller’s office declined media and congressional requests for an explanation. The levy finally broke on Dec. 2, when The Washington Post and New York Times simultaneously reported the existence of the text messages....

The Strzok texts, which he exchanged with Lisa Page, his mistress and an FBI lawyer, were discovered as part of the inspector general’s investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email investigation.

Ironically, Democrats pushed for the investigation. Many Clinton supporters blamed then-FBI Director James Comey’s actions during that investigation for Clinton’s election loss.

“This is highly encouraging and to be expected given Director Comey’s drastic deviation from Justice Department protocol,” Clinton campaign communications director Brian Fallon said back in January. “A probe of this sort, however long it takes to conduct, is utterly necessary in order to take the first step to restore the FBI’s reputation as a non-partisan institution."
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Comment: Trump has added to the swamp.





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Thursday, December 14, 2017

More than 80 guests were present or called in to WFAN's Mike Francesa on second to last show of his 30 year career. Fri., Dec. 15 is last day

Added: "Francesa voted for Donald Trump for president." 12/15/17, "Mike Francesa, Julio and their final drive to WFAN," Newsday, Neil Best
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12/14/17, "LISTEN: Celebs Bid Mike Francesa Farewell On Second-To-Last Show," WFAN, newyork.cbslocal.com

"Thursday marked Mike Francesa’s penultimate show.

The day before the sports talk pioneer signs off from WFAN, ending his 30-year run, Francesa broadcast his show from the Paley Center for Media in Manhattan. Many celebrity guests called in or stopped by to bid him farewell, including Jim Nantz, Dan Patrick, Lawrence Taylor, Eli Manning, Bobby Valentine, Willie Randolph, Regis Philbin and, of course, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo.

MORE: Q and A With Mike Francesa Part 1: ‘I’ll Miss All Of It’
MORE: Q and A With Mike Francesa Part 2: Memorable Interviews, Mad Dog Years, More

Here are clips from the show."...

20 podcasts include over 80 guests who were present or called in. Among those in the 14th podcast are Bernie Williams and Suzyn Waldman. I couldn't figure out how to embed the podcasts on this blog, this is what one of them looks like.













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7/4/2017, "These New Yorkers Actually Like Trump," NY Times op-ed, David Marcus ("a senior contributor to The Federalist") 

"In the spring of 2016, the surprising presidential candidacy of Donald J. Trump seemed to be all anybody could talk about. On New York radio stations, much of that talk was decidedly negative. But suddenly, one voice, from an unexpected source, began an eager and aggressive defense of the eventual Republican nominee. WFAN's Mike Francesa, known as “the pope” of New York sports talk radio, began spending hours on air explaining not only why Mr. Trump was not a racist and sexist, but also why he could win.

Mr. Francesa’s pugnacious and prescient political arguments with outraged callers, as well as the thank yous from those in agreement, became such a dominant feature of his 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. show that his producers asked him to get back to sports. But there was no boycott, nor any significant decrease in his ratings. Rather, it seemed there was an audience for a pro-Trump message, which at the time was available from very few outlets in the New York metropolitan area, even those on the right....

New York City has never been as liberal as the popular imagination has it. There is a reason no Democrat won the mayoralty from 1993 to 2013. But New York’s conservatism is not that of Rush Limbaugh — it is Francesian. It’s guys who drive trucks and install air-conditioners saying, “Why can’t I have my say?” On WFAN they do have their say, often in eloquent and impassioned tones.

So if you want to understand conservatives in New York, WFAN isn’t a bad place to start. The Iras from Staten Island and the Joes from Bay Ridge are not the typical callers you hear on public radio. And while most of the time they will be discussing the disappointing Mets or overachieving Yankees, political and cultural issues creep in more often than you might expect."...



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1974 CIA Climate Assessment: Global cooling dangers: global forced migration

12/14/17, "The CIA on Climate Change," Powerline, Steven Hayward 

"Roger Pielke Jr. of the University of Colorado notes that the State Department now has a searchable online database of historic documents, and Roger decided to see what a search for “climate change” would cough up. The very first thing is a CIA assessment from August 1974 on the dire consequences of . . . global cooling. Guess what? The world was going to come to an end! We were all going to starve to death! The remedy: more power to the U.S. government, naturally. Funny how that recommendation never seems to change no matter what the problem. 

"Trying to provide adequate world food supplies will become a problem of over-riding priority in the years and decades immediately ahead — and a key role in any successful effort must fall to the US. Even in the most favorable circumstances predictable, with increased devotion of scarce resources and technical expertise, the outcome will be doubtful; in the event of adverse changes in climate, the outcome can only be grave. . . 

The momentum of world population growth, especially in the less developed countries (LDCs), is such that even strong measures taken now to reduce fertility would not stop rapid growth for decades. . . 

Demand for food rises inexorably with the growth of population and of affluence. Increases in supply are less certain. Manes age-old concerns about the adequacy of food supplies have resumed with particular urgency since the crop-failures of 1972. 

The rich countries need have no fear of hunger, though the relative price of food will probably rise at times. [Actually the real price of food has continued to fall.] 

The implications for the world food situation and for US interests would be considerably greater if climatologists who believe a cooling trend is underway prove to be right.

If the trend continues for several decades there would almost certainly be an absolute shortage of food. . .  In the worst case, if climate change caused grave shortages of food despite US exports, the potential risks to the US would also rise. There would be increasingly desperate attempts on the part of powerful but hungry nations to get grain any way they could. Massive migrations, sometimes backed by force, would become a live issue and political and economic instability would be widespread."

As Roger comments, “Lesson: The 1974 memo was wrong on just about all counts. Policy relevant analyses and project are really, really difficult. Effectively policies will be robust to inevitable analytical errors, uncertainties and ignorance.” Same as it ever was. 

JOHN adds: Sounds like that prognosis was written by Agent Malthus."






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