51 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-11-17

  1. Anyone shocked?


    “The Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooter is a Muslim convert who years before joining the U.S. Army took on an Islamic name (Aashiq Hammad), downloaded terrorist propaganda and recorded Islamic religious music online, according to public records dug up by the investigative news site of an award-winning, California journalist. This is pertinent information that the Obama administration apparently wants to keep quiet, bringing up memories of the Benghazi cover up, in which the president and his cohorts knowingly lied to conceal that Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. Special Mission in Libya.

    Information is slowly trickling out that links the Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooter to radical Islam while the official story from authorities is that the gunman is a mentally ill, Hispanic Army veteran named Esteban Santiago that became unhinged after a tour in Iraq. Only one mainstream media outlet mentions the possibility of Santiago’s “jihadist identity,” burying it in a piece about New York possibly being his initial target. A paragraph deep in the story mentions that investigators recovered Santiago’s computer from a pawn shop and the FBI is examining it to determine whether he created a “jihadist identity for himself using the name Aashiq Hammad…” The reset of the traditional mainstream media coverage promotes the government rhetoric that omits any ties to terrorism even though early on a photo surfaced of Santiago making an ISIS salute while wearing a keffiyeh, a Palestinian Arab scarf.

    The public records uncovered in the days after the massacre suggest Santiago (Hammad) is a radical Islamic terrorist that’s seriously committed to Islam. Besides taking on a Muslim name, he recorded three Islamic religious songs, including the Muslim declaration faith (“there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger”) known as the Shahada. He also posted a thread about downloading propaganda videos from Islamic terrorists on a weapons and explosives forum. The investigative news site that unearthed this disturbing information connected the dots between Santiago, who is of Puerto Rican descent, and Hammad, an identity he created in 2007.

    This week a prominent Ft. Lauderdale businessman and longtime resident addressed a letter to the city’s mayor and commissioners blasting county and federal officials for covering up that “Aashiq Hammad, not Esteban Santiago, attacked our city and county.” The businessman, respected Ft. Lauderdale real estate entrepreneur Jim Morlock, specifically names Broward County’s elected sheriff Scott Israel, Florida senator Bill Nelson, the first to identify Santiago as the shooter on national television, and congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, ousted last summer as Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair over a scandalous plot to damage Bernie Sanders during the primary.

    “Since when does a US Senator (Bill Nelson), not law enforcement, be the one to so quickly release this terrorist’s Hispanic name but nothing about his more relevant Islamic background?” the letter asks.”

    Good question. But you already know the answer. When they’re trying to whitewash yet another terrorist attack.


  2. Which makes this more relevant than ever, especially given how Obama and Dems have allowed the MB to infiltrate the highest levels of govt.


    “U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today reintroduced two bills, alongside Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida) respectively, that will protect Americans from the threat of radical Islamic terror, directing the State Department to hold accountable both the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Muslim Brotherhood, two foreign entities that espouse a violent Islamist ideology with a mission of destroying the West. Both bills require a report on whether these organizations meet the criteria to be designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations, and if so, will enable the U.S. to take action that could stifle the funding they receive to promote their terrorist activities.

    The IRGC Terrorist Designation Act, introduced with Congressman McCaul who has filed companion legislation in the House of Representatives, urges the U.S. Department of State to designate Iran’s IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization. Likewise, the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act, introduced with Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart who has filed companion legislation in the House of Representatives, urges the U.S. Department of State to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization.

    “I am proud to reintroduce these bills that would codify needed reforms in America’s war against radical Islamic terrorism,” Sen. Cruz said. “This potent threat to our civilization has intensified under the Obama administration due to the willful blindness of politically-correct policies that hamper our safety and security. A grand détente with the Muslim Brotherhood and a blind eye to the IRGC are not pathways to peace in this struggle; they guarantee the ultimate success of our enemy. It is time to call this enemy by its name and speak with clarity and moral authority.””

    It’s way past time.


  3. And speaking of foreigners infiltrating our govt………..

    Some just buy their way in.


    “Liberal billionaire George Soros has quietly poured tens of millions more than usual into lobbying Congress in recent years, disclosure forms show.

    Soros’ lobbying efforts have jumped more than four-fold since 2013 compared to the previous 10 years combined.

    The Open Society Policy Center, a 501(c)4 nonprofit that is separate from Soros’ Open Society Foundations, is a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. that focuses on advocacy efforts.

    Between 2002 and 2012, the policy center reported spending $19,120,000 on lobbying for legislation and policy efforts with a number of government agencies and Congress.

    The group averaged $1,912,000 on lobbying per year during this time period.

    However, the group increased its lobbying expenditures from $3.4 million in 2012 to $11 million in 2013. The bulk of this lobbying increase was said to be due to the group’s push for “comprehensive immigration reform.”

    The policy center increased lobbying funds yet again the next year, spending $12.4 million. The policy center spent $8.2 million on lobbying in 2015 and the comparatively low sum of $3.7 million in 2016—an amount still higher than any year between 2002-12.

    From 2013 to 2016, the group spent a total of $35 million on lobbying activities, averaging $8.8 million per year. This constituted an increase of nearly $6.9 million per year from the yearly average between 2002-12.”


  4. Federal control of elections is a bad idea, especially when you attempt it in such an underhanded way.

    But Obama’s doing all he can before his time is up.


    “A last-minute decision by the Obama administration to designate election systems as critical infrastructure drew intense criticism from state and federal elections organizations on Monday.

    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the move Friday with 30 minutes’ notice to the National Association of Secretaries of State and U.S. Election Assistance Commission, an independent bipartisan federal agency that develops voluntary voting guidelines and certifies voting systems.

    Officials at both agencies are criticizing the department for what they said was a failure to work with state officials to fully answer their questions about the designation before making the change.

    “We’re having trouble understanding exactly what they’re going to do, that we’re not already doing,” Connecticut Secretary of State Denise W. Merrill, who heads the national secretaries association, told The Associated Press. “States were already doing much of this (security work) themselves using very different products.”

    “Christy McCormick, a commissioner for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, said the decision potentially gives significant authority to numerous federal agencies. “We don’t know how this will work. This has not been thought out (and) the scope of what they’re speaking about is huge,” she said.”


  5. Aj @ 6:52
    I expect this cover up business will stop soon.
    I also expect Muslim Brotherhood to be out of the WH.

    Obama started speaking last night. I turned the TV off and went to bed early.

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  6. The press conference in 3 hours is going to be interesting. The behavior of the press should be closely watched, but I expect the clown will steal the show.


  7. Chas, Obama can thank Hillary and Trump for his relatively high poll numbers. His favorabilty ratings steadily climbed during the entire campaign. Obama is a liberal who was unqualified to serve as President, whose major policy effort made a bad situation worse, and who has been mainly vacationing and golfing for the last several years.

    However, he is not a corrupt paranoid who hides from the press and is almost universally disliked or a rude, amoral megalomaniac who displays his ignorance and insecurities every morning on Twitter.

    As one commentator said last night, if these new, lurid allegations concerning Russia had been made against Obama, we would instantly know they were false.

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  8. John Podhretz (?) in the New York Post, after a long article:

    “Fake news will become more sophisticated, and fake, ambiguous, and spun-up stories will spread widely,” warned an important American editor at the end of December 2016. His name: Ben Smith. His publication: BuzzFeed.

    I didn’t make that up.

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  9. Here is the entire article by John Podhoretz:


    It is worth noting that Podhoretz along with Bill Kristol, Jennifer Rubin and Kevin D. Williamson have been the most anti-Trump of conservative writers.

    In a perfect world these new allegations would not even be mentioned at this morning’s press conference by the press or Trump. We shall see .


  10. rw: You’re letting Obama off way too easy – he was certainly corrupt, and did plenty of hiding from the press.

    Besides, have you seen the Aggie study re. Obama?

    Out of a total of 44 US Presidents, a Texas A&M study calls Barack Obama the 5th best President in American history. The Public Relations Office at A&M released the following statement: “After eight years in office, American academics have rated President Obama the 5th best President in American history.”

    These are the results, according to Texas A&M:
    1. Washington, Lincoln, and Reagan tied for first place
    2. Sixteen Presidents tied for second place
    3. Twenty-three other Presidents tied for third place
    4. Jimmy Carter came in fourth, and…
    5. Obama was fifth.

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  11. Tychicus, I would agree that it is a relative thing. Obama looks very honest compared to Hillary and Trump. Obama looks open compared to Hillary and Trump. Obama looks mature and dignified compared to Hillary and Trump.

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  12. Obama’s lack of honesty and transparency are every bit at the same depth as Hillary’s and Trump’s. O shouldn’t be given a pass because something here or there lends a more dignified appearance compared to someone else.

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  13. I watched the entire speech. Whether you like him or not, it is clear that President Obama did understand that it was leaving out the white blue collar workers that lost them the election. He can give very good speeches and he will be doing lots of them. He will be a huge influence on the college students who will be our future leaders. He will also make sure that the Democratic Party gives lip service crumbs or something to the people who rejected them this time.

    The real battle is spiritual and the work of God’s people goes on no matter who is president.

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  14. SolarP, Did Obama con poor people though a fake university or attack people he had sexually assaulted or attack people his spouse had sexually assaulted or repeatedly bribe people or solicit bribes?

    I think the New York twins are at a different level.

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  15. Let’s see how the administration unfolds — I doubt there’s ever been a president-elect who has faced more pushback in recent history.

    The election is over, time to give him some space.


  16. So the freak show traitor has made Obama’s short list for a commutation. Figures.

    And Obama’s all bent out of shape over WikiLeaks, yet he’ll give the traitor who supplied them with Army secret info a break. Hypocrite.


    “President Obama has put Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified material, on his short list for a possible commutation, a Justice Department source told NBC News.

    A decision could come as soon as Wednesday for Manning, who has tried to commit suicide twice this year and went on a hunger strike in a bid for gender reassignment surgery.”

    “Manning — then known as Bradley — was locked up in 2010 after swiping 700,000 military files and diplomatic cables and giving them to Wikileaks.

    Prosecutors branded Manning a “traitor” seeking notoriety in the world of hackers and anarchists. Manning’s lawyers painted their client as a naive whistle-blower who caused little more than mortification.”

    To the left, he’s a hero, but mostly just because he’s a degenerate.


  17. Anybody shocked?

    Didn’t think so.

    He didn’t dare make them pay, he was too busy trying to bow to their demands for his joke of a nuke deal, and rustling up the billions he paid them. A pathetic excuse for a CoC. .


    “Iranian-supplied rockets killed as many as 15 U.S. troops per month in Iraq in the summer of 2011, and Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis had a plan to retaliate. The Obama administration denied his request.

    Six U.S. soldiers were killed in a single such attack in early June of 2011, with another three killed just weeks later. Mattis, then the commander of U.S. Central Command, had had enough and decided the U.S. must strike back before the Iranian rockets caused further bloodshed. In conjunction with then Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey, Mattis proposed a strike inside Iranian territory, according to former senior U.S. officials speaking to the Washington Post.

    The plan was to make it clear to the the Iranian government that providing rockets to its Shiite proxy insurgents inside Iraq was no longer going to be tolerated. Mattis suggested a nighttime strike against a power plant or oil refinery within Iranian territory.

    The White House received the strike proposal and subsequently denied it. President Barack Obama was under the impression such a strike would infuriate the Iranians, possibly escalating the Iraqi occupation he was trying so desperately to end. Many White House staffers feared the plan risked starting a war with Iran, a country Obama wanted to seek a detente with.

    “There were clearly White House staff who thought the recommendations he was making were too aggressive,” Leon Panetta, who was secretary of defense at the time, told the Post. “But I thought a lot of that was, frankly, not having the maturity to look at all of the options that a president should look at in order to make the right decisions.”

    Iran was a primary backer of the Shiite insurgency in Iraq during the U.S. occupation. In addition to rockets, Iran supplied its proxies with deadly explosively formed penetrators — a version of an improvised explosive device designed specifically to tear through U.S. armored vehicles.”


  18. RickyW, Trump having lied about something doesn’t mean Obama can’t lie just as egregiously. If I asked, “Did Trump promise U.S. citizens they could keep their current doctors under the ACA?” that wouldn’t, in itself, make Trump the greater liar.

    I think O’s in the same depths as Hillary or Trump.


  19. SolarP, You may be right though I think most of Obama’s false statements are primarily a matter of ignorance. My son would agree that Obama is as big a demagogue as Trump. He just had a different target audience. Kathaleena is probably right. Obama will make as much money making speeches as did Bill Clinton, but I also think he will play a lot of golf.


  20. Tychicus,

    Lies and “unsubstantiated claims.” It’s amazing how low they’ll go.

    And for those of you who may still be clinging to the idea that McMuffin was a stand up guy, note his involvement in this disgusting hit job. This demonstrates nicely just what kind of man he is. He’s a fraud, a liar, slanderer, and a man willing to assassinate the character of his enemies. A real class act, huh?

    But he is perfect for the CIA and RINO crowd he rolls with. .


  21. The fact that McCain is involved doesn’t really surprise me. It’s sad that he and other “Never Trumpers” would resort to such garbage. There’s enough to complain about with Trump, there’s no need to resort to such low class conspiracies.

    And also, I must note that several media outlets (to their credit) did the right thing here and refused to print such trash.


  22. I read the account Tychicus posted earlier. Then there is this account:


    I think the reason McCain went to the FBI Director was because of the allegations of coordination between Russia and Trump aides. As I said before, I am glad I don’t work in government or for the press. These are sordid times.


  23. Truman, Eisenhower and Reagan just went away. Carter worked with Habitat for Humanity.
    Both Bushes went away. Clinton got rich. Obama will cause as much trouble as he can.
    He will be quoted extensively. He may make money also. He can make speeches
    He doesn’t want to let this thing go.

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  24. No, but he fancies himself to be quite the “rock star,” so I guess we should have expected it. 🙂

    Next he’ll pull a Mick Jagger and never go away. I just know it. 😦

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  25. He may wind up being more popular outside of the White House than he ever was serving in it.

    But yeah, this is the ‘long goodbye’ with renewed shades of the adulation he weirdly received on the 2008 campaign trail. People on my FB feed were in tears last night, they were so moved.

    Today I see almost nothing but political commentary from the left, so I’m taking a break as well, at least from participating. Plus I still don’t feel so good.

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  26. Michelle, Pence and Reince, Kushner and the Cabinet are good adults. They have a tricky job. Trump must feel like he is in charge. He must be perceived by the public and the media to be in charge.

    I would let him Tweet, but make K Conway the tweet advisor. I would keep him busy speaking at Trumpkin Rallies and visiting plants that aren’t closing or are adding workers. Once a week I would let him go on O’Reilly or Hannity, but have all the Q and A pre-scripted.

    Let him take long golf vacations here and at his resorts around the world. The White House will feel like a small prison to him. He probably should spend 3-4 days a week at the Penthouse in NY. I might let Melania and the little boy stay there indefinitely.

    Israel did OK with a boy king. Maybe it can work for the US.


  27. How can I stay away with the fun in the news.

    I was rather amused to read Republican supporters complaining that Meryl Streep should stick to being an actress and a celebrity and stay out of politics. And they voted for who? A B level actor and celebrity.

    Streep is more than an actress. She’s one of the few women to garner leading roles well past 40. She’s a survivor against the latent and sometimes blatant sexism of Hollywood which allows for Harrison Ford to play the male lead at the age of 70 but the female lead is rarely over 40. Thus Streep is an incredible talent to survive but also an intelligent women to survive. And she knows Hollywood depends on a diversity of talent and backgrounds to maintain its dominance as the world entertainment/culture producer. Without foreign talent form Mexico, Spain etc they may even lose some of their Hispanic domestic market. And without that tolerance, the rest of the English speaking world would be willing to step in and produce the movies etc. And the cultural industries are important “soft power” international reach for the US. Its extremely well done liberal American propaganda — it may be liberal but it is American. Trump needs to understand the function of cultural industries in American power. Otherwise, Toronto, London etc could easily step in and produce English speaking culture with less American bias. Even my city can step in and make a good Detroit if necessary.


  28. The latest Trump news is of course all over my leftist feeds. When I first noticed it, I saw it was from Buzzfeed and ignored it. But here’s the problem for the Republican party, its believable.

    The content may be not fully known but what can be said with some degree of certainty; there’s a dossier in Moscow, Trump was caught in a compromising position and there’s far too many connections between Trump and friends and Putin and friends.


    I trust the guardian. And when Russia said it doesn’t collect compromising information, I laughed out loud — they’ve been doing that even before the Russian Revolution.

    When the Clinton- Monica story first hit, I believed it even without the blue dress. Clinton had the reputation and its almost a presidential habit. Now “golden showers” may seem a bit much but we’re discussing it in the context of man who has admitted to sexually assaulting women and walking among naked teen girls. Hence its believable than he may enjoy watching two women degrade themselves.

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  29. Shock Doctrine (by Naomi Klein) — basic premise is that neocons will take advantage of real or imagined crisis to make quick changes before the populace notices. When there is no crisis to speak of, a political party can still create shock by creating multiple events in short order. Trying to repeal ACA, confirmation hearings, and Trump’s news conferences on the same day qualifies as an attempt to steam roll. For the conspiracy minded, a claim can be made the “golden shower” is a purposefully created distraction which also discredit rivals (but I doubt it).

    While the Republicans tried to rush the confirmation hearings, the press conference provided a nice sideshow or circus. Bringing in paid staffers to cheer etc played to Trump’s vanity and of course yelling “fake news” must have boosted his ego. An adolescent display of narcissism. With the events of the last 24 hours, I’m wondering if CNN et al shouldn’t bother attending the press conferences and just send TMZ instead.

    The irony of the family values party electing Trump and scorning Obama still leaves me both amused and slightly stunned.

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  30. HRW, I don’t watch movies made after 1960, so I’ll have to take your word on Meryl Streep being a good actress. I’m going to give her a pass for attacking Old Trump, but I am irritated that she was critical of both football and Saturday Night Wrestling/Fighting.


  31. Yeah she stepped out of her comfort zone there. Without cable, I’ve learned sports arent really that important. Can’t tolerate the NFL. — boring and predictable — but i do find MMA interesting in terms of strategic fighting. Of course, the minute the Maple Leafs get close to the Stanley Cup, I will get cable again.

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  32. I can do without many things, but I would hate to do without Fox Sports Oklahoma which broadcasts the Thunder games.


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