7 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-6-17

  1. How Obama turned the intel community into a political weapon, a task usually reserved for 3rd world dictators.


    “The twin serpents of politicization and political correctness — a Soviet term, by the way — walk hand in hand throughout the intelligence community, as well as every other government agency. The PC mindset that now dominates every college campus is also positioned firmly throughout our government — particularly within the intelligence community, which saw its greatest personnel influx ever in the post-9/11 environment. Today’s intelligence community, the average age of which I would estimate at 32, was raised under the beleaguered Bush administration and reached professional maturity primarily under the Obama administration, immersed in a PC environment.

    In this PC world, all diversity is embraced — except diversity of thought. Federal workers have been partisan for years, but combined with the rigid Obama PC mindset, it has created a Frankenstein of politicization that has never been seen before.

    Watching Evelyn Farkas admit on TV that the Obama administration wanted the intelligence community to “get as much information as you can” before Donald Trump took office resembles some sort of social science experiment gone bad — and it frames the problems wrought by PC/political brainwashing. Here a mid-level official, permanently dwelling in a bubble of progressive liberalism, acknowledged being complicit in the breaking of U.S. ethics rules and perhaps law — because, as she explained, that’s what they needed to do!

    Farkus has all the right credentials: a Ph.D. and a career shuttling between academia, the government and the press that is the hallmark of the anointed “Washington insider” class. What is lacking, however, is any level of self-awareness, common sense or judgment. She is emblematic of the denizens of the Deep State that everyone in Washington likes to tell us doesn’t exist.

    I am here to tell you, having served in the CIA and the Naval Reserve, that the Deep State does indeed exist. And it’s not a bunch of centrally controlled drones in black robes meeting at midnight. The Deep State is made up of thousands of similarly credentialed, remarkably “un-diverse” civil servants and political appointees who saw themselves promoted rapidly during the eight years of the Obama administration. The appointees have left, but make no mistake — the progressive civil servants remain.

    There is little doubt that intel leadership saw Obama’s relaxation of rules regulating the sharing of NSA raw intelligence — for which there is NO operational justification — and did nothing. They also saw the Obama administration’s demand for “incidental” collection on the Trump campaign at an unprecedented level — and still they did nothing.

    Like some binary poisonous reagent, these dynamics combined to foster an environment ripe for political abuse and leakage — a fairly transparent attempt, from the point of view of any discerning intelligence officer. This weaponization of intelligence for the sake of discrediting the political opposition I have seen in Kosovo, Azerbaijan, Moldova and elsewhere — sadly, it is now on our shores.”

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  2. The Trump Effect continues to impact illegal immigration. Looks like word is out.


    “The most remarkable thing about this is that it’s happening amid good economic news. It takes a lot of deterrence to keep a would-be illegal from crossing the border with the prospect of a (relatively) high-paying American job on the other side. And Trump wants a lot of deterrence — but most of his wishes are, for now, still wishes. He wants 15,000 more Border Patrol agents and of course a long, long wall (with a big door!), but those goals are still a ways off. And yet, apparently, illegals are staying home anyway. I wonder what sort of rumors are being spread in Mexico about the special new perils of trying to illegally enter Trump’s America. Even with the media attention given to ICE raids over the past two months, the odds of any individual illegal being picked up are vanishingly small, especially a new arrival who’s not on the agency’s radar yet.

    Oh well. Whatever works.

    John Kelly says in written testimony submitted to a Senate panel that fewer than 12,500 people were caught crossing the border last month. That compares with more than 43,000 who were detained in February. It’s the lowest monthly figure in at least 17 years.

    Kelly says the decrease is “no accident” and credits President Donald Trump’s approach to illegal immigration. The Trump administration has not yet changed how the border is patrolled, but the president’s tough talk on immigration and arrests of immigrants living in the country illegally have likely acted as deterrents.
    Yeah, it’s probably Trump himself that’s the chief deterrent. The “madman theory” of presidential leadership typically applies to foreign policy, but there may be something to it in immigration too. Illegals may be watching this guy from across the border worrying not that they’ll be deported if they sneak over and get caught but that they’ll be put in prison, labor camps, or lord knows what else. It’s the same fear that seems to have been driving refugees north to Canada, even in the bitter cold of winter.”

    And it’s impacting refugee arrivals as well.


    “The number of refugees admitted to the United States dropped in March to its lowest monthly tally of the current fiscal year, even as the implementation of President Trump’s latest immigration executive order continues to be held up by federal courts.

    In a continuing declining trend, 2,070 refugees arrived during March, an approximately 54.79 percent drop from the 4,579 recorded in February, according to State Department Refugee Processing Center data.

    The number has steadily declined in FY 2017, from 9,945 refugees admitted to the U.S. last October, to 8,355 in November, 7,371 in December and 6,777 in January.”

    “With the fiscal year now halfway through, 39,098 refugees had arrived as of March 31, of whom 30,122 arrived before the end of the Obama administration and 8,967 since Trump’s inauguration.”


  3. Democrat obstruction of Gorsuch has just been nuked. 😲


    “Senate Republicans nuked a long-standing precedent requiring 60 votes to end filibusters of Supreme Court nominees in order to push through President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

    Most Democrats joined a filibuster of the nominee, arguing that he was outside of the legal mainstream and that Republicans owed them a “consensus” nominee after they blocked a hearing on former President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland last year. The first vote to end debate on Gorsuch failed, 55 to 45 Thursday morning, with just four Democrats joining Republicans to end a filibuster. Then, Republicans nuked the precedent on a party-line vote, 52 to 48.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was always clear that he would change the precedent of the Senate if Democrats refused to allow a vote on Gorsuch. It took only 51 votes to change the rule requiring 60 senators to agree to end debate on a Supreme Court nominee. With the rules changed, it now also takes only 51 votes for the Senate to end a filibuster and proceed to a floor vote to confirm a nominee. “We need to restore the norms and traditions of the Senate and get past this unprecedented partisan filibuster,” McConnell said on the floor, before starting the process of going nuclear.

    Senate Democrats may still demand 30 hours of debate before the final vote, which is now expected Friday evening.”


  4. With the country so evenly divided, a 52-48 vote represents how badly split we are. It only, apparently, depends who is in power to determine what the “mainstream” is.

    Sad day for our country–but it’s been that way for some time. 😦

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  5. Poor Nunes! A month ago he was a respected member of Congress. Then he joined The Trump Cult. As his iniation he was required to perform an Inspector Clouseau routine in support of The Leader’s “tapp” allegations. Now he is a subject of ridicule and is widely regarded as a taller version of Sean Spicer.


    Republicans, Don’t join The Cult!


  6. chug-chug-chug, Jeep drives in from The State of Denial just for a moment ….



    is is the week when we will discover if Washington really is as broken and hopeless as President Donald Trump and his supporters long have claimed it is. Looks like the answer is yes.

    If an affable and well-qualified jurist—as attested to by none other than the American Bar Association—cannot be confirmed to a seat on the Supreme Court without Thelma and Louise let’s-go-down-in-glory dramatics, then nothing in Congress works anymore. …

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