13 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-30-18

  1. Just a few before I hit the road….

    What’s redacted is even worse. More is coming.


    “House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes claimed Sunday that the American public will be “shocked” when it sees the remaining blacked out portions of the FBI’s applications for spy warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

    “We are quite confident that once the American people see these 20 pages, at least for those that will get real reporting on this issue, they will be shocked by what’s in that FISA application,” Nunes said in an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo.

    Nunes’ comments raise expectations about what information remains hidden behind 20-plus pages of the FBI’s fourth and final application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against Page.

    The Department of Justice released portions of the four FISA applications on July 20 in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. A majority of the information remains redacted because it is classified.

    Nunes and his fellow Republicans on the Intelligence Committee asked President Donald Trump in a June 14 letter to declassify 21 pages from the final FISA application, which was signed by deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

    The unredacted portions of the applications confirmed much of what has already been made public through two memos released earlier this year by Republicans and Democrats on the House Intelligence panel.”


  2. How Hillary used the bogus dossier…. and another busted meme…..


    “The Clinton campaign received a steady flow of briefings on its paid-for Christopher Steele dossier, whose unverified Trump-Russia collusion charges made their way into election news stories and Clinton talking points.

    The dossier emerged again as a Washington hot topic in recent days with the release of four FBI applications to a judge to spy on a Donald Trump volunteer. The petition’s evidence to convince the judge was largely based on the dossier.

    With the application’s release, President Trump took to Twitter to declare the 35-pages a “Clinton campaign document.”

    Some pundits and a fact-checkers asserted that the Clinton campaign never used Mr. Steele’s Russia charges.

    A check of the public record shows otherwise, although the campaign never specifically cited the dossier by name. Mr. Steele accused Trump people of an “extensive conspiracy” with Moscow to interfere in the 2016 election — a charge not proved publicly.

    The record:”


  3. Trump and his campaign weren’t the only ones the Obama admin spied on……


    “Although investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson has strong forensic evidence that her home computer was remotely accessed by government entities, nothing has been done about it. The Department of Justice should be paying attention, because Attkisson believes she wasn’t the only person who was improperly spied on during the Obama years.

    Attkisson shared her story during a House Oversight and Reform hearing on Tuesday about H.R. 4382, the Free Flow of Information Act, which would enshrine journalist-source protection into federal law.”

    “She told Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) at the hearing on Tuesday that there was no doubt in her mind that the government had intruded into her computer.

    “There’s an actual fingerprint on the software that is used for this that they recognize themselves — or that can be recognized — that it’s very unique,” she explained. “It’s a government proprietary software. And not only that, they didn’t just look at my computer records, according to forensics. They planted three classified documents in my computer, they had a keystroke monitoring program in there, they used Skype — which was on my computer — to secretly activate it to exfiltrate files and listen in on audio.”

    She noted that a lot of people, including her, didn’t know that Skype could be used for such purposes, but it’s just one of many tools spooks use to access your computer remotely.

    “I don’t believe I was unique in terms of the only journalist this happened to,” she added. “I was just one who found out about it because I had intel sources.”

    Attkisson explained to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) that it had never occurred to her that the government would be spying on her, as it sounded “so wildly crazy.” However, two different individuals in the intelligence community — who didn’t know each other — had approached her with the information indicating that she was being surveilled. She said the intelligence sources told her that they were seeing practices being employed that “used to be strictly forbidden or controlled, but were now being done more liberally.”

    Attkisson continued: “With help of another confidential source, and a FBI unit chief who helped connect me, we were able to get the first forensics exam, and they were literally blown away, according to them, when they saw this evidence. They were so shocked because there was a time when this would never have been done.””


  4. I heard on the news yesterday -I think it was a Fox replay of somewhere else.- that “Trump collusion in his office (which he evidently didn’t attend) is an impeachable offense.
    I think Dem’s think they can take the house and impeach Trump next year.
    It seems these idiots don’t know what they are asking for.


  5. I cut myself off somehow after the last statement. Maybe that was appropriate. In any case:
    The only proved collusion is by the Clintons.
    They need to be aware of the things that will be revealed in the ensuing brouhaha.


  6. It seems to me that if I’m writing confidential material, or have confidential resources, I’d use two computers. One attached to the Internet and one not.

    I’d probably carry several phones and be careful how I use them.

    Navy SEALs don’t carry phones on their missions and don’t wear Fitbits– both devices can give away location.

    It’s the incredulity factor that trips us– how can this possibly be happening?

    Nevertheless, no Alexa in my house and a post it note over the computer camera. I suppose I should also turn off the sound?

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  7. If you go hiking, or running, or some such, always carry a fully charged iPhone.
    Somebody needs to know where you all the time.


  8. Neither here nor there…

    But kind of. Calvary Chapel church denomination (or whatever it call itself) is ubiquitous. My family and I drive past three local CC churches on the way to our own. I have family members who attend a Calv Chapel church and they (my relatives) are following Christ, love the Lord, etc. Whatever the case, here’s a classic example of headlines *forming* one’s interpretation of the Bible (instead of the Bible framing one’s thinking). It’s almost locusts=helicopter level eisegesis:



  9. Solar, I couldn’t open the link because it said “click on-something I didn’t recognize- to continue”. Not many things I want to click on to continue.

    However, I did see a headline that said “American cities to be wiped out by N. Korean bombs according to Bible prophesy.”

    I have read the Bible through at least 50 times. I couldn’t find that.


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  10. Hey Chas, it sounds like it could be the same article. It’s a pretty common website, so I’m surprised you couldn’t get through. You may be interested in some ad blockers I could refer you to! (J/K for all you true blood capitalists out there). In any case, Greg Laurie thinks North Korea is in the Bible. Look for a good church, Christian friends, but rule out Calvary Chapel….

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  11. You may be familiar with the “Intellectual Dark Web” that was all the rage for a few minutes a couple months ago. Its members still love to pat each other on their backs and talk themselves up on Twitter and elsewhere. I have actually kind of liked Ben Shapiro’s takes on things now and then, but here’s a case where the “Intellectual” part of that group’s moniker trips him up in pretty bad way…


  12. Calvary Chapels began on the beach in Southern California and remain fairly popular. But yeah, that’s the danger of trying to find ‘prophecy’ in Scripture using a narrow view of your own time of contemporary history.


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