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From Sioux Falls station KDLT:

Authorities: Bombs, Guns Found While Serving Search Warrant for Burglaries
Authorities have arrested a 43-year-old man after they located explosive devices and firearms at his residence while serving a search warrant in connection with multiple area burglaries.

Authorities say they connected 43-year-old Mark Einerwold to three separate burglaries throughout June and July in Tea and Dell Rapids.

Authorities served a search warrant at Einerwold’s residence in the 1100 block of South Blaine Avenue in Sioux Falls at around 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

While serving the search warrant, detectives found what they say were bomb making materials and chemicals. The Sioux Falls Police bomb squad were called to the residence and authorities evacuated the surrounding area.

Authorities say they found multiple explosive devices as well as ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder, which authorities say have no use other than for an explosive device.

Authorities also seized multiple firearms and a homemade firearm silencer from the residence.

And a little bit further down the page:

Authorities say they found multiple items related to Antifa, an anti-fascist militant group, as well as other items indicating an extreme hatred for law enforcement and government.

Antifa - the millitant arm of the progressive Democrat party. They claim to be anti-fascism but they support centralised government and totalitarian ideas and policies. Their choice of name is a perfect example of the Big Lie - worked well in 1925 and still working today. Promoted by the same people too - the National Socialists.

From Politico:

Why filing taxes isn’t easy
The Trump administration unveiled a “postcard-sized” tax form late last month that will supposedly make it easier for Americans to do their own taxes. The move was nothing more than a publicity stunt as a number . of . commentators noted, the administration achieved its postcard-sized ambitions only by requiring millions of Americans to submit supplementary worksheets that actually complicate the task of tax preparation.

The real action on tax filing right now is happening on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, where Congress is working hard to ensure that doing your taxes remains a time-consuming and expensive endeavor. The House of Representatives has passed two bills in recent weeks that seek to stop the IRS from simplifying the tax-filing process. One is pending in the Senate Finance Committee. The other cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee in late June, with a floor vote likely this summer.

At issue are two innovations that, if adopted by the IRS, would radically reduce the time and expense incurred in filing federal income tax returns. The first is free online tax preparation paired with electronic filing: The IRS could offer an easy-to-use product that assists you in completing your tax return, then allows you to submit your return online—all at a price of $0. A second and even more pioneering possibility is “pre-population”: the IRS could allow you to begin the filing process with an already filled-out return rather than making you enter each item of information from scratch.

And why this is happening:

Why would lawmakers want to stop the IRS from simplifying tax filing? Here’s a clue: H&R Block has spent $3.4 million lobbying the current Congress, and Intuit—the maker of TurboTax—has pitched in an additional $3.1 million. They and their employees also have contributed more than $500,000 this cycle to congressional candidates, political action committees, and parties.

And tax politics make strange bedfellows. Fighting alongside H&R Block and Intuit are anti-tax activist groups like Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform. H&R Block and Intuit love taxes—that’s how they make their money. Grover Norquist wants to cut taxes wherever possible. But on this issue, their interests are aligned. H&R Block and Intuit want to make it difficult for you to file on your own. The anti-tax activists think that if taxpaying is too easy, voters will be less likely to resist the federal government’s growth. Both want to make it as painful as possible for you to do your taxes yourself.

A pox on these people - acting in their own interest instead of We The People. What never fails to amaze me is just how cheap our congress people are - they are being bought for a pittance.

An interesting poll

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From Gallup:

What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?

They divided the poll into two catagories; Economic and Non Economic. In Economic, Economy in General was the major concern with only 4% of people expressing concern. Economics in total was only 15%

Non Economic had 
Dissatisfaction with government/Poor leadership coming in at 19%
Immigration/Illegal aliens coming in at 14%
Race relations/Racism coming in at 7%
Healthcare coming in at 4% and so on.

Missing from either list (and the numbers were tallied down to 0.5% and lower) was one topic that is occupying a lot of the news these days. Russia. Was not there. People are not concerned with it.

A new study shows - update

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Yesterday, I posted a link to an article that lists some of the current propaganda buzzwords used in today's media. For fun I did a Google search and one source seems to have studies on the brain.

Check out these headlines from Mother Jones:

I could go on but you catch my drift...

Some interesting news out of Russia

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This is my surprised face. From Zero Hedge:

Putin Claims U.S. Intelligence Agents Funneled $400 Million To Clinton Campaign
Vladimir Putin made a bombshell claim during Monday's joint press conference with President Trump in Helsinki, Finland, when the Russian President said some $400 million in illegally earned profits was funneled to the Clinton campaign by associates of American-born British financier Bill Browder - at one time the largest foreign portfolio investors in Russia. The scheme involved members of the U.S. intelligence community, said Putin, who he said "accompanied and guided these transactions."

Browder made billions in Russia during the 90's. In December, a Moscow court sentenced Browder in absentia to nine years in prison for tax fraud, while he was also found guilty of tax evasion in a separate 2013 case. Putin accused Browder's associates of illegally earning over than $1.5 billion without paying Russian taxes, before sending $400 million to Clinton.

President Trump may be a bombast but he is doing great work for the United States and for the world. I am so glad that Hillary never got to the White House.

A useful toolkit

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Excellent post from American Partisan:

REGIME SPEAK AND NARRATIVE CONTROL TERMS
One of the most critical parts of controlling a populace is controlling their information; ensuring that you control everything they see, hear and read. I’m sure you can think of several countries’ governments doing this, through blocking large portions of the internet or even criminalizing thoughts and writings that go outside of the allowed regime-speak.

If you can’t control what information the people have access to completely or nearly so, the next best thing is to ensure that you control the narrative, while minimizing any other influences as much as possible and still maintain a facade of free speech and liberty. This is done by engaging in massive info/disinfo operations using sock puppets, media, entertainment, education, and even product advertising. Meanwhile, you must also discredit or even simply delete information that threatens the narrative. It’s not criminal to disagree in this scenario–yet–but it’s getting there. One example is the recent brouhaha over Laura Ingalls Wilder’s work. Her Ma and Pa hated Indians, you see, and suddenly regardless of historical context, greater use, or anything else, her work must be demonized. It’s happening with more and more frequency. No matter what you may think about freedom of speech in the United States, book banning is hardly a new idea. It’s been going on for many years. Interestingly enough, books that were once banned for explicit sexual content, such as Moll Flanders or Tropic of Cancer are no longer banned; the Little House on the Prairie series, however, seems well on its way to being removed from libraries and schools.

Ol’ Remus over at The Woodpile Report has an interesting list of words and phrases in his sidebar, titled “Regime-Speak.” If you haven’t made his reports a part of your reading routine, you need to–but when you go over there, take a look at the list. They’re words and phrases that are often used as part of the above mentioned efforts to control narrative and information flow.

As Remus says, if you see these terms, you’re about to be lied to (or steered/manipulated, etc.) — and these are just a few off the list.

a new study shows — How many times have you heard this phrase? It’s often used to introduce the new planned direction for the populace in some area. “A new study shows that _______ can lead to _________.” The media trumpets the ‘new study,’ and while most Americans don’t go read the study–and wouldn’t know how to prove it wrong if they did–they do go out and purchase/do/get rid of whatever they’ve just been told is bad/good. Certain companies benefit, certain industries see a drop, and the puppetmasters continue doing their thing.

Many more at the link - a good thing to keep in mind over the next 10-15 years as the worst of the deep state gets cleaned out.

Astroturfing - SCOTUS pick

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The London Daily Mail noticed something screwy about some letters to the editor:

Mystery as IDENTICAL letters appear in 21 newspapers across 12 states slamming Trump's Supreme Court pick – and they're all signed by different people
Judge Brett Kavanaugh is going into the Supreme Court confirmation process with a hail of rhetorical arrows zinging by him, including a phony letter-writing campaign aimed at unsuspecting American newspaper editors

At least 21 papers were duped last week, including big-market brands like the Dallas Morning News and The Washington Times. They ran identical letters over a four-day period, each signed by a different person.

The effort is an example of public-relations 'astroturfing,' a technique meant to simulate genuine grassroots support for an idea or cause.

It is not a social movement, it is some loser in his Mom's basement with a computer. The article has screen caps of the letters in question and they are identical.

From Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch Obtains IRS Documents Revealing McCain’s Subcommittee Staff Director Urged IRS to Engage in “Financially Ruinous” Targeting
Judicial Watch today released newly obtained internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.”  Kerner was appointed by President Trump as Special Counsel for the United States Office of Special Counsel.

The explosive exchange was contained in notes taken by IRS employees at an April 30, 2013, meeting between Kerner, Lerner, and other high-ranking IRS officials. Just ten days following the meeting, former IRS director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner admitted that the IRS had a policy of improperly and deliberately delaying applications for tax-exempt status from conservative non-profit groups.

Lerner and other IRS officials met with select top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in a “marathon” meeting to discuss concerns raised by both Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that the IRS was not reining in political advocacy groups in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.  Senator McCain had been the chief sponsor of the McCain-Feingold Act and called the Citizens United decision, which overturned portions of the Act, one of the “worst decisions I have ever seen.”

In the full notes of an April 30 meeting, McCain’s high-ranking staffer Kerner recommends harassing non-profit groups until they are unable to continue operating. Kerner tells Lerner, Steve Miller, then chief of staff to IRS commissioner, Nikole Flax, and other IRS officials, “Maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous.” In response, Lerner responded that “it is her job to oversee it all:”

Rot at the top. All of them. This upcoming mid-term election will be very important.

A big disappointment - Fascism

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Got Madeleine Albright's latest book: Fascism. Given that she was born in Czechoslovakia in 1937 - two years before Hitler invaded and that her family returned after WWII only to have Czechoslovakia fall to Communism in 1948, I was hoping that she would have a more nuanced view as to what constitutes Fascism. Instead, it is a Never Trump screed. I gave up after page 53. She does give a good history lesson of what happened in Europe but her foaming at the mouth regarding Trump renders her book unreadable.

She did have one wonderful turn of phrase that I enjoyed:

To the political class of Washington D.C. - Republican, Democrat and independent alike - the election of Trump as so startling it would have caused an old-time silent film comedian to clench his hat with both hands, yank it over his ears, leap in the air, and land flat on his back.

Cute - I can see this in my mind. Sad that the book is so unreadable - I'll be returning it to the library. Glad I didn't spend my money on it.

A big fizzle in Brussels

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Pure Schadenfreude - from NTK Network complete with video goodness:

Anti-Trump Protest at NATO Draws Only a Couple Dozen
“Make Peace Great Again” organizers were expecting few thousand protesters to gather outside the NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday evening to protest President Trump’s attendance, but only a couple dozen demonstrators showed up.

Euro News’ Damon Embling reported that organizers were expecting a few thousand people to attend the protest, but just a few dozen turned out.

The protesters were rallying around the slogan “Make Peace Great Again,” a play on Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

Almost feel sorry for the loonies.... Almost

Heh - shaking things up

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Even the Democrats are becoming disgusted with what their party has become - from USA Today:

Top Democrat Linda Sanchez says it's time for 'generational change' in dig at Nancy Pelosi
A top House Democrat said Wednesday it was time for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her two long-time deputies to step aside and make way for a younger generation of leaders.

Rep. Linda Sanchez, the highest-ranking Latina in the House, first called for “generational change” last fall, but her fresh comments on Wednesday come at a time when Democrats are increasingly dissatisfied with Pelosi and uncertain about who could emerge as a possible successor.

Sanchez — currently the vice chair of the Democratic conference, the No. 5 leadership slot — also said she wants to be part of any “transition” to a new lineup.

“I think it’s time for that generational change,” Sanchez told reporters Wednesday. “I want to be part of that transition, because I don’t intend to stay in Congress until I’m in my 70s.”

I have said before and will say again, if John F. Kennedy were running today, I would vote for him in a heartbeat. The Dems have moved too far to the left for 90% of We The People's liking. They have no platform except to tax and to grow big government. Certainly not Constitutional.

Chris Lynch found this wonderful film clip - very appropriate for the Senate Confirmation Hearings:

On July 5th, Trump offered to purchase a DNA test kit for Senator Elizabeth Warren to back up her claims of Indian heratige. He even offered to donate $1,000,000 to her favorite charity if she would follow through with the test.

She issued her rebuttal today and it is lame - she has no facts to back up her claim so she is reduced to launching an Ad Hominem attack against our President. From The Boston Globe:

Elizabeth Warren slams President Trump at Natick forum
US Senator Elizabeth Warren responded to a recent attack by President Trump on Sunday, saying he “tries to bully me in order to shut me up,” as she spoke to reporters after a question-and-answer session with supporters at the historic Belkin Family Lookout Farm.

It was the latest salvo in a longstanding war of words between the Massachusetts senator and the president, who provoked fresh criticism of his crass rhetoric at a rally Thursday in Montana. In his Great Falls speech, Trump again referred to Warren as “Pocahontas” and questioned her controversial claims of Native American ancestry, which Warren says are based on family lore but remain unproven.

It is not bullying if the President is correct and Warren is lying. Again, she is not that smart and was unable to get into Harvard Law School on her academic merit so she lied and said that she was Native American and was accepted under their diversity quotas. Simple as that.

She could make all of this go away with a simple swab of the inside of her cheek and a $200 check to 23 and Me. Why has she not done this?

Only thing is that President Trump has not released his choice for Justice Kennedy yet:

The Schadenfreude is strong with these people.

Just say no - Hillary

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Unreal - from the New York Post:

Is Hillary Clinton secretly planning to run in 2020?
The messages convey a sense of urgency, and are coming with increasing frequency. They are short, focused reactions to the latest “outrage” committed by President Trump.

Some end by asking for money, some urge participation in protests. All read as if they are sent from the official headquarters of the resistance.

Hillary Clinton is up to something.

Five times in the last month alone, she sent e-mails touting her super PAC’s role in combating President Trump. Most seized on headline events, such as the family-separation issue at the southern border.

She seriously need to put the crack pipe away and retire from the public stage. Glutton for punishment?

I am especially pissed about this as electronics components will be taxed at 35% so our costs will increase by at least 35% if not more. Also, items that are 100% manufactured in China (they call this the last screw definition - ie: there is no subsequent assembly or processing in the USA) do not have this tax. This is a tax on hackers and not consumers.

But I ramble - from CNBC:

US-China tariffs: 'The first shots to the trade war are about to be fired'
A trade war between the U.S. and China is about to start, and there will be probably be “escalation upon escalation,” warned Geoff Raby, Australia’s former ambassador to China.

Ahead of the expected Friday implementation of American and Chinese tariffs, Raby told CNBC that “it looks like the first shots to the trade war are about to be fired.”

China, for its part, was already calling the tariff threats between Beijing and Washington a "trade war" in June.

“I thought that by now a negotiated solution would have been found,” he told CNBC’s Martin Soong, adding that it seems the U.S. has “walked away” from any potential deal.

Yes, there is a very large imbalance in trade between our two nations but a trade war is not the way to go about curing this. President Trump is going all-out nuclear when he just needs to rattle a few sabers.

President Trump - master troll

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This is pure comedy gold from our President. From The Hill:

Trump: I would offer Warren $1M to prove her Native American heritage
President Trump said Thursday that if he were facing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during a debate, he would offer her $1 million to take a test to prove her Native American heritage.

“But let’s say I’m debating Pocahontas, I’ll do this,” Trump said during a campaign rally in Great Falls, Montana, referring to Warren by the racially charged nickname he gave her during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“I promise you I’ll do this, you know those little kits they sell on television for $2? Learn your heritage,” Trump said.

She is not that smart and was unable to get into Harvard Law School on her academic merit so she lied and said that she was Native American and was accepted under their diversity quotas. Simple as that.

Good news - the EPA

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He was a good fit for the job and did a great deal to steer the EPA back to its core missions but his personal life was a trainwreck. From the New York Post:

Scott Pruitt quits as EPA chief amid ethics controversies
Embattled EPA Chief Scott Pruitt resigned under mounting pressure on Thursday as the number of controversies — and congressional investigations — over his personal and professional behavior continued to pile up.

President Trump, who had been one of the Oklahoman’s staunchest defenders, announced the resignation in a pair of tweets.

“I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this,” he wrote.

Some of the issues:

Pruitt was overwhelmed by a series of controversies, including lavish spending on first-class air travel and an expanded, 24-hour security detail, a sweetheart rent deal on a DC condo owned by a lobbyist with business before the EPA and a $40,000 private phone booth in his office.

It was also revealed that he personally tried to get his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise as well as another high-paying job — and that he blew taxpayers’ money on “tactical” pants normally worn by law enforcement.

Individually, none of these warrant punishment or his resignation but collectively? He should have realized that he was a public figure. Should have stayed squeaky clean.

Rot at the core - the FBI

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Interesting revelation - from Wired Magazine - March 28th, 2012:

READ THE FBI MEMO: AGENTS CAN 'SUSPEND THE LAW'

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The FBI once taught its agents that they can "bend or suspend the law" as they wiretap suspects. But the bureau says it didn't really mean it, and has now removed the document from its counterterrorism training curriculum, calling it an "imprecise" instruction. Which is a good thing, national security attorneys say, because the FBI's contention that it can twist the law in pursuit of suspected terrorists is just wrong.

And a bit more:

The reference to law-bending was noted in a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller from Sen. Richard Durbin that Danger Room obtained. When Danger Room asked for the original document, the FBI initially declined. On Wednesday, a Bureau spokesperson relented, but refused to say who prepared the document; how long it was in circulation; and how many FBI agents, analysts and officials received its instruction.

The undated piece of instructional material (.pdf) notes that "under certain circumstances, the FBI has the ability to bend or suspend the law to impinge on the freedom of others." Those circumstances include "the ability to gather information on individuals which would normally be protected under the U.S. Constitution through the use of FISA [the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act], Title 3 monitoring [general law enforcement surveillance], NSL [National Security Letter] reports, etc."

Some surveillance experts were confused by that explanation. Surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or so-called "Title-3" law-enforcement surveillance requires the approval of judges. National Security Letters – administrative subpoenas for records issued by FBI officials, not judges – are troubling to civil libertarians, as the practice is rife for abuse, but the issuance of the letters themselves is legal. In other words, there shouldn't be any suspension of the law.

Rife for abuse indeed. A fake dossier paid for with Clinton campaign funds forms the basis for a FISA approved wiretap on people in Donald Trump's campaign. Abuses like this have been going on since well before 2011 - here is one case from 2007: U.S. Report to Fault F.B.I. on Subpoenas  John Edgar is spinning in his grave.

Overton Window? From Infogalactic:

The Overton window, also known as the window of discourse, is the range of ideas the public will accept. It is used by media pundits. The term is derived from its originator, Joseph P. Overton (1960–2003), a former vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, who in his description of his window claimed that an idea's political viability depends mainly on whether it falls within the window, rather than on politicians' individual preferences. According to Overton's description, his window includes a range of policies considered politically acceptable in the current climate of public opinion, which a politician can recommend without being considered too extreme to gain or keep public office.

Overton described a spectrum from "more free" to "less free" with regard to government intervention, oriented vertically on an axis, to avoid comparison with the left-right political spectrum. As the spectrum moves or expands, an idea at a given location may become more or less politically acceptable.

The article includes this graphic which explains it very well:

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This post is what got me thinking about the Overton Window - from Red State:

The Democrat-Left: Stupid, Insane – And Very, Very Violent
We are in the midst of a seriously, seriously dangerous ramp up by the radical Left.  Not since the 1960s have these people been this riled up, angry – and prone to fits of violence.

The 1960s gave us murderous groups like the Weather Underground (founders of which launched future president Barack Obama’s political career) and the Black Panthers – which marred our existence for years and years.

But there is at least one HUGE difference between then and now.

Then: The comparatively moderate Democrat Party was considered another enemy of the Left – for being comparatively moderate.  Which is why the Left openly assaulted the 1968 Democrat Convention in Chicago.

Now: What were once vices, have now become habits.  The radical Left – owns and operates today’s Democrat Party.

The Democrat National Committee (DNC) – is co-run by a self-avowed Communist (Tom Perez) and a radical anti-Jew Nation of Islam adherent (Keith Ellerson).

In the 2016 Democrat presidential primary, Hillary Clinton was the alleged moderate alternative to Communist Bernie  Sanders.  But when both were in the Senate – her voting record was but 0.1% less Left than his.  Oh – and there were five Senators more Left than the both of them.

I lived through the 1960's and 1970's and have zero desire to revisit them. People have not learned their history. There are glimmers of hope though.

From the Foundation for Economic Education:

Ontario’s Minimum Wage Hike Has Been Disastrous, Especially for Disabled Workers
The Canadian province of Ontario began 2018 by raising the minimum wage from $11.60 to $14. The move was predictably praised by union leaders and most of the general public as a compassionate policy that would help workers. Equally predictable was the damage this would do to unskilled workers, much of which is already clearly visible, only half a year into this unfortunate experiment. And given that the damage caused by minimum wages takes time to unfold, more carnage is surely on the horizon.

Disabled Workers Lose Their Jobs
When the Ontario government raised the minimum wage, it also terminated an exemption for organizations providing jobs to the intellectually or physically disabled. As a result, The Globe and Mail reports, most of these organizations “have opted to stop hiring people with cognitive disabilities.” Not only was hiring stopped, community centers and non-profits were also forced to let go of their existing disabled workers.

The parents of these disabled workers organized a protest demanding exemptions from the government’s unfair minimum wage law, since no employer could afford to pay their disabled adult children $14 per hour. As no exemption has yet been granted, the clear result of the new minimum wage policy was to cut down the most vulnerable workers in the province by destroying the jobs that provided them with income and self-esteem.

Much more at the site with links to corroborating data. The socialists are still pushing for higher wages without realizing the damage their ideas are causing. A progressive is like an unsupervised three-year-old in a candy store - happy and clueless.

Shutting down ICE

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Don Surber offers a good look at why the Democrats want to shut down ICE and what ICE actually does. From Don's website:

Why Democrats want to abolish ICE
To answer the question of why Democrats want to shutter the agency, look at what ICE does.

"LAREDO, Texas – Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) on Tuesday led an enforcement action that resulted in seizing 21 rifles, 962 rounds of ammunition, ammunition magazines, belt-fed magazines, ballistic plates, armor carriers and ghillie (camouflage) suits," ICE reported on June 21.

So ICE stops the sale of illicit drugs and illegal guns.

Much more at the site - Don's stories come with links to corborating data. He closes with this:

This is just some of what the agency has does.

Let us review. By calling for the abolition of ICE, Democrats support 1. drugs and gun running, 2. money laundering, 3. rapists, 4. human rights violators, 5. terrorism, 6. the mutilation of women, 7. human trafficking, and 8. child porn.

Considering how much crime there is in the cities Democrats run, I am not surprised.

Pretty much sums it up.

From our National Security Agency:

NSA Reports Data Deletion
Consistent with NSA’s core values of respect for the law, accountability, integrity, and transparency we are making public notice that on May 23, 2018, NSA began deleting all call detail records (CDRs) acquired since 2015 under Title V of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)

The Government relies on Title V of FISA to obtain CDRs, which do not include the content of any calls. In accordance with this law, the Government obtains these CDRs, following a specific court-authorized process.

NSA is deleting the CDRs because several months ago NSA analysts noted technical irregularities in some data received from telecommunications service providers. These irregularities also resulted in the production to NSA of some CDRs that NSA was not authorized to receive. Because it was infeasible to identify and isolate properly produced data, NSA concluded that it should not use any of the CDRs. Consequently, NSA, in consultation with the Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, decided that the appropriate course of action was to delete all CDRs. NSA notified the Congressional Oversight Committees, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and the Department of Justice of this decision. The Department of Justice, in turn, notified the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The root cause of the problem has since been addressed for future CDR acquisitions, and NSA has reviewed and revalidated its intelligence reporting to ensure that the reports were based on properly received CDRs.

Destroying evidense before the FISA abuses are investigated? And that line about: "NSA analysts noted technical irregularities in some data received from telecommunications service providers". Are these providers still collecting the data and just not handing it over to the NSA - no mention. Do the tellecommunications service providers still retain the data that the NSA is deleting.

The timing is definitley odd on this one...

One possible reason - what if the so-called Russian Collusion probe went to the Supreme Court. Would Justice Kennedy have recused himself? From Business Insider:

Trump's business career is more connected to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy than we ever knew
The son of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was leading a real-estate division of Deutsche Bank as it gave President Donald Trump over $1 billion in loans to finance his real-estate projects when other banks wouldn't, The New York Times reported Thursday.

No mention of anything wrong or bad business practices but a curious connection.

NOT - from Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch Obtains IRS Documents Revealing McCain’s Subcommittee Staff Director Urged IRS to Engage in “Financially Ruinous” Targeting
Judicial Watch today released newly obtained internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.”  Kerner was appointed by President Trump as Special Counsel for the United States Office of Special Counsel.

The explosive exchange was contained in notes taken by IRS employees at an April 30, 2013, meeting between Kerner, Lerner, and other high-ranking IRS officials. Just ten days following the meeting, former IRS director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner admitted that the IRS had a policy of improperly and deliberately delaying applications for tax-exempt status from conservative non-profit groups.

Much more at the site. The rot starts at the top.

Liberal tolerance

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Only if it coincides with the agenda they are being fed by their minders. Some headlines with links:

They have nothing to debate on so they resort to violence and screeching. Pretty pathetic actually...

Fun to watch from this corner of the republic - so glad I do not live on the East coast anymore.

Mark gets it

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A new gun design from Ruger

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Great analysis from Don Surber:

Sanctuary city opposes housing illegal aliens
Concord in Contra Costa County, California, is a sanctuary city.

"There are 2.3-2.6 million Californians who are undocumented. The concept of a sanctuary city goes back thousands of years when cities in the Old Testament agreed to be a place for those seeking safety," the county says.

President Trump said good.

We'll re-open a shuttered Navy base in the city and house 47,000 illegal aliens there.

Over the dead body of County Supervisor John Gioia.

"This is crazy. We're going to fight it. We're not going to let this happen," Gioia said.

Plenty of politicians in the Bay Area are up in arms over importing illegal aliens into their sanctuary city.

"This is not a solution, but evil policy. It reminds me of WWII, Japanese put in internment camps. We don't want that, Democratic Congressman Mark DeSaulnier told KGO.

Concord Mayor Edi Birsan told the Mercury News, "This is so bizarre and a topic that is always in such flux. At first I thought it was Fake News."

The kneejerk opposition to illegal aliens is hilariously hypocritical. City spokeswoman Jennifer Ortega told the newspaper, "Last September, the City of Concord passed a resolution affirming (its) commitment to being a welcoming, inclusive, tolerant and supportive community for all. We do not feel that a detention center within city limits represents those values."

The good citizens of Concord are missing out on the one thing that this will bring them. Jobs. Feeding, housing and supporting 47,000 people is going to take an army of workers with all sorts of skills. Liberals do not think things though to their logical end.

Another domino falls - Peter Strzok

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From Zero Hedge:

Strzok Subpoenaed, Must Appear Before Congress In Five Days
FBI special agent Peter Strzok is having a very bad June. After being  physically escorted out of his FBI office last Friday and losing his security clearance this week, per Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the anti-Trump "lovebird" has been subpoenaed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-IA).

A bit more about the case:

Strzok, was in charge of both FBI investigations into both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, harbored extreme animus towards the latter - as revealed within a batch of 50,00 text messages he sent to his mistress - FBI attorney Lisa Page, including one in which Strzok says he will stop Trump from becoming President.

That was in the Inspector General's report - makes for amazing reading. Rot at the top of the FBI. The reason you are hearing about all the poor chillun right now is the liberal media need something to deflect from the IG Report - keep it out of the public discourse.

Remember:

18 U.S. Code § 2384 - Seditious conspiracy
If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

Our Southern Border - three stories

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Three great stories today courtesy of Andrew Wilkow:

From the NYC ABC affiliate:

Mayor de Blasio turned away from detained migrant children's facility in Texas
Mayor Bill de Blasio and mayors from more than a dozen other U.S. cities gathered near a holding facility for migrant children on the Texas border with Mexico -- and were turned away from going inside.

The New York City mayor and his counterparts from Los Angeles, Seattle and beyond pilgrimaged to the Tornillo facility Thursday to push for the immediate reunification of migrant children with their families, even as President Donald Trump ordered a halt to the policy separating them.

Heh - they tried to do a little virtue signalling and got blocked.

From Newsweek:

CANADA ALSO DETAINS IMMIGRANT CHILDREN AND SEPARATES THEM FROM THEIR FATHERS
The United States has been the subject of intense international scrutiny for its immigration practice that has resulted in immigrant families being separated at the border. But it appears that neighboring Canada has done the same

This is not an immigration issue. If a parent is pulled over for driving erratically and there are kids in the car, these children will be put into care if that parent fails a field sobriety test. Tell me one jurisdiction where a child will not be placed into protective custody if an accompyning parent is arrested. Remember, these adults are breaking the law by coming across the border. They are cutting in line - trying to come in ahead of all the people trying to immigrate here legally. If you seee someone trying to cut in line do you get pissed?

And, from Gateway Pundit:

Stormy Daniels Says She’s Headed to the Border Next Week As Soon as She Figures Her Best Course of Action
Porn actress and Trump antagonist Stormy Daniels says she is heading to the border to help with the migrant crisis–but in a week as soon as she can figure out her best course of action. Daniels’ grandstanding Trump-hating attorney Michael Avenatti already jumped on the border crisis and is representing detained migrants and also claims to represent ICE whistleblowers. But first Daniels had to hang out in Boston with psycho Trump-hater Kathy Griffin where they posed togther flipping the bird at President Trump.

Well, she started her career as a whore - now she is just a media whore. In her 40's and seeing the career slipping away. Always classy!

Go do nothing somewhere else

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President Trump read the riot act to Republican members of congress yesterday. From DC Whispers:

BREAKING: Trump Just Tore Into Republican Leadership Over Children In Cages Hoax
“You really want to try and win your election in November without me? I don’t think so.”

UPDATE: “I’m following the law as it’s written. If you don’t like the law then Congress needs to change it. It’s simple. Simple. I’m with you but if you don’t like it you need to do something about it…It looks bad. Sure. Really bad. If you want to change that then change the law. DO SOMETHING. You people (Congress) have to change it. That’s how it has to be done.”

UPDATE #2: “We all know what it is. It’s fake. Fake news. CNN…it’s fake. The pictures…that was Obama’s, during his administration, not mine. You can’t let it scare you. That’s what they want. That’s why they do it. This law, you just need to change it if you don’t like it. And that’s the way it is. I’m not here to save you. I’m here to let you know I’ll support you but you have to do something. Or not. But if you don’t do something don’t come crying to me about it okay? Right?”

UPDATE #3: “Why is this coming up now? I mean, it’s so obvious am I right? Mitch knows. The economy, jobs, North Korea, there’s so much great news they had to do the fake news. I’m not saying the pictures aren’t bad. They’re bad. Certainly not good. They make it look bad. You have to do something. You have to work together. It could be such a big, beautiful thing if you did that. The Democrats won’t help. We all know that. They think this is good for them. We’ll see about that. But doing something, working together, isn’t that why you’re here? It should be. And if you don’t do that and November doesn’t work out for you then I’m sorry but you shouldn’t be here. Go do nothing somewhere else. You bring me something (a bill) that makes sense and I’ll sign it. It’s so simple. It should be. But it has to make sense. It has to be good for the American people. This isn’t rocket science folks. It really isn’t. Figure it out.”

Hat tip to Peter Grant at Bayou Renaissance Man for the link. Classic leadership.

The United Nations needs to be kicked out of the USA and the real estate converted into a Trump Tower. It is a scandal-ridden and corrupt body. The founding idea was a very good one but the participants soon found that it was easy to do whatever they wanted. We fund them to the tune of $8 Billion per year and get nothing for our efforts.

Seems like we are finally growing a pair - from Reuters:

U.S. withdraws from U.N. Human Rights Council: U.S. Ambassador Haley
The United States withdrew from the U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday after no other countries “had the courage to join our fight” to reform the “hypocritical and self-serving” body, said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

“In doing so, I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from our human rights commitments,” Haley said.

What Reuters did not say is that we are also cutting our funding for the Council. Good!

First here, then here and now this from Zero Hedge:

FBI Agent Strzok Was Escorted Out Of FBI Building
In the aftermath of the publication of the Inspector General's report on FBI abuse, if there was one thing that was made abundantly clear, it was that FBI special agent Peter Strzok - who was in charge of the Clinton email investigation and then probed Trump for "Russian collusion" while texting his lover Lisa Page that "we'll stop" Trump from becoming president -  was acting out of pure, political bias and anger at Clinton's loss. It was certainly not lost on Trump, who made his feelings on the subject abundantly clear on twitter:

    • Comey gave Strozk his marching orders. Mueller is Comey’s best friend. Witch Hunt! (source)
    • “The highest level of bias I’ve ever witnessed in any law enforcement officer.” Trey Gowdy on the FBI’s own, Peter Strzok. Also remember that they all worked for Slippery James Comey and that Comey is best friends with Robert Mueller. A really sick deal, isn’t it? (source)
    • The IG Report totally destroys James Comey and all of his minions including the great lovers, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who started the disgraceful Witch Hunt against so many innocent people. It will go down as a dark and dangerous period in American History! (source)
    • FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who headed the Clinton & Russia investigations, texted to his lover Lisa Page, in the IG Report, that “we’ll stop” candidate Trump from becoming President. Doesn’t get any lower than that! (source)

And while Lisa Page had the wits to quit shortly before the publication of the OIG report, Strzok did not and in fact was still employed at the time of the report's publication last Thursday. But maybe not much longer because as CNN first reportedStrzok was escorted out of the FBI building on Friday, even though he is still technically employed and, as we reported some time ago, he has been stationed in Human Resources since dismissal from Mueller team.

And the story gets better - there is a letter from Strzok's lawyer. Comedy gold!

Three headlines

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Caught my eye - each headline is a link to the original story:

The space force is an excellent idea - there is too much inter-agency quibbling over who has jurisdiction. Navy flyers v/s Air Force - so much duplication and waste. The 50 Media Mistakes is a fun read. 

Fake Media indeed!

Rolling up the deep state

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First it was this: Former Senate Intelligence Committee director of security indicted, arrested for lying to FBI about leaks to reporters

Now we have this - from The Daily Caller:

COMEY UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR HANDLING OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION
Former FBI director James Comey is under investigation for mishandling classified information, DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz revealed Monday.

He is specifically under investigation for his handling of memos he wrote about interactions with President Trump while FBI director.

“Comey said he did not expect a report on his handling of classified information because, ‘That’s frivolous.’ I don’t happen to think that it is frivolous,” Sen. Chuck Grassley said during a Senate hearing Monday.

This is #2 in a long line of dominoes. Draining the swamp one bad actor at a time.

Three years ago yesterday

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And it just keeps getting better and better and better:

Says it all:

The photos look like a nice dormitory - from the second article:

The facility is not a “cage.” It is a comfortable facility providing lodging, meals, clothing, medical care, education, recreation, counseling, and other services.

A bit more:

They are also given toiletries and lessons in hygiene — literally how to flush a toilet, brush their teeth, and operate the shower, which some of the children may have never seen in their lives.

And this:

The children receive six hours of education daily, which include lessons in English and physical education. The boys interact with girls who are housed offsite and brought to the shelter during the day to access its services.

They have limited access to telephones to call relatives, both in the U.S. and abroad. They receive therapy, both as individuals and in group sessions. They enjoy field trips to local museums, parks, and the zoo, where they can explore the city beyond the shelter. And they also have social activities, including a recent “prom” for which they dressed up.

Sounds like the democrats have a big nothingburger and that these children are being taken care of very well.

A bunch of democrat lawmakers visited their future voting block. From The Hill:

Dem lawmakers make surprise visit to ICE detention center
Several Democratic lawmakers on Sunday paid a "surprise Father's Day visit" to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in New Jersey, capping off a week of heightened tensions surrounding the issue of migrant family separations.

A bit more:

According to Jeffries, the lawmakers were blocked from entering the facility after meeting initial resistance from ICE staff.

Maloney tweeted that the group was allowed in more than an hour later after "banging on the door" and telling ICE staff and local police that they would not move until they were let in.

"After being made to wait over an hour. After having to deal with local PD. After banging on the door and making it clear that we WILL NOT MOVE until we're allowed in, ICE is finally granting us access to see individuals who have been separated from their families," Maloney tweeted.

The word you are looking for is Showboating

In other news - this from March 11, 2015's issue of The Washington Post:

Mexican kids held for months as punishment for border-crossing
Last spring, as Central American children flooded into Texas in a way he had never seen in his three-decade career, Border Patrol agent Robert Harris decided to experiment.

His intelligence analysts estimated that 78 percent of the guides smuggling other migrants were Mexicans younger than 18 — teenagers often hired or conscripted by drug cartels that knew they would not be prosecuted if caught — and he wanted to attack this loophole.

“Why don’t we remove these juveniles from the smuggling cycle?” Harris, the outgoing commander of the Laredo sector of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, recalled thinking.

Now, as a result of that decision, young Mexicans are being held for months without charge in shelters across the United States, sometimes without their parents’ knowledge. Since the program began in May, 536 juveniles have been held — 248 of whom have been deported to Mexico after an average stay of 75 days, according to Border Patrol statistics. Mexican authorities say some of these repeat border-crossers have spent as much as six months in U.S. custody while they await an appearance before an immigration judge.

And this happened under Obama's watch.

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