5/18/18 TOP TIDS Spinning a Crossfire Hurricane: The Times on the FBI‟s Trump Investigation By Andrew C. McCarthy

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5/18/18
TOP TIDS

Spinning a Crossfire Hurricane: The Times on the FBI‟s Trump Investigation
By Andrew C. McCarthy

If you‟re a fading Baby Boomer, you‟re faintly amused that the FBI code-named its Trump-Russia investigation “Crossfire Hurricane.” It‟s an homage to the Rolling Stones golden oldie “Jumpin‟ Jack Flash” — which, come to think of it, might just be a perfect handle for John Brennan, the former Obama CIA director whose specter hovers over each critical juncture of the case.

The young‟uns may not believe it, but back before it was known as “classic rock,” you couldn‟t just play your crossfire hurricane on Spotify. You had to spin it. Fittingly, that is exactly what the New York Times has done in Wednesday‟s blockbuster report on the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.

The quick take on the 4,100-word opus is that the Gray Lady “buried the lede.” Fair enough: You have to dig pretty deep to find that the FBI ran “at least one government informant” against the Trump campaign — and to note that the Times learned this because “current and former officials” leaked to reporters the same classified information about which, just days ago, the Justice Department shrieked “Extortion!” when Congress asked about it.

But that‟s not even the most important of the buried ledes. What the Times story makes explicit, with studious understatement, is that the Obama administration used its counterintelligence powers to investigate the opposition party‟s presidential campaign.

That is, there was no criminal predicate to justify an investigation of any Trump-campaign official. So, the FBI did not open a criminal investigation. Instead, the bureau opened a counterintelligence investigation and hoped that evidence of crimes committed by Trump officials would emerge. But it is an abuse of power to use counterintelligence powers, including spying and electronic surveillance, to conduct what is actually a criminal investigation.

The Times barely mentions the word counterintelligence in its saga. That‟s not an accident. The paper is crafting the media-Democrat narrative. Here is how things are to be spun: The FBI was very public about the Clinton-emails investigation, even making disclosures about it on the eve of the election. Yet it kept the Trump-Russia investigation tightly under wraps, despite intelligence showing that the Kremlin was sabotaging the election for Trump‟s benefit. This effectively destroyed Clinton‟s candidacy and handed the presidency to Trump.
It‟s a gas, gas, gas!

k/r…
https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/crossfire-hurricane-new-york...

The Witch Hunt Turns One Bogus Mueller probe begins second year -- empty-handed.
GUNS

Boulder Residents File Lawsuit Against City Over 'Assault Weapons' Ban
„Serve Your F**king Country‟ — Emma Gonzalez Lectures Gun Owners With Vulgar Rant
Parkland survivor and gun control activist Emma González lectured gun owners Thursday at an education forum.

“It‟s just cheaper to take away the guns that aren‟t imperative to living in America. You don‟t need an AR-15 to protect yourself in bed from a robber at night,” González said.

“You don‟t need an AR-15 to have fun at a shooting range. Go join the Army if you want to have fun shooting off a weapon, and serve your fucking country. Excuse my language.”

Vid (1:39): http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/17/emma-gonzalez-vulgar-rant/

HERO: School Resource Officer STOPS ex-student with gun at High School!
LIVE COVERAGE: Active shooter in custody at Santa Fe HS
Santa Fe High School is on lockdown after a shooting inside the school. The suspect has been taken into custody, according to an assistant principal at the school.
Witnesses say the shooting took place in an art class on campus between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. Life Flight was also called to the scene. There is no official confirmation of any injuries at this time, but there does appear to be a possible body under a sheet near an exit door.
A student tells ABC13 she saw a gunman shoot a girl. This is an unconfirmed report.

Vids: http://abc13.com/live-coverage-active-shooter-situation-at-santa-fe...

THE MONSTERS
Planned Parenthood: Abortions Must Remain Legal Because Killing Babies is Part of Basic “Health Care”

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Tuesday against a new Iowa law, set to take effect July 1st, which bans virtually all abortions following detection of a fetal heartbeat. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into pregnancy, making the legislation one of the nation‟s strictest abortion laws.

The bill was signed earlier this month by Gov. Kim Reynolds and was immediately met with threats of a lawsuit from abortion groups who claim the ban is clearly unconstitutional.

Rita Bettis, ACLU of Iowa Legal Director, told reporters Tuesday that “this abortion ban is beyond extreme. With it, Iowa politicians have tried to ban virtually all abortions for women in our state. In the 45 years since Roe, no federal or state court has upheld such a dangerous law.”

“This law must not go into effect,” Dr. Jill Meadows, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Medical Director, said. “Abortion care must remain safe and legal as an important part of basic reproductive health care.”

She claimed that if the law does go into effect, “it is likely that many more Iowans would attempt to self-induce abortions in ways that could jeopardize their health and their lives.”

Or…aborter-wannabes could carry the baby to term and give it to a couple who desperately want it. That wouldn‟t jeopardize the health of anyone involved.
http://www.lifenews.com/2018/05/16/planned-parenthood-abortions-mus...

WNBA Will Donate Ticket Sales To Planned Parenthood
President Donald Trump Can Defund Planned Parenthood Even More, Here‟s How
In 1970, Congress enacted Title X of the Public Health Service Act that provides federal tax dollars for family planning services. The Act states that grants and contracts under Title X must “be in accordance with such regulations as the Secretary (of Health and Human Services) may promulgate.”

Section 1008 of the Act, passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress, ensures that no taxpayer dollars be “used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.” It was not until 1988 that the Reagan administration issued “co-location” guidelines. These guidelines were intended to further protect taxpayers from being complicit with the destruction of abortion. They were challenged in court and the Supreme Court ruled in 1991 that the regulations are permissible. However, a few years later President Bill Clinton, a supporter of abortion, removed those same protections.

Earlier this month more than 150 U.S Representatives and 41 Senators sent letters to President Trump‟s HHS Secretary Alex Azar to restore the Reagan era rule. The elected officials asked that the new regulations remove the forced abortion referral for Title X grantees but also that they call for a “physical separation of abortion activities from Title X service sites and separate personnel.” The reason for the physical separation is to ensure complete financial separation between American tax dollars and abortion related activities. After all, a majority of American taxpayers oppose taxpayer funding for abortion.

[…] The suggestion is far from naïve though it possibly underestimated how central abortion is to Planned Parenthood. After all, Planned Parenthood aborted 321,384 babies last year, down from 328,348 babies in the 2015-2016 period. Meanwhile, prenatal services dropped to a new low, according to the organization‟s 2016-2017 report.

As for family planning services, which is at the heart of Title X regulations, contraceptive services by Planned Parenthood dropped by nearly 18 percent in just one year, and are down 20 percent since 2010, based on an analysis of Planned Parenthood‟s 2014-2015 annual report.

Abortion advocates and Planned Parenthood‟s allies will likely try to claim poverty if these regulations are passed. But during the 2013-2014 reporting year, Planned Parenthood reported $127 million in net income and $1.4 billion in held assets. They will likely claim that defunding them will increase the infant mortality rate (this claim was made after Texas defunded the abortion-giant, and was quickly found to be false.)

In addition, abortion advocates will claim that only abortion providers can deliver services to women, yet a recent study by the Charlotte Lozier Institute found that life-affirming community health centers outnumber Planned Parenthood centers 23:1.
http://www.lifenews.com/2018/05/17/president-donald-trump-can-defun...

Planned Parenthood, NARAL Are Very Upset That The President Called Violent Gang Members 'Animals' "Humans deserve ... dignity and respect."

Leaders of the abortion rights movement blasted President Donald Trump Thursday for daring to compare members of the violent MS-13 street gang to animals, un-ironically calling on the president to acknowledge that human beings have inherent dignity and deserve respect.

Cecile Richards
@CecileRichards This moment calls for the President to do serious self-reflection.
Hogue stepped foot into more bizarre territory, warning that dehumanizing even murderous individuals was the pathway to "very dangerous territory," where more human beings might face dehumanization. Hogue is apparently unaware that her own organization fights for the right to murder innocent, tiny humans in the first three to nine months of their lives — definitely dangerous territory.

Cecile Richards
@CecileRichards This moment calls for the President to do serious self-reflection.
Hogue stepped foot into more bizarre territory, warning that dehumanizing even murderous individuals was the pathway to "very dangerous territory," where more human beings might face dehumanization. Hogue is apparently unaware that her own organization fights for the right to murder innocent, tiny humans in the first three to nine months of their lives — definitely dangerous territory.
Planned Parenthood called the president "hateful" for speaking out against a gang that is frequently accused of engaging in the sex trade, decapitating enemies, and committing brutal beatings and murders. At one point, MS-13 strung several of its victims from a highway overpass — all women, presumably members of the "Planned Parenthood family," as it counts all people of a female persuasion among its supporters.
I can‟t begin to tell you how much I abhor these people.
https://www.dailywire.com/news/30786/planned-parenthood-naral-are-v...

IDIOTS SAID, WHAT?
Nancy Pelosi Defends Violent MS-13 Gang Members In Response To Trump, Says They‟re Not Animals
Vid (1:33) Wow…listen to Ms. high and mighty. What a piece of work.
Liberal Writer: I'd Rather My Daughter Date A Member Of MS-13 Than A Republican
Clapper: 'It's A Good Thing' FBI Was Spying On Trump Campaign
DID YOU KNOW THIS?

The Two Republican Senators Who Voted Against Haspel Won‟t Surprise You
Senators voted 54-44 Thursday to confirm Haspel as one of the top intelligence officials in the nation. Two Republicans voted against Haspel, including:
Jeff Flake of Arizona (who is one)
Rand Paul of Kentucky
Six Democrats voted with Republicans in favor of her confirmation, including:
Joe Manchin of West Virginia
Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire
Mark Warner of Virginia
Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota
Joe Donnelly of Indiana
Bill Nelson of Florida
The Dems above are all running for their lives in November.
http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/17/republicans-voted-against-gina-ha...

U.S. Resettling More Refugees Than the Population of Philadelphia From Fiscal Year 2008 to Fiscal Year 2017, the United States gave Lawful Permanent Resident status to 1,761,927 on humanitarian grounds, which is larger than the population of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

THE NEW AXIS OF EVIL When Iran, Russia and Turkey collude.
People who live in small towns, rural areas happier, researchers say...
Who knew?

Milestone: 7,000 Nebraskans sign the Convention of States petition
Over 7,000 Nebraskans have now signed the Convention of States petition, asking Nebraska state senators to vote in favor of the Convention of States resolution to propose fiscal restraints, limits on the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and term limits on Congress, the judiciary, and the federal bureaucracy.
Those petition signers are part of the 66% of all Nebraskans that favor a Convention of States, according to a poll taken by Moore Research.
Nebraska continues to gain supporters of the Convention of States resolution to rein in the federal government just as the effort has nationally. Convention of States recently crossed the threshold of 1,000,000 petition signers in the United States, and Nebraska is adding supporters rapidly.

Unfortunately, the increasing support for a Convention of States is not registering with Nebraska‟s state senators. According to State Director Joe Stephans, only 31 of the required 33 senators committed to voting for cloture on Legislative Resolution 6 (LR6). As a result, the resolution never made it to the floor for debate in the shortened legislative session.
“This is the second year in a row where we couldn‟t advance our resolution to the floor because of a narrow two vote margin which is disappointing," Stephans said. "Eventually we will have an overwhelming grassroots army in Nebraska, and we will clear the 33 vote hurdle. Because Washington, D.C., fails to listen--and even right here in Nebraska, politicians fail to listen to the people--our movement is growing.”
https://conventionofstates.com/news/7-000-nebraskans-sign-the-conve...

MUSLIMS
Muslim Candidate for Governor Comes Unhinged Over Sharia Says to GOP opponent: 'You may not hate Muslims, but Muslims definitely hate you!'
Michigan's first-ever Muslim candidate for governor, Dr. Abdul al-Sayed, took a shot at fellow gubernatorial candidate Patrick Colbeck on Thursday that some Republicans are saying was below the belt.

Colbeck, speaking at a candidate's forum in East Lansing, expressed his concerns about Sharia law and the extremist Muslim Brotherhood's tactic of civilization jihad. Colbeck took exception with an article he says was planted last month by Sayed supporters at the left-wing website Buzzfeed, which painted Colbeck as a fringe extremist using "unfounded conspiracy theories" against Sayed.

Rather than address Colbeck's concerns about the Brotherhood, Sayed called Colbeck a racist Islamophobe whom Muslims "definitely hate."

Sayed, 33, the former public-health director for the city of Detroit, was on stage Thursday evening at the Michigan Press Association with several other Democrat and Republican candidates for governor running in the Aug. 7 primary.
Sayed refused to answer a question from the moderator about the Islamic legal system known as Sharia, other than to say that, if elected, he would uphold the constitutions of the U.S. and State of Michigan.

"I take [the Constitution] particularly seriously because it guarantees me two things. A, the right to pray as I choose to pray, and for me that means I put my face on the ground 34 times a day," Sayed said. "Some people choose not to pray at all. Then in Article Six it also tells us that no religious test should be held over someone wishing to serve under this Constitution. It's an incredible document."

[…] After he berated Colbeck as a racist, and lectured the other Republicans on the panel for not condemning Colbeck as a racist and white supremacist, the normally cool-headed Sayed became visibly angry and showed he is not above expressing some hatred of his own.

"What frustrates me more is not that you have blatant racism on the part of certain people, but what frustrates me more is, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, is not when bad people speak out but when good people fail to speak out, and what I have not heard is the Republicans on this panel, decisively and swiftly call out this kind of Islamophobia, this kind of racism, in the context that they are wanting to represent the state that has the highest per-capita number of Muslim Americans in the country. Now you may not hate Muslims, but I'll tell you, Muslims definitely hate you!"

[…] Since Islam is not a race, and some of the most populous Muslim countries such as Syria and Bosnia are filled by Caucasians, the charge of racism is disingenuous at best, nonsensical at worst, Manasseri said.
Watch the full 6-minute exchange between Colbeck and Sayed in the video below:
https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/270165/muslim-candidate-governor-c...

THE WATCHERS
Google‟s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering
This internal video from 2016 shows a Google concept for how total data collection could reshape society
The video was made in late 2016 by Nick Foster, the head of design at X (formerly Google X) and a co-founder of the Near Future Laboratory. The video, shared internally within Google, imagines a future of total data collection, where Google helps nudge users into alignment with their goals, custom-prints personalized devices to collect more data, and even guides the behavior of entire populations to solve global problems like poverty and disease.
When reached for comment on the video, an X spokesperson provided the following statement to The Verge:

“We understand if this is disturbing -- it is designed to be. This is a thought-experiment by the Design team from years ago that uses a technique known as „speculative design‟ to explore uncomfortable ideas and concepts in order to provoke discussion and debate. It‟s not related to any current or future products.”
Vid (8:41): https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/17/17344250/google-x-selfish-ledger...

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“We understand if this is disturbing -- it is designed to be. This is a thought-experiment by the Design team from years ago that uses a technique known as „speculative design‟ to explore uncomfortable ideas and concepts in order to provoke discussion and debate. It‟s not related to any current or future products.”

They are successful.  It is disturbing.  Given the current state of morality in this nation (political corruption, abortion, state control of parents and childrens behavior, decline in worship of GOD, ...), I liken this exercise to that of gentling a colt so you don't have to break the horse.  This exercise is a "learning how to" exercise and would have been welcomed in the Third Reich or Mao's China or Lenin's Russia.

Agreed, JB!

It is quite disturbing, JB! Boy oh boy, how I wish Americans had been really paying attention to what has been going on in this country for far longer than the past 10 years. I always voted, kinda paid attention. Was so busy working and raising kids. It wasn't until before Obama was elected that I jumped in head first. I knew he was bad news before he won. I am aghast at the state our nation finds itself. 

Ditto!  Before Obama and his blowtorch arrived at the kettle, I was a happy frog swimming in water that was just slowly warming.

LOL Love how you put that, JB! It was like someone turned up the heat to 2,000 degrees. Woah nellie!!! 

I am with you Robin. I wish that I had been more attentive as well when it came to politics. I did give Obama the benefit of the doubt until I heard him tell Joe the plumber that he wanted to spread the wealth around. I knew then he would be very bad for our country.

Our eyes were really opened when democrats overplayed their hand and ran rough shod over us like dictators are prone to do. They overplayed their hand, believing that they had finally gained control, and nothing could stop them. Even more dismaying are how many republicans joined the democrats in damaging our republic.

None of them thought that we would fight back and were shocked when Trump won. People are still waking up, so we can hope that although we have one heck of a fight going forward, we can make a difference in returning our country to what it is meant to be.

Boy oh boy, we sure did have our eyes opened, Kwic! I remember telling Rick after Obama had been in office about a month that we were in big trouble. Obama was on tv all day, every day. He seemed to go full dictator at warp 10. It was very unsettling to me.

Obama was the reason Trump won and thank goodness he did. The patriots of this country will never give up! Ever! The left will never win. We will!!!!! :)))

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