Did the FBI Interview Secretary Powell?

It is now matter of public record that Colin Powell, former Chairman Joint Chief of Staff and Secretary of State, instructed Hillary Rodham Clinton on how to commit a felony.

Remember as a Yale Law trained attorney, she is running on being a competent tested leader.

According to fact based reporting, amazing that still can happen at times, in the New York Times and the Washington Post, the charge of Secretary Powell’s guidance to commit a felony, was made to the FBI by Secretary Clinton in her personal interview with them.

Secretary Powell after a period of silence has denied the claims made by Secretary Clinton to the FBI.  

Joel E. Pollak in Breitbart accurately captures the current public state of play in this ongoing investigation.

However, discrepancies between what she told the FBI that former Secretary of State Colin Powell told her about using private email while in office, and what Powell himself says that he told her, indicate that she did not tell the truth to the FBI.

For his part, Powell is pushing back: “Her people have been trying to pin it on me … The truth is, she was using [the private email server] for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did,” he told People magazine.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/08/22/hillary-clinton-lied-fbi-colin-powell/

The way it is supposed to work is that since Secretary Clinton made a felony accusation against Secretary Powell by saying to the FBI that they entered into a conspiracy to violate the statues to  safeguard  highly classified US Government information, the FBI has a due diligence responsibility to interview Colin Powell.

As Colonel Bill Buckey, a retired Marine Fighter Pilot, quipped “Hillary Clinton is using General Powell as a human shield” and this is actually not very nice.

Colin Powell deserves better.

Regardless, it is incumbent on the FBI and the Department of Justice, who have both the investigative and legal responsibility, to address and resolve this accusation by Secretary Clinton.

Perhaps they did and it has not been made public.

Or perhaps, the subject of any guidance, he may or may not have given to Hillary Clinton was covered in an earlier law enforcement interview with General Powell.

However, if that was the case, then it would mean that the FBI should have known going into the interview with Secretary Clinton what Secretary Powell had said.

This is all a very murky issue and needs clarification and official exoneration of Secretary Powell by DOJ/FBI to clear the serious felony accusations made by HRC.

Public denials in this case of “he said, she said” are not sufficient.

Colin Powell’s name was mentioned in a felony investigation and the FBI has the responsibility to interview him to get to the truth of the facts.

“Evidence” is currently being tossed about in public but it is not a crime to lie to the press.

So a simple question is this:

Before Director Comey gave Hillary Clinton in his press conference a “pass” on her “extreme carelessness” (i.e. felony) to safeguard our most important National Security information, did the FBI interview Colin Powell?

If so it should be easy for Congress to resolve Joel Pollak’s astute conclusion:

That suggests Clinton lied to the FBI (about what Powell told her-added)

In his testimony before the House Oversight Committee last month, FBI director James Comey said: “We have no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI.”

Clinton has cited that as proof that she told the truth in general about her private email server, though Comey also presented evidence that she willfully misled the public and Congress.

Powell’s new statements suggest that Comey will have to revisit his conclusions.

It is a crime to lie to the FBI.

However, if there was no follow-up FBI interview prior to the Director’s  press conference and after the HRC interview  to resolve the facts of what transpired in the Clinton-Powell “he said-she said” affair, then it is apparent that the fix was in very early to “walk” Hillary Rodham Clinton.

It is even worse, if General Powell told the FBI or perhaps Department of State IG (that report would have been given to FBI) that he did not tell Secretary Clinton to do what she said he told her to do with a private server then it would have been known during her interview that she was directly lying.

If so, in either situation, the American rule of law is most tragically broken at the highest level of the U.S. Government.

Ed Timperlake was Director, Technology Assessment, International Technology Security (OSD), until Jan 03 09, and was the DOD representative to the National Counterintelligence Executive Committee NCIX (DNI) and principal liaison to FBI in their Government wide “Critical National Asset” project.

 

A Transformative Moment: Associated Press (AP) becomes Associated Bloggers (AB)

“Clinton Inc.” In Partnership with the Press vs. Donald Trump: A “How-Goes-It” Moment

Will the media be greatly empowered to be the judge, jury and very public executioner of what and who is acceptable in the great American debate about our lives and future?

http://www.sldforum.com/2016/08/clinton-inc-in-partnership-with-the-press-vs-donald-trump-a-how-goes-it-moment/

Within two days of publishing the above article, the Associated Press in one of the most contextually dishonest piece of reporting in this election cycle has just published “The Big Story.”

Clinton’s 1995 Beijing speech: A ‘transformative’ moment By JOCELYN NOVECK Aug. 20, 2016 2:39 AM EDT

“In the end, Clinton decided to make the trip, hoping to ‘push the envelope as far as I can on behalf of women and girls.”

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ed282327607143fe90cfd8d969e624c5/clintons-1995-beijing-speech-transformative-moment

And so it starts after eight years of many ideological fellow travelers, in the disguise of independent journalists, making excuses for President Obama and screaming racism at legit critics, the future path of how they would handle a a Hillary Clinton Presidency, has been presaged.

If Secretary Clinton wins she will marry up an ideologically driven group the liberal press, with lemming like pols along with the glitz and power of Hollywood.

Very quickly “state sponsored messaging” will hit with such a force that America will have never seen.

With the swearing in of President Hillary Clinton, America will enter a new era of PC indoctrination like we have never ever experienced.

Specifically focusing on the Clinton’s and China is in the AP article is VERY 1984 “Memory Hole.”

According to wiki:

A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records, such as from a websiteor other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened. 

The concept was first popularized by George Orwell’s dystopian novelNineteen Eighty-Four, where the Party’s Ministry of Truth systematically re-created all potential historical documents, in effect, re-writing all of history to match the often-changing state propaganda. These changes were complete.

This AP article is clearly part of the gathering storm and will shape our ability to have realistic and credible solutions to the world as it is and becoming, rather than the world described by the Main Stream Media (MSM) and the world of political correctness.

It appears that many “I’m With Hillary” supporters in the Media just cannot stop themselves.

But once their credibility is finished Hillary’s Campaign is finished.

If HRC wins without any real examination of her record by AP, the MSM will continue marry up their validated battle proven power to destroy.

This “memory hole” AP story must be remembered as harbinger of things which could come.

The reporter Jocelyn Noveck has sunk into a memory hole or provided a “big wet kiss” to the Clinton campaign.

I first heard a newspaper cliché from an honest reporter covering the Clintons in the nineties that in response to a pandering dishonest article: it was called “a big wet kiss.”

To celebrate Bill’s Birthday, Hillary’s Campaign and their two decades of successful criminality, they just got a “Big Wet Kiss” from AP.

All America should examine Secretary Clinton’s commitment to human rights and protecting women, by seeing a perfect example of saying one thing and doing quite another in the pursuit of her own definition of self interest.

The Clintons have pursued power and money with regards to China; it is not about supporting women’s rights.

The nothing but the truth, the whole truth, of what occurred in the time frame of the Big Story is captured in Year of The Rat and associated Congressional testimony at the time.

Rat

Both are extremely well documented, have stood the test of time against severe critics, and is the historical truth of the real “transformative-moment” with First Lady Hillary Clinton and President Clinton and the Peoples Republic of China.

It is an ugly tale of greed and putting themselves above the National Security sacred trust of President Clinton’s oath of Office.

Are you going to believe AP or your own eyes:

Clintons

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/05/hillarys_chinese_espionage_problem.html

Why can’t AP do a modicum of research from the staggering obvious; “ripped from today’s headlines”-Ng Lap Seng was just released on $68,000,000 bail!

All America should examine Secretary Clinton’s commitment to human rights and protecting women, by seeing a perfect example of saying one thing and going quite another in the pursuit of her own definition of self interest.

Ng Lap Seng, who used to visit Bill and Hillary in the White House residence in 1996 after carrying hundreds of thousands of dollars into US, had trouble speaking English. He was a Triad member, Communist Party Official who owned a hotel in Macau known for exploiting women by facilitating prostitution.

He was just released on $68,000,000 in bail, so AP when you go national with an article about :

“Hillary had become a focal point in so many ways, almost all of which were negative — the fact that she didn’t give up her career … this whole phenomenon of Hillary Clinton as a first lady considered too big for her britches or uppity or unforgivably ambitious,” says Zeisler.

Ignoring the realiy of the relationship with Ng Lap Seng while claiming to be focused on human rights is more than irony.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/macau-billionaire-in-un-bribery-case-goes-home-on-68-million-bail-20151017-gkbj7q.html

Continuing with the AP “Big Story” memory hole, they ask this question:

“But does the moment resonate for younger generations? Clinton’s presidential campaign has struggled — especially during the primary season against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — to capture the enthusiasm of young voters.”

Let me help the AP Editors and the reporter with the question raised about younger generations and “Feel the Burn” voters. They did “feel the burn” of the slimy collusion between DNC and the Clinton Campaign and they have every right to be outraged.

I really hope all “Feel the Burn” voters are paying attention because the DNC did successfully figure out how to collude with the Clinton Campaign to orchestrate the successful attempt to destroy Senator Sanders.

Tragically DNC perfidy robbed all Americans of the experience to vote in one of the greatest political showdowns in our history; Socialism vs. Free Market Capitalism.

It would have been a grand election experiment so truly shame on Hillary and DNC hacks.

Ironically, in another AP “Big Story,” AP underscores what the consequences of what their own behavior demonstrated in their latest “Big Story” does in terms of public confidence in the MSM.

Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media in one poll.

And this poll shows that accuracy clearly is the most important component of trust.

Nearly 90 percent of Americans say it’s extremely or very important that the media get their facts correct, according to the study.

About 4 in 10 say they can remember a specific incident that eroded their confidence in the media, most often one that dealt with accuracy or a perception that it was one-sided

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/35c595900e0a4ffd99fbdc48a336a6d8/poll-vast-majority-americans-dont-trust-news-media

Following into “a memory hole” is no excuse for AP or its journalists.

 

 

“Clinton Inc.” In Partnership with the Press vs. Donald Trump: A “How-Goes-It” Moment

The key issue in this battle for the future of America can be put simply:

Will the media be greatly empowered to be the judge, jury and very public executioner of what and who is acceptable in the great American debate about our lives and future?

Many in the previously “highly respected” media just ask them with all their self-anointing awards are trying to beat Trump and they are working very hard to do just that.

We are all witnessing a great domestic battle in early 21st Century America.

If Secretary Clinton wins she will marry up an ideologically driven group the liberal press, with lemming like pols along with the glitz and power of Hollywood.

Very quickly “state sponsored messaging” will hit with such a force that America will have never seen.

With the swearing in of President Clinton, America will enter a new era of Politically Correct (PC) indoctrination like we have never ever experienced.

Eight years of many ideological fellow travelers, in the disguise of independent journalists, making excuses for President Obama and screaming racism at legit critics, will pale in comparison.

But not so fast because political campaigns are dynamic action/reaction works in progress.

The LAT/USC poll is very interesting; in fact so interesting that Matt Drudge featured it as a one point race.

http://cesrusc.org/election/

Military analogies in politics can be a cliché; however, these past few weeks have been a 2016 Political “Battle of the Bulge” moment.

The time since the Democrat National Convention maybe eventually seen as the last ditch effort by both Clinton Inc. and their partners in the Media to finish off the Trump campaign.

However it is beginning to look via the LAT/USC dynamic polling trend that this all-out offensive is ending in failure.

Clinton Inc. and her press acolytes have a huge fear factor that Donald Trump and his supporters are now winning and on a path to victory.

Political Scientists some smart others not, may look back to lessons learned during  2016 that running against the media was, as Col Bill Buckey a retired Marine Fighter Pilot said, “a focused attack on Clinton’s real center of gravity.”

Taking on the dishonest media and actually goading them to grossly over-react to the point that their fraudulent story lines wind up angering most reasonable Americans is a never before attempted strategy.

It may be working and may have already crossed over a non-recoverable threshold.

Ironically it appears that many “I’m With Hillary” supporters in the Media just cannot stop themselves.

But once their credibility is finished Hillary’s Campaign is finished.

However take nothing for granted because they will not give up.

A perfect example of the slanted bias is in the Los Angeles Times –in a STOP THE PRESS; “the horror the horror” moment-headline;

 Donald Trump calls for ‘extreme vetting’ and an ideological test for would-be immigrants

 “We should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people,” he said.

“In addition to screening out all members or sympathizers of terrorist groups, we must also screen out any who have hostile attitudes towards our country or its principles — or who believe that sharia law should supplant American law.

Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted.”

The newest iteration of Trump’s policy, though not specifically demanding a religious test on entering the country, still allows for capricious enforcement, said Steve Yale-Loehr, a Cornell Law School professor who specializes in immigration.

“What one president thinks is important for American values, another president may deem not important,” he said.

“We don’t want an immigration policy subject to the vagaries of political opinion.”

Reality check and news flash for, the reporter, headline writer and a fellow “Go Big Red” commentator:

Donald Trump is figuring out how to craft a unifying message that can establish common ground for action against Islamic fanatics targeting western secularism and tolerance.

He is following in the giant footsteps of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Such a message today would need to unify Christians Jews and atheists and even allow Muslims to agree with and that is the crux of the global Information War battle for western secular civilization.

The shallowness and lack of understanding and comprehending a touchstone in American history by all critics is breathtaking.

On January 6 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt gave his State-of-the-Union Speech and he brilliantly articulated “The Four Freedom Speech highlighted a commitment by the country to freedom of speech., freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.

America was not yet at war, but Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia and Imperial Japan were all showing their abject hatred personified by the word Freedom.

The genius of President Roosevelt’s speech is that it was not a battle cry for war it was a statement of principle for all humanity to rally around.

It is a perfect list to capture the goals of why a Nation and people can and should fight to defend four elegant and essential freedoms that can make the world a better place.

Just identifying and reaching back to The Four Freedoms is not enough.

Instead, it is important to use them as a simple litmus test.

Every organization and person mentioned above including atheists in understanding the horror and goals of Islamic fundamentalism can embrace the Four Freedoms, it is in their DNA.

Reject the Four Freedoms and you are not welcome into our e-pluribus unum egalitarian free country.

Donald Trump got that so right.

http://www.sldinfo.com/conducting-an-information-war-against-islamic-extremists/

Hope Solo: Daughter of a Vietnam Veteran Ably Defends Herself

“Losing sucks. I’m really bad at it.”

Hope Solo response after Soccer fans go livid because she called the Swedish Soccer Team “cowards.”

Predictably her comments about one of the greatest soccer matches in history will give all a platform to take the moral high ground on the true meaning of being a good sport.

But it is not that simple.

We are Americans-Losing does suck! https://webapp.zedge.net/browse/wallpaper/?id=9176536#featured

We are Americans-Losing does suck!
https://webapp.zedge.net/browse/wallpaper/?id=9176536#featured

I suspect now most of the world will express anger at Hope Solo, whom they do not know.

However, she has been through much tougher times than the trite moral posturing and life lesson psycho babbling sports articles and the very predictable “savage” twitter attacks.

Her father Jeffrey Soto was Bronx native and Vietnam Vet who went through some very hard times. The Vietnam War is rapidly fading into a distant memory of a lost war that destroyed a lot of good people and also families.

“The only one who really knew me was my father,” she has said.

Jeffrey Solo, a Bronx-born Vietnam veteran and ex-con con man, taught her to play soccer when she was 5. A year later, he moved out of the family house, living occasionally on the streets of Seattle or in a tent in the woods on the outskirts of the city.

Jeffrey Solo reconnected with his daughter when she was starring on the University of Washington team. He came four hours early to every home game and she brought macaroni and cheese to his tent, where they talked for hours.

In 2001, their story took an even more bizarre turn when Solo’s father became a suspect in a brutal Seattle murder. With suspicion still hanging over him, he died of a heart attack, on the eve of the 2007 World Cup. Solo sprinkled her father’s ashes in the goal box before every game of the tournament.

Solo defended her father’s name for years.

Finally, last September, investigators discovered evidence that Jeffrey Solo had been framed by a rogue cop who they now believe committed the murder.

There are fewer than 1/3 Vietnam Veterans left who served in South East Asia. The average age is 69.

Of the 2,709,918 Vietnam veterans that served in Southeast Asia, fewer than 800,000 are still alive. Almost 59,000 were killed in action, and around another 100,000 were severely disabled. Claims have been made about Vietnam vets having higher suicide rates, more substance abuse problems, and higher incidences of homelessness.

Also, the number of soldiers from the war alive today is evidence that Vietnam vets paid a high price for their service.

Agent Orange killed a lot of Vietnam veterans before their time. The National Academy of Science and the VA link exposure to Agent Orange to such horrible diseases as Hodgkin’s disease, leukemia prostate cancer and Ischemic Heart Disease.

Teaching your 5 year old daughter how to play soccer and putting her on a path to be the greatest Goal Keeper in American soccer history is a powerful legacy.

There are few soccer players better suited to play goalie than the perfectly named Hope Solo. A self-described loner, she is the best player on the U.S. women's soccer team, and its most outspoken. (Simon Bruty / Sports Illustrated / Getty Images)

There are few soccer players better suited to play goalie than the perfectly named Hope Solo. A self-described loner, she is the best player on the U.S. women’s soccer team, and its most outspoken. (Simon Bruty / Sports Illustrated / Getty Images)

And then sadly wrestling with inner daemons, living on the street, and being set up for murder by a rogue cop is truly tragic.

America owed more to Jeffrey Solo. His fellow Vietnam Veterans some on a Wall in DC might just rise up in spirit against people attacking his daughter and the great line from “Saving Private Ryan” is fitting: Hey asshole! Two of our guys died trying to find you all right?

Well two thirds of Vietnam Veterans, including Jeffrey Solo have died before their time trying to save America.

Thankfully, when it really counted Hope Solo defended her father.

So it is commendable that she states “Losing Sucks.”

Losing the Vietnam War really sucked. I suspect most of her late father’s fellow Vietnam Vets understands her attitude perfectly.

Ed Timperlake was the National Director of President Reagan’s Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program.

For an excellent article on Hope Solo see the following:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/hope-solo-drops-her-guard-138385366/?no-ist

“Solo has always been fearless in the box, fiercely protecting her turf, knocking down all the shots fired at her, or her family.”

Editor’s Note: Sadly, as predicted there are many, many articles attacking Hope Solo by morally high posturing writers.

One writer should have known better and was especially egregious.

Christine Brennan is a moderately competent “award winning” reporter. The press loves to give each other awards.

However, when it really counted, in a situation deserving total understanding and compassion, she joined the public lynch mob.

I guess Hope Solo didn’t measure up to her standards, nor did she have the life advantages that Brennan capitalized on in print.

It must be nice to be so judgmental without any true understanding.

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Seat-House-Daughter-Journey/dp/0743254368

Here is her “I told you so” comment

Christine Brennan 

✔@cbrennansports

Hope Solo implosion has been a long time coming. Truly embarrassing handling of the domestic violence issue by US Soccer, now here we are.

Touching back to her previous article excoriating Hope Solo, she quoted Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct) whose track record includes insulting the late Jeffery Solo and all his brothers with his own fake Vietnam Vietnam Combat claims:

“..On Thursday afternoon, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., released a letter he sent to Gulati, calling for U.S. Soccer to “conduct a thorough investigation into this incident.

“In the interim,” Blumenthal wrote, “I urge U.S. Soccer to reconsider Hope Solo’s position as an active member of Team USA.

As boys and girls tune in to Friday’s game, watching the women on TV as role models, it sends exactly the wrong message to start Hope Solo at goal.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/worldcup/2015/06/11/hope-solo-uswnt-womens-national-team-world-cup-suspended/71075432/

On Senator Blumenthal and his “war record”:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/17/richard-blumenthal-vietnam_n_579656.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/19/nyregion/19veterans.html?_r=0

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/18/nyregion/18blumenthal.html?pagewanted=all

Editorial Update (8/18/2016)

It took a great human tragedy to show the world that Hope Solo was courageously correct to be extremely concerned about mosquito born illness.

Ibsen’s great play “Enemy of the People”was made very real at the Olympics in Brazil.

As all saw even before her comment on the U.S. game against Sweden, Hope Solo  had been viciously attacked and hated  by highlighting the threat of Zika and mosquito born illness.

Her quest was to bring much public awareness but sadly her message was just not Politically Correct (PC) and was roundly mocked by know nothings.

The daughter of a Vietnam Veteran would know first hand that being in the tropics can often lead to very serious illnesses.

Preparation and precautions are essential.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3704740/If-village-forgets-pack-repellent-come-Hope-Solo-shows-Zika-proof-arsenal-s-packing-Rio-Olympics.html

Now a potential deadly illness has stricken and a BBC reporter is fighting for her life:

A television sports presenter is in a coma with malaria in a Rio hospital following a 3,000-mile charity cycle ride.

 Charlie Webster, 33, who has worked for Sky and ITV, became unwell after watching the Olympic opening ceremony.

 Sky said Ms Webster’s agent had confirmed that she was on life support with a rare strain of the disease.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-37115095

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-08-zika-infection-affect-adult-brain.html

 

Election 2016: State of Play for the FOUR branches of Government

The 2016 Presidential election finds all four branches of government in play. While the three formal branches of government are clearly in play, it is less widely recognized how significant the impact of the fourth estate has been in setting the agenda for the election, and no one elected them.

With regard to the judiciary, many on the right and left have correctly figured out the Supreme Court is in play, enough said.

With regard to the Congress, the legislative branch takes care of itself for the most part except for a “down-ballot” effect, which is unknown and often fraught with a lot of public pontificating “strum und drang”. However, ultimately as Speaker Tip O’Neill correctly pointed out, all politics are local

With regard to the executive department, the past is clearly prologue in the current election.

The most important factor of executive department responsibilities is the constitutional responsibility of the President to keep us all safe. Our National Command Authority responsibilities transcend politics.

In the very heated public debate about the fitness of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump to become our next Commander in Chief all national security experts and military officers who support Secretary Clinton, have had a significant case of willful blindness to overlook her most significant dereliction of duty in our history.

The most highly classified programs in America are embedded in our Continuity of Government (COG) plans and procedures. COG contains the most closely guarded secrets in the United States:

“Continuity of government (COG) is the principle of establishing defined procedures that allow a government to continue its essential operations in case of nuclear war or other catastrophic event.”

In fact when I served as President Reagan’s Principal Director of Mobilization Planning and Requirements in one COG exercise there were only 17 people in the U.S. who had access to the most highly classified information in our Government.

The number one target of foreign collectors, “spies,” is our plans in the event of a Nuclear strike on America.

In the event of an attempt to decapitate the leadership of America with a nuclear strike, there is a constitutional line of succession to become President and Military Commander-In-Chief. Depending on the effectiveness of the strike, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was positioned behind the VP, Speaker of the House, and then President Pro Tempore of Senate in the presidential succession process.

Each person in the COG chain-of-command must understand the awesome power of our global strategic strike capabilities.

Since General then President Washington at Valley Forge showing undaunted resilience, to President Lincoln’s leadership during the civil war and concluding when it was over, “malice toward none” to FDR holding the country together during both the great depression and then a global conventional war against two extremely effective combat forces, Germany and Japan, America has had some heroic giants as President.

With the advent of global strategic strike against America it is the one event that can destroy us as a national entity. Everything else is second order.

Consequently Secretary Clinton through the use of her private e-mail server in conducting classified government business put us all at risk. Americans, except those in her inner circle, never knew of that risk to our safety and security and the current press through ignorance or other reasons will not report this dereliction of duty.

Secretary Clinton according to the Director of the FBI abrogated the first responsibility of her stewardship in her oath of office, which was to protect our collective security against all enemies foreign and domestic. It should be noted the Director of FBI does not have the code word clearance access to our COG and nuclear launch/targeting op-plans. So when she destroys some 30,000+ e-mails, and dissembled about it we all should trust that some in the FBI have now been read into code word classified programs and told what to look for.

After all it is a very good bet the Russians and People’s Republic of China know.

With her “don’t trust factor” bouncing between 60-70 % having already held the fourth highest Office in our Government her competence has been found to be wanting and inexcusable by her fellow citizens.

We are now at much greater risk the minute she took her oath as Secretary.

But relatively unexamined in the 2016 Presidential process but with a big stake in the outcome is the “Fourth Branch” of Government the MEDIA:

Statistically the mainstream media is held in low regard, and Donald Trump is successfully playing to that factor:

Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media in one poll. And this poll shows that accuracy clearly is the most important component of trust.

Nearly 90 percent of Americans say it’s extremely or very important that the media get their facts correct, according to the study. About 4 in 10 say they can remember a specific incident that eroded their confidence in the media, most often one that dealt with accuracy or a perception that it was one-sided

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/35c595900e0a4ffd99fbdc48a336a6d8/poll-vast-majority-americans-dont-trust-news-media

Many in the media know to their core this downward vector of trust. But it is only an abstract poll while Donald Trump is a real person who is the most high profile individual in American history calling them out.

Our historical vibrant “rockem-sockem” public political fights inside a 1st Amendment protected media and that is a very good thing. In fact, there have been many swipes against the media since the founding of America some justified others a real reach.

However now there is an uncontrolled and unfettered hothouse atmosphere of a 24 hour global news cycle and the here-to-for monopoly by mainstream press is in serious jeopardy of total erosion of confidence. So like a cornered beast the MSM is striking and attacking with little to lose but perhaps still a lot to gain if they land a successful strike.

The current “fourth estate” is now devolving into a symbiotic relationship with the Executive Department and thus creating a de facto ministry of propaganda in conspiring to hurt Donald Trump’s electoral chances at all costs. A major battle is being joined at the Presidential level. President Obama after allowing Hillary Clinton a free pass with her national security violations then calls Donald Trump unfit. Physician heal thyself.

Tragically the result if Donald Trump loses, like the appointment of new Justices to the Supreme Court, the main stream media (MSM) as currently operating will have a lasting pernicious impact on America for a generation.

Their focused successful destruction of Donald Trump will usher in a new era of PC power that we have never seen before. The power of the media to destroy a man running for President will grow because having worked with them on Rules Committee many but not all modern Pols (R&D) are actually self-centered political cowards with the instinct of lemmings.

The key point in this battle for the future of America can be put simply:

Will the media be greatly empowered to be the judge, jury and very public executioner of what and who is acceptable in the great American debate about our lives and future?

Many in the previously “highly respected” media just ask them with all their self-anointing awards are trying to beat Trump and they are working very hard to do just that. We are all witnessing a great domestic battle in early 21st Century America.

If HRC wins without any real examination of her record by the MSM, the MSM will marry up their validated battle proven power to destroy to tremendous wealth “Billionaires for Hillary.”

I really hope “Feel the Burn” voters are paying attention because the DNC figured it all out and put bullying and corrupting the media in play to help Secretary Clinton. Actually it did not appear to be very hard.

Sadly, the DNC perfidy robbed all Americans of the experience to vote in one of the greatest political showdowns in our history; Socialism vs. Free Market Capitalism. It would have been a grand election experiment so truly shame on DNC hacks.

A perfect example of media and money is with the owner of the Washington Post, who is a multi-billionaire and one of the richest men in the world. This billionaire has converted the Post Editorial page into nothing more than his plaything. They have quickly become a collection of angry bloggers that are financially supported in his balance sheet round off column.

http://www.sldforum.com/2016/06/the-2016-presidential-election-the-third-wave/

Now if Secretary Clinton wins she will marry up an ideologically driven group the liberal press, with lemming like pols along with the glitz and power of Hollywood. Very quickly “state sponsored messaging” will hit with such a force that America will have never seen. With the swearing in of President Clinton, America will enter a new era of PC indoctrination like we have never ever experienced.

Eight years of many ideological fellow travelers, in the disguise of independent journalists, making excuses for President Obama and screaming racism at legit critics, will pale in comparison.

It will be VERY 1984 made real and clearly part of the gathering storm and will shape our ability to have realistic and credible solutions to the world as it is and becoming, rather than the world described by the MSM and the world of political correctness.

 

Trump and Veterans: Recalling the Reagan Legacy

President Reagan would be very proud of Donald Trump’s approach to helping Veterans.

Donald Trump’s just announced Ten Point Plan to Reform DVA is powerful and insightful.

It is reminiscent of Candidate and then President Reagan’s actions.

Reagan stated that the Carter Administration’s treatment of Vietnam Combat Veterans as guilt-ridden victims was just wrong.

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President Reagan changed the national debate by saying that those who served fought in a noble cause.

To a generation of Vet’s Reagan’s words rang out.

Ronald Reagan’s wish to neutralize the “problem” of the Vietnam veteran as outsiders was evident in his speeches praising Vietnam veterans’ faithfulness, applauding other Americans for welcoming them home, and observing that America had consequently transcended “the tragedies of the past” and come together “in unity and with resolve.”

The Reagan administration’s wish to do away with negative stereotypes of Vietnam veterans was also evident in the activities of a little-remarked federal organization, the Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program (VVLP).

“The decades of decay, division and decline will come to an end. The years of American Greatness will return.” Donald Trump

It is time now for a bold new approach: accountability first before the tired formula that no real accountability just more money equals support.

No accountability no check:

(1) Mr. Trump will appoint a VA Secretary whose sole purpose will be to serve veterans. The Obama Administration has continually placed D.C. bureaucrats’ needs above those of veterans, this will not happen under a Trump Administration.

(2) Mr. Trump will use the powers of the presidency to remove and discipline the federal employees and managers who have violated the public’s trust and failed to carry out the duties on behalf of our veterans.

(3) Mr. Trump will ask that Congress pass legislation that empowers the Secretary of the VA to discipline or terminate any employee who has jeopardized the health, safety or well-being of a veteran.

(4) Mr. Trump will create a commission to investigate all the fraud, cover-ups, and wrong-doing that has taken place in the VA, and present these findings to Congress for to spur legislative reform.

(5) Mr. Trump will protect and promote honest employees at the VA who highlight wrongdoing, and he will guarantee their jobs will be protected.

(6) Mr. Trump will create a private White House hotline, which will be active 24 hours a day answered by a real person. It will be devoted to answering veteran’s complaints of wrongdoing at the VA and ensure no complaints fall through the cracks.

(7) Mr. Trump will stop giving bonuses to any VA employees who are wasting money, and start rewarding employees who seek to improve the VA’s service, cut waste, and save lives.

(8) Mr. Trump will reform the visa system to ensure veterans are at the front of the line for health services, not the back.

(9) Mr. Trump will increase the number of mental health care professionals, and allow veteran’s to be able to seek mental health care outside of the VA.

(10) Mr. Trump will ensure that every veteran has the choice to seek care at the VA or at a private service provider of their own choice. Under a Trump Administration, no veteran will die waiting for service. These days are over starting January 2017.

http://www.sldforum.com/2014/05/veteran-administrations-secret-waiting-lists-fatal-veterans/

http://www.sldforum.com/2014/05/latest-new-gang-cant-shoot-straight-leadership-veterans-administration/

http://www.sldforum.com/2012/10/forget-your-benefits-we-are-transforming-the-veterans-administration/

http://www.sldforum.com/2011/06/lcpl-rick-eilert-usmc-ret-journeys-end/

http://www.sldforum.com/2015/11/remembering-veterans-the-right-way-a-vietnam-veteran-tells-his-tale/

Ed Timperlake is the former Principal Director, Mobilization Planning and Requirements/OSD in President Reagan’s Administration, and the first Assistant Secretary, Congressional and Public Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs.

The 2016 Presidential Election: The Third Wave?

This year’s presidential election is unusual.

But what do we get from The Washington Post?

This sort of thing:

How does Donald Trump stack up against American literature’s fictional dictators? Pretty well, actually.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/book-party/wp/2016/06/09/how-does-donald-trump-stack-up-against-american-literatures-fictional-dictators-pretty-well-actually/?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory#

Or this:

Clinton and Trump are primed, but the voters are . . . perplexed

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/clinton-and-trump-clinch-but-the-voters-are–perplexed/2016/06/11/f882de2e-2f29-11e6-9de3-6e6e7a14000c_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_campaignamerica-4pm1%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

Ok let us help The Washington Post become less perplexed.

One candidate came completely from outside the normal political process to be in the position to be nominated as the candidate of the Republican Party.

Most of the press analysis has really focused on what they do not like about Mr. Trump, but miss the core point that the establishment was overwhelmed by popular support for Mr, Trump.

At a minimum, this would make him the anti-establishment candidate, and certainly one many Republican leaders are, at best, ambivalent about.

And for the Inside the Beltway High Priests, whether journalists or PhDs or former think tankers who are really simply former staffers waiting for their next job, Trump is an anathema – he is NOT one of them and they really do not know him and he reflects concerns which are not theirs.

The establishment candidate will by Hillary Clinton who made one of the most amazing comments during the campaign when she argued that as a woman she could not be part of the establishment.

This might have been true 30 years ago, but wake up Hillary and look the world in 2016! There could not be any more establishment a candidate than you are.

Which explains why a marginal candidate like Senator Sanders could mount a surprisingly effective candidate against a well-backed, well-funded and establishment orchestrated candidate like HRC.

If you put Trump and Sanders together one realizes that a strong majority of voters in the primaries voted AGAINST the political establishment.

That is the real story of 2016 and even if HRC becomes President the revolt will continue and perhaps accelerate.

This year’s campaign could well be the third wave election in American history.

The first wave was the collapse of the Democratic Party in the 1850s in front of the slavery challenge.  Lincoln challenged the the political establishment and came to power as the country faced Civil War.  The political process was reestablished after the Civil War but was very different from before.

The second wave was the progressive revolt of the 1890s against the corrupt political parties and the role of Theodore Roosevelt in challenging the political order and generating a process of change was significant.  The parties changed again as the political process was clearly ruptured.

With significant political upheaval on the left and right and significant unhappiness with the current political parties, we could easily be witnessing a significant turning point when the ability of the political elites to ignore fundamental concerns of the publics will lead to a restructuring of the political system.

Trump clearly poses that challenge and HRC will seek to rally the forces of the establishment to defend the current structure of government.  There has been no better symbolism of pushing government down the throats of Americans than Obamacare and after all HRC was the original Obamacare advocate before Obama.

I am asked by many Europeans to explain the Trump phenomenon to them for if they simply read the main stream media there would no way to actually understand what the dynamic is all about.

I usually refer them to Milo Yiannopoulos and this interview with Dave Rubin:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Danish F-35 Decision Has Direct Impact on Canada

In a recent op-ed in The Toronto Star by Gary Schaub, Jr. and Christian Leuprecht looked at the challenge which the Danish procurement process poses for the one being currently followed by the new Canadian government.

To be blunt: “If the Canadian government is serious about the Defence Policy Review it has initiated, learning from Danish technocrats how to procure it may be a good place to start.”

Canadian governments of different political stripes have spent more than a decade trying to figure out whether to buy new fighter jets and which one to buy.

The Conservatives developed an aversion to military-procurement commitments, deferring some, bungling others; Liberals, by contrast are in the habit of politicizing military procurement decisions.

First they make an election plank out of scuttling the F-35 sole-source fighter purchase, now we learn that they are looking at sole-sourcing the F-18. Instead of politicking, which jet Canada buys and how many is secondary to having a proper process that generates and legitimates a commitment on which to follow through.

Recently, the Danish government concluded the F-35 is cheaper, more efficient, and more effective than the alternatives and recommended the F-35 over the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and Eurofighter Typhoon to replace its aging F-16 fleet. Contrary to the approach taken by Conservatives or Liberals in Canada, the Danish options analysis was transparent, public, and its findings were validated independently. There are important lessons for Canada here on both substance and method.

The Danish government considered four criteria: military performance, acquisition and life-cycle costs, industrial benefits, and strategic considerations — primarily the “ability … to support or fulfil Danish defence and security policy objectives, including potential co-operation with other countries.”

They evaluated each category separately and concluded the F-35 trumps the F/A-18 and the Typhoon in all four categories.

Given the F-35’s reputation, the conclusion about costs was most surprising — and key to the budget-conscious Danes. The detailed analysis provided to the parliament and public found that life cycle costs were driven by the number of expected flight hours of each aircraft: 8,000 for the F-35 and 6,000 for the F/A-18 and Typhoon. Since they last longer, the Danes concluded they could meet their defence needs over 30 years with fewer F-35s.

Critics have questioned the data used by the Danish Ministry of Defence. But the information was supplied by the companies themselves as part of the bidding process. Eurofighter explained they were very conservative in their estimate then, but have since calculated the Typhoon could fly for 8,300 hours. Boeing made a similar case: that the actual flight hours for each F/A-18 Super Hornet is 9,500.

The Danes have stood by their process, using data the manufacturers submitted, which they verified and was validated independently by external auditors. It is now up to the Parliament to consider the government’s recommendation.

There are two lessons here for Canada. First, reach a cross-party consensus in principle. In the Danish case, the political parties agreed in 2012, as a matter of principle, that a new combat aircraft purchase will take place, even with a minority government now in power.

Second, Parliament’s external validation can challenge but should not substitute new metrics for those used by the government. In Canada, the Parliamentary Budget Office, the Auditor General, and KPMG all used different metrics, including different life cycle lengths: whether you calculate jet fuel over 20 or 40 years makes quite the difference!

The Danish process included external validation by RAND Europe and Deloitte Consulting — whose joint report is also publicly available — as well as independent, outside experts. Barring illegality or incompetence on the part of the New Fighter Program Office, the Ministry of Defence, RAND Europe, and Deloitte, it is difficult to see how Boeing or Eurofighter can convince the Danish parliament to forego the government’s recommendations.

The Danish process is democratic and transparent, which makes it difficult to assail. It demonstrates democratic representatives can agree if the processes in place have integrity.

But process does not determine outcome: Canada might well conclude an aircraft other than the F-35 best meets its defence needs. That the largest military purchase in Danish history is proceeding so quickly and with little controversy puts Canadian military procurement processes to shame.

If the Canadian government is serious about the Defence Policy Review it has initiated, learning from Danish technocrats how to procure it may be a good place to start.

Gary Schaub, Jr. is senior researcher at the Centre for Military Studies at the University of Copenhagen. Christian Leuprecht is professor at the Royal Military College of Canada and Queen’s University, and a senior fellow at the Macdonald Laurier Institute.

Bikers Versus Cubical Commandos: Not a Hard Choice

“I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.” William F. Buckley, Jr.

It most certainly looks like Donald Trump is very comfortable with bikers especially after making a very honest personal quip “I’m not a huge biker, I have to be honest with you, OK? I always liked the limo better.”

And yet there he was in the middle of many thousands of Bikers.

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His message was direct and to the point: Take care of veterans, because so far the Political Class has had an epic failure there has been no real accountability just a lot of posturing.

Whereas the current Administration tells veterans to just accept waiting in line like they would if waiting for rides in Disneyland, Trump counters with reality: “Thousands of people are dying waiting in line to see a doctor.

That is not going to happen anymore,” Trump told veterans gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial as part of the annual Rolling Thunder event, which brings thousands of motorcyclists to Washington each Memorial Day weekend.

So stand-by real help is on the way:

“..A potential President Donald “You’re Fired” Trump would need no help in understanding accountability.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/presidential-campaign/250849-the-unasked-question-at-the-fox-presidential-debate

Which bring us to the Best and the Brightest and William Buckley’s point- Hillary Rodham Clinton is her own problem, “Clinton Inc,” Bill and Hillary, “two for the price of one” and certainly are with regard to avoiding accountability and trumpeting their place above the laws governing everyone else.

Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for President in 2016, on practical results alone has done something truly amazing in being a catalyst for focusing on the needs and aspirations of a significant number of  Americans ignored at best and at worst insulted and demeaned as a matter of course.

Candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have been trying to foster a “have-VS have not war” which  transcends the old liberal traditional liberal class warfare.

In their attempt to encourage Class War they merge it with identity politics in order to continue to splinter America.

The tragedy is that the “have nots” are voiceless and often demeaned, patronized and forgotten.

Yet they have great family pride and are truly struggling.

Just ask West Virginia and other Appalachian Coal Miners, or industraly workers a factory after factory goes “cold iron.”

Style and substance, in addition to the message, is always important and as Trump throws punch after punch at the Mainstream Media (MSM) and DC’s self-styled Best and Brightest, as seen in his Rolling Thunder bonding, he actually gives hope to many.

Republican candidate Donald Trump is a huge pressure relief valve against some of our fellow citizens who hate America, and are doing everything they can to have  the type of people who could be considered a Tea Party cohort resort to violence.

Yet even being very concerned about the direction of the country, they do not cross the line, unlike their opponents.

It is truly remarkable is that after being betrayed in 2010 and 2014 they are still giving the political system a third chance.

It has always been our belief that the Civil War was preventable if better Pols had figured it all out earlier.

As students who came of age in the sixties we have seen much worse.

But the relative state of unrest in America is very significant and Donald Trump is in the great tradition of our Democracy is leading a peaceful revolution

It is ironic that the magazine founded by William F Buckley, National Review has been totally ineffectual in the public debate over the last year. They have shown they do not have a real clue, nor a true finger on the actual pulse of America beyond their money fueled DC cubicles.

400 Rolling Thunder Bikers are smarter and more connected then the NR.

I suspect it will also be pointed out as the history of this political cycle on his quest Donald Trump has single handedly put some well-deserved intellectual torpedoes in both New York Times and The Washington Post.

Ed Timperlake had political appointments by Reagan National Director Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program, and Principal Director Mobilization Planning and Requirements/OSD.

He was also on Professional Staff House Committee Rules with Chairman Solomon, Mr House Conservative, and was an Assistant Secretary for VA Secretary Dewinski, who was Barry Goldwaters’s Illinois State Chair in 1994.

http://www.sldforum.com/2016/03/losing-the-moral-compass-clinton-over-trump-for-republican-national-security-experts/

The photo and further analyses can be seen below:

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/05/29/donald-trump-rolling-thunder-amazing-thing/

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/donald-trump-pledges-support-veterans-rolling-thunder-rally-n582541

 

 

Remembering Hiroshima on Memorial Day: Historical Reality Not Moral Posturing Is Needed

The President recently went to Hiroshma to remember the first use of the nuclear weapon.

What he seemed to forget were all the lives saved, both American and Japanese, by the heroic decision of President Truman to use what was then advanced technology to stop the bloodletting of the War in the Pacific and to ensure that the United States did not leave the future of Asia to China and Russia.

This point was driven home to me when viewing a powerful video underscoring the contribution of veterans to the country.

On Saturday May 28 2016 a video link arrived in an e-mail with the simple message:

“This is a keeper….”

I think you will agree.

The sender was Admiral “Fast Ed” Fahy, as a first tour Squadron Navy A-7 Attack pilot he flew missions off Yankee Station into North Vietnam, and in a distinguished career he eventually commanded the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy and went on to Flag rank.

The fact that a Navy Admiral was so moved by the narrative about the death of  a soldier speaker volumes about the great respect all who served in the US military have for their fellow warriors regardless of rank or service.

To paraphrase a great line in a poem by John Donne –“the bell tolls for thee.”

All Americans looking at the video should note that many remaining World War II Pacific veterans rendering honor to their fallen warriors may have been killed invading Japan.

Robbin Laird wrote earlier:

We can begin by understanding the context within which the U.S. first used nuclear weapons.

After bloody island campaigns, with mass suicides on Guam, and fight to the last man on Okinawa, and the defense of Okinawa in part by the widespread attacks on the US fleet by Kamikaze pilots, President Truman reached the conclusion that a nuclear attack made a great deal of sense.

The alternative was to face massive destruction and death on the Japanese mainland as the Japanese fought to the last man.

My father was one of those Army officers preparing for the invasion with a very clear expectation that he and his men would die on the assault on Japan.

He told me that “we cheered when we heard what had happened, for we knew that we now had a chance to see the war end, and possibly go home alive.”

He spent the next two years in Japan during the occupation and got to know the Japanese well.

He learned Japanese and gained a sense of great respect for Japan and a deep pain that the war had had to happen at all.

In other words, the U.S. used nuclear weapons to meet a strategic purpose not well met by conventional means.

It has been estimated that there would have been a million plus American causalities alone.

I am named for my uncle KIA on Iwo Jima.

His last message home on his 18th birthday was he planned after the war to become a Catholic Priest.

The causality rates for the battle of Iwo Jima foreshadowed the fight to the death ethos of the Imperial Japanese Forces.

The US had 6,781 killed and 19,217 wounded.

The entire Japanese forces were almost wiped out to a man around 18,000 KIA and only 216 taken prisoner.

President Truman’s heroic decision saved many families from feeling the pain which my family had to feel from the willingness of the Japanese to die to the last man, woman or child.

When President Obama makes the statement about “moral awakening” in visiting Hiroshima, he is by inference saying that the ending of the war with two atomic explosions was immoral.

The fate of Hiroshima is reduced to a policy moment in his quest of a “nuclear free world.”

He is a clever enough politician to know exactly what he means.

“. ..Hiroshima and Nagasaki are known not as the dawn of atomic warfare but as the start of our own moral awakening.”

This is shameful posturing and a perfect example of what is being called “virtue porn” or hollow words that in the scope of history mean nothing.

The lives lost in Hiroshima are part of a broader historical context, not simply reduced to policy posturing by an American president on his way out of office.