“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” - George W. Bush

All The Best

THE ELEPHANT BAR IS CLOSED

I want to thank everyone who participated in the Elephant Bar over the past twelve years. We had millions of visitors from all around the World and you were part of it. Over the past dozen years, two or three times a night, I would open my laptop and some of you were always there. I will miss that.

My plans are to continue my work with technology and architecture. You know my interests and thoughts.

At times, things would get a little rough in the EB. To those of you that I may have offended over the years, I apologize. From all of you, I learned and grew.

An elephant never forgets.
Be well.

Deuce, 21 June 2018

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Can we just stop saying the FBI is respected, but...? It isn't.

2013 Obfuscation and Lies

2011 Obfuscation and Lies




Stealing Agent Mathew Lowry


1988 Obfuscation, Cheating and Lies

1960s Character Assassination , Spying


Buchanan: Did the FBI conspire to stop Trump?

The original question the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign was to answer was a simple one: Did Donald Trump, or officials with his knowledge, collude with Vladimir Putin’s Russia to hack the emails of John Podesta and the DNC, and leak the contents to damage Hillary Clinton and elect Trump?

A year and a half into the investigation, and, still, no “collusion” has been found. Yet the investigation goes on, at the demand of the never-Trump media and Beltway establishment.

Hence, and understandably, suspicions have arisen. Are the investigators after the truth, or are they after Trump?

Set aside the Trump-Putin conspiracy theory momentarily, and consider a rival explanation for what is going down here: That, from the outset, Director James Comey and an FBI camarilla were determined to stop Trump and elect Hillary. Having failed, they conspired to break Trump’s presidency, overturn his mandate and bring him down.

Essential to any such project was first to block any indictment of Hillary for transmitting national security secrets over her private email server. That first objective was achieved 18 months ago.

On July 5, 2016, Comey stepped before a stunned press corps to declare that, given the evidence gathered by the FBI, “no reasonable prosecutor” would indict Clinton. Therefore, that was the course he, Comey, was recommending.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, compromised by her infamous 35-minute tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton -- to discuss golf and grandkids -- seconded Comey’s decision.

And so Hillary walked. Why is this suspicious?

First, whether or not to indict was a decision that belonged to the Department of Justice, not Comey or the FBI. His preemption of Justice Department authority was astonishing.

Second, while Comey said in his statement that Hillary had been “extremely careless” with security secrets, in his first draft, Clinton was declared guilty of “gross negligence” -- the precise language in the statute to justify indictment.
Who talked Comey into softening the language to look less than criminal? One man was FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, whose wife, Jill, a Virginia state Senate candidate, received a munificent PAC contribution of $474,000 from Clinton family friend and big bundler Terry McAuliffe.

Also urging Comey to soften the fatal phrase “gross negligence” was key FBI agent Peter Strzok. In text messages to his FBI lover Lisa Page, Strzok repeatedly vented his detestation of the “idiot” Trump.

After one meeting with “Andy” (McCabe), Strzok told Page an “insurance policy” was needed to keep Trump out of the White House.

Also, it appears Comey began drafting his exoneration statement of Hillary before the FBI had even interviewed her. And when the FBI did, Hillary was permitted to have her lawyers present.

One need not be a conspiracy nut to conclude the fix was in, and a pass for Hillary wired from the get-go. Comey, McCabe, Strzok were not going to recommend an indictment that would blow Hillary out of the water and let the Trump Tower crowd waltz into the White House.

Yet, if Special Counsel Robert Mueller cannot find any Trump collusion with the Kremlin to tilt the outcome of the 2016 election, his investigators might have another look at the Clinton campaign.

For there a Russian connection has been established.

Kremlin agents fabricated, faked, forged, or found the dirt on Trump that was passed to ex-British MI6 spy Christopher Steele, and wound up in his “dirty dossier” that was distributed to the mainstream media and the FBI to torpedo Trump.

And who hired Steele to tie Trump to Russia?

Fusion GPS, the oppo research outfit into which the DNC and Clinton campaign pumped millions through law firm Perkins Coie.

The “dirty dossier,” a mixture of fabrications, falsehoods and half-truths, created to destroy Trump and make Hillary president, was the product of a British spy’s collusion with Kremlin agents.

In Dec. 26′s Washington Times, Rowan Scarborough writes that the FBI relied on this Kremlin-Steele dossier of allegations and lies to base their decision “to open a counterintelligence investigation (of Trump).” And press reports “cite the document’s disinformation in requests for court-approved wiretaps.”
If this is true, a critical questions arises: Has the Mueller probe been so contaminated by anti-Trump bias and reliance on Kremlin fabrications that any indictment it brings will be suspect in the eyes of the American people?

Director Comey has been fired. FBI No. 2 McCabe is now being retired under a cloud. Mueller’s top FBI investigator, Peter Strzok, and lover Lisa, have been discharged. And Mueller is left to rely upon a passel of prosecutors whose common denominator appears to be that they loathe Trump and made contributions to Hillary.

Attorney General Bobby Kennedy had his “Get Hoffa Squad” to take down Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa. J. Edgar Hoover had his vendetta against Dr. Martin Luther King.

Is history repeating itself -- with the designated target of an elite FBI cabal being the president of the United States?

Pat Buchanan (contact: LindaMuller@Buchanan.org) is an author and former presidential adviser and candidate. He writes for Creators Syndicate.

60 comments:

  1. How many more scandals that we do not as yet know about?

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  2. How many convictions will have to be vacated?

    No testimony from a FBI agent or their forensic lab can be trusted ... Not if the top echelons of the organization is corrupt.

    It's not like the corruption and lies that permeated the Trump Campaign.

    From the National Security Advisor - Lt Gen Flynn, to the Campaign Manager Paul Manafort.
    The high level meetings between Russians and Don Jr, Jared Kushner and the fore mentioned Paul Manafort at Trump Tower and then not informing the FBI when queried about Russian attempts to compromise the Trump Campaign.

    Mr Trump's continued denials about contact between Russians and his Campaign orgaizatuon, in the face of his own son's e-mail chain.


    So many lies ... So lottle trust



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    1. No one has been jailed because of Mr Trump's lies ...

      Can the same be said of the FBI?

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      Every other word that comes out of Trump's mouth is a lie and the Trumies response...'oh, that rascal'.


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      Can we just stop saying the FBI is respected, but...? It isn't.

      :o)

      Many here don't respect the FBI. I personally don't like the stuff they pull or the anti-constitutional rights proposals and policies many of the leaders push; however, that said, I think you overstate your case.

      I wasn't able to find any recent polls but I suspect that the FBI's current approval rating among the general public is at least twice that of their ultimate boss, the guy sitting in the oval office.

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    2. Mueller, FBI face crisis in public confidence

      Sixty-three percent of polled voters believe that the FBI has been resisting providing information to Congress on the Clinton and Trump investigations. This is a remarkable finding for an agency whose new head said a few days ago that the agency was in fine shape. No, it isn’t.

      Fifty-four percent say special counsel Robert Mueller has conflicts of interest that prevent him from doing an unbiased job, also according to this month’s Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll. So, given this finding, the silence from the special counsel on the subject has become downright deafening.


      These are significant findings about an operation that was supposed to bring more objectivity and less partisanship to the Trump-Russia investigation. Clearly these numbers indicate that there is a crisis in public confidence in both the FBI and Mueller. What makes these findings important is that, with Trump’s approval rating at 41 percent, these results include large numbers of voters who don’t like Trump yet who now agree that these investigations have veered off course.
      After this poll was conducted, we learned that rogue agent Peter Strzok and his paramour, Lisa Page, both high-ranking members of the Mueller task force, discussed during the campaign how, in case Trump won, that they were developing, along with deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, what Strzok called an “insurance policy.” I can’t even imagine how badly these new facts will poll next month.

      Our polling in November showed that 61 percent say the funding of the salacious GPS Fusion document should be investigated. Fifty-eight percent say that if Hillary Clinton and the Democrats funded the work, it could not be used by law enforcement. While this seems obvious to the public, Congress has not been able to get the answer to the question of just how this dossier was used and whether the FBI then paid some of the cost to legitimize it. Even greater numbers — 65 percent — said there needs to be an investigation of the Uranium One deal that netted the Clinton Foundation $140 million in foreign-based contributions that went undisclosed.

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    3. One plus for the Mueller investigation is that the public did overwhelmingly endorse the prosecution of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and most think he should get jail time, believing, rightly or wrongly, that his talking to the Russians even during the transition was likely illegal. But that does not change the overall public assessment that the Mueller investigation is blown and that the FBI is stonewalling. Even back in the days of the Monica Lewinsky investigation, which I worked on with President Clinton, the special counsel was not seen as having a conflict of interest.

      New facts related to the issue of bias seem to be emerging every day. More important, though, a counter theory has emerged in which the dossier was peddled to the FBI rather systematically, including by hiring the wife of an FBI official, and then, despite its obvious bias and false content, used to start the Russia investigation by agents who were tinged with animus. The theory goes that they signed the wiretaps that were then unmasked by various Obama administration officials, who then were able to snoop on the transition.

      Former FBI Director James Comey, in showing the document to President Trump, didn’t tell him that it was funded by the Democrats because it was all an attempt to entrap him anyway — the insurance policy. A few months ago this certainly seemed far-fetched but today, with each new fact and with the failure of the officials to respond meaningfully to Congress, there is certainly more evidence behind these theories. To top it off, most Americans now also see that the treatment being given to Trump aides is far harsher than occurred with Clinton’s aides, despite their being caught in obvious lies, claiming they did not even know about the email server.


      Someone now is going to have to stand up and have the courage to clean all this up, get to the full facts and reset the whole investigation to look at everything here, from the original Clinton investigation on through the transition. The president’s hands are tied, but the attorney general could step in or resign. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray could wake up to the reality and act. Maybe there is an inspector general who could be empowered. When you look at the polling numbers and the stream of revelations, the current course is simply untenable and likely to go from a crisis in confidence to a full-blown constitutional crisis if not corrected.

      http://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/364873-mueller-fbi-face-crisis-in-public-confidence

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      You offer up numbers from one poll regarding public opinions on aspects of the Mueller investigation and the amount of info the FBI is providing to Congress and on the need for a further investigation of the Uranium one deal. You offer zip on the public's general opinion of the FBI something Deuce was talking about and I responded to.

      The rest of this is merely the opinions of the author on what 'should' happen in his ideal world.

      Also, he is wrong on this...Maybe there is an inspector general who could be empowered.

      There has been an IG who is investigating many of these charges. The DOJ IG has an ongoing investigation that has been going one since January. Old Bob, tells us the American Thinker says the IG is doing a great job. Someone else, I thought it was you, put up a link on it not that long ago.

      As for Uranium One, if Trump or Sessions wants an investigation into that all they have to do is start it. I'm all for it though I suspect it will be a waste of time.

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      January 12, 2017

      DOJ OIG Announces Initiation of Review

      Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz announced today that, in response
      to requests from numerous Chairmen and Ranking Members of Congressional oversight committees,
      various organizations, and members of the public, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will initiate a
      review of allegations regarding certain actions by the Department of Justice (Department) and the
      Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in advance of the 2016 election. Cognizant of the scope of the
      OIG’s jurisdiction under Section 8E of the Inspector General Act, the review will examine the following
      issues:

      • Allegations that Department or FBI policies or procedures were not followed in connection
      with, or in actions leading up to or related to, the FBI Director’s public announcement on
      July 5, 2016, and the Director’s letters to Congress on October 28 and November 6, 2016,
      and that certain underlying investigative decisions were based on improper considerations;

      • Allegations that the FBI Deputy Director should have been recused from participating in
      certain investigative matters;

      • Allegations that the Department’s Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs
      improperly disclosed non-public information to the Clinton campaign and/or should have
      been recused from participating in certain matters;

      • Allegations that Department and FBI employees improperly disclosed non-public information; and

      • Allegations that decisions regarding the timing of the FBI’s release of certain Freedom of
      Information Act (FOIA) documents on October 30 and November 1, 2016, and the use of a
      Twitter account to publicize same, were influenced by improper considerations.

      The review will not substitute the OIG’s judgment for the judgments made by the FBI or the
      Department regarding the substantive merits of investigative or prosecutive decisions. Finally, if
      circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of
      the review.


      This investigation has been going on for months longer than the Mueller investigation. Surprisingly, the usual suspects have failed to demand that it be brought to a speeding close.

      Political? Double standard? Naw, couldn't be.

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    6. Yup, Harvard Poll shows the public is just thrilled with Mueller, Comey, and their FBI.

      Not.

      https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1CAACAO_enUS720US720&ei=xn9JWoyZFYfm0gLRqpewDw&q=Harvard+CAPS-Harris+Poll+mueller&oq=Harvard+CAPS-Harris+Poll+mueller&gs_l=psy-ab.3...105434.108185.0.108786.8.8.0.0.0.0.181.840.0j5.5.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..3.4.658...33i160k1j33i21k1.0.zqUsTb0AWH8

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  4. Your suspicion was wrong.

    Again.

    (see previous thread)

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      DougSun Dec 31, 02:25:00 PM EST
      Perhaps you did not notice that was not my tweet.


      :o)

      Oh, now you are going to start pulling a Trump on us. Put up bullshit and them wash your hands of it. Don't know nothing about it. I just put it up.

      Given your constant whine about the media, you can understand why the casual observer might take it a little differently.

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      DougSun Dec 31, 02:26:00 PM EST
      Perhaps you are not aware, I do not watch Fox.


      Oh, that's right, you get all your hard news from Rush and Adam Corrolla.

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    3. Oh, now you are going to start pulling a Trump on us. Put up bullshit and them wash your hands of it. Don't know nothing about it. I just put it up.

      Given your constant whine about the media, you can understand why the casual observer might take it a little differently.

      ===

      ...I quoted an article with a link which backs up Dr. Jasser's point of the tendency to see no Islamic evil.

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      Do you mean the Atlantic article from the beginning of 2015?

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      Hardly a telling argument, Dougie.

      The Newsweek story is talking an earlier NYT story that came out after the initial Iranian protests started last Thursday. The latest NYT articles on Iran talk about the political protests.

      Meanwhile the U.S. Department of State issued a very strong statement on these protests—which rightly regards them as political:

      Ya think. The US has been VOA broadcast to stir up the opposition there for years. Since the protests began VOA along with similar stations in the UK and France have been ramping up those broadcasts attempting to feed fuel to the fire.

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  5. A point by point refutation of Buchanan and Penn should be a piece of cake for resident genius Quirk.

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    1. (Mark Penn is co-director of the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll and was a pollster for Bill Clinton during six years of his presidency.)

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    2. Nothing wrong with nobody but paid co-conspirators seeing the DNC Server or Hillary's 13,000 emails,
      ...or her server...

      Nothing at all.

      Much

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      What the hell is wrong with you, haole?

      Is your short term memory that bad or are you just that damn stupid?

      This will be the fourth or fifth time I've told you guys the following...

      - I have said I don't know exactly what happened with Russia during the election.

      - I have never accused Trump of anything wrt Russia. I have never accused anyone of anything wrt Russia.

      - I have never accused anyone of a crime who has not either confessed to it or been convicted of one.

      What I have done...

      - I said I can wait until these investigations are complete before making a judgement.

      - I have said I am open to all investigations into everything whether it collusion, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, bribery, illegal quid pro quo, you name it.

      - I have said I don't care who the investigations are about, Trump, his team, Hillary, her team, or anyone else.

      I have also said...

      - Despite the whining and the pissing and the moaning from you guys, I have seen nothing that proves Mueller is doing anything but his job in a quiet and professional way.

      - I've said calls to end the Mueller investigation are absurd. It will end when it ends. The typical special counsel/prosecutor investigation runs an average of two and a half years. Mueller's has been running for around 8 months.

      - The DOJ IG has been investigating many of the questions you dolts having asking about since January. I can wait for the results of that investigation.

      - I am open to any further investigations that are launched, into Uranium One for instance. Trump through his AG can have one launched any time he wants to. (I seem to recall him saying in the last couple days that he is not interested in it.)

      - Trump and the GOP control the entire government. DOJ and FBI as well as the Congressional committees are under their control. If the don't like what's going on they have the power to change it. The only thing holding them up is any political price they might have to pay.

      - I don't know how often I've said the following but let me say it now. A lot of shit that has been going on during the last election and before is pretty slimy stuff. Much of it pushes the envelope and skirts the edge of the law. Some of it may even go over that edge. That said, when all the investigations are over, I suspect you boys are going to be disappointed. These people have been getting away with this stuff all their lives. They may be immoral creeps; they may be corrupt; but proving they actually did anything illegal is near impossible. The system is designed that way.

      It's time you Trumpies realize it, 'they are All dicks'.

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  6. I must say again Happy New Year to Old Quirk, that wonderful flea bitten dog eared old fart !


    Without him around there would be no one to mock....

    Happy New Year old pooch !!!!

    Woof woof woof woof woof

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  7. Here one for you Quirk to help you start the New Year off right.....

    Trump And The Limits Of The Made For TV Reality Star Presidency

    See: American Thinker: from The New York Times

    Right down your anality.....oops, your alley....

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  8. 4654 UFO sightings world wide last year.

    If the ecological crisis doesn't bring us all together the UFO Crisis damn well should.

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    You approach your Trump stories with the more credulity than you do your UFO stories, old hoss.

    Happy New Year

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  10. Will 2018 be the year of The Steele Dossier on The Quirkster ?

    We can hope !!!!!

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    Despite the whining and the pissing and the moaning from you guys, I have seen nothing that proves Mueller is doing anything but his job in a quiet and professional way.


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      You do this all the time. Show me the proof.

      Insinuations don't get it.

      If there's something there, why doesn't someone in DOJ do something?

      Why doesn't Trump do something?

      Mueller is simply a paid employer who can be fired for cause.

      Wishing and hoping and whining, that's all we ever get from you, Doug.

      Relax and have a nice rest of the year and a Happy New Year.

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      By the way, now you've got me interested in that Penn poll. I'm looking for a copy of it to see how the questions are worded. I'll get back to you on it. If not tonight, soon.

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  12. Onw wonders why an Iraqi War vet, a lawyer would not put his trust in "Law Enforcement"

    Maybe he thought that all the Law Enforcement institutions in the USA are corrupt and illegitimate.



    Gunman ambushed deputies in deadly Douglas County shooting; 1 deputy dead, 6 people wounded


    ...

    A source who spoke to The Denver Post on condition of anonymity identified the gunman as Mathew Riehl, an Iraq war veteran who has posted a number of anti-law-enforcement videos on YouTube. Riehl at one time worked as a lawyer in Rawlins, Wyo


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    1. Yeppers, if he couldn't trust a Marine Corps combat veteran and the other senior staffers of the FBI and DOJ ...

      Who could he trust?

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  13. Everyone staying warm?
    20 degrees below here.

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  14. We're at a balmy 32 here right now.

    Where are you, Minnesota ?.

    I got off an Amtrak in Minneapolis once into -42.

    That was a real shock.

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    1. Our other Doug is probably at about 80

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    2. Yep, Minnesota.
      Wind chill warning until 11 a.m. tomorrow.
      Minus 32 expected.
      Buuurrrrr!

      Been awake since yesterday afternoon. Worked a fifteen hour shift, brunch with the family, and now spending time with the wife.
      And beer!

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    3. Sounds excellent for you now !!

      The DOJ And The FBI Rot From The Head Down....So Who Is The Head ?

      Brian Joondwph

      See: American Thinker

      Hint: The name starts with an 'O'

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    4. I hope Doug is counting his blessings, or thanking his lucky stars, that he doesn't have to deal with this shit.

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  15. Who were the best pilots in The Battle of Britain ?

    The Poles.

    See: Last Hope Island

    by Lynne Olson

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    1. And, they were flying Hurricanes, not Spitfires

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    2. The women of England loved the Polish pilots.

      And even more, Marta Gellhorn, wife of Ernest Hemingway, at a cocktail party given in her honor, seemed swept off her feet, spending the entire evening speaking only with two Polish pilots.

      And she had never even met the real thing, Quirk

      One can only imagine....

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    3. And, let us never forget, it was Polish noggins that were really behind the ENIGMA machine.

      No wonder The Donald spoke so highly of and to the Poles during his trip to Europe !!

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    4. There is a good deal of Eric Severus's WW2 war reporting in this interesting book.h

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    5. The Frogs...

      'Of the more than 76,000 Jews deported from France to the death camps, more than 90 per cent were rounded up by the French police.'

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    6. The Frogs...

      'Of the more than 76,000 Jews deported from France to the death camps, more than 90 per cent were rounded up by the French police.'

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  16. The DOJ And The FBI Rot From The Head Down....So Who Is The Head


    Donald J Trump

    Any other answer ...
    Another Trump Administration lie

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  17. Things are heating up in Iran..

    See good article at Hot Air.

    At least this time they have at least the verbal support. of the USA.

    We need to somehow keep their internet working too.

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    1. Report: USA gives Israel go ahead to kill powerful Iranian General.... Drudge

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    2. USA withholds millions from Pakistan.... Drudge


      This too is good !

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    3. Next we need to get India and Israel INTO NATO and Turkey OUT of NATO.

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  18. Also at Hot Air:

    David Brock paid $200,000 to bring forward Trump accusers in 2016

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    1. Paid for testimony is the best kind

      One knows exactly what will be said !!!

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  19. Question of the Day

    Is Quirk hung over ?

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