“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Real Foreign Threat to the US is Not from Russia

The director of the FBI says the whole of Chinese society is a threat to the US — and Americans must step up as a society to defend themselves

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FBI Director Christopher Wray; Chinese President Xi Jinping.
AP/Andrew Harnik/Fred Dufour/Pool
  • FBI director Christopher Wray issued a dire warning against China's growing influence during a Senate intelligence hearing on Tuesday.
  • He cited the variety of ways that China is implementing its plan to replace the US as the foremost global power, including infiltrating American academia.
  • China's Confucius Institutes are ostensibly language learning centers, but often serve as vehicles for Chinese propaganda at universities around the world, including the US.
  • Intelligence experts also cited Chinese cybersecurity threats as a major concern in 2018.

FBI director Christopher Wray reiterated a commonly held view on Tuesday that China is seeking to become a global superpower through unconventional means — but framed the threat China poses to the US as not just a governmental one, but as a societal one, too. 

Speaking before the Senate Intelligence Committee alongside the heads of other US intelligence agencies, Wray told Senators that China is using a host of methods to undermine American military, economic, cultural, and informational power across the globe that rely on more than just China's state institutions. 
"One of the things we're trying to do is view the China threat as not just a whole of government threat, but a whole of society threat on their end," Wray said, "and I think it's going to take a whole-of-society response by us." 

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats expressed a similar sentiment after Sen. Marco Rubio asked him about China's plans to overtake the US as the world's supreme world power. 

"There is no question that what you have just articulated is what's happening with China," Coats said. "They're doing it in a very smart way; they're doing it in a very effective way; they are looking beyond their own region." 

Coats said multiple agencies are conducting "intensive studies" to understand the ways China is looking to carry out its global agenda. 

The double-edged sword of open academics 

Wray pointed to China's use of unconventional intelligence sources at US universities as a salient example of China's reach. 

In intelligence jargon, "collectors" are individuals who collect intelligence on behalf of agencies or governments. And he said they've infiltrated American universities. 

"I think in this setting, I would just say that the use of non-traditional collectors — especially in the academic setting, whether it's professors, scientists, students — we see in almost every field office that the FBI has around the country," Wray said. 

"They're exploiting the very open research and development environment that we have which we all revere, but they're taking advantage of it," Wray added, noting that there is a "naivete" amid academics about the risks posed by foreign nationals at universities. 
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Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) visits the The Confucius Institute at Walter Payton College Preparatory High School in Chicago on January 21, 2011.
REUTERS/Chris Walker/Pool 
As Wray mentioned, the openness of academia in general contributes to an open flow of ideas across the globe and the overall advancement of human knowledge and innovation. 

To this end, US universities admit over a million international students, and Chinese students make up the largest share of these students. Nearly 329,000 Chinese nationals were enrolled in American colleges during the 2015-2016 school year, according to TIME. 

While there is no evidence that a majority of Chinese students or academics pose any threat to US interests, there are a number of education efforts that the Chinese government uses as vehicles for soft power. 

The first of these are the Confucius Institutes, which Rubio alluded to during his questioning of Wray and Coats at the Senate hearing. 

These institutes mirror many other foreign-language education entities that countries fund around the world, but with a couple caveats. Rather than existing as stand-alone bodies, they are inserted into US universities, and in addition to teaching Mandarin Chinese, they also reportedly engage in disseminating Chinese propaganda and restricting what professors and students should say.

As a result of the dangers to open expression posed by these institutes, the University of Chicago and Pennsylvania State have already closed the Confucius Institutes on their campuses. Other global universities have followed suit. 

Confucius Institutes also have a strong presence on the African continent, where China is also in the process of growing its economic and political power. Africans in countries like Zambia and Zimbabwe are encouraged to view China as a positive economic force and a source of progress and opportunity as part of the "Look East" policy many African countries have implemented. 

As a result of this push, the number of African students in China has skyrocketed over the last 10 years. 

Chinese cybersecurity threats 

During Tuesday's Senate hearing, the top US intel chiefs drew attention to Chinese cybersecurity strategies. 

"Frankly, the United States is under attack," Coats said, "by entities that are using cyber to penetrate virtually every major action that takes place" within the US. 
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray; Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo; Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats; Defense Intelligence Agency Director Robert Ashley; National Security Agency (NSA) Director Michael Rogers; and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo testify before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on
U.S. security chiefs testify before Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on "worldwide threats" on Capitol Hill in Washington
Thomson Reuters
The Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, also released Tuesday, outlines China's online capabilities in detail. 

"China will continue to use cyber espionage and bolster cyber attack capabilities to support national security priorities," the report concluded. Coats added that China's cyber activity is at much lower levels than it was before September 2015, but is still threatening 

Most Chinese cyber operations that the US has detected targeting private industry are against defense contractors, IT, and communications firms. The assessment said these companies are often ones that support the international operations of both the US government and the private sector. 

As a result of these findings, several intelligence heads reaffirmed the necessity to beef up US counterintelligence efforts in cyberspace. Many indeed identified it as one of the top priorities for the intelligence community in the coming year. 

With so many facets of American society under threat, Wray said it would take a lot more than just work from intelligence agencies to combat China. 
"It's not just the intelligence community," he said, "but it's raising awareness within our academic sector, within our private sector, as part of the defense."


  1. It sure is great that we can all agree on the character and capacities of Mr Wray

    Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday morning, FBI Director Christopher Wray said that the bureau had delivered a partial report on problems with Porter to the White House back in March — earlier than the administration had previously acknowledged being aware of such issues.

    Wray also said the FBI had closed its file on Porter last month. This appeared to contradict earlier assertions from press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and from her deputy, Raj Shah, who had said the probe was “ongoing.”

    The problem for the White House, said former RNC head Michael Steele, “starts with an inability get their story straight. And if they expect an FBI they have been trashing for the past year to give them cover, that’s not the way it’s going to work".

    1. The challenges that created the

      MASSIVE Security Breach

      @ 1600 Pennsylvania Ave

      were self-inflicted.
      The responsibility for the

      MASSIVE Security Breach

      @ 1600 Pennsylvania Ave

      resides @ 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

      Promises Made - Promises Broken


  2. A one word reason why Mr Kushner cannot obtain a Security Clearance ...


    Multiple reports about Kushner’s close relationship with Chinese officials raises more questions about his inability to secure a permanent security clearance. According to the Wall Street Journal, Kushner was warned about Wendi Deng Murdoch using her close friendship to Kushner and Ivanka Trump to advance Chinese interests in the United States. Some government officials have flagged Kushner’s meetings with Cui Tiankai, the Chinese ambassador to the United States as problematic, raising concerns over whether Beijing is using Kushner’s close access to President Trump to influence policy. After a February 2017 meeting between Kushner and Tiankai, Kushner urged persuaded Trump to drop his treats to abandon the “One China” policy, which maintains China’s control over Taiwan.

    Kushner’s family is also seeking billions in investment for various real estate projects, including a troubled property on 666 5th Avenue.

    Kushner personally helped secure financing to rescue that property from a company linked to the Chinese government before negative publicity torpedoed the deal.

    Promises Made - Promises Broken

  3. .

    The Cult of Trump

    Forget claims about Scientology, we've got real problems. Trumpkins, please go to a deprogramming center near you.*

    Trump's Proposed 2019 Budget - More Promises Made, More Promises Broken

    As predicted, (once again, the MSM steals the Quirkster's words as Trump puts out his 2019 FY budget proposal before the 2018 FY budget is even appropriated, or for that matter, even passed), the 2019 FY budget is more of the same...

    During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump told the “forgotten men and women of our country” that he would
    champion them. As evidence that he was a different kind of Republican, he promised not to cut Medicare, Medicaid and other programs that benefit poor and middle-class families.

    On Monday, President Trump proposed a budget that would slash spending on Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, transportation and other essential government services, all while increasing the federal deficit.

    Mr. Trump’s 2019 budget, combined with the tax cuts Republicans passed last year, would amount to one of the greatest transfers of wealth from the poor to the rich in generations. It would also charge trillions of dollars in new debt to the account of future Americans. It’s a plan that could please only far-right ideologues who want to dissolve nearly every part of the federal government, save the military.

    The proposal would raise military spending by 14.1 percent while cutting funding for the State Department — the agency that has a mandate to resolve problems without going to war — by 26.9 percent. It would cut the Department of Health and Human Services by 20.3 percent and the Department of Education by 10.5 percent. It calls for (yet again) the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and proposes cutting food stamps by $213 billion, or around 30 percent, over 10 years. Medicare and Medicaid, which benefit one-third of Americans, are targeted for cuts of hundreds of billions of dollars.

    If Congress adopted Mr. Trump’s proposal, millions of people would stand to lose health insurance, subsidized food, low-cost housing and other benefits. The result would be to greatly increase poverty and hunger in America.
    This is surely not what most of Mr. Trump’s working-class supporters imagined during the primary and general election campaigns. In May 2015, Candidate Trump tweeted, “I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid.” And in an April 2016 ad that ran in Pennsylvania he promised to “save Social Security and Medicare without cuts...”

    And the Trumpkins, with blank stares and in rote fashion, chant the ritualistic response, Thank you sir, may I have another? Thank you, sir, may I have another? Thank you, sir, may I have another? Thank you, sir, may...on until finally way down the line someone with less clouded eyes finally says...Thank you sir, may I have that last bagel over on the buffet table?

    One last glimmer of hope still remains among this lost generation.


    Please. visit a deprogramming center near you.*

    * Services free to all Trump cultists who can provide documentation that currently they don't care about broken promises or for that matter anything he does.


  4. Without looking, I wonder who published that?

  5. Replies
    1. I had Ashley Judd read it to me.

    2. Cutting State Dept to the bone could result in individuals implementing their own cost-cutting measures.

      No one wants their yoga routines made public.

    3. I think most people understand that and respect that privacy.

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    1. .

      MSM. MSM. MSM.

      Without looking, I would have probably been wrong on who made the response to that link.


      However, the link above was the first I've seen. If you don't like that link, here's another one. The one above is big on generalities, this one is longer and gets more specific. Plus, for all the English majors out there, it's got charts that hide a lot of the words.

      The gigantic cuts in Donald Trump's latest budget explained


    2. deuce is whoring for Trump and the Russians. On the payroll. It's obvious.

    3. I know Alana Evans, and Deuce is no Alana Evans.

  7. "Donald Trump chasing me around the bedroom in his tighty whities,” Evans told Kelly, “isn’t something that you forget.”

  8. I know the Russians. You don't. I know their military. You don't. I have been to Russia numerous times. You haven't.

    The Democrats and the US media are doing the most irresponsible damage to our relations with a country that is one of the top five of importance to the US. They are neither our friend or our natural enemy.

    The whores are the progressive Democrats and corrupt media and their camp followers, like you.

    1. Quirk's heartthrob:

    2. This comment has been removed by the author.

    3. .

      I know the Russians

      A lot of people know the Russians. Page knows the Russians. Manafort knows the Russians. Trump knows the Russians. They all say it's a great place.

      And I'm sure you get frequent briefings from the Russian military while the rest of us are stuck with articles from RCW and RCD, but what is your point?

      Are you saying the Russians didn't try to interfere in the 2016 election? Are you saying they won't be doing it this year?

      If so, sorry but that's crazy talk. Four different intelligence agencies gave the assessment that Russia did try to interfere the rest of the 17 indicated they bought into the arguments. We know some of the details. I don't hear anyone of any substance in Congress, Dem or GOP, saying the Russians didn't try to interfere. Even the White House with one notable exception have said they have interfered and that source has waffled on the subject saying one thing one minute and contradicting himself the next.

      There was a consensus in that intelligence hearing yesterday that the Russians will be trying to do it again this year. You don't have to be a Russian expert to know this. Heck we do the same thing even with our allies. If you have reason to dispute that, I'd like to hear it.

      The Dems?

      The GOP owns the government. Both Houses of Congress (Dems and GOP) voted overwhelmingly for the sanctions on Russia.

      I'm not saying the sanctions are a good idea, I'm just saying that blaming the Dems (or the media) for the condemnation of Russia over interference in our elections and other issues such as the Ukraine, Crimes and Syria while ignoring pretty much everyone else seems like a major stretch.

      The biggest critics of Russia sit in the GOP caucus in the Senate.


    4. Schiff also broadly criticized former President Barack Obama for his failure to impose a “deterrent” against hostile nations whose intent was to launch cyber attacks against the private sector and during the 2016 elections.

      “I think the Obama administration should have done more to establish a deterrent when it had the opportunity,” he said.

      “I was urging back when the North Koreans hacked Sony that we establish a deterrent then. I feared if we didn’t, not only would the North Koreans be back, but others would take a lesson from this that cyber-hacking and attacking is a freebie. There’s no consequence,” he said.

      In the 2014 Sony hack, a North Korean group that called itself “Guardians of Peace” hacked Sony Pictures and eventually released Sony staff emails, personal information about Sony employees, executive salaries and even copies of several unreleased Sony films.

      “In the North Korean situation, what I had urged was not necessarily a cyber-response to a cyber-attack, but to respond in a way that gets the North Korean’s attention.” He said the lack of deterrence encouraged other countries to launch cyber attacks, culminating with Russian cyber attacks.

  9. Is the WH really hiding behind a school shooting so they don’t have to answer questions about a host scandals in the administration?
    Kinda looks like that’s what’s happening.

    — Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 14, 2018

  10. Mitt Romney will launch his Utah Senate campaign Thursday morning with a low key announcement on social media, and will make his first public appearance a day later near Salt Lake City with a keynote address to a gathering of grassroots Republicans.


    "Stay tuned for my announcement on the Utah Senate race this Thursday. Visit [] to be one of the first to know!"

  11. The whores are the progressive Democrats and corrupt media and their camp followers, like you.

    Ochie, that might leave a mark.

  12. And while House Democrats have pledged to yoke GOP candidates to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the poll suggests that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will be a more effective foil for Republicans than Ryan will be for Democrats.

    Voters are split on their perceptions of Ryan: 36 percent view him favorably, and 40 percent have an unfavorable opinion.

    But Pelosi’s numbers are more negative: Only 28 percent of voters have a favorable impression of her, while nearly half, 49 percent, view her unfavorably.

    The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll was conducted Feb. 8-12, surveying 1,985 registered voters. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 2 percentage points.

  13. Good Grief, Ash _

    AshWed Feb 14, 02:07:00 PM EST
    deuce is whoring for Trump and the Russians. On the payroll. It's obvious.

    What's gotten into your noggin today ?

    That's absurd, young lad.

    1. The information flows in our young noggin brain lad Ash are obviously suffering some blockages of some serious sort.

  14. Reality:
    Nicolás de Jesús Cruz

    MSM: (CBS in this case)
    Nikolaus Cruz


    1. "Everyone predicted it," a student said about the #Parkland shooting.

      Here's some images floating around on social media via The Gateway Pundit:

    2. Never trust a man(boy) that mistreats frogs.

    3. Never knew about this:

      Toad Venom Toxicosis in Dogs

      He said they killed his dog.

    4. UPDATE: There is a registered Democratic voter by the name "Nicolas de Jesus Cruz" age in Florida but his birth date is not the same. Sheriff Scott Israel says Nikolas Cruz was born in September 1998, not May 1998 as the other Cruz's Florida voter registration states.

  15. Surprise: Elizabeth Warren turns up at Native American event to defend her Native American-ness
    ALLAHPUNDIT Feb 14, 2018 1:31 PM


    If Lizzie is Native American then we are all Native Americans.

  16. Another mega TV producer is leaving a longtime studio home to head to Netflix. In what is believed to be the biggest TV pact ever, Ryan Murphy, an Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody Award-winning producer, director and writer, has signed an overall deal with Netflix, which could reach as high as $300 million, sources said.


    While Murphy had been wooed for awhile, the deal with Netflix came down quickly, and it was instigated by the proposed Disney-Fox pact, which created uncertainty around his long-time home.

    “Three months ago, I thought I was going to be buried on the Fox lot; I had my mausoleum picked out,” Murphy said in January. “I started working there in my 30s, and many of us had young children who would play together.”

  17. Trump approval today:

    Trump Approval: FOX News 43% | PPP 44% | YouGov 45% | Ipsos 39% | Ras 47%

    Q Polling has been dropped from the list due to newly discovered faulty methodology.

    1. faulty methodology is a polite way of saying: cooking the books

    2. .

      Poll shopping again, Bob?

      RCPP Averages:

      President Trump Job Approval

      Approve 41.6

      Disapprove 53.3

      Disapprove +11.7

      Direction of Country

      Right Direction 38.0

      Wrong Track 55.0

      Wrong Track +17.0

      Trump Favorability Ratings

      Favorable 40.3

      Unfavorable 55.6

      Unfavorable +15.3


  18. Consumer Report:

    Blue Emu may handle the aches and pains of an extra inning baseball game but comes up short when trying to handle the aches and pains of a broken hip.

    Smells good though, and for awhile gives a nice cool feel.

    1. We all know how an air bag works in a car. Did not know that here is now or soon will be an air bag set up for one's hips ?

      Yes, indeed, fall over and the hip air gab deploys saving everyone lots of trouble !

  19. Wim Wender’s “Pope Francis – A Man of His Word” will open in domestic theaters on May 18, 2018, Focus Features announced Wednesday.

    Written and directed by three-time Academy Award nominee Wender, the documentary is a rare co-production with the Vatican itself. It features behind-the-scenes footage and the Pope addresses his audience directly while answering questions about life, death, social justice and immigration, among other topics.


    The announcement today coincided with Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent for Christians around the world.

  20. WTF?

    Another White House staffer, National Economic Council policy aide George David Banks, told Reuters he had quit after he was told on Tuesday that he had not cleared a security check due to past marijuana use. Politico first reported his resignation.

    Didn't seem to be a problem for Obama & Company

  21. Thanks, Reince!

    Even worse, unbeknownst to Priebus, the president, only moments before, had subjected Sessions to a withering tirade in the Oval Office, calling him an “idiot” and blaming Sessions’s recusal from the Russia investigation for the whole mess. Humiliated, Sessions said he would resign.

    Priebus was incredulous: “I said, ‘That can’t happen.’” He bolted down the stairway to the West Wing parking lot. He found Sessions in the backseat of a black sedan, with the engine running. “I knocked on the door of the car, and Jeff was sitting there,” Priebus said, “and I just jumped in and shut the door, and I said, ‘Jeff, what’s going on?’ And then he told me that he was going to resign.

    I said, ‘You cannot resign. It’s not possible. We are going to talk about this right now.’ So I dragged him back up to my office from the car. [Vice President Mike] Pence and Bannon came in, and we started talking to him to the point where he decided that he would not resign right then and he would instead think about it.” Later that night, Sessions delivered a resignation letter to the Oval Office, but, Priebus claimed, he ultimately persuaded the president to give it back.

    1. Grassley says Sessions must go.

  22. The real foreign threat to China is not the USA.

  23. GRAPHIC VIDEO: Islamic/Antifa links of Florida Mass Shooter
    By Pamela Geller - on February 14, 2018

    The mass murderer was immersed in Islamic and leftwing hate.

    Nicolas Cruz has been arrested after opening fire on a Florida high school on Ash Wednesday, leaving as many as 17 dead and up to 50 injured. According to a former math teacher of Cruz at the school, he had been previously identified as a security threat and had been informed last year that he wouldn’t be allowed on campus with a backpack.

    Here are some screenshots from his social media pages. Scroll down for video.....

  24. Audio - Barstool Radio Host Can't Resist Calling 17-Year-Old Olympian Chloe Kim A "Little Hot Piece Of Ass"

    Update (Feb. 14, 5:30 p.m.): KNBR program director Jeremiah Crowe tells Deadspin that “Patrick Connor is no longer with Cumulus Media.”

  25. NASA to investigate 10,000-year-old mystery rock that ‘shows paintings of UFOs and aliens’
    A NUMBER of prehistoric drawings have sparked a local government to seek the help of NASA after the images appeared to depict extraterrestrial life.

    By Callum Hoare / Published 14th February 2018

  26. .

    We all know how an air bag works in a car. Did not know that here is now or soon will be an air bag set up for one's hips ?

    At this point, Bob, a legitimate cost/bemefit analysis was indicate you should probably forget about the collision insurance and stick with the comprehensive.




    Binali Yıldırım, who serves as prime minister under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, told Deutsche Welle that the U.S. is violating its NATO obligations by fighting alongside the “terrorists” of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) against the Islamic State.

    “We have a problem with the YPG,”
    he said.

    “But if the United States begins warring against us by the side of the YPG, we will fight them as well.”

    Muzzies dictating to the United States
    While holding US hostage at Incirlik.

    No Testosterone


  28. Details emerge that make the Security Breach at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave ...

    White House officials who are listed as not having permanent security clearances as recently as this past November include Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and senior adviser; Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser; Dan Scavino, the president's director of social media; and Christopher Liddell, assistant to the president for strategic initiatives, according to the documents.

    All four are listed as operating with interim clearances only for information classified as "top secret" and "TS/SCI," which is shorthand for "top secret, sensitive compartmented information."

    A total of 34 people who started their government service on Jan. 20, 2017, the first day of the Trump presidency, were still on interim clearances in November.

    If the President has not personally signed off on these potential leakers, whoever did, put US at risk.

    LOCK 'EM UP !!!


  29. The YPG is the main ground element of the Syrian Defence Forces (SDF), which the United States has armed, trained and aided with air support and special forces to fight Islamic State.

    “We demanded this relationship be ended, I mean we want them to end all the support given to the Syrian arm of PKK, the YPG,” Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli told reporters in a briefing in Brussels, a day after meeting U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on the sidelines of a NATO meeting.

    “We demanded this structure be removed from SDF,” he said.

    Muzzies are making demands...

    Cadet Bone Spur stands mute
    Not even a tweet on Twitter

    No Testosterone

  30. Sharyl Attkisson Explains the Origins of the 2016 'Fake News' Narrative in TedX Talk

    She warned the audience about the latest effort to quell speech through something called "media literacy," where liberal elites tell everyone else whom they should trust. She said, "Media literacy advocates are busy trying to get state laws passed to require that their version of media literacy be taught in public schools."

    What's more, they're developing websites and partnering with universities. She warned that these people have their own agendas and want to tell you what to believe.

    "When interests are working this hard to shape your opinion, their true goal might just be to add another layer between you and the truth," Attkisson concluded.

  31. See BS News

    1. Before the shooting, he was Hispanic.

      Now he's a White Hispanic.

    2. "He also said he had "trouble with a girl" and he believed the timing of the attack, carried out on Valentine's Day, wasn't a coincidence."

      He also had no father, mom died of the flu, and toads killed his dog.

      Other than that, it was a good couple of weeks.


  32. Townhall Columnists Lawrence Meyers
    President Trump: Have Education Department Mandate Active Shooter Protocols
    Lawrence Meyers Lawrence Meyers |Posted: Feb 15, 2018 10:02 AM Share (607) Tweet

    President Trump: Have Education Department Mandate Active Shooter Protocols

  33. Fauxcohauntes digs in deeper -

    February 15, 2018

    Elizabeth Warren disingenuously doubles down defending her fake Indian heritage claims
    By Thomas Lifson

    President Trump's needling of Senator Elizabeth Warren's unsupported claim to Native American ancestry has hit its mark. Yesterday, the Massachusetts senator made an unannounced appearance before the National Congress of American Indians, the oldest national organization that claims to represent the interests of Native Americans, and repeated her previously debunked claims in a particularly offensive manner.

    The reliably progressive Boston Globe covered the speech with a straight face:

    Warren did not apologize for her undocumented claims that her mother's family had Cherokee blood – instead, reaffirming: "My mother's family was part Native American. And my daddy's parents were bitterly opposed to their relationship. So, in 1932, when Mother was 19 and Daddy had just turned 20, they eloped.

    "The story they lived will always be a part of me," she said, as tears came to her eyes. "And no one – not even the president of the United States – will ever take that part of me away."

    The tears are a nice touch, don't you think? She's a victim, just like her Indian momma. Trump is so mean...

    Judge for yourself the sincerity of the tears:

    1. But her claim implying that her paternal grandparents were racists in opposing marriage to an Indian-heritage girl is false and despicable, besmirching the reputation of long dead ancestors for political gain. Michael Graham of the Boson Herald, no friend of Warren, easily debunks this claim of parental racial victimhood.

      No, her grandparents were not the racists she claims they were, forcing their son to marry in secret. The wedding of Pauline Reed and Donald Herring (Warren's parents) was conducted by a prominent Methodist minister (he helped found Southern Methodist University) and announced with great fanfare in the local paper.

      Not exactly the behavior of parents who opposed a marriage, and definitely not an elopement.

      As for the claim of victim status:

      And most important of all, no – Liz Warren's family never suffered a single setback or even a moment of discrimination due to family lore about their heritage. Liz Warren never lived one minute of her life as a minority. The entire premise of her claim is ludicrous on its face – with or without the high cheekbones.

      She also lied about exploiting her purported minority status to hop on the affirmative action gravy train. From the Globe:

      Responding to critics who claim she used a minority status to gain prestigious law professorships, she said: "I never used my family tree to get a break or get ahead. I never used it to advance my career."

      She had herself listed in directories listing minority faculty members in the United States. These directories are what universities use when under pressure to add minorities and women to their faculties, as Harvard Law School was under pressure to do at the time of her hiring. And Harvard touted her as a minority hire. And, at the time she was hired, I believe she was the only member of the Harvard faculty not to have attended an elite law school. Her hiring, in other words, screams affirmative action.

      Warren threw in some palliatives to distract the audience, made up of genuine Native Americans who are members of tribes (no tribe has ever recognized Warren as a member).

      "I get why some people think there's hay to be made here. You won't find my family members on any rolls, and I'm not enrolled in a tribe," Warren admitted, much as she did in 2012. And just as in 2012, yesterday she failed to produce any proof of her Cherokee heritage claim.

      But even so, she'll lobby for their causes just as if she were a genuine Indian:

      The Massachusetts Democrat ... made an impassioned pledge to advocate for issues of importance for Native Americans.

      It should now be abundantly clear that Warren is running for president in 2020 and wants to put this behind her.

      It won't work.

  34. The school has four security guards.
    The coach/security guard was alerted 10 seconds after perp assembled gun.
    Being unarmed, he didn't have a chance.

    What could have been done differently?
    No one knows.

  35. What Did Comey Tell President Trump about the Steele Dossier?

    Andrew McCarthy

    ...the reason Comey refused to publicly state that Trump was not under investigation is because he knew he was!

  36. Is the “Common Sense Caucus” a triumph of marketing over accuracy? The White House has been very clear on the terms it will accept for granting a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and normalization of the program.


    With time ticking down, yet another bipartisan gang with better branding has offered a deal that falls short of those demands. It also falls short of common sense:

    A bipartisan group of senators reached a deal on immigration Wednesday as President Trump attempted to preemptively undercut the proposal by delivering an ultimatum: Pass my plan or risk a veto.


    The response from the White House was swift. One senior official called it a “giant amnesty,” and a public response from DHS condemned it as “the end of immigration enforcement”:

    The Trump administration is denouncing a bipartisan immigration deal in the Senate, saying it will “create a mass amnesty for over 10 million illegal aliens, including criminals.”

  37. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said "demagogues" of the Left and Right won again after the Senate defeated a bipartisan immigration bill on Thursday, but he isn't completely discouraged yet and sees hope in White House leadership.


    "The only way forward is for President Trump to grab the reins and lead us to a solution," Graham said.

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    1. .

      A bipartisan group of senators reached a deal on immigration Wednesday as President Trump attempted to preemptively undercut the proposal by delivering an ultimatum: Pass my plan or risk a veto.

      We know how Wide Trump's opposition to immigration is but how Deep is?

      Evidently not too much but just to the point where it starts costing him a buck

      3 Trump properties posted 144 openings for seasonal jobs. Only one went to a US worker.

      President Donald Trump's businesses don’t seem too concerned about “America First."

      A Vox analysis of hiring records for seasonal workers at three Trump properties in New York and Florida revealed that only one out of 144 jobs went to a US worker from 2016 to the end of 2017. Foreign guest workers with H-2B visas got the rest.

      The H-2B visa program allows seasonal, non-agricultural employers — like hotels and ski resorts — to hire foreign workers when they can’t find American ones. The Trump administration temporarily expanded this guest-worker program in 2017 while restricting other avenues of legal immigration, including the H-1B program for high-skilled workers.

      The Trump Organization is exactly the kind of company that relies on the H-2B visa program for low-skilled workers.

      Vox reviewed recruiting files submitted to the US Department of Labor for two Trump properties in Florida (including Mar-a-Lago) and one in New York from the start of 2016 through the end of 2017. In that period, hiring managers said they were able to find and hire only one qualified American worker — a cook — for 144 open positions for servers, cooks, housekeepers, and bartenders.



    2. {...}

      Business Insider report indicates Trump owns 17 major hotels and clubs in the US. A search of the Department of Labor database revealed three that applied for H-2B visas in 2016 and 2017.

      Under the H-2B program, employers must first try to hire American workers — or legal immigrants already in the United States — at reasonable wages for their openings. If they can’t find qualified US workers, then employers can ask the Department of Labor for permission to hire foreign guest workers on H-2B visas.

      Documents show that hiring managers at the Trump establishments made the minimum efforts required by law to recruit US workers.

      While many businesses may truly struggle to find local workers and rely on foreign workers to fill slots, the hiring practices at Trump's properties certainly are out of step with his “America First” rhetoric and policies.

      “If the president says ‘hire American,’ then the president’s businesses should hire American,” said Bruce Morrison, a Democrat and former Congress member from Connecticut who helped write the Immigration Act of 1990, which placed limits on the H-2B visa program.

      Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for immigration restrictions, said he was “displeased” when Trump temporarily expanded the H-2B program in 2017. He said Mar-a-Lago is just using the program the way other employers use it: as a way to avoid paying higher wages or offering more benefits to attract American workers.

      “It’s a b****** law written to ensure that employers don’t have to hire Americans,” said Krikorian, who normally applauds the president’s immigration agenda...

      Trump swore that he was not benefitting from the recently passed tax cuts. In fact, he will be making millions off it. The immigration policy is another example of Trump's "I'm 100% (add any word), well, unless it costs me a buck" policy

      Trump pans the H-1b program that tech companies want in order to get skilled workers from abroad from countries like Norway, but then, Trump can't hire them to wash dishes at the same pay as workers from shithole
      countries. Trump is against the H-2a program that brings in temporary farm workers like those the ag industry is begging for but then he doesn't need them.

      He does love that H-2b program though. It's the one that provides temporary workers for the service industry, you know, for outfits like Mar-a-lago.

      But do the Trumpkins complain? Of course, not. Hypocrisy is something they live with every day.


    3. We're steeped in it, mired in hypocrisy, roll in it like hogs in their own shit.

      Unlike the right living Hillary folk.

    4. One thing we refuse to do is invest in the tobacco industry like Jill Stein.

      That goes tooooo far for us.

      Our Hero doesn't even smoke.

    5. .

      No personal vices that merely hurts himself. All his hurt other people.


    6. ahhhh....getting your point of view now....unique we can say that....

    7. Unique, fanatical, blinded by unreason, hateful......

    8. .

      You saying that doesn't make it so, old timer.

      Sometimes reality bites.


    9. I refuse to allow the experience and wisdom gained by my age to play off against your youthful folly and non sense, tadpole.

    10. The hiring worker placed an advert in a local newspaper and informed previous employees about the roles which were on offer.

      But only seven US workers inquired about the roles and so they had to hire foreign workers.
      The hiring manager said the candidates were not interested in working there or did not have enough experience.

      Meanwhile, in April 2017, the Trump National Golf Club in New York wanted to hire eight servers and they were allowed to hire foreigners after no Americans applied for the role.

      And in August 2017, the Department of Labor granted the club in Jupiter to hire 16 H-2B servers and cooks after no Americans put their name forward.

      I wonder why no servers applied at the Golf Club? (I assume tips would be adequate or more.)

    11. What went on at the other 14 of his 17 properties?

  39. A White House official took aim at U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for his role in the immigration debate, calling the South Carolina Republican "an obstacle," according to reports from Washington media outlets.


    "I do not believe victory will be achieved by further politicization of this issue. That’s the oldest game in the Swamp – blame the other side.

    There’s already enough intensity around immigration," Graham said in a statement after the vote.

  40. Amazing:
    18 school shootings this year.

    More Amazing:
    Brian Williams was there at all of them.

    1. Hillary once landed for a news conference in a schoolyard and had to duck incoming rounds from three separate gangs.

      Didn't faze her at all.

  41. Other Democrats "do not like limiting the opportunity for citizenship for Dreamer parents, and they're unhappy with the wall" money, acknowledged Durbin, who has spent more than 15 years working toward a solution for the Dreamer population.

    Still, only three Democrats ultimately voted against it: Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall of New Mexico, and Sen. Kamala Harris of California, all of whom cited the hefty infusion for Trump's border wall in explaining their “no” votes.

    Flake, a supporter of the bipartisan language, acknowledged the plan might still fall short even as Democratic leaders won over many of their skeptics. It "can get 60," he told reporters Wednesday, but "I'm not sure it will."

  42. What do YOU think? Why do media avoid reporting mass shooters’ meds?

    Sound off in today’s WND poll


    For every $1 spent on DTC ads, sales of prescription drugs rose by $4.20. [35] In 2012, the pharmaceutical industry spent $3.1 billion on direct-to-consumer advertising.

    3 guesses.

  43. No, there haven’t been 18 school shootings so far in 2018. That number is flat wrong.

    The stunning number swept across the internet within minutes of the news Wednesday that, yet again, another young man with another semi-automatic rifle had rampaged through a school, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in South Florida.

    The figure originated with Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit, co-founded by Michael Bloomberg, that works to prevent gun violence and is most famous for its running tally of school shootings.

    “This,” the organization tweeted at 4:22 p.m., “is the 18th school shooting in the U.S. in 2018.”

    Sen. Bernie Sanders’ tweet including the claim has been liked more than 45,000 times, and one from political analyst Jeff Greenfield has cracked 116,000 (Greenfield later deleted his tweet and posted an apology). New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted it, too, as did musicians Cher and Alexander William and actors Misha Collins and Albert Brooks.

    News organizations - including MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, TIME, MSN, the BBC, the New York Daily News and the Huffington Post - also used the number in their coverage. By Wednesday night, the top suggested search after typing “18” into Google was “18 school shootings in 2018.”

  44. India: Close to 100K at “Largest Pro-Israel Rally in History” in Calcutta
    By Pamela Geller - on February 15, 2018

    Bravo, India! Not everyone is terrified of invoking anger and hatred from the Muslim world. Lovers of freedom are starting to stand up and speak, tired of Islamic bullying and violence. The Trump effect.

    Note to readers regarding the article below: The Times of Israel is a hard-left publication. Anyone or any group pro-Israel or anti- jihad is “far-right.” Anyone who opposes jihad or sharia is “anti-Muslim,” you know the drill. Smear, defame, libel.

    TOI is rather notorious and loathsome.

    By Amanda Borschel-Dan, Times of Israel, February 15, 2018 (thanks to mark):......

    1. .

      TOI is rather notorious and loathsome.

      This phrase tells you everything you need or would want to know about Pam Geller. It more closely describes her than the Times of Israel or its founders and editors.

      She is truly a repulsive cretin.


  45. 70% drop in refugees admitted into the United States under Trump
    By Gerald Lostutter - on February 15, 2018

    There is a 72% drop of refugees admitted into the United States under President Trump. Refugees – totaling 27,975 – were admitted during Trump’s first year. But 99,275 refugees were admitted during Obama’s last year.1 Totals exclude Asylums2 and Special Immigrant Visas.3

    The drop of refugees is attributed to Trump’s rhetoric.....

  46. Erdogan: “What kind of NATO membership is this? What kind of NATO alliance is this?”
    FEB 15, 2018 11:33 AM BY HUGH FITZGERALD

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who always likes to tell us what he really thinks, is at it again. Last year he accused the people of Germany — and of the Netherlands too — of being “Nazis” for not allowing political rallies targeted at Turkish residents in Germany. He also called Angela Merkel guilty of “Nazism” for suggesting that the EU reconsider its relationship with Turkey — i.e., possibly end the talks about Turkish accession to the group. “What happened is Nazism,” said Erdogan in response. “What happened is fascism.” And the Germans were called “Nazis” yet again because, according to Erdogan, they refused Turkish requests for help in suppressing Kurdish separatists that had been made, he preposterously claimed, 4,500 times. “Mrs Merkel, you are supporting terrorists,” he said. And now he threatens to deliver an “Ottoman slap” to the Americans if they continue to fund the Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Unit) in Syria. But that’s only the latest of many threats he’s made about the YPG.....

  47. .

    A virtuous circle? I think not.

    Scott Pruitt, EPA head) has been criticized for wasting $ thousands of taxpayer dollars by taking military planes and first class commercial. He now says he must continue flying on military planes and first class commercial (thus increasing the public anger among the public about him wasting $ thousands of taxpayer dollars by flying on military flights and first class commercial) because if he flies coach he is greeted in airports with profanities usually starting with "F... you, Scott Pruitt, for wasting $ thousands of taxpayer dollars by flying on military planes and first class commercial."



    1. MSM repeater at work.

      EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to fly first- or business-class is hardly a scandal. According to a Politico report, it turns out the decision was his security team’s — not his — and was taken after “he was approached in the airport numerous times, to the point of profanities being yelled at him and so forth.” Politico’s source, EPA Office of Criminal Enforcement director Henry Barnet, is a career law enforcement official, who joined the EPA under Obama’s administration in 2011.

      He added: “The team leader felt that he was being placed in a situation where he was unsafe on the flight . . . We felt that based on the recommendation from the team leader, the special agent in charge, that it would be better suited to have him in business or first class, away from close proximity from those individuals who were approaching him and being extremely rude, using profanities and potential for altercations and so forth,” he said.

      #TheResistance was a bit blindsided by this news, especially given that it is their own lack of civility that is responsible for the “scandal.” And so they have switched their argument, contending now that Pruitt deserved the abuse he received for polluting the environment, and calling him a wuss for having to switch seats. Here’s Vanity Fair’s Bess Levin:

      Apparently, individuals going up to the E.P.A. administrator and making completely factual statements was a bridge too far . . . It’s not totally clear why the security team believes that only people flying coach think Pruitt is a prick who deserves to be told as much, but perhaps they’ll address that at a later date.

      So, no, Pruitt’s first-class seat selection is not a scandal. It is unnecessary, though, and if Levin and Co. want the waste to stop, a good start would be advising their friends to stop verbally assaulting federal officials in airports and on-board planes. (And mailing manure and white powder to their houses.)

  48. Check out the tie on the guy at left.
    Longer than Trump's.

  49. There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity," Rosenstein said, adding there "there is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election."

    1. Yeah, but they were being mean to Hillary.

  50. .

    Russian troll farm, 13 suspects indicted for interference in U.S. election

    The indictment charges that some of the suspects traveled to the United States to gather information to help in the scheme, and that they also impersonated Americans online in order to try to sway voters’ opinions.

    The suspects are charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft...


  51. According to the indictment, the Russians began their operation to disrupt the U.S. political system in 2014. So why on earth did it take a Special Counsel in 2017 to discover Russians were stealing identities and committing bank fraud?

    1. They were so busy ignoring evidence of future school shooters.

  52. “So the big Mueller Russia indictment details that the Russian conspirators supported @SenSanders. Yet no special counsel investigating Sanders collusion with the Russians.

    I guess the Clinton campaign didn’t give the Obama gang a Bernie Dossier to justify spying/targeting him,” added Fitton.


    These same Russian ads were published in November 2017 by the House Intelligence Committee.
    Mueller and Democrats want you to believe these Russian Facebook ads flipped the election to Donald Trump.

    But at least half of the ads are pro-Hillary.
    And Russia claims half of their paid ads ran after the election and 25% never ran at all.

    Facebook announced previously the Russian ads comprised .004% of their advertising during the election.

    As previously reported…
    The House Intelligence Committee released a sampling of Facebook ads linked to Russia. One of the ads released was a sponsored post for the Nov. 12 anti-Trump march at Union Square against Trump in New York City after the election.

  54. The Rooskies were working to get the Russia loving Sanders elected ?

    Now I can believe that.

    1. Crazy Bernie has been in bed with the Rooskie since he hooneymooned there under Stalin.

  55. Mueller Accuses Russians of Pro-Trump, Anti-Clinton Meddling

    U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller unveiled the details of a widespread and coordinated campaign by Russians to influence the U.S. presidential election in favor of Donald Trump, delivering on his initial mandate by the Justice Department.

    In an indictment announced Friday in Washington, Mueller describes a years-long, multimillion-dollar conspiracy by hundreds of Russians aimed at criticizing Hillary Clinton and supporting Senator Bernie Sanders and Trump. Mueller charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities and accused them of defrauding the U.S. government by interfering with the political process.

  56. Trump cleared? Indictment says Russians worked with 'unwitting' participants....DRUDGE

  57. The mob that run Quirk out of Hamtramck was formed by the Russkie....they identified him as a major threat early on and moved on The Quirkster fast.

    1. His campaign never recovered from that early blow.

  58. FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a released statement, “I am committed to getting to the bottom of what happened in this particular matter, as well as reviewing our processes for responding to information that we receive from the public.”

    This comes after separate federal authorities failed to put the proper information into National Instant Criminal Background Check System, mistakes that failed to prevent gun sales to the shooters in Charleston and Sutherland Springs, Texas.

    In the case of the Charleston shooter, the FBI failed to properly enter into its database the information that had been provided by local law enforcement; in Sutherland Springs, the the killer was convicted of domestic violence in 2012 and he received a “bad conduct” discharge from the military.

    But that information, too, failed to reach the background check database. The public would like to have faith in law enforcement, and we recognize that FBI employees are fallible human beings. But this is heartbreaking and egregious.


  59. (Reuters) - Syrian Kurdish forces and a monitoring group said the Turkish military carried out a suspected gas attack that wounded six people in Syria’s Afrin region on Friday.

    Will Cadet Bone Spur order a Tomahawk strike on Turkey, now that the Turks have crossed the chemical weapons "Red Line"?


  60. Trump's gas tax would wipe out 60% of tax cut benefit for individuals, analyst estimates

    President Trump reportedly endorses the idea of a 25-cent per-gallon gasoline tax to pay for infrastructure improvements for roads, bridges and highways.

    Strategas Research points out that the higher tax, along with expected increases in fuel costs, would take away about $71 billion from consumers, or 60 percent of the expected $120 billion gain from tax cuts.

    The increased cost of gas at the pump would also be nine times larger than the estimated $4 billion companies are handing to workers in the form of bonuses, due to corporate tax cuts.

    Promises Made - Promises Broken


    2. The infrastructure needs were well known prior to the 2017 Tax Cut legislation.

      Why were the financial needs of infrastructure not addressed in the tax code rewrite?

      Why was those financial needs "Kicked Down the Broken Road"?

    3. The roads out this way are just like they've always been, in fact, a little better.

      I don't notice any 'crumbling infrastructure'.

    4. .

      Well, the goat carts used out your way don't really tear up the roads like 18-wheelers.


  61. An organization called, ‘Trump Is Not My President’. Hrm, so if Russia was working to help elect Trump, why on Earth would they then turn around and try to help the Democrats after he’d won the election?

    It doesn’t make sense.

    Or does it.


  62. 37 page indictment of Russians who stand accused of interference in the 2016 election.

    And we're still not to the punchline

  63. Indict Sanders !

    Charge the old fool with treason !

    Throw in Jill Stein for good measure !

  64. Only our Patriot Quirk looks to be fully innocent.

    He was run out of Hamtramck by a Russian inflamed mob, for goodness sakes.

    Talk about you campaign interference !

    Quirk had to go into hiding for the duration of the campaign.

    That isn't AMERICA !

  65. February 16, 2018
    The similarities between Islam and China
    By David Archibald

    The end of the Cold War was expected to bring eternal peace; the peace dividend was squandered on expanding the welfare state. In his 1996 book The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of the World Order, Samuel Huntington warned of Islam's bloody borders. September 11 duly came along a scant five years later. Those suicide missions were motivated by a hatred for the very idea of the United States.

    We have since learned that a high proportion of Islam's adherents are affronted by the existence of non-Muslims. The fact that many non-Muslims live happy, fulfilling lives at a much higher standard of living makes them even more enraged. We have also learned more about the Islamic religion than we really want to know in an ideal world. There is a continuous stream of books and articles pointing out the deficiencies of that religion. Not that our political leaders have taken any notice of those books and articles; Muslim immigrants continue to be allowed in for no good reason. In the case of Angela Merkel, the intent is malicious. She knows exactly what she is doing.

    Samuel Huntington identified eight civilizations extant on the planet: ourselves, Sinic, Japanese, Hindu, Orthodox, Latin American, African, and Islamic. It has become increasingly apparent that another civilization, besides the Muslims, also wants to rule the world. It turns out that this other civilization wants to rule the world for the same reasons why the Muslims do: the existence of peoples it doesn't control is an affront to it.

    There have been books and articles over the years warning of China's belligerence. A good example is Robert Kaplan's article in The Atlantic entitled "How We Would Fight China," from 2005. Mr Kaplan's summary nails the situation: "The Middle East is just a blip. The American military contest with China in the Pacific will define the twenty-first century. And China will be a more formidable adversary than Russia ever was." My contributions to the oeuvre include a book and articles here on American Thinker.

    The pace of such articles has picked up, and it seems that not a day passes without an examination of some aspect of the coming war with China.....

    We need to team up with the Rooskie ?


    ho ho ho ho ho

  67. Worthy reading.. Thanks,
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