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Drunkin’ Fat Tuesday Reads

As we are on the eve of Ash Wednesday I eat my last ice cream (for lunch) before I give up for Lent all such decadence and empty carbs that appear to be my daily diet overlords.

The MSM’s Commie Afterglow…

The Left’s Soft Spot For Communist Propaganda Is Nothing New: The MSM has a long tradition of falling (or worse) for Communist propaganda.

Dear America: Your News Media Absolutely Hates You

7 Horrifying Facts About North Korea That Our Fawning Media Seems To Have Forgotten

‘DIABOLICAL’: This puts media’s ‘evil’ love affair with North Korea in FRIGHTENING perspective

Swamp Things…

I heard on FOX and Friends early this morning Robert Mueller’s contract with this “investigation” has atleast two more years and with a cost of atleast $10M per year…

VDH: Scandal, Corruption, Lawbreaking — And So What?: What is the endgame to never-ending wrongdoing?

Remember, in the FISA-gate scandal such likely widespread criminal behavior was predicated on two premises: 1) certainty of an easy Clinton victory, after which the miscreants would be not only excused but probably rewarded for their zeal; 2) progressive hubris in which our supposedly moral betters felt it their right, indeed their duty, to use unethical and even unlawful means for the “greater good” — to achieve their self-described moral ends of stopping the crude and reactionary Trump.

The wrongdoing probably includes attempting to warp a U.S. election, Russian collusion, repeatedly misleading and lying before the FISA courts, improperly surveilling American citizens, unmasking the names of citizens swept up in unlawful surveillance and then illegally leaking them to the press, disseminating and authenticating opposition smears during a political campaign, lying under oath to Congress, obstructing ongoing investigations, using federal funds to purchase ad hominem gossip against a presidential candidate, blatant conflicts of interests, weaponizing federal investigations, trafficking in and leaking classified information . . . The list goes on and on.

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In some sense, we are in uncharted territory — given the misadventure of appointing Robert Mueller as special counsel. His team is now replaying the role of Patrick Fitzgerald in the Scooter Libby case: investigating a crime that did not exist and that even if it did was committed by someone else.

The Mueller team’s likely parachute will have little if anything to do with the Russian collusion that it originally and chiefly was appointed to investigate. Instead, it’s likely to settle for perjury and obstruction charges against peripheral Trump officials (if the cases are not thrown out by possible reliance on tainted FISA transcripts).

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Voters would only grow more cynical if some Americans were allowed to abuse constitutionally protected civil liberties, and to lie to the Congress, the FBI, and the courts, while the less connected others go to jail for much less…

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Rick Moran: Poll: Americans ‘overwhelmingly believe’ Obama administration improperly surveilled Trump campaign

An IBD/TIPP poll shows that the American people overwhelmingly believe that the Obama administration improperly surveilled the Trump campaign.

What makes the poll interesting is that, despite the media’s best efforts to downplay the role of the Obama administration in spying on the opposition’s political operation, so many Americans have tuned the media out and found alternative sources of information.

Breitbart:

There is simply no other way to explain these poll results, which unambiguously prove that a majority of the public believe the exact opposite of what an unceasing, coordinated media campaign wants them to believe — which is that President Trump colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 campaign and that the heroic FBI is being unfairly smeared by Trump’s eeeevil defenders.

Well, despite more than a year of this relentless propaganda coming from all four corners of the mainstream media’s fabricated reality, here are the results from all four corners of actual reality…

A clear majority of 55 percent believe it is “likely” that the Obama administration “improperly surveilled the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.” That includes 31 percent of Democrats, 87 percent of Republicans, and 55 percent of Independents.

A clear majority of 54 percent want a special counsel to investigate “whether the FBI and the Department of Justice improperly surveilled the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.” Only 44 percent said no. The partisan breakdown shows that 74 percent of Republicans and 50 percent of Independents want a special counsel — as do a full 44 percent of Democrats.

In this particular poll, one fairly positive result for the FBI and Justice Department is that only 35 percent believe these institutions attempted to outright frame President Trump for colluding with the Russians.

just-released Rasmussen poll, however, shows that a full 50 percent of Americans “believe it’s at least somewhat likely senior federal law enforcement officials broke the law in an effort to prevent Donald Trump from winning the presidency.” Only 40 percent disagree.

This poll should be troubling for Democrats who have spent the last year with their media allies, pushing a narrative that has no room for any counter information that would tend to discredit it. That counter information includes a concerted effort by the top levels of the Justice Department and FBI to destroy the Trump presidency, regardless of the facts.

Read the whole thing.

Carter Page spy warrant may have given Obama FBI wide window into Team Trump

Family of escort who died mysteriously inside Dem donor’s home seeks justice

Kellyanne Conway: Democrats are on the wrong side of history

DNC fundraising hits wall as GOP sits flush ahead of midterm elections

Our National Debt And Government Spending Are A Moral Abomination: Parents and grandparents who otherwise work hard to help their kids have no compunction about burdening them with endless budget deficits resulting in a crushing national debt.

Public broadcasting chief decries proposed Trump budget cuts

Democrats ought to worry about the midterm elections

Trump isn’t getting more popular, but his policies are

Going to make it hard for dems to run against that.

The Modern Day Crusades The West Refuses To Recognize and Fight…

FPM: Fact Checking the New Islamophobia Inflation Hoax Report: Islamophobia hoaxes never die, they become statistics.

VoE: Human rights activist admits: Muslim refugees have no intention of adopting our values

Rebecca, you’ve worked many years with refugees and immigrants, what influenced the change of your views?

“Looking back through the years of repetitive experiences and myself in my work environment as a volunteer, I had to admit to myself that when it comes to Muslim refugees, they have grown up with completely different values, into which they have been brainwashed and are indoctrinated by Islam, and have no intention of adopting our values — worse, they look at us, unbelievers with superiority and arrogance…

The sexual molesting of volunteers happens all the time, but none of us has ever reported such a case to the police because none of us wanted to be seen as an opponent of refugees and cause problems for the centre…

And what has emerged from your tracking of the progress of immigrants?
A woman has no human value, she is perceived as a sexual object and not as a partner. She is a worker and a birthing machine. This is her job as a good Muslim woman…

Dennis Kucinich, Other Ohio Democratic Governor Candidates Speak at CAIR Event

State Dept. Embraces Islamic Cleric Who OK’d Killing Americans in Iraq, Called for Israel’s Destruction

Why the Islamic Republic of Iran is Doomed

The Space Between Us…

SpaceX will forever be remembered for completely bypassing the flying car we were all promised decades ago that we would have in the future and just launching one (Elon Musk’s Tesla) into space.

Observatory Spots Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster Zooming Through Space (Video)

Say Goodbye to Elon Musk’s Space Car This Valentine’s

SpaceX Hid a Second, Secret Payload Aboard Falcon Heavy, And It Sounds Amazing

Stashed inside the midnight-cherry Roadster was a mysterious, small object designed to last for millions (perhaps billions) of years – even in extreme environments like space, or on the distant surfaces of far-flung planetary bodies.

Called an Arch (pronounced ‘Ark’), this tiny storage device is built for long-term data archiving, holding libraries of information encoded on a small disc of quartz crystal, not much larger than a coin.

According to Arch Mission Foundation, the California-based nonprofit behind the technology, these Archs could “preserve and disseminate humanity’s knowledge across time and space, for the benefit of future generations”.

The Arch looks like a shrunk-down DVD or Blu-ray, but its potential for data storage goes way beyond any optical discs you have in your home.

The technology, developed by physicist Peter Kazansky from the University of Southampton in the UK, can theoretically hold up to 360 terabytes of data, about the same amount as 7,000 Blu-Ray discs.

But even more impressive than the data capacity is the physical longevity of the medium – the first two discs, called Arch 1.1 and Arch 1.2, are said to be two of the longest-lasting storage objects ever created by humans, theoretically stable for up to 14 billion years, thanks to ‘5D data storage’ inscribed by laser nanostructuring in quartz silica glass.

The Arch 1.2 disc currently making its way through space on Musk’s Tesla Roadster at a cruising speed of some 12,908 km/h (8,021 mph) has been loaded up with Issac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy – a seminal sci-fi classic, similarly concerned with the concept of preserving human knowledge and culture in a vast, unforgiving Universe.

It’s a mission perfectly aligned with the goals of the Arch’s developers, who have named this maiden disc launch the ‘Solar Library’.

“The Solar Library will orbit the Sun for billions of years,” explains co-founder Nova Spivack….

The next Falcon Heavy launch will take along some special cargo as well…

The Next Falcon Heavy Will Carry the Most Powerful Atomic Clock Ever Launched into Space

This Fat Tuesday post brought to you by my fat-bastard cat who thinks he owns everything, even my XXL mixing bowl on my kitchen table. I don’t know what irks me more … Him in my food bowl on my kitchen table or him totally ignoring me…

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“Proceed As It Normally Would By The Book”…

Obama’s and Hillary’s video pusher took a few minutes to send herself an ass-covering email from a government computer roughly fifteen minutes after Pres. Donald Trump was sworn in. Now senators want to ask her “why”.

Former Speaker of The House Gingrich tries to give Rice the benefit of the doubt, but really finds all characteristics of Rice’s and Obama’s track record on cover-ups (See: Blame Benghazi attack on a video and her lies about her part in “unmasking”) makes it difficult to shrug-off this latest discovery as nothing more than her innocently transcribing a handwritten meeting note she discovered in packing up her office onto email so she wouldn’t lose it in the transition shuffle…

Judge Nap sees another Susan Rice angle, just as sinister…

Breitbart: Declassified Susan Rice Email: Obama Contemplated Hiding Russia Intel from Incoming Trump Administration

Liz Sheld @ PJM: Dear diary, me and my boss are innocent and didn’t break no rulez

A letter from Senate Judiciary Chair Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senator Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) to notorious liar and former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice is raising some eyebrows. The letter asks liar Rice about a freakish email she wrote to herself mere minutes after President Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017. The email to herself memorializes, whitewashes or fabricates (you pick which one) a conversation that took place two weeks before and was previously unknown to the public. Oh yeah, this seems totally kosher.

In the email, Obama’s national security adviser wrote: “President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities ‘by the book.’ The president stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book.”

Also revealed in the email: Obama was concerned about sharing information with the Trump administration because RUSSIA. “From a national security perspective, however, President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming [Trump] team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia,” wrote Rice.

We also learn from Grassley and Graham’s letter that former FBI director and self-identified moral compass James Comey may have lied to Congress about this meeting with President Obama.

If Rice’s email is accurate, Comey may have seriously misled Congress about his meetings with Obama.

Dated June 8, 2017, Comey’s “Statement for the Record” provided to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, notes, “I have tried to include information that may be relevant to the committee.”

Comey clearly did not find the January 5, 2017 meeting to be particularly relevant.

In other words, on January 5, 2017, an Oval Office meeting occurred between then-FBI director Comey, the soon-to-be-former president of the United States (Obama), his soon-to-be-former Vice-President (Biden), then-National Security Advisor Susan Rice and soon-to-be Acting Attorney General Sally Yates–and Comey apparently viewed this meeting as irrelevant to congressional investigators.

I mean come on, people. This stinks to high hell.

Tyler O’Neil @ PJM: Susan Rice Email Suggests Obama Intel. Community Did Not Proceed ‘By the Book’ on Trump-Russia

Twitchy: Sharyl Attkisson CALLS Susan Rice OUT over memo suggesting Obama withheld intel

Indeed.

We must reiterate something key here: The Obama administration and the Hillary Clinton machine seriously thought the 2016 election was nothing more than a formality, and that she would be walking her cankled-cloven-hoofed feet carrying her fat-assed pantsuit through the White House doors on January 20, 2017, thereby burying all this self-fulfilling corruption in the deep dark bowels of The Swamp. Maybe 100 years from now some renaissance-type journalist might have stumbled upon some random thread of it and began the unraveling far into the future (at danger to their own safety and well-being). But not in time to stop the damage to our Constitutional republic. However, I have also come to a thought that even if Hillary had managed to win/steal the 2016 election from Trump they still would have rolled out this Russia collusion bullshit in order to bury him and any other future outsider who would dare even attempt to shatter Washington’s diseased establishment hive.

We are talking about lawyers here. Lawyers are experts of doing shit and making them look as if they are/were done “by the book”. It is their M.O.. This Rice email might be something the Obama machine wanted found so as to divert any question about how and why they were spying on and investigating American citizens involved in an opposition presidential candidacy. But of course.

FOX: Senators flag ‘unusual’ Susan Rice email on Russia probe from Inauguration Day

FOX: Senator calls Susan Rice Inauguration Day email on Russia ‘disturbing’

Ace: A By the Book Coup: Known Liar Susan Rice’s Two-Weeks-After-the-Fact CYA “Memorandum”

Is there anything else that you should know?

Well, how about this: If Rice’s email is truthful about Comey’s presence at this little meeting, then Comey misled Congress by not informing them about it.

According to Law & Crime:

Dated June 8, 2017, Comey’s “Statement for the Record” provided to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, notes, “I have tried to include information that may be relevant to the committee.”Comey clearly did not find the January 5, 2017 meeting to be particularly relevant.

In other words, on January 5, 2017, an Oval Office meeting occurred between then-FBI director Comey, the soon-to-be-former president of the United States (Obama), his soon-to-be-former Vice-President (Biden), then-National Security Advisor Susan Rice and soon-to-be Acting Attorney General Sally Yates–and Comey apparently viewed this meeting as irrelevant to congressional investigators.

Comey’s failure to disclose this meeting to the Senate committee is likely to be viewed as an intentional and material omission of a highly relevant fact related to the Russiagate investigation.

Coming soon: James Comey tweets a Bible quote of Jesus saying something about the righteous man’s obligation to lie to Congress.

And this from Byron York: Comey told Congress FBI agents didn’t think Michael Flynn lied

Clarice Feldman @ AT: The Great Flynn Case Mystery

Powerline: DID MICHAEL FLYNN ACTUALLY DO ANYTHING WRONG?

I realize this all seems like a massively cluttered closet that spills out another mess every time you try to open the door, but that is exactly how people who practice and run on high-octane corruption design it to be. What ultimately lies beneath is were you will find the deadly spider that is behind all this massive and tight web-spinning. This is not how a transparent government is supposed to be. The only way to get to the source and clean it up is to just open that door and allow it to cascade out to the light of day.

MORE:

Ben Stein’s Diary @ The Spectator: Watergate, Trumpgate — Time to Counterattack

Roger L. Simon @ PJM: #Russiagate: The Second Time as Farce… or Tragedy?

Dan Bongino: John Brennan ‘In a World of Trouble’ Over Dossier Testimony

DC: Intriguing Links Emerge In GOP Led Dossier Investigation

GWP: REVEALED: ANOTHER Top Mueller Investigator OUTED As Diehard Liberal & Democrat Donor

By Monica Crowley @ The Hill: Federal abuses on Obama’s watch represent a growing blight on his legacy

BI: A top Justice Department attorney quit because she was reportedly afraid she would be forced to oversee the Russia investigation

BF: BuzzFeed hires former FBI, White House cyber officials in attempt to verify Trump dossier: report

The Federalist: If The FBI Started Investigating Trump In July 2016, The Clinton Campaign Was Behind It: Democrats and media are trying to deflect from the House memo by saying the Russia investigation really started in July 2016. That argument doesn’t work in their favor.

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Hillary’s Ad Nauseam Legacy

Hillary Clinton is still in a state of stupor as to exactly why the American voters in 2016 did not vote for a screeching, ashtray-pitching, coughing/choking/fainting, habitual liar, sexual predator-enabler/defender harpy to takeover and run the United States and “We The People” into the ground…

Clinton again blames ‘misogyny and sexism’ for ‘what happened’ in 2016

Notorious RBG “woke” up long enough to repeat the charge of sexist voters…

MORE:

Michael Goodwin: Did Hillary Clinton pull off the dirtiest dirty trick in US presidential history?

Obama State Dept. official admits free-flowing exchange of reports with Trump dossier author

Peeling back the layers of Hillary Clinton’s deceit

BOOM! Judicial Watch President: CIA Laundered Clinton-DNC Dossier Into White House Intel Briefing – It’s Time to Question Obama

Hillary Clinton’s Fingerprints Are All Over The FBI’s Investigation Into Trump’s Russia Ties: Her campaign is linked to at least three separate pieces of information fed to the FBI, including the dossier the FBI used as a pretext to spy on a Trump campaign associate.

Hillary Clinton Needs to Move On

Hillary Clinton had a LITTLE trouble lending voice to feminism conference

The skinny, younger, non-choking version of Hillary with an eye on 2020…

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POTD: Official Portraits

Where else would you paint the nation’s first glitter-farting unicorn ex-prezzy?
And how do you make Mooch look like Beyoncé without looking like Beyoncé?

Obamas’ official portraits unveiled: Former president chose Kehinde Wiley for portrait

Obama Portrait Artist Likes to Paint African-American Women Holding Heads of Decapitated White Women

Meanwhile…

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VOTD: Palate Cleanser

Note: The choir was singing very late in the evening (just before midnight) and most of the people staying at the hotel came out from their rooms to listen.

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Winter Olympics: America’s Walter Duranty-esque MSM’s Favorite Event is the NorK “Charm Offensive”

The Gold Medal worthy beclowning and self-embarrassment event goes to the American MSM’s performance at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea…

Tickets had to be purchased for ALL those seats, and if NorK didn’t buy them why were they possibly granted that much seating? This Olympics has devolved into nothing but a complete propaganda campaign, and the NorK cheerleading team is apparently one of the MSM’s favorite. Has anyone in US MSM bothered look into the backgrounds of these countless cheerleaders? How were they selected? Are they possibly part of the NorK military? Why is it in past Olympics over the decades the US MSM has been more than happy to give us those sob stories about athletes backgrounds from communist countries but nothing even similar about North Korea’s participants?

Ed Driscoll @ Instapundit:

As they say at David Horowitz’s Front Page Website, “Inside Every Liberal is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out.” The DNC-MSM are really going out of their way to drop the mask this weekend.

Flashback to last year: “Following the lead of CNN’s Brian Stelter, Thursday’s Situation Room touted the spike of sales in the book 1984 and strongly hinted that Americans view the Trump administration as the real-life version of Big Brother portrayed in George Orwell’s classic.”

UPDATE: Speaking of Stelter, as Michael Malice, the author of Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il tweets, “Reminder that CNN was more hostile to an American citizen who made a wrestling gif than to a representative of the most evil government on earth.”

The US MSM began all this NorK fawning at the Winter Games’ opening ceremony when our VP Mike Pence refused to dignify Kim Jong Um’s director of the NorK department of propaganda and agitation with a handshake, and also refused to stand in respect for the NorK national anthem. Imagine that. Remember, the liberal and the MSM insist Pence is a villain akin to those depicted in the ideological pablum “The Handmaid’s Tale”, even though there is not one miniscule piece of evidence to back up their faux analogy. However, highly oppressive regimes the MSM and the liberals queerly adore do have stark examples of how they treat women…


Absent from the MSM’s coverage of the Olympics are the mentions of the North Korean history of oppression, brutality, enslavement, starvation, torture, death camps, killing of its leader’s own family members and political opposition. All that is evidently hiden in the dark, with the willing aid of the MSM…

I would love to say this past few days of US MSM coverage of Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo-Jong, has been so very odd and out of character, but sadly this is the American media now. And the Winter Olympics coverage stunts we are seeing is nothing but a branch of the North Korean propaganda-driven state-run NorK news…

The level of putrid American MSM headlines (and the weak defenses of it by those media operators) is off the charts, and the outraged social media reactions to it far to massive to detail.

Truth be told, pretty much all the American MSM was the propaganda machine for Hillary’s 2016 campaign, and continue to be so as she refuses to get a fucking life. Never forget they were well-versed after eight years of covering Barack Obama’s ass.

The American MSM would have us ignore the fact that NorK’s ongoing and advancing nuclear missile program is directly aimed at our nation, the torturous incarceration of a young and foolish US college student that was only finally released to return home to US soil to die, and this man who literally risked life and limb to escape the NorK Hell the vast majority of North Koreans live and die through everyday…

Reality hits home:

Kim taps sister as Olympics goodwill ambassador while three Americans rot in his gulags

Twitchy:

NBC finally goes too far with its North Korea WORSHIP, deletes tweet (but we have it!)

MOCKTASTIC! CNN gets the photoshop treatment after gushing over Kim Jong-un’s sister

Washington Post columnist wants Bethany Mandel to apologize to North Korea (Not satire)

New Republic editor deletes his take on Mike Pence and Kim Yo Jong, continues to dig

So bad even Jake’s squirming…

Jake Tapper truth-SLAMS folks (even the media!) for praising North Korea to HATE on Trump

Oh, but detractors of/for the MSM’s adoration coverage is to the slant of, “Hey, it’s the Olympics. Stop getting political. Leave politics out of it…”

Uh-huh, sure.

AT: That Didn’t Take Long: #BlackLivesMatter Goes to the Olympics

Coin tosses now “racist”: Team USA skater’s tweet draws mixed reactions after coin toss decides Olympic flagbearer

Ouch, but accurate…

MORE:

Buck Sexton: At the Olympics, North Korea’s appalling American media boosters

North Korea’s Kim Yo-jong is the new star for the liberal, Trump-deranged

CNN slammed for glowing puff piece about Kim Jong Un’s sister at Olympics

NBC fires Olympic analyst after comment on Japan’s role in South Korea’s development: report

NBC Apologizes for Olympic Analyst’s Ignorant and Insensitive Remarks

JEREMY HUNT: Media’s Olympic-level North Korea fawning is a disgrace

Hey, she did her assigned job of getting the USMSM to show their slobbering chops, and she has now earned a possible reprieve from her brother’s stealthy job ‘terminations’ and won herself a few extra tasty vittles when she gets home, comrades.

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You Bet The Proverbial Shit’s About To Hit The Proverbial Fan … And Then Some

Well, Capri, we typically see and hear democrats talk like this when the tables have been turned and the stench gets stronger and stronger the closer you get to said democrats instead of their intended target.**

Roger L. Simon @ PJM: Democrats Are Headed for a World of (Deserved) Hurt

After years of non-stop virtue signaling as the party of “truth, justice and equality,” the Democrats are slowly, inexorably being revealed to be the reverse. They are being hoisted on the petard of their own moral narcissism. It has made them blind.

So convinced of their own righteousness were they that it allowed them to participate in, even instigate, the subversion of our justice system to the extent of lying to and deceiving a FISA court in the name of what they assumed was “good.” They did this in concert with people who claimed to be Republicans or “independents” working for that system in the supposedly noble cause of upending Donald Trump, before and after his election, but ended up being the deluded agents of government corruption the likes of which we have never seen in this country.

It comes down to something as crude as this: Trump’s a bad guy, therefore I’m a good guy and can do or say anything I wish to destroy Trump. This is moral narcissism taken to a pathological extreme.

Practically with each passing day, as more and more largely arbitrary redactions are pried away from documents that were deliberately hidden from public view in the first place by endless stonewalling, the venality of their true motivations — and of their cohort’s actions — becomes more evident.

The ramifications of that unmasking (note the word) will be more extensive than expected and will reach into every aspect of our culture, even to the last lines of liberal/progressive defense — the media, entertainment and education. The results won’t go in a straight line — they rarely do. And many will remain true believers, no matter what. That’s what true believers do. Their defenders will also become increasingly shrill as the wagons continue to circle. But the Democrats — and I strongly suspect many of them are starting to realize it (hence that shrillness) — are headed for a world of hurt…

The deeper they dig the bigger the shit pile of steaming smelly Clinton Crime Family Russia collusion and cover-up with weaponized feds gets.

DC: Steele Dossier’s ‘Coincidences’ Keep Piling Up

The Big Stench…

The Daily Wire: Democrat Contacted Russian Lobbyist To Talk With Dossier Author, Wanted No ‘Paper Trail’ – The Russian lobbyist’s firm has ties to Hillary Clinton …

PJM: Sen. Mark Warner Traded Secret Texts with Russian Oligarch’s Lobbyist Linked to Hillary

Ace @ AOSHQ: RUSSIAN Collusion: Democratic Head of Senate Collusion Probe, Mark Warner, Sought Off-the-Books Back-Channel Communication with Christopher Steele, Using Legal Counsel to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as His Agent

Washington Times: Marco Rubio’s defense of Mark Warner is meaningless

Catherine Herridge @ FOX News: Another longtime Comey aide leaving FBI

It’s unclear whether the retirement was long-planned or in any way precipitated by recent events. The FBI said he was finishing 33 years of service.

After Comey became director in September 2013, Kortan helped facilitate regular on-the-record briefings with beat reporters, a departure from previous directors.

Kortan also was front and center during the Hillary Clinton email investigation, and especially in July 2016 — coordinating media coverage and handing out copies of Comey’s public statement recommending against criminal charges in the investigation into mishandling of classified information. Kortan more recently surfaced in text messages released between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

While those texts have drawn attention for their anti-Trump sentiments, Kortan also seemed to surface in a message warning about the contents of 302s, which were FBI interview summaries from the Clinton email case, that weren’t given to Congress up-front. In the September 2016 text, Strzok wrote that “there are VERY inflammatory things in the 302s we didn’t turn over to [Congress]…that are going to come out in FOIA and absolutely inflames Congress. I’m sure Jim and Trisha and Dave and Mike are all considering how things like that play out as they talk amongst themselves.”

“Mike” would appear to be a reference to Kortan…

Thomas Lifson @ American Thinker: Sudden FBI departures indicate that the jig is up

I would like to grab and paste a bit of the above link but it’s just too detailed to cut away at. Go and read.

Prof. William A. Jacobson @ Legal Insurrection: Confirmed: Clinton operative Sidney Blumenthal helped spread Russia collusion fever before the election – The Clintons created a media and law enforcement echo chamber of Russia collusion.

FOX News: Obama State Dept. official admits free-flowing exchange of reports with Trump dossier author

Ace @ AOSHQ: Nunes Seeks Transcripts of FISA Hearing on Carter Page Warrant

Why would Sheaer try to foist this fiction on the State Department instead of sending it straight to the FBI?

Indeed, why didn’t Hillary Clinton just pass it to the FBI herself? After all, she paid for it.
All of this walking in circles and crabwise movement indicates deception — if you have nothing to hide, you just do things in the most direct and simple way possible.

Here everyone is attempting to feed these documents to flunkies in the State Department to get passed to the FBI.

It’s almost as if Hillary Clinton, and Shearer, and Blumenthal, and Steele, and Fusion, are all trying to hide their hands from the FBI here.

Washington Times: John Kerry associate played middleman for Hillary agents’ smut and dossier’s Christopher Steele

It’s a regular fucking incestual orgy with these people!

Sebastian Gorka @ The Hill: Will the FISA memo turn into Obama’s Watergate?Ummm, worse.

GWP: U.S. Spies Paid $100,000 To ‘Shadowy’ Russian Promising Damning ‘Kompromat’ On Trump

FOX News:

Glenn Reynolds @ Instapundit grabs a bit and shares from the WSJ payside:

KIMBERLEY STRASSEL: The Democrats’ ‘Russian Descent:’ Tactics in the Trump probe are starting to look a lot like McCarthyism.

Democrats have spent weeks making the case that the Russia-Trump probes need to continue, piling on demands for more witnesses and documents. So desperate is the left to keep this Trump cudgel to hand that Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats have moved toward neo- McCarthyism.

If that sounds hyperbolic, consider an email recently disclosed by the Young Turks Network, a progressive YouTube news channel. It’s dated Dec. 19, 2017, and its author is April Doss, senior counsel for the committee’s Democrats, including Vice Chairman Mark Warner.

Ms. Doss was writing to Robert Barnes, an attorney for Charles C. Johnson, the controversial and unpleasant alt-right blogger. Mr. Johnson’s interactions with Julian Assange inspired some in the media to speculate last year that Mr. Johnson had served as a back channel between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks. There’s still no proof, but in July the Intelligence Committee sent a letter requesting Mr. Johnson submit to them any documents, emails, texts or the like related to “any communications with Russian persons” in a variety of 2016 circumstances, including those related to “the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign.”

Mr. Barnes seems to have wanted clarification from Ms. Doss about the definition of “Russian persons.” And this would make sense, since it’s a loose term. Russians in Russia? Russians in America? Russians with business in the country? Russians who lobby the U.S. and might be affected by the election—though not in contact with campaigns?

Ms. Doss’s response was more sweeping than any of these: “The provision we discussed narrowing was clarifying that the phrase ‘Russian persons’ in [the committee letter] may be read to refer to persons that Mr. Johnson knows or has reason to believe are of Russian nationality or descent” (emphasis added).

Well, to be fair, it was the Democrats who imprisoned people in concentration camps simply for being of Japanese descent, so at least they’re consistent.

BI: A second memo is on the horizon as Nunes gears up to launch the next strike in his investigation into the FBI

RASMUSSEN: Just 42% Think Russia Meddled More in 2016 Election Than FBI.

NYT: No. 3 Official at the Justice Department Is Stepping Down

Rachel L. Brand, the No. 3 official at the Justice Department, plans to step down after nine months on the job as the country’s top law enforcement agency has been under attack by President Trump, according to two people briefed on her decision.

Ms. Brand’s profile had risen in part because she is next in the line of succession behind the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, who is overseeing the special counsel’s inquiry into Russian influence in the 2016 election. Mr. Trump, who has called the investigation a witch hunt, has considered firing Mr. Rosenstein.

Such a move could have put her in charge of the special counsel and, by extension, left her in the cross hairs of the president.

Ms. Brand, who became the associate attorney general in May 2017, is leaving for a job as general counsel in the private sector. She has held politically appointed positions at the Justice Department over the past three presidential administrations…

Somehow that little nutshell resume mention the MSM likes to stick in there like some justifying knife is no longer an ‘enhancement’ but proof of an overstayed “Deep State” holdover. Suck-it.

FRIDAY FLASHBACKS:

The Federalist: Obama’s Campaign Paid $972,000 To Law Firm That Secretly Paid Fusion GPS In 2016: Since April of 2016, Obama’s campaign organization has paid nearly a million dollars to the law firm that funneled money to Fusion GPS to compile a dossier of unverified allegations against Donald Trump.

Breitbart: Fake News Flashback: CNN Declared Trump ‘Bonkers’ for Saying Clinton, Dems Behind Dossier

Andrew McCarthy @ NRO: Explosive Revelation of Obama Administration Illegal Surveillance of Americans

MORE STENCH:

MICHAEL WALSH @ AG: Tear Down That Wall . . . Of Silence

As the Obama wall of silence begins to crumble, the FBI’s reputation is befouled by its own rash actions, a politicized Justice Department stands revealed as, well, politicized, and the Democrats furiously spin the facts outlined in the Nunes Memo and subsequent revelations, there’s only one overarching question left to ask: what made them think they could get away with it?

And by “them,” I mean the lot of them—the corrupt, partisan officials, the political operatives masquerading as selfless public servants, the intelligence community pooh-bahs who betrayed their trusts, the preening “straight arrows,” the talking heads, the Washington bureau chiefs, the White House correspondents, every man jack of whom did his level best to create, run, and disseminate a disinformation operation designed to do one thing: destroy the unwanted and unwelcome presidency of Donald J. Trump.

From the moment it dawned on Hillary Clinton, late on election night, that she had managed to blow a fixed fight, and that there would, therefore, be hell to pay, the Democrat-Deep State-Media Complex suddenly had to conceal their own malfeasance by doing what the Left does best—projecting its own sins onto others…

DC: Steele’s Back Channel To Democratic Senator Was Lobbyist For Russia’s Foreign Minister

Eli Lake @ Bloomberg: We Should Care About What Happened to Carter Page: The former Trump aide’s reputation has been ruined — not by a conviction, not by any charges, but by a warrant that was supposed to be secret.

Daniel John Sobieski @ AT: Hillary’s Uranium One Reaching Critical Mass

More and more we really must ponder the content of all those 30K “missing” and/or deleted Hillary emails that we can bet the house and the firstborn on DID NOT talk about Chelsea’s wedding and yoga. I’m betting on some of this collusion shit, the FBI implications, and quite possibly and probably internet transactions between Clinton private and foundation bank accounts and foreign bank accounts.

Mollie Hemingway @ The Federalist: How The Media Buried Two Huge FBI Stories Yesterday – Two explosive stories about the FBI’s handling of the probe into Russia and the Trump campaign were downplayed by a suddenly incurious press corps.

DANIEL HENNINGER @ WSJ: The Trump Panic: It was the belief that the elected president was unacceptable and had to be stopped.

CJ: Here’s a Commentary That We Need Right Now: Despair about Donald Trump has led liberal critics to deem various books, movies, and shows as essential to our well-being.

Rush Limbaugh:

Polls Show Americans Think the Deep State Broke the Law to Stop Trump

The Dossier Author Exposed

Sharyl Attkisson: The FISA Court Has Been Weaponized

**(Full disclosure: While I’ve no personal grudge with Capri Cafaro she is from my area and part of one of the wealthy democrat business tycoon and/or political families … *yawn*.)

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