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In Tweet Denouncing Israel’s Decision, Biden Leaves out Fact That Obama Admin Once Made a Similar Decision

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to local residents during a community event, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, in Burlington, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Joe Biden has enjoyed the privilege of consistently being the frontrunner in the vast majority of polling regarding Democratic candidates running for president – even when he wasn’t officially a candidate. But in spite of that, one of the most persistent criticisms of him from the progressive left is that he isn’t “woke” enough.

He found that out the hard way after Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) disingenuously broadsided him at the first debate about his praising working with segregationist Senators back in the 70s in order to get things done, and for his stance at the time on busing. Though he ultimately recovered from her attack, the questions about his “wokeness” have still lingered.

On Thursday, in the midst of the wave of criticisms being directed at Israel from mostly Democrats over the country’s decision to bar BDS proponents Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) entry into their country on security grounds, Biden pounced and seized on the opportunity to win over some of his “woke” skeptics.

Here’s what he tweeted:

Biden left out that something similar also happened under the Obama/Biden administration, where the administration did a little entry barring of their own:

Hot Air‘s Karen Townsend explains in detail:

In that case, the person denied a visa to enter the United States to attend a conference was Michael Ben Ari. The reason given was that, according to the State Department, Ben Ari had ties to a terrorist group. This idea centered around Ben Ari’s conservative views and actions. He follows Kahanism ideology which means he believes that Arabs shouldn’t be living in Israel and shouldn’t have voting rights in Israel. The Kach party has been banned by the Israeli government and the U.S. State Department has labeled it a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

Michael Ben Ari’s denial of entry would fall into the same category as Tlaib’s since both were denied due to their political statements. Yet Biden only voiced objection to one and that happened in the course of his Democrat primary campaign. Biden didn’t personally make the decision in 2012, of course, but I am surprised he weighed in as he did, given the dreadful relationship the Obama administration had with Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu in particular.

Whether Biden either conveniently forgot or really didn’t remember the Ben Ari denial of entry or not, his tweet denouncing Israel’s decision may not be enough for The Squad and their defenders for a couple of reasons:

1) Biden didn’t tweet about the issue fast enough for some on the left (though he posted on the issue around the same time Tlaib did and within an hour of when Omar did):

2) He noted in his tweet that he had always been a staunch supporter of Israel, which is an absolute no-no in the fever swamps of the activist left.

It would seem that matter how hard he tries, Biden just cannot be “woke” enough for the progressive left. Whether or not that ultimately works to his advantage in 2020 as more people begin to tire of The Squad’s obvious political games remains to be seen.

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Clinton’s Deliberate, Felonious Actions Harmed National Security

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Earlier today, my good friend and colleague, Bonchie, penned an excellent article about the latest twist in the Clinton e-mail saga, one that demonstrated just how dangerous her actions were to National Security. Please go have a look.

Because of his timely article, I thought I might once again review just how corrupt the FBI was, especially former Director Comey, when he “cleared” Secretary Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing. Comey’s excuse? Secretary Clinton had no intent to violate the law. Despite the fact that the applicable statute regarding the handling of classified information doesn’t require intent, the explainer below will show that there was indeed such intent and a number of people should be doing hard time.

Let me be clear at the outset; somebody committed a felony, likely several. If as some reports have indicated, there was certain overhead imagery, marked or unmarked on Secretary Clinton’s e-mail server, someone committed a serious crime. The way government information/cyber systems are set up, someone had to take a deliberate series of felonious actions in order for that imagery to get there. Period.

Instead of getting into a detailed primer on Department of Defense and Department of State electronic communications, I’ll give you the short version. This is especially important as it puts to bed the bogus argument that Clinton displayed no criminal intent during her e-mail debacle. It demonstrates that it is absoloutely certain that there were several felonies committed—no doubt whatsoever.

Although the State Department and the Department of Defense use different systems for their unclassified communications, they do share some of the same systems for their classified traffic. The unclassified systems used by Defense and State have e-mail, file sharing and teleconferencing capabilities. Those systems also have access to the Internet. Some agencies allow their employees to use their unclassified computers to conduct limited personal business, such as sending e-mails and looking at RedState online, during their breaks. These employees can also send e-mail to private addressees from this system.

The classified systems the agencies use jointly are:
SIPRNet (Secret Internet Protocol Router Network): used to transmit material that is classified CONFIDENTIAL or SECRET. It may not be used to transmit TOP SECRET material.

JWICS (Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System): used to transmit TOP SECRET information, to include highly classified satellite imagery. The JWICS system is where Private Bradley Manning likely obtained the information he later gave to Wikileaks. This is also the system the State Department uses to routinely receive and access satellite imagery and imagery analysis, along with other TOP SECRET information.

What is important to understand is that, except for extremely rare and tightly controlled circumstances, JWICS, SIPRNet and the in-house unclassified systems do not connect to each other or with outside systems. The only way to get information from one system to another is to use a system I have yet to introduce, the SneakerNet.

“SneakerNet” is IT slang, referring to someone taking information on one system, saving it to portable media, disk or thumb drive and walking (“sneakering”) it over to the other system and uploading it, thereby bypassing the procedural safeguards inherent in separate, unconnected systems. An alternative, using the same concept, would be to print the data from a JWICS terminal (possibly inside the State Department) and then scan the hard copy into an unclassified system. This method would also work were someone get access to a hard copy document or photo handed out at a meeting.

One of the advantages of this unconnected system of systems is that it virtually eliminates “spillage,” the accidental release of one level of classified information into an arena not cleared for it. If there was reconnaissance satellite imagery or analysis of that imagery on Secretary Clinton’s server or any other unclassified system, it is a virtual certainty that someone had to take a series of deliberate and felonious steps to put it there—deliberate and felonious steps.

A photo would have had to have its markings deliberately removed. Then it would have had to have been copied from JWICS onto removable media (or printed out) and uploaded (or scanned) to either an unclassified computer & e-mailed to Secretary Clinton, or directly uploaded to her server. In the case that what was on her server was merely a written assessment of what the imagery shows, the above still pertains. Someone had to make a series of deliberate decisions and steps to either copy or transcribe the assessment from JWICS and send it via a nonsecure e-mail to Secretary Clinton.

Secretary Clinton is on the e-mail record as directing staff to do just that. A few years ago, National Review published an article entitled: Clinton Pushed Aide to Strip Markings from Sensitive Documents, Send through ‘Nonsecure’ Channel. From that article (Emphasis mine)

During a 2011 e-mail exchange, Hillary Clinton urged top aide Jake Sullivan to strip classified talking points of all markings and send them through “nonsecure” means after a secure fax line failed to function. On the night of June 16, 2011, Sullivan told Clinton that important talking points on an undetermined issue would be faxed to her the following morning. When Clinton informed Sullivan that the talking points had not yet materialized, he began a frantic search for the problem. “They say they’ve had issues sending secure fax,” he wrote to Clinton 15 minutes later. “They’re working on it.” “If they can’t, turn into nonpaper with no identifying heading and send nonsecure,” Clinton replied.

What this means, is that the conversation about this being a mistake, accident, or minor error in judgment, is a flat out lie. In my humble opinion, this lie should be rolled into an obstruction of justice charge—yet another felony. If I, or anyone else with a TS clearance had treated classified information in such a fashion, we’d still be in Fort Leavenworth. Given the disclosures in Bonchie’s article, showing that Classified e-mail migrated from Clinton’s unsecure server to another G-Mail account, it’s readily apparent that the criminal crone from Chappaqua along with her coterie, needs to be locked up—and they need to do hard time.

Disclosure: The last time I personally used any of these systems was in 2012. Systems and procedures have likely changed since then.

Mike Ford is a retired Infantry Officer who writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters. He has when required, held a TS-SCI Clearance.

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NYT, The Hill: Obama’s taking an “active interest” in Biden campaign

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Has Barack Obama decided to intervene in the 2020 Democratic primary after all? Or is this a warning shot across the bow to those who want to attack Joe Biden through Obama’s legacy? Both The Hill and the New York Times report that the former president’s interest in his VP’s presidential campaign is both more active and deeper than first thought.

The New York Times says it began before Biden officially launched:

Up until earlier this year, he suggested Mr. Biden would be better off sticking with his vague promise, made during the audition for the vice presidency, that his short-lived 2008 presidential campaign would be his last.

That has changed: While initially skeptical of Mr. Biden’s decision to run, Mr. Obama, driven by affection and loyalty, has been more active in advising his campaign than previously known — going so far as to request a briefing from the campaign before his friend officially joined the fray, according to people close to both men.

“It’s an incredible turn of events, when you think about it,” said Mr. Bayh, who retired from the Senate in 2011. “The question then was, ‘Do you happen to fit the moment?’ The question now is, ‘After all these years, can you turn yourself into an independent source of power, as opposed to being just a loyal and faithful wingman?’ Only time will tell.”

The Hill calls this an “active interest,” and more than just casual conversation:

Former President Obama has summoned top aides on former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign to Washington for a personal briefing as Obama appears to be taking an active interest in Biden’s campaign for the Democratic nomination.

The New York Times reported Friday that the two met last month for lunch and that Obama summoned top members of Biden’s campaign to his Washington, D.C., home earlier this year for a briefing on Biden’s communications and digital media strategies ahead of the former vice president’s campaign launch.

Obama’s interest and quiet advice to Biden’s campaign comes despite the former president’s vow that he will not make an endorsement in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primary, even as Biden has aligned himself with the former president’s legacy and often cited Obama’s vetting of him in 2008 as a strength on the campaign trail.

As interventions go, Obama’s seems rather mild. The briefing took place months ago, and the last lunch between Obama and Biden took place in July. Obama would probably welcome other candidates to a lunch, and might even offer a little advice to them as well. This isn’t close to an endorsement, or even acting as Biden’s part-time consigliere, although Biden could certainly use the assistance.

What, then, is the purpose of this narrative, driven by sources in both Biden and Obama camps? It seems like a throat-clearing exercise by Obama and his team, especially after the last debate when Biden’s opponents attacked him by shredding Obama’s legacy. At times, Biden’s competitors sounded more interested in running against Obama than Donald Trump, despite the fact that Obama remains incredibly popular in retirement, especially among Democratic voters.

Thus we have “more than two dozen” sources within the Obama and Biden ranks talking about the complex relationship between the two top men in the most recent Democratic administration. It’s not all peaches and cream in this portrait;  the NYT story discusses Obama’s reservations about Biden, and Biden’s frustrations with Obama, and The Hill picks up on both.

However, the leaks and the narrative send an unmistakable message from ObamaLand: Mess with my legacy at your peril. If other Democrats continue to take shots at Obama, the former president might well decide to take an even more active interest in Biden’s campaign, up to and including an endorsement that would all but kill off everyone else’s chances of winning the nomination.

It’s a throat-clearing exercise. Other Democrats need to take the hint and find other avenues of attack on Biden. If they give him enough time, Biden will give them all the material they need without forcing Obama to intervene to protect his own legacy.

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As Joe Biden Takes Time off in Delaware, David Axelrod Rips Suggestions His Campaign Events Be Scaled Back

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to local residents during a community event, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, in Burlington, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

On Thursday, I wrote about reports that some of Joe Biden’s allies were growing increasingly concerned about the number of gaffes he’s made just this month alone. Some of the unnamed allies suggested his campaign consider cutting back on his public appearances to lessen the chances of him making more mistakes.

Here’s a brief recap of what else the allies were saying, via The Hill:

Biden has a tendency to make the blunders late in the day, his allies say, particularly after a long swing on the road, like he had last week in Iowa. They say something needs to be done to give the candidate more down time as the campaign intensifies in the fall.

“He needs to be a strong force on the campaign trail, but he also has to pace himself,” said one ally who has talked to members of the campaign team and others in the broader Biden World about how to move forward.

The ally said it was unclear whether the campaign would make any changes to Biden’s schedule, particularly because Biden was criticized recently for not doing as many events as his Democratic rivals.

Campaign officials for Biden have grasped on to the “Joe being Joe” excuse in recent days in attempting to explain away his gaffes, and have accused the mainstream media of essentially making something out of nothing. One top Biden adviser told CNN this was a “press narrative, not a voter narrative.”

Biden’s press secretary T.J. Ducklo also took a swipe at media coverage of Biden’s flubs earlier this week:

President Barack Obama’s senior adviser David Axelrod, who is not shy about weighing in on the Democratic presidential race, on Thursday ripped suggestions that Biden’s schedule load be lightened to avoid the possibility he’d commit another embarrassing flub:

The Biden campaign’s agitation with the press over their focus on his gaffes, and the reports about the advice some allies are giving the campaign about thinning out Biden’s schedule come at a time when the candidate himself is vacationing in his home state of Delaware:

It’s unclear whether Biden’s vacation was scheduled in advance or if it was a decision hastily made in the aftermath of all of the gaffes his made over the last several weeks.

A couple of months ago, President Trump insinuated there might be a more troubling reason why Axelrod’s former boss President Obama was not outright endorsing his former veep for President that went beyond merely not wanting to show favoritism before the primaries even started.

Trump told reporters last week when asked about Biden that he believed the Democratic frontrunner was “not playing with a full deck.” The President told a crowd of supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire Thursday that he would never be able to get away with scaling back his appearances. “If I ever did that it would be over. The fake news would get us.”

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Sockin’ It to Satan: #Resist Warriors Push to Change Trump Tower’s Street to a Trolling Insult to the President – That’ll Teach Him

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First of all, in case you missed it (and I think you did), please check out an incredible story indicating just how insane the world has gotten. And is going:

Best & Stupidest This Week: The UK Wars With Cutlery, Offers Knife-Free Chicken Boxes & Tales Of Murder For Dinner

Now more left-wing silliness…

A momentum-gaining petition is asking the merciful Powers That Be to really stick it to the man America elected: Over 275,000 signatures now bolster the changing of the street on which Trump Tower is located to “President Barack H. Obama Avenue.”

The MoveOn.org action reads:

“Rename Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower: ‘President Barack H. Obama Avenue.’”

I suppose it makes sense — as we’ve learned from social justice warriors, words are violence. Pronouns are the New Persecution. If orange is the new black, incidental is the new substantial.

Take the most significant thing in the world; now lower its profundity by 99.999%. #SameThing. So naming a street is really sockin’ it to the voters and decimating the opposition. Total destruction accomplished.

The petition’s addressed to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who wants to forcibly take a bunch of money from people he doesn’t favor and give it to those he wants to have it (here). It includes an explanation of why Barack deserves the road in front of Satan’s Lair:

The City of Los Angeles recently honored former President Barack Obama by renaming a stretch of the 134 Freeway near Downtown L.A. in his honor. We request the New York City Mayor and City Council do the same by renaming a block of Fifth Avenue after the former president whose many accomplishments include: saving our nation from the Great Recession; serving two completely scandal-free terms in office; and taking out Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind September 11th, which killed over 3,000 New Yorkers.

Right — didn’t you hear? Barack took out bin Liden. He parachuted right in there and took care of business like a boss.

But as for the “scandal-free” part, some would take issue (here and here). 

Short list (as compiled by The Daily Wire):

  • The IRS’s targeting of the Tea Party
  • Fast and Furious
  • Dishonesty about the Iran Deal
  • Benghazi and its subsequent spin
  • The VA scandal
  • The biggest data breach in Washington’s history at the Ofice of Personnel Management 

But hey — when it comes to political posturing, don’t think about the words coming out of your mouth; just say stuff. You’re already right — it’s magic!

The petition was begun by LA resident Elizabeth Rowin. She laid out her thinking to CBS News:

“I thought, ‘[A comedian’s joke online was] a great idea and probably no one is going to do anything about it,’ so I decided to do it. … I really didn’t think there was a chance that it could happen. … I think it would be fabulous. I think people feel kind of helpless right now, and it’s a way to troll [President Trump]. If he does hear about it, maybe it would slow him down and distract him.”

Being made aware of a petition will slow down and distract an eccentric who relentlessly pursued the creation of a global empire, then the White House…and won in both cases? Fat chance. But maybe not — magic!

Bonus: For some reason, it seems a common style among some Democrats to talk as if conservatives don’t actually exist — notice “people feel kind of helpless right now.” That’d be a No. People who voted for Hillary may feel helpless; but “people” are comprised in part by millions who went the other way.

Speaking of going the other way, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson thinks perhaps the street-naming isn’t the best idea:

“I’m pretty confident we can find a better way to honor the greatest president of my lifetime than by trolling the worst president of my lifetime.”

Maybe so.

-ALEX

 

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A UK-US trade deal. Never mind the economics (at least for a moment). Feel the politics.

“While trade deals have taken on an important political and symbolic value in the context of Brexit,” Dominic Walsh of Open Europe wrote recently on this site, “their economic benefits are typically smaller and slower to materialise than many realise.” This is the place to start when considering a possible UK-US agreement on trade.  Boris Johnson’s enthusiasm for one is as much political as economic: a successful deal would show Britain, as it moves a bit further from the EU, also moving a bit closer to America.

Such a rebalancing is a strategic consequence of Brexit, at least in the eyes of many backers of leaving the EU.  Future trade deals were a Vote Leave EU referendum priority – though it may be significant that the United States was not one of the headline countries named.  Perhaps the reason was a wariness of anti-American sentiment among a section of the voting public.  None the less, the prospect of a trade agreement with the United States was mooted during the 2016 campaign: hence Barack Obama’s line, written for him by Team Cameron, of Britain being “at the back of the queue” for such a deal.

The obstacles to one are formidable.  For while the Prime Minister is bound to view it through the lens of politics, Donald Trump is more likely to do through that of economics – though the one admittedly tends to blur into the other.  America’s approach to such matters as food safety and animal welfare, environmental protection and intellectual property rights is different from ours in any event.  Never mind the red herring of chlorinated chickens – so to speak – or autopilot claims from Corbynistas about NHS selloffs. The real action is elsewhere.  The United States has long had a protectionist streak, and is resistant to opening up its financial services markets, for example.

The conventional view is that Trump is the biggest America Firster of all; that he would drive a hard bargain, that he has the muscle to do so – and that he wouldn’t be in control of an agreement anyway.  Congress could block one if it wished, and might well do so in the event of No Deal, since the Irish-American lobby is as well-entrenched as ever.  It has been a headache for British governments over Ireland-linked matters before: remember the McBride principles.  A different take is that politics may win out in the end, because both Trump and Congress will want a UK trade deal in order to put economic and political pressure on the EU: we will publish more about that later this week.

John Bolton, Trump’s National Security Adviser, is visiting Britain.  He said yesterday that the UK will be “first in line” for a trade agreement post-Brexit – a deliberate counter to Obama’s line.  Bolton will be dangling the prospect as an inducement.  He will want Johnson to take a more resistant line to Huawei than Theresa May did, and for the UK to move closer to America’s position on Iran.  But the possibility of early sector deals – or at least the exclusion of Britain from new pro-protection moves – seems to be real enough.  As with the NHS, policing, immigration and stop and search, so with trade.  Johnson wants progress towards a quick win as a possible election looms.

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Amazon: Cronyism Delayed Is Good – Cronyism Denied Is Better

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It was March 20, 2018.   Uber-government-cronyism recipient Amazon – was on the verge of receiving its biggest dose of cronyism ever.

It was supposed to be in the bag.  So much so – that even our initial headline was premature.

Defense Dept Gives Trump Enemy Bezos Ten-Year, Monopoly Cloud Contract

This was in keeping with Amazon’s ongoing ability to land monopoly government contracts.

Amazon: One of the Biggest of Bigfoot Cronyism-Recipient Lobbyists

Amazon: Government – And Its Crony, Monopoly Straight-Jacket

Amazon: Government Has an Ongoing Problem Issuing Monopoly, Crony Contracts

If handing a ten-year tech contract – to but one company – sounds stupid…that’s only because it is:

“One provider – is going to inherently become complacent. And slack off in attending to short-term needs – and innovating long-term betterments. One provider with a ten-year contract – is thus a REALLY bad idea….

“You want multiple providers – each offering overlapping portions of the Defense Department’s very many needs….

“One reason: You have multiple providers constantly competing with each other – to constantly provide the best possible service. No complacency there.

“And then there are the national security implications.

“If you have but one provider – and it suffers a service interruption – the entire Defense Department suffers service interruption.

“And for our military men and women serving in some really bad areas around the globe – service interruptions can and will be deadly.”

Amazon was looking to crony its way into a LOT of our money.

Pentagon’s Next Cloud Contract Could Be Worth Billions.

As information continued to seep out, we learned the “could be worth billions” – was actually upwards of $10 billion.

How did Amazon get to said cronyism?

Having Your Ex-Employees Award Government Contracts…:

“…makes it much more likely you’ll get government contracts….”

The Barack Obama Department of Defense (DoD) hired to oversee the cloud contract – a guy from…Amazon Web Services.  Amazon’s cloud backup company.

Suddenly the multi-provider contract – became sole source.  And the contractor description was written – so that only Amazon met the specifications.

That proved to be a little bit much for the now-Donald Trump DoD.  Beginning with this in July 2018:

Amazon’s Defense Dept Cronyism Comes Under Trump Administration Review

Suddenly, a contract that was supposed to have been awarded by July 2018 – was under more scrutiny than ever in July 2018.

Such is the difference between the Trump Administration – and the Obama Administration.  Drain the Swamp, anyone?

Since, we have continued to acquire additional damning information – of all the heinous cronyism that had polluted the process.

Oh Look – Even More Amazon-Defense Department Cronyism

Big Tech Amazon: Additional Government Screening Is Definitely in Order

Republicans Are Right: Defense Department Must Delay Amazon’s Massive Cronyism

How Crony Corrupt is Amazon? The Right and Left Are Both Nauseated By It

Despite all of the very many, very real concerns – the Deep State rallied around the cronyism.  In June 2019….

DOD Expects Cloud Award in August

We were getting down to do-or-die time.  All of which begged the ultimate question?

A ‘Drain The Swamp’ Test: Will The Trump Admin Reward Amazon’s Killer Cronyism?

For the first time in a very long time – things in DC might be looking up.

Trump Expressed Concerns About Pentagon Cloud Contract

Trump, Fox News Decry Amazon’s Looming $10 Billion Defense Department Cronyism

Which brings us to the last fortnight.

Mark Esper Confirmed as Trump’s Defense Secretary

And one of the very first things newly-minted Defense Secretary Esper did….

New Pentagon Chief Orders Review of ‘War Cloud’ Contract:

“Mark Esper, the newly appointed Pentagon chief, ordered a review of the Defense Department’s ‘war cloud’ contract after President Trump threatened to investigate whether it was written with a bias toward Amazon.

“A Department of Defense (DOD) spokeswoman confirmed the probe in a statement on Thursday.

“‘Keeping his promise to Members of Congress and the American public, Secretary Esper is looking at the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program,’ Elissa Smith, the DOD spokeswoman, said, referring to the highly controversial $10 billion cloud-computing contract.

“‘No decision will be made on the program until he has completed his examination,’ she added.”

Which is extraordinary news.

Another delay – is good.

A denial of the award to Amazon – would be oh-so-much better.

The DoD cloud contracting process – is irrevocably tainted.

To paraphrase The Reverend Jesse Jackson: “End it, don’t mend it.”

In the interest of economic sanity – in the interest of national security – we must start over.

With, thankfully, a process now untainted by the uber-crony Obama Administration.

And in a process – that excludes Amazon from consideration.

Their uber-cronyism – has earned them their exclusion.

When it comes to $10 billion government contracts – and just about every other decision any one of us ever makes:

Measure twice – cut once.”

Oh-so-much better than:

“Measure once – cut again and again until we all bleed to death.”

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Somalis Who Entered US Under Obama Era Program Charged With Terrorism; ‘Had Plan To Behead Non-Believers Of Islam Like Animals’

 

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In April 2016, Judicial Watch reported that, over the past five years, the Obama administration had issued approximately 680,000 green cards to foreigners from Muslim countries. This information was provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At that time, DHS disclosed that the US was admitting more than twice as many immigrants from Muslim nations, which were notorious for terrorist activity, than from the European Union.

The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) was a joint venture between the State Department and USCIS. Judicial Watch reported that “most of the refugee referrals for this program were made by the notoriously corrupt United Nations,” so it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that there were “gaping vulnerabilities in the selection process.”

FBI agents from the Tucson Joint Terrorism Task Force have arrested two Somali refugees who entered the US as part of this refugee resettlement program for “conspiring to provide material support to ISIS.”

Following a “months-long” undercover investigation, the Somalis, 21-year-old Ahmed Mahad Mohamed and 20-year-old Abdi Yemani Hussein, were arrested by the FBI. The FBI affidavit can be viewed here. The two are charged with “conspiring to provide material support and resources to ISIS.” Judicial Watch reports:

Mohamed and Hussein also discussed their desire and plans to join ISIS overseas and purchased airline tickets from Tucson to Cairo, Egypt to join the terrorist group. The affidavit includes online and personal communications between the suspects and undercover agents expressing their plan to behead non-believers of Islam like animals. “The best wakeup call is Islamic State to get victory or another 911,” according to one of Mohamed’s emails with an undercover agent. Hussein wrote that he wanted to blow up the White House and Tucson if anyone tries to stop him. Both men disclosed that they strived to be the most wanted terrorists in the world.

According to a Justice Department statement:

At the time of their arrest, Mohamed had obtained lawful permanent resident status and Hussein remained a refugee…Mohamed and Hussein planned to conduct an attack within the United States if they were unable to travel to Sinai to join ISIS.

Last fall, an Ethiopian couple who had entered the US through USRAP in 2014 and settled in Tucson were arrested for their ties to Al-Shabaab, a militant Somali group.

These arrests aren’t unique to Tucson. Similar cases have been reported throughout the US. Judicial Watch points out that “the refugee system, like all immigration programs, is vulnerable to exploitation from extremist groups seeking to send operatives to the West.” Terrorists are now finding their way into the country through our southern border. So are gang members and sex traffickers and vast quantities of powerful drugs.

We need to do better.

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Michael Moore Names the One Person Who Could Beat Trump in 2020. But So Far, They’re Not Running

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Michael Moore is a guy full of opinions. For example, he thinks capitalism is bad. And, oh yeah — he thinks he should be a capitalist. ‘Cause he is.

He also thinks rich capitalist people are bad. He also thinks he should be one of ’em — he’s worth $50 million.

Michael once asserted to Larry King:

“[I]’ve covered a number of issues and different things. But it all seems to come back to this one issue of ‘follow the money.’ Who’s got the money? And whoever has the money has the power. And right now, in America, tonight, Larry, the richest 1 percent have more financial wealth than the bottom 95 percent combined.”

To that, Larry asked, “You’re in that 1 percent, though?”

HEY, LOOK — A SQUIRREL!

He replied, “I don’t think I’m in that 1 percent, but I make documentary films.”

Uhhh…

Anyway, to whatever degree his big statements are worthy of consideration, Moore has a message for America: He knows who can take down Donald Trump.

And it’s the President’s worst nightmare: a non-white woman.

Yet, unfortunately for those sick of the Trumpster, she isn’t running.

In an interview with MSNBC, the multi-millionaire who makes multi-millions by raging against multi-millionaires who make multi-millions delivered his antidote for America’s Trumpitis. He served up the one person who can unpresident the President:

“In fact, it is Obama — Michelle Obama. Everybody watching this right now knows she is a beloved American, and she would go in there and she would beat him.”

Well, she’s indeed beloved among Democratic voters. Swing voters? Not as certainly.

Ever notice that some people get their party’s favoritism mixed up with the whole of the nation’s?

To many, Michelle’s a member of the ultra-Left — not necessarily a moderate’s dream, much less palatable to the rest.

Nevertheless, Michael says Mrs. Obama would dominate:

“She would beat him in the debates. He wouldn’t be able to bully her, he wouldn’t be able to nickname her. … She takes the stage, and she’s so powerful and so good, you just look at that and think, ‘Of course she could win.’”

Who’s “you”?

We’re back to that “assuming everyone sees it the way you do” thing.

But I don’t mean to suggest Michelle couldn’t win. Perhaps she could.

According to a July YouGov poll, she is — after all — the “most admired woman in the world.”

Melania placed third.

But — the poll was conducted in 41 countries. That means a lot of the voters are likely only familiar with the former First Lady via the American press. And if 2016 taught us anything, it’s that American voters don’t give a hoot about what the left-wing media has to say.

Still, the lady’s got charisma. And a following.

Maybe Michael should pick up his phone. He told MSNBC he believes Michelle would take one for the team if the request was made:

“[H]as anyone asked her? If asked to serve, I believe she would serve.”

I doubt he’s correct. Speaking to CBS This Morning’s Gayle King in July, she referred to Barack’s presidency as eight years of “watching [her] husband get raked over the coals” (here).

Maybe Michael should run. He’s a rich capitalist white male one-percenter. Perfecto!

-ALEX

 

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The Washington Post Sure Looks Like a Russian Asset

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Mitch McConnell has become the subject of a media onslaught in the past two weeks, starting with MSNBC labeling him “Moscow Mitch” for blocking a partisan election bill. It didn’t matter that the bill in question included unsupportable things like felons voting and federal interference into state elections. All that mattered is McConnell didn’t rubber stamp it so he must be a Russian agent.

This is the level of absurdity currently in our discourse. As I pointed out earlier in the week, Tulsi Gabbard is also now being called a Russian agent because she dared to call out Kamala Harris at a debate. No one is safe from the charge if you find yourself on the opposite side of Democrat party orthodoxy.

The silly attacks on McConnell culminated into what is a current full court press by The Washington Post. This includes a daily churn of multiple opinion pieces all saying the same thing – that the Senate Majority Leader is in hock with the Russians.

Here’s a sampling of that.

This is of course nonsense that ignores McConnell’s history of opposing Russian malfeasance. He’s also been doing so long before most Democrats, who only seemed to learn that Russia existed after the 2016 election. Most everyone remembers Barack Obama and the media relentlessly mocking Mitt Romney for having the audacity to label the Kremlin as our chief geopolitical enemy in 2012. What a rube, right?

Eventually, President Trump would respond by taking a shot back at The Washington Post in defense of McConnell. This of course led to the newspaper that did Putin’s bidding by pushing a massive, false conspiracy theory about Russian collusion to cry foul.

The Post claimed that Trump’s claim was “unfounded.” But was it? Let’s have a look.

What you are seeing are inserts in The Washington Post that were bought and paid for by the Russians. To be clear, the “articles” published by The Post in exchange for Kremlin cash are nothing but propaganda. They run the gambit from promoting censorship, to painting the Russians as the good guys in Crimea, to fluffing for sanctions relief.

Let’s also note this isn’t the first time the Post has been caught profiting from printing garbage fed to them by authoritarian regimes. You can find examples of them doing the same thing for China as well at this link.

Now, the same newspaper that cashed checks from Russia and China to spread their nonsense, often at the cost of American interests, wants to accuse others of being a “Russian asset.” Yeah, they don’t get to do that. Not without their hypocrisy being pointed out. The Washington Post and the media at large have been Putin’s best friend the past three years. Their relentless pushing of Trump-Russia conspiracy theories while swallowing a disinformation campaign wholesale gave the Kremlin exactly what they wanted. The division, discord, and handicapping of the current administration was more than Russia ever dreamed they’d get after election night in 2016.

We could also point out how the Post has been operating as a mouthpiece for Qatar, employing and publishing authors for years that are directly supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood and their operations. Pushing Iranian propaganda is also not outside their purview.

If there’s one entity in this country who has no right to call anyone else an “asset” of foreign government, it’s The Washington Post. In fact, the kind of neo-McCarthyism they continue to traffic in only helps the Russians. In reality, that’s not the Post’s concern though. They don’t actually care about the harm they or doing or whether Russia is interfering in elections. No, this is purely partisan politics and they are willing to continue to push trash that is objectively bad for America if it means getting to slap at Republicans. That says nothing good about their dumpster fire of a newspaper.

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