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Harold Finch Comments on a Tale of Two Pictures (Me, too)

Intrepid independent researcher @NameRedacted was suspended multiple times on Twitter for what amounted to hurting the feelings of leftists and challenging their blatant lies. In his final incarnation, he was “Harold Finch,” and after being suspended for the final time has subsequently moved to Telegram where he runs a repository consisting of important factoids, linked articles, and personal commentary available to the masses. He can be found here.

Sometimes his poignant commentary deserves a much wider audience, and San Fran Nan’s staged walkout of the meeting with President Trump the other day provided the impetus for this blast. I will add my own two cents at the end.

Before getting to our commentary, here is the what transpired at the meeting:

President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., heated up their ongoing war of words after a White House meeting on Syria devolved into name-calling and led to Democrats storming out, with both sides accusing the other of a “meltdown.” Pelosi, along with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., walked out of the meeting Wednesday afternoon, which had been intended to discuss the administration’s decision to pull troops out of northern Syria. That decision has sparked bipartisan criticism that the decision betrays the Kurds, while giving a boost to ISIS.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham dismissed the [Democrat] reports about the meeting [Cvrk comment: they ran to the press microphones in a staged event after walking out of the meeting to spin it like they always do]:

“The President was measured, factual and decisive, while Speaker Pelosi’s decision to walk out was baffling, but not surprising,” Grisham said. “She had no intention of listening or contributing to an important meeting on national security issues. While democratic leadership chose to storm out and get in front of the cameras to whine, everyone else in the meeting chose to stay in the room and work on behalf of this country.”

Read the rest here. That pretty much says it all, but there are a couple pictures from the event that provide a lot more than simple context, as Harold Finch notes! Without further ado, here is his analysis….

This White House meeting that included hysterics by Nancy Pelosi can really be defined as a tale of two pictures. The first is unhinged Pelosi lecturing the man who writes the letters to the families of the fallen soldiers (the meetings centered on “Turkey and the Kurds”). Check out the first picture here:

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Note carefully that her body language screams out of control, rude, and disrespectful. And Chuck Schumer smirking like a childish teenager watching the mouthy kid run her mouth at the Teacher. This is supposed to be a national security meeting on events in Syria. The Democrats are acting like they are the Commander in Chief berating an officer who is giving them advice they don’t want to hear. They’re drunk on Power. They’re demanding the President start a war with a NATO member and sacrifice our soldiers, all while they refuse to vote to authorize use of force much less vote to declare war on Turkey. That means this cry for war isn’t even a serious one. They don’t believe in it enough to hold a vote. They want President Trump to get into an ugly quagmire that bleeds us white to help them in 2020 election. They don’t care about Kurds. They CERTAINLY don’t care about American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines.

Then there is the second picture which is QUITE a contrast!

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In this picture, we have the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Advisor, the Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the House Minority Leader, and others. In this picture, the President’s body language says he rejects her attack and is insulted. You can see it in his face he is insulted. This man writes every letter to families of those Mil families who loved one’s life is lost. He sees their pain up close & face to face. Their lives matter to him. He’s sitting down. He’s not aggressive in posture, but he’s offended.

The Chairman of JCS is looking down ignoring Pelosi. See his shoulder? US Army Special Forces & Ranger Tabs. Chest full of medals. He doesn’t take her seriously. His hands clasped likely praying. This is serious business. Everyone on this side of the table is sober & here for serious business. No laughing. No mocking. No insults. The SECDEF is clearly tense, with hands clasped, lips parsed, and a stern brow. He’s seething mad but determined to hide it.

Here’s the whole picture for comparison purposes:

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Everyone else on the President’s side of the table, including the House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, is embarrassed by and disgusted with Pelosi, Hoyer and Schumer. It’s clear the three of them never intended for this to be a good faith meeting. This was Pelosi threatening the President and he, his advisers, the Republicans, and the national security staff having none of their childishness. No one accepted the Democrats’ putting politics before America’s national security and the lives of our troops. The only skin in the game that the Democrats have is crass partisan politics; the lives of our troops are merely chess pieces in their quest for political power.

Here is a final picture, showing the President making a measured statement to the lesser-ranking Democrats who remained in the meeting.

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This is the aftermath: when Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Steny Hoyer couldn’t force the Commander in Chief into a bloody quagmire in Syria a year before a presidential election, they threw a temper tantrum and stormed out.

Let me be blunt: the Democrats don’t give a flying f**k about America, our troops, the Kurds, or about YOU whom they are supposedly serving. The *ONLY* thing the Democrats care about is obtaining AND KEEPING political power AT ANY COST.

The moral of this sordid story is, Ddn’t ever let these dangerous people have power. It is CRITICAL to the safety of our nation that we take the House away from Pelosi &and further marginalize Chuck Schumer. You have a choice in 2020, America: a president and Congress who want the wars ended and the troops to come home, or a resident and congress who want endless wars and endless sacrifice of American lives to keep them in power. Choose wisely.

End of Finch’ commentary

A couple of points to add to Finch’s excellent synopsis:

  • San Fran Nan is concerned that pulling out 26 (!) special forces soldiers off the Syria-Turkey border is going to let ISIS back in the game? That’s laughable, particularly after her total silence during the years in which Obama allowed ISIS grow from nothing into a threat!
  • This isn’t the first time that they’ve pulled this stunt (running to a media microphone to spin a contentious meeting with @POTUS). This is what career politicians do; non-politicians and problem-solvers like @POTUS work through differences and deliver the goods!

Finally, here is the most accurate pictorial characterization of that White House meeting. Unbelievably spot on!

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The end.

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Big Crony Amazon Has Dumped $1.5 Million Into Seattle City Council Races

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Buying America’s Governments – One City at a Time

 

That’s not a massive over-contribution at all.

We’ve oft written about huge companies using their huge wallets – to dictate huge cronyism from huge governments.

No gaggle of companies has done it more and more effectively – than the Big Tech companies.

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The Obamas’ $50 Million Netflix Deal: Cronyism Comes Full Circle

Google, The Barack Obama Administration – And Even More Questionable Policy

Obama 2012 and Facebook: Your Privacy, Diminished

Sometimes Big Tech companies screw up – and demand the wrong cronyism.  So they demand more cronyism – to get themselves out of their self-inflicted jams.

Facebook Looks to Cronyism Its Way Out of Its Cronyism

And no Big Tech company has mastered the art of cronyism – quite like Amazon.

We have written a lot about Amazon – over a lot of years.  One of the conclusions we’ve reached?

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ goal from the outset – was to get huge enough to bend governments everywhere to his will.  And part of that the process was – in anti-competitive fashion – to murder every other retailer on the planet.

It’s why Amazon has gone decades – rarely turning a profit.

The Amazon Era: No Profits, No Problem

Why Amazon Has No Profits (And Why It Works)

Amazon Never Makes Money But No One Cares

Amazon’s No-Profit Model: Bleed Competitors To Death – Then Do Exactly What They Did

Amazon Killed Toys ‘R’ Us – But Much More Dishonestly Than The Way You Think

Again, Bezos’ objective wasn’t profits – it was growth.  And it worked – like a charm.

Now Amazon is gi-normous (Market Cap: $874 billion).  And gi-normous Amazon is dictating terms to governments…everywhere.

And the government reciprocal gifts – keep getting bigger and bigger and….

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Something Is Rotten in Amazon’s Request for HQ2 Proposals

Why The Post Office Gives Amazon A $1.46 Subsidy on Each Box

Top Amazon Boss Privately Advised US Government on Web Portal Worth Billions to Tech Firm

The ‘Amazon Amendment’ Would Effectively Hand Government Purchasing Power Over to Amazon

Uber-Crony Amazon – Is About To Get The Biggest Crony Deal In DC’s Awful History

How does over-sized Amazon secure such over-sized cronyism from over-sized governments?

By dumping over-sized money into political races…everywhere.

Heads up, HQ2 recipient Arlington, Virginia.

Amazon Drops Additional $1 Million-Plus into Seattle City Council Races, With Ballots Out This Week:

“Amazon is dropping an additional $1 million-plus into Seattle’s pivotal City Council races, boosting its spending on politics in its hometown this year to an unprecedented $1.45 million.

“The corporate giant has now shelled out more on the council races than any other business or union….

“Amazon’s outlay is the largest ‘in anyone’s memory’ by a single entity in a Seattle election cycle, said Wayne Barnett, executive director of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission.

“The record-breaking sum is the latest sign that the company with 53,000 local employees, once content to stay on the political sidelines, is now throwing its weight around….

“Amazon alone has contributed more money to the Chamber’s PAC than the candidates the Chamber opposes have collectively raised with their own campaigns….”

We ain’t the hugest of union fans – but this woman ain’t just whistling Dixie:

“‘One of the richest corporations in the world just invested an unprecedented amount of money to attempt a hostile takeover of Seattle’s local government,’ Rachel Lauter, executive director of the union-backed Working Washington advocacy group, said in a statement.”

It is indeed Amazon’s attempted wholesale purchase of…Seattle.  But it’s even bigger than that:

“‘This isn’t just about Seattle, it’s about the 2020 national elections. Amazon is warning presidential candidates who say they share Seattle’s values that it will stop at nothing to protect its power and profits.’”

It is indeed about the 2020 national elections.  And then some.

Because Amazon has cronyism everywhere to preserve, protect and defend.

Get this:

“‘We are contributing to this election because we care deeply about the future of Seattle,’ Amazon spokesman Aaron Toso said Tuesday in a statement.

“‘We believe it is critical that our hometown has a city council that is focused on pragmatic solutions to our shared challenges…’”

Yeah.  Ok.

Except…Amazon always ends up getting massive un-shared government cronyism.

The massive cost of which – is force-shared by all the rest of us.

Over and over and over and over again….

None of which is good for anyone.

Except, of course, Amazon.

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Lindsey Graham Talks Turkey (Interview With Kilmeade)

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This morning, Brian Kilmeade aired an interview he did with Lindsey Graham while he was in South Carolina yesterday. They covered both the recent developments regarding Syria and Turkey and the ongoing impeachment imbroglio.

Graham reiterated points he made earlier in the week, as covered by my colleague, Brandon Morse, including his threat/promise to sanction Turkey heavily if it continues to invade Syria:

GRAHAM: I’m more concerned than ever. The Kurds were talking to Assad because they’ve got no other place to go. Turkey said today, we’re not going to take over the ISIS prisoner camps except in the areas that we occupy. Our Kurdish allies are being killed by Turkey as I speak.

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What we’re doing to the Kurds is dishonorable and it’s dangerous for us because if Turkey keeps coming into Syria and going after the Kurdish fighters who fought with us to defeat ISIS, then ISIS will break out in Iran and Assad will be the biggest winner.

I talked with the president. I hope he’ll change course. I’ve got sanctions against Turkey that I will introduce next Tuesday. These are sanctions from hell. I’m going to break Erdogan’s economy and cut off all aid to the military. And it really pisses me off, Brian, that F-16s designed in — by the Americans are being used to bomb the Kurds by Turkey. (emphasis added)

These comments are more in line with the comments he’s been making publicly since the President announced Sunday his intention to pull out troops. As noted by fellow RedStater Bonchie last evening, Graham’s comments to Russian pranksters posing as the Turkish Defense Minister held a slightly different tone. Still, they’re not wholly inconsistent. I’d characterize them as…carefully nuanced. In fact, in the interview with Kilmeade, Graham acknowledged the thorny situation involving the YPG Kurds and Turkey:

GRAHAM: OK, so what I said three years ago, the YPG Kurds are the cousins of the PKK. They’re a terrorist group inside of Turkey. The PKK is seen as a terrorist group by the United States. The YPG is a Syrian offshoot of that group. They were the only ones that would fight with us — a few Arabs — to destroy ISIS, so we had to make an alliance with the Kurds because nobody else would help us.

We owe it to them to not abandon them, but we owe to them to not abandon them, but we owe it to Turkey to keep this group they consider to be terrorists away from the Turkish border. That’s what the safe zone was about. It was working until President Trump gave in to a threat by Erdogan.

Graham elaborated on the “fix” he would recommend:

KILMEADE: — is there a fix?

GRAHAM: Yes, yes. Here’s the fix. Join my effort to sanction Turkey for their incursion into Syria. We’re hitting their energy sector. We’re going to cut off all military aid. We’re going to hit their economy and really cripple Erdogan. If you join in with the congressional effort to sanction Turkey, he will get out because we’ll break his economy. And the sanctions stay in place as long as Turkey is in Syria.

Number two, you should send some soldiers in to make sure that these ISIS prison camps, that they don’t break out.

KILMEADE: Right now. Right now.

GRAHAM: Right now. Mr. President, while you have a chance, there are about 12,000 ISIS fighters who are going to break out if you don’t do something. So what I would do is tell Erdogan we’re going to send in, you know, whatever number you need — talk to General Keane — to secure these prison camps. And if you come anywhere near us, we will blow you out of the sky and blow you up.

Now, if he did that, we could reset. And how does this end? Have a safe zone between Turkey, because they feel threatened by the Kurds. We can tell Turkey we’ll keep the YPG Kurds away from the Turkish border, we’ll have American, Turkish, and international forces patrolling this safe zone, we can watch ISIS together, and we can put Syria back together again, get a peace deal in Geneva.

Graham notes that he’s spoken to President Trump directly on the issue. Clearly, he’s hoping to nudge the President via his public comments, as well. Will it work?

I’ve seen sound arguments on both sides of the issue. Mike Ford, for instance, has written a compelling series of articles on the topic right here this week. I know that Graham generally is considered a hawk (and rightly so) and has interventionist instincts that diverge from Trump’s. His proposed “fix” makes a lot of sense to me, however. What do you think?

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The DOJ Finally Decides to Prosecute a Federal Official For Leaking

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A bit of news broke the afternoon involving the arrest of a federal official.

Henry K. Frese, a DIA official, was charged with leaking classified information to two different journalists, one of which he was apparently sleeping with. Remember that the next time the media tell you are virtuous and upstanding they are.

Here’s the report via The Federalist.

An employee at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency was arrested Wednesday on federal charges of leaking top-secret classified information to two reporters.

Henry Kyle Frese, a 30-year-old counter-terrorism analyst at the DIA, allegedly leaked classified information to two reporters whose identities were not unveiled by authorities in 2018 and this year, one of which Frese was romantically involved with, according to the indictment.

Federal authorities say one reporter wrote eight articles stemming from at least five leaks from Frese.

While that linked article doesn’t rely the names of the reporters in question, we know who they are. One of them is CNBC’s Amanda Macias, who was in the romantic relationship with Frese. The other was an NBC reporter named Courtney Kube.

Much of what was leaked involved intelligence on foreign weapons capabilities and tests, including Russia and China.

CNBC has already suspended Macias.

We should probably go ahead and congratulate her on her new gig at The New York Times. You know it’s coming.

You also won’t be surprised to learn that Frese’s social media showed him to be rabidly anti-Trump.

I’d assume we are less than a day away from this guy being turned into a #resistance hero and Trump being accused of targeting him for his political views.

While this leaker isn’t directly related to the Trump-Russia fiasco, it does at least show a willingness by the DOJ to pursue these cases when they feel they have enough evidence. This appears to be an open and shut case. Hopefully, there are many more to come in the near future.

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Where Was The “Favor” Granted In The Trump-Ukraine Quid-Pro-Quo Story?

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There has been a lot of chatter in the country for the last 2 weeks in regards to El Presidente 45 and his alleged quid pro quo with the Ukrainians from his July 25th phone call. According to the theory, Trump was pushing at, we give you military aid and you dig up some dirt on Joe Biden and his wayward kid who scored a really cool paying gig for breathing.

However, in all the news coverage that I have consumed, there has been one thing missing and I can’t seem to find it.

Where is the payoff to the Trump team?

In a murder investigation, you have to have a body to declare it a “murder investigation” and it really helps if you have the weapon also. In this case, though, we have a conversation in July and the money being released in Septemeber. We don’t have anything showing that something was exchanged for that money.

Where is that info?

Now, I know my friends on the left side of the aisle will say that is what the investigation is for. However, the Ukrainians have denied that anything was ever sent. If they kept quiet I could see some trouble coming. Yet why would the newly elected President of Ukraine lie about this?

As an example of a clear cut, you do this and you will get this, we will go to Vox and see what Joe Biden said he did while Vice President…

So in 2016, Biden told the Ukrainian government that their loan guarantees would be cut off unless they removed Shokin. He told the story at a session at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018.

“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours,” Biden said. “I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’”

The former vice president said after the threat, “Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”

He helped get the prosecutor fired in exchange for money from the United States. This may not be against the law but it sure seems quid pro-quo-ish to me.

I went farther into the Vox article to see if maybe they had any clue to what was the gift that the Trump administration received and WHEN it was. Here is what they said…

The Trump administration initially told Congress it was releasing the aid to Ukraine on February 28. It repeated that assertion to Congress again on May 23, but failed to explain to lawmakers but struggled to explain — both publicly and to the lawmakers who approved the aid — exactly why the funds were withheld.

Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn’t get a straight answer from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper over the summer on why the aid hadn’t been dispersed yet.

But then on September 11, the Trump administration suddenly disbursed the money.

So what changed? It’s not entirely clear.

The last line there, that we do not know what changed being it is not clear, is telling.

Government is not a smooth-running machine contrary to what anyone that thinks it is a savior believes. The Trump administration though makes the everyday “normal” running of government look like it is standing still. They are playing whack a mole and it can get confusing and hectic.

Yet the Federal government delays things all the time. After reading the transcript myself and playing devil’s advocate and pretending I want Joe Bidens head on a plater, I can see where people would want to say Trump was arm twisting. So then to complete the process we need to see where the goods were delivered after the money was released.

Where is the quo in the quid-pro?

If you find it please let me know.

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Trump: Dems Impeachment Efforts Hurting Stock Market, Retirement Plans of Americans

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Democrats are all in trying to get President Donald Trump out of office. No matter the reason, no matter for what. They just keep throwing things against the wall and hoping something sticks.

Their latest effort, the CIA officer complaint about the Trump-Ukraine phone call, just imploded big time today when it was revealed that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) had been in contact with the officer prior to him filing his complaint. Previously, Schiff had said there was no direct contact with the officer. He pretended he had not been contacted and had no knowledge of the complaint. This despite the fact that the whistleblower had actually contacted Schiff’s staffer and the whistleblower wrote Schiff a letter about the complaint.

But with Democratic Party, it’s seems it’s all about getting control back. They don’t seem to care who they hurt in the process.

Who they’re hurting is not just President Donald Trump. They’re also hurting the country and all Americans with this relentless vendetta.

The president pointed the finger and scolded Democrats today for their efforts.

From Fox News:

The Dow Jones Industrial Average at one point tumbled more than 500 points after fears of a recession grew as U.S. economic data disappointed. Signs of a slowdown in the American jobs market flashed Wednesday after payroll processing firm ADP reported the private sector added 135,000 jobs in August, less than the estimate of 140,000. Meanwhile, the ISM September Manufacturing Index fell to its weakest reading since June 2009.

If they don’t get the impeachment they desire, they figure they can spread just enough lack of confidence to tank Trump in the elections.

Their insanity over the Ukraine call with Volodymyr Zelensky will injure our relations with other countries. What foreign leaders are going to talk to Trump in confidence if they know Democrats are likely to leak or subpoena the call? No one will feel they can speak in confidence again. That will harm American interests.

Democrats already injured the American public by pushing the Russia collusion hoax, causing damage that may be beyond repair. A large number of Democrats still think that Russians somehow changed the votes of the 2016 election and believe that Trump is somehow a Russian agent. This despite the votes being changed has been repeatedly debunked and despite the Mueller investigation finding no collusion with the Trump team.

But because their far-left platform is so bereft of merit for most Americans, their only option is to try to scream “Orange Man Bad.”

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Amazon Is So Huge – It Dictates Terms to Almost Everyone on Almost Everything

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The Crony Joke’s On Us

 

One of the very many national course corrections President Donald Trump is making – is renegotiating REALLY-bad-for-US global trade deals.

We have been the planet’s largest economy for more than half a century.  Our current Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is $19.4 trillion.

And our trade deals – look like we have the purchasing power of a five-year-old with an empty piggy bank.

So Trump renegotiates.

But President Trump has repeatedly assured everyone on the planet:

“The word ‘reciprocal’ is the most important word with Donald Trump when it comes to what the subject….  I want reciprocal. If they’re going to charge us 100 percent for a motorcycle, it should be 100 percent the other way, too….  I’m a free trader. Totally. I’m a fair trader. I’m all kinds of trader, but I want reciprocal.”

Trump wants equal terms with our trading partners.  No more – no less.

Trump isn’t threatening the world with throwing our considerable weight around – to get unfair advantages for US.

That’s what huge companies like Amazon do.

Amazon is an inconceivably huge Big Tech monster (Market Cap: $849 billion).

All by its onesies – it’s almost 0.5%…of the entire US economy.  That is, again, inconceivably huge for one company to be.

Because of Amazon’s hugeness:

Every time Amazon decides to do something – it is given unfair advantages…at the expense of everyone else.

Every time Amazon decides it wants something – it is given unfair advantages…at the expense of everyone else.

It is given these unfair advantages – by feckless, crony governments.

US governments at every level are all exceedingly willing to capitulate and prostrate themselves – so as to best please Master Amazon.

It’s as if they’re all auditioning for Kevin Bacon’s role in a looming remake of Animal House.  (Which is a remake that should never, EVER happen.)

Again: Amazon’s government cronyism – never, ever takes place in a vacuum.

Cronyism has a few winners – and a whole lot of losers.

Amazon’s cronyism – results in more losers than just about any cronyism ever.

Amazon sells…everything currently on offer on Planet Earth.

Thus, government cronyism for Amazon screws…just about everyone else on Planet Earth.

Of course brick-and-mortar retailers – of all sizes – are royally screwed.

So is every online retailer – not named Amazon.

Which of course means every business that attends to those retailers – is also screwed.

Manufacturers, packagers, shippers and many, many more industries’ players – all screwed.

All to help Massive Amazon.  Who needs the help less…than just about any other company on the planet.

When Amazon decided to simultaneously site its second headquarters in two US cities – governments all across our land lined up to screw everyone else besides Amazon.

Amazon’s HQ2 Was a Con, Not a Contest

Amazon HQ2: Magnet for Corruption

Something Is Rotten in Amazon’s Request for HQ2 Proposals

And governments did so – at the expense of…every one of their existing citizens.

It’s like Sanctuary Cities – for Monster Amazon.  Metropolises spending tons of citizen tax money – to entice foreigners to relocate there and displace them.

The Darker Side to Winning the Amazon HQ2 Sweepstakes

With Amazon HQ2, the Losers Are the Winners: Why Economic Development Subsidies Hurt More than They Help

One city that won the Crony Amazon HQ2 Contest – was close-to-DC Arlington, Virginia.

Shocker: Amazon wanting to be close to the DC – the Cronyism Capitol of America.

Shocker: Amazon has already long been priming the DC pump.

Amazon Is Flooding D.C. With Money and Muscle: The Influence Game:

“Since 2012, Amazon has ramped up spending by more than 460 percent.…”

Shocker: It’s working.

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

Why The Post Office Gives Amazon A $1.46 Subsidy on Each Box

Because cronyism, that’s why.

Think it’s fair to UPS and FedEx – to lose out on all of that Amazon shipping business…because of Government Post Office cronyism?

But the prize on which Amazon has long had its Sauron eye – is the biggest pots of money of all:

Government contracts.

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

And as we’ve seen since decades before Trump was sworn in as President:

The DC Deep State contains millions of Swamp Creatures.

Trump wants to Drain the Swamp.

DCs Swamp Creatures continue to countermand Trump’s Drain the Swamp mandate.

Top Amazon Boss Privately Advised US Government on Web Portal Worth Billions to Tech Firm

“Amazon executive Anne Rung communicated with a top official at the General Services Administration (GSA) about the approach the government would take to create the new portal, even before the legislation that created it – known to its critics as the ‘Amazon amendment’ – was signed into law late last year.

“Amazon Amendment” – ???

The ‘Amazon Amendment’ Would Effectively Hand Government Purchasing Power Over to Amazon

Well isn’t that special.

That’s Amazon Retail.  How’s Amazon Web Services – Amazon’s cloud computing wing – doing on the government monopoly front?

Quite well, natch.

Amazon Web Services Just Opened a New Cloud for the U.S. Government

Amazon and CIA Ink $600 Million Cloud Deal

Pentagon’s $1 Billion Cloud Deal May Signal New Era in Government Buying:

“The (Amazon) contract caught many industry players by surprise, in part due to the $950 million value and partly because it was awarded without a traditional government procurement. This deal may be a harbinger for how the Defense Department plans to purchase certain technologies moving forward.”

Harbinger indeed….

Uber-Crony Amazon – Is About to Get the Biggest Crony Deal in DC’s Awful History

The Defense Department cloud contract – is worth $10 billion.

And Amazon rigged it – so that they would get the whole thing.

Cronyism: Having Your Ex-Employees Award Government Contracts…:

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

Meet Deap Ubhi:

“The Obama Administration started a new sub-agency in the DoD – in charge of tech procurement.  And hired thereby was a huge Obama fan by the name of Deap Ubhi.

Where was Ubhi working when the Obama Administration hired him?  Why…Amazon Web Services, natch.

“The DoDs multi-provider contract process – then suddenly became a sole source contract process.

“And the contractor description was rewritten – so that only Amazon Web Services met the specifications….

“When Ubhi was outed for his inside-out Amazon cronyism – he recused himself…from a contract process he had already thoroughly corrupted.

“And two weeks after his recusal – Ubhi quit the DoD…and went back to work for Amazon Web Services.”

But thankfully, Trump’s Swamp draining is starting to bear fruit – and lay bare the Creatures.

Which means less cronyism.

And better government policy.

All of which is bad news for Uber-Crony Amazon.

CIA Long Relied Exclusively on Amazon for Its Cloud Computing. Now It Is Seeking Multiple Providers for a Massive New Contract

The CIA is now looking to do things right.

And the DoD?

Pentagon Pauses $10 Billion Contract That Embroiled Amazon in Controversy:

“The Pentagon is hitting pause on a massive, first-of-its-kind cloud computing contract after President Trump cited critics’ accusations of favoritism toward Amazon.

“Mark Esper, the new defense secretary, is re-examining the project just weeks before the winner was expected to be announced.”

That is excellent news.

For everyone in the United States.

Except for Monster Crony Amazon.

Which is even more good news for everyone else in the United States.

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Then Versus Now, and What to Do About It

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President Trump’s political opposition are beside themselves in their continual condemnation of every domestic or foreign policy proposal and action taken by the administration. According to them, everything done by the Trump administration is either some kind of evil grand conspiracy in service of his supposed “Russian puppeteers,” the product of his supposed racist and white supremacist worldview, or just some crackpot idea by someone who is over his head and “winging it” – sometimes in combination!

Compared to the erudite foreign policy establishment, the cultural [il]literati, the grand conservative thinkers among the #NeverTrump wing who make these judgments daily, which are repeated endlessly by the paid parrots in the legacy media, I see things in far simpler terms, which could be distilled to this concept: the President is spearheading an American restoration in much the same way that a builder (or a homeowner) renovates and restores an old house that has been allowed to decay through neglect over the years.

America’s decay since 1960 can be clearly shown by contrasting what we do these days versus what we did yesteryear. There is a LOT that we used to do that we don’t anymore, much of which plays directly into “national objectives” and the national psyche. POTUS is quite simply trying to restore America’s mojo.

For example, we used to teach self-reliance through the adage that “God helps those who help themselves.” The concept involves developing personal initiative, working hard, and providing first for oneself and then for one’s family. To depend on others for one’s basic needs was long considered to be a personal failing and an embarrassment. These days, the political class has constructed a welfare state that teaches inter-generational dependence on the government, destroying self-reliance and also personal integrity and the feeling of self-worth in the process.

We used to practice Christian charity at all levels of the income scale. Even those with modest incomes felt compelled to provide at least a pittance for those in more unfortunate circumstances “because it was the Christian thing to do.” Nowadays, the state has assumed that function to the detriment of both those doing the giving and also those on the receiving end. The givers’ hearts are perceptibly hardened as they shirk what previously was a communal obligation while the state can’t do anything about changing the life trajectory and spirit of those receiving government aid.

We used to have lightly regulated free enterprise; anyone with an idea, a little capital, and an entrepreneurial spirit could start and build a business. The concept of “creative destruction” – the continual removal and replacement of longstanding practices to make way for innovative concepts – was inherently understood and accepted. These days, in order to reduce risk to large businesses in particular, the government is engaged in picking winners and losers on the basis of campaign contributions to politicians who manipulate the tax and regulatory systems to benefit or punish as they deem fit. This is the essence of the corporate capitalism about which the Left rail these days. Their aim is off, though, as it is the government that is the problem, not the solution!

We used to have citizen legislators, as envisioned by the Founders. Those legislators would do the people’s business on a part-time basis, and then return to their own business pursuits thereafter. Now, we have a “professional” political class that has sprung up like cockleburs in a bean field. As citizens, we have ceded authority to them to “run the country,” and how has that worked out? Arguably horribly, as the US national debt exceeds $22 trillion, our inner cities are disaster areas filled with hopeless people with ruined lives, our manufacturing jobs cynically and maliciously exported to China, and our national security and sovereignty directly compromised by open borders nonsense.

We used to believe in – and actually had! – a low-tax, low regulatory government and an understanding that the least government that is closest to the people is the best. And to think that there was once no federal income tax or Internal Revenue Service! Now, thanks to the corrupting influence of the power and control provided by an administrative state which has seeped into every nook and cranny of American society, the political class has come to believe that the federal government can provide virtually everything for everyone – but at the cost of our liberties and freedom, not to mention our money! Are there no federal programs which have failed to achieve their goals that should be retired? I can think of a LOT of them that should be shut down and/or returned to the states per the 10th Amendment! The administrative state’s growth is unabated because it serves the political class – but not We The People!

We used to have healthy debates on whither and where public monies should be spent; this as much as any topic enabled us to sort out the true natures of the politicians we sent to Congress. Now, the federal budget in particular has become so gargantuan that no one can grasp the redundancies and waste therein. Who among us has ever read through the entire federal budget? Our eyes glaze at the minutiae. And the political class has gravitated toward the use of continuing resolutions partly to avoid the scrutiny from the public that would come with actually developing a formal annual federal budget. All that the politicians do these days is argue for more taxes and more spending, as well as changing the priorities for spending all those taxpayer dollars.

We used to be taught the Federalist Papers and de Toqueville in 8th grade civics, as well as a reverence for the Constitution. Young people actually understood how state and federal governments worked, and why they were set up as they were by the Founders, including the key concept of checks and balances and the reasons for the “Great Compromise.” Now, the political class seeks to escape those shackles at every turn while developing convoluted arguments that the Constitution needs to be an “enabling document and not a restrictive one” that ultimately lead to the despotism that the Founders feared most. The ridiculous discussion of doing away with the Electoral College by leftist Democrats like the members of The Squad is symptomatic of the demise of practical civics and American history classes in our public education system

We used to be taught public manners and to practice civic courtesy everywhere; it was part of what growing up, and becoming a responsible and productive citizen was all about. Respect for one’s elders, law enforcement personnel, and civic figures was taught and reinforced as one grew up and came of age. Now, the culture has been coarsened to the point where virtually anything goes and nothing shocks anymore. Public insults have given way to wishing bodily harm and/or death on one’s perceived enemies, especially in the political realm. This has hardened into a political tactic by the leftist Democrats who actually cheer on politically motivated violence by the likes of Antifa and Communist agitators in the streets in places like Portland.

We used to have faith in government institutions, and that the people in those agencies were actually public servants tending to the business of the country. How naïve! We have learned otherwise in the Age of Trump, as the revelations about the corruption in the Obama regime across virtually all departments has increasingly been exposed. Before 2016, how many of us would ever have suspected that elements of the CIA, DoJ, FBI, and State Department were conspiring against a presidential candidate and later an elected president? And although cynically noting double standards in the application of our laws, how many of us could ever have believed the extent to which those double standards have been exposed in DoJ and the FBI covering up major Obama and Clinton scandals in recent years?

Lastly – although the list could go on – we used to worship and believe in God, as well as express those beliefs in the public square. Now, we have lost sight of the country’s founding as a Christian nation, and the political class has virtually excised religion from the public square with the aid of the Communist-founded ACLU and other leftists over the years. And how has that worked out? As one example, the Catholic Church has lost its way, abrogating centuries-old pro-life bedrock principles. One statistic about all others shows how far we’ve fallen: over 60 million abortions have been performed since Roe v. Wade opened the floodgates to abortion on demand in 1973. Then there is the increasing evidence of human trafficking and pedophilia among the political class and supposed cultural icons in America. Let’s face it: the Marxists are winning the culture wars, folks, just as they have long planned!

Now given the aforementioned comparisons, what should our national objectives be if we wish to regain some semblance of the Republic envisioned by the Founders? I’ll give you my 2 cents to chew on, all of which are focused on the long-term. I happen to believe that these objectives are also what underly President Trump’s strategy to restore America and its institutions. Conversely, these are also the items that the Left as manifested by today’s Democrat Party will fight – and are fighting! – tooth-and-nail to prevent.

  • Promote self-reliance for all American citizens. Teach it in the schools, enable it through limited government. This requires regaining control of the public education system and booting leftist teachers en masse. Reduce transfer payments to a lifetime limit (x number of years total), except for the truly indigent.
  • Repeal “affirmative action” laws throughout the land. Restore merit as the only measuring stick for employment and promotion decisions.
  • Hold people responsible for their actions, especially the political and mandarin classes. Enforce racketeering and corruption laws (and pass tougher ones that are rigidly enforced). Public shaming also has a place.
  • Pass a constitutional amendment limiting federal spending (both on and off book) to the historical average of percentage of Gross National Product (GNP) before 1960.
  • Reform the tax code. I prefer a flat tax with no deductions although I would rather see the income tax replaced by a national sales tax and a return to tariffs as a significant source of national revenue as was the case before the 16th Amendment was passed.
  • Limit the federal government to constitutionally-specified functions; return all other matters to the individual states (that means “infrastructure” and other Marxist-inspired lingo/programs). Retire failed programs. Reduce federal subsidies to near zero (except for research and development, which is the seed corn of economic and technological growth).
  • Promote civic courtesy and good public manners; publicly shame and ostracize those who don’t comply. Quickly prosecute those who incite violence in their political speech and other public utterances.
  • Excise all foreign influence (especially money) from the political class. Rescind all domestic campaign finance restrictions, remove all subsidies from non-profits (except for religious organizations), repeal McCain-Feingold (and get rid of all non-profits organizations except for religious-affiliated and private charities), and require all domestic political contributions be instantly publicized the moment they are made.
  • Re-implement loyalty oaths across the federal government at all levels. Monitor and enforce adherence through revamped personnel and whistle-blower policies. Pass laws preventing lobbying of Congress by anyone formerly serving in the federal government in any capacity (bureaucrat, elected official, appointed staffers, etc.).
  • Sponsor a series of widely-publicized nationwide and regional conferences and debates over many months in many venues on national defense policy, the conduct of war, commitment of forces overseas, alliances, objectives, etc., leading to a national consensus that can be manifested by the political class. Do the same for domestic policy (might require a Constitutional Convention to delineate/realign federal-state responsibilities although I am leery about deep pocket leftist donors hijacking this through corruption and bribery). POTUS has essentially begun the process with his frequent campaign stops around the country.

I greatly prefer the “then” to the “now,” at least as relates to the comparisons presented here. These recommended actions listed will reverse those comparison and are entirely consistent with the MAGA agenda. In fact, these are the kinds of issues that he is pursuing when he appoints conservative judges to the federal bench, implements tax cuts, reduces government regulations, roots out the political corruption in the Deep State, and gains control of our porous southern border. And they’re certainly NOT in service of his mythical Russian puppet masters in Moscow as the execrable Left ridiculously claims! The end result of a continuation of these actions will be a restoration of America over the long haul while removing the blight and decay that the Left have purposely created over the past few decades. Let’s help POTUS continue his wonderful reclamation project on behalf of all Americans!

The end.

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It’s Time to Upgrade Our Aircraft Carriers. Communist China Is

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The United States Navy’s aircraft carriers have used the same steam propulsion technology to launch airplanes into the Wild Blue Yonder – since the 1950s:

“Following World War II, the Royal Navy was developing a new catapult system for their fleet of carriers. Commander Colin C. Mitchell, RNV, recommended a steam-based system as an effective and efficient means to launch the next generation of naval aircraft.

“Trials on HMS Perseus…from 1950 showed its effectiveness. Navies introduced steam catapults, capable of launching the heavier jet fighters, in the mid-1950s….

“Nations that have retained large aircraft carriers, i.e., the United States Navy, French Navy, are still using a CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take Off But Arrested Recovery) configuration.”

Surely we’ve created a more effective, efficient system in the intervening six decades…?

We have?  Well let’s update, shall we?

Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System:

“The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) is a type of aircraft launching system developed…for the United States Navy.

“The system launches carrier-based aircraft by means of a catapult employing a linear induction motor rather than the conventional steam piston.

“EMALS was first installed on the United States Navy’s Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford.”

Did the USS Ford’s EMALS have problems at the outset?  It did indeed.

But we can take solace:

In the history of each and every thing that has worked – there was a time when each and every one of them didn’t work.

President Donald Trump – used to think the switch to EMALS was a bad idea.

But Trump is always looking for the best deal.  And the best information – to know what the best deal is.  Last Thanksgiving, while placing calls giving thanks to members of our military,….

Video: President Trump Quizzes Reagan Carrier CO on EMALS Program:

“Capt. Pat Hannifin, Reagan’s commanding officer,…(said) ‘Yes sir, all of our Nimitz supercarriers have been using steam for decades, and we find pretty reliable. However the electromagnetic catapults they’re running there offer some great benefits….’

“‘So when you do the new carriers as you do and we’re thinking of doing, would you go steam or would you go with the electromagnetic?’ Trump asked….

“‘Sir, Mr. President I would go electro-magnetic cats, I think that’s the way to go, we do pay a heavy cost to transit the steam around the ship.”

“‘Good, OK, I like to hear that,’ Trump responded. ‘I’m actually happy about that answer because at least they’re doing what they’re doing, but that’s actually a very good answer.’”

In January, Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer discussed the new tech with President Trump:

“‘During the…Army-Navy football game, I spent some time with the President and we talked about EMALS.  He said, should we go back to steam? I said, well Mr. President, really look at what we’re looking at.  EMALS, we got the bugs out. But what you really have to understand is the aperture of EMALS,’ Spencer said at the CNAS event.

“‘It can launch a very light piece of aviation gear, and right behind it we can launch the heaviest piece of gear we have. Steam can’t do that. And by the way, parts, manpower, space – it’s all to our advantage’ with EMALS.”

The EMALS bugs – are debugged.  The kinks – are unkinked:

“A software fix for the U.S. Navy’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) has been validated by the service at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, early this summer….

“(A)according to NAVAIR news release a total of 71 EMALS launches were conducted by the EMALS Team and the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 to confirm F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler outfitted with wing-mounted, 480-gallon external fuel tanks (EFTs) can launch without exceeding stress limits on the aircraft.

“The post-test review of aircraft instrumentation data, following the manned aircraft testing, indicates that software control algorithm updates have corrected the issue.”

In short:

EMALS Works! Carrier Ford Completes First Flight Operations

And this is very good news.  For naval efficiency – and thereby national security:

“The new A1B reactor, Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG), and Dual Band Radar (DBR) all offer enhanced capability with reduced manning.

“The Gerald R. Ford-class is designed to maximize the striking power of the embarked carrier air wing.

“The ship’s systems and configuration are optimized to maximize the sortie generation rate (SGR) of attached strike aircraft, resulting in a 33 percent increase in SGR over the Nimitz- class.

“The ship’s configuration and electrical generating plant are designed to accommodate new systems, including direct energy weapons, during its 50-year service life.”

I never served – so I do not speak Military.  But I utilized my Military-to-Civilian Dictionary – and the above means:

The EMALS allows for 33% more plane launches.

It allows for and accommodates upgrades in attending weapons and other systems.  Including – critically – allowing the carriers to launch drones.  Which, believe it or not, none of the current carriers are capable of doing.  Which helps everyone everywhere – in harm’s way, and then some.

But wait – there’s more:

“Without the need to produce steam, the Ford-class reactor design is smaller and more efficient than reactors on earlier nuclear aircraft carriers.

“The Ford-class propulsion system generates three-times as much electricity as what is generated by the Nimitz-class carriers, according to the Navy.”

And it does all of this – with MUCH less required manpower.

In no small part because the new system – doesn’t require nearly so much many-hands-on maintenance.

Which means we can re-purpose our brave men and women – to other things:

“(T)he Gerald R Ford class will be larger than its predecessor, the Nimitz-class, but will have between 500 and 900 fewer crew members.

“The manpower reduction was a key performance parameter added to the original four outlined in 2000 in the operational requirements document for the CVN 21 programme.

“It is estimated that the new carrier technologies will lead to a 30% reduction in maintenance requirements and a further crew workload reduction will be achieved through higher levels of automation.”

You know who else thinks the EMALS is a good idea?  Communist China.

You know Communist China.  They’re the nation with which – in the very near future – we may very well be at war.

China’s New Aircraft Carrier Will Have ‘Electromagnetic Catapults for Fighter Jets’:

“Ma Weiming, an academician with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is the brain behind China’s technological leap forward into electromagnetic catapults….”

Though I would bet large coin Communist China actually pilfered the tech from US.  Because that’s what Communist China does.

So, if Communist China is going to have it….

And most likely have it – because we had it and they stole it….

We should use it too.

I don’t want Communist China using (likely our) tech to launch many more fighter jets much more efficiently – and our not doing so.

Because that would be decidedly bad.

For about a million different reasons.

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President Trump Names Robert O’Brien As His New National Security Advisor

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This morning, President Trump announced that he will name Robert C. O’Brien as his new National Security Advisor. This position does not require confirmation by the senate. He wrote:

I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor. I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!

 

According to the Washington Post:

Administration officials had viewed him as a safe choice given his strong rapport with colleagues at the State Department and the Pentagon. His “affable demeanor” contrasts with Bolton, who was known as a ruthless bureaucratic infighter, an administration official said last week, requesting anonymity to speak more candidly.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. “He was a Rotary Scholar at the University of the Free State in South Africa and he speaks fluent Afrikaans.”

O’Brien is a co-founder of Larson O’Brien LLP.

He has served in the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump. In November, he was confirmed by the senate as the “US Alternate Representative to the 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which met in New York 2005-2006. He addressed the General Assembly on the question of Palestine and represented the United States in the General Assembly’s Sixth Committee, which considered the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.” Wikipedia reports:

O’Brien served as Co-Chairman of the United States Department of State’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan, launched in December 2007 by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. O’Brien continues to serve on the Public Private Partnership Executive Committee. On July 31, 2008, President George W. Bush announced his intention to appoint O’Brien to serve in his administration as a member of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee and represent the interests of the general public, for the remainder of a three-year term which expired on April 25, 2011.

In May 2018, Trump appointed O’Brien as Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs. In May 2019, “he was given the rank of ambassador one year later.”

O’Brien recently appeared in the news for his role in the A$AP Rocky case in Sweden. The rapper was found guilty of assault but did not face prison time for it.

The first order of business for Mr. O’Brien will be to help President Trump sort out the perilous situation in the middle east in the aftermath of Iran’s alleged attack on a Saudi Arabian oil facility.

CBS News reports:

As national security adviser, O’Brien will be responsible for consolidating sensitive information for the president and presenting him with options. Mr. Trump openly said he had serious disagreements with Bolton, and that’s why he was pushed out of the position last week.

Immediately, O’Brien will be tackling any U.S. response to the Saudi oil strikes. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to be in Saudi Arabia the next couple days to assess the situation. O’Brien will also be in the position to give Mr. Trump guidance on what to do in Afghanistan, which was a major point of contention between Mr. Trump and Bolton.

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