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U.S. May Withdraw From U.N. Human Rights Council Over Anti-Israel Bias

“When the world’s preeminent human rights body is turned into a haven for dictators…”

The United States is expected to warn the international community on Tuesday of its withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council unless reforms are enacted to remove the Council’s “anti-Israel bias,” according to a report by Reuters.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced in an op-ed in The Washington Post that the Trump administration would decide whether to withdraw from the Council after the conclusion of its three-week session in Geneva, Switzerland, this month.

The announcement would come less than a week after President Donald Trump shocked the world by withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.

Haley will be attending the Council’s sessions in Geneva this week, where she plans to call for reforms.

Most notably, she plans to call on the Council to “end its practice of wrongly singling out Israel for criticism.”

“When the council passes more than 70 resolutions against Israel, a country with a strong human rights record, and just seven resolutions against Iran, a country with an abysmal human rights record, you know something is seriously wrong,” Haley wrote.

Haley also accused some members of the Council, such as Venezuela and Cuba, of ignoring the membership requirement to “uphold the highest standard” of human rights.

“The presence of multiple human rights-violating countries on the Human Rights Council has damaged both the reputation of the council and the cause of human rights,” Haley wrote. “When the world’s preeminent human rights body is turned into a haven for dictators, the idea of international cooperation in support of human dignity is discredited.”

Haley made clear that changes must be made to the Human Rights Council to “restore the legitimacy of universal human rights.”

John Fisher, the Geneva director of Human Rights Watch, a research and advocacy group, said the Council is likely to work with Haley to enact her desired reforms.

“Our understanding is that it is going to be a message of engagement and reform,” Fisher told reporters.

Fisher said the Council’s focus on Israel was “a reasonable concern.”

“It is an anomaly that there is a dedicated agenda item in a way that there isn’t for North Korea or Syria or anything else,” he said.

A total of eight groups, including Freedom House and the Jacob Blaustein Institute, wrote to Haley in May urging her to stay on the path of reform.

The groups warn that Israel may face a “greater degree” of “unfair targeting” if the U.S. were to withdraw from the Council.

Trump Gives Out Personal Cell Number to World Leaders

by Benjamin Arie

Donald Trump’s entire campaign platform was based on taking on the establishment — and it looks like the stuffed suits in Washington can’t stand it. The mainstream media and old-school politicians are now attacking the president for something that nearly everybody in America uses constantly: A cellphone.

According to the Associated Press, Trump has given his cellphone number to several prominent world leaders, and asked them to call him directly if they want to talk.

Like Trump’s use of Twitter to bypass the traditional gatekeepers in the media, the use of a private cellphone is likely the president’s way of sidestepping the bureaucracy in the White House, and dealing directly with his counterparts around the globe.

It’s a method that the billionaire no doubt used effectively while running a multinational corporation, and an executive providing a direct cellphone number is so routine in 2017 that it’s almost unremarkable. Predictably, however, the left’s proverbial heads are exploding at the idea.

“[I]n the diplomatic arena, where leader-to-leader calls are highly orchestrated affairs, it is another notable breach of protocol for a president who has expressed distrust of official channels,” scolded the AP.

Liberals simply cannot stand that the president of the United States might “breach protocol” to actually get things done. In the world of Washington, playing by the establishment rules is more important than accomplishing anything.

The leaders of both Mexico and Canada were among the first to receive Trump’s number, according to reports. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has already called the president on the private line.

Despite the media’s hysteria over a cellphone, the use of a personal device by world leaders — including the U.S. president — is hardly new.

Fortune Magazine revealed that Barack Obama was all but addicted to his Blackberry phone while in the White House. He finally kicked the habit, only to replace the outdated cellphone with a more modern smartphone in 2016.

An in-depth piece by The Guardian showed that Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, began using a cellphone with special encryption not long ago. The president of Russia and the prime minister of France are both enthusiastic users of Apple iPhones, according to the report.

Hillary Clinton famously used as many as 13 different mobile devices while serving as secretary of state and then while running for president, as reported by The Hill.

While Clinton was rightly criticized for her lax security measures, the problem wasn’t that she used a cellphone, but rather that she casually dealt with classified material over unsecured devices.

There is no indication that Trump is using his private cellphone for anything other than routine, unclassified chats with other leaders. Furthermore, it would be ridiculous to presume that the leader of the most powerful nation in the world doesn’t have access to an encrypted and secured cellphone.

The left is so obsessed with Trump that he can’t even make an unintended typo without the media squawking about it. Americans elected Trump to clean house in Washington and get things done, but liberals will do anything to attack and undermine him — even when he’s simply doing his job.

H/T: Daily Mail

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“Sanctuary Cities” Are Running Out of Friends… Fast

By Benjamin Arie

Liberals act is if the entire country is on their side on the issue of illegal immigration, but the reality is often the opposite.

In the short time since Donald Trump has taken office, well over half of the states in the country have proposed legislation to make “sanctuary cities” a thing of the past… and more may be joining the bandwagon soon.

Texas was one of the most prominent states to get on board. According to The New American, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill on May 7 that essentially bans sanctuary cities.

“The Texas law, which takes effect September 1, comes on the heels of the Trump administration’s policies to expand immigration enforcement in general, and in particular to penalize so-called sanctuary jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities,” explained the Migration Policy Institute.

Texas may be the Lone Star State, but it’s certainly not alone on the issue of sanctuary cities.

“While Texas was the first state to pass a sweeping law focused on illegal immigration since the presidential election, at least 32 other states have introduced immigration enforcement bills,” MPI elaborated.

THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT IS WORTHLESS IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY

1. If you believe, as Trump voters do, that the Green Panic is a convenient foil to shift money into the pockets of certain energy industries and banking interests at the expense of traditional industries while centralizing government control over everything, the Paris Agreement should have been trashed on Day 1. It shouldn’t have even taken this long.

2. If you do believe the Climate sky is falling, then the agreement failed to do anything useful except waste a lot of energy and blow a lot of hot air. It was the definition of greenwashing. It allowed politicians to posture, much like Obama’s deal with China, while doing nothing about the supposed crisis that its proponents claim to believe in.

If you’re in column 1 or 2, the Paris agreement is better off dead. Column 1 is self-explanatory. Column 2 would be that a real agreement that does something would be far better.

Trump is doing to the Paris Agreement what he did to TPP. He’s trashing a bad deal that no one really liked and that wouldn’t achieve its supposed goals. He’s being the heavy because no one else has the guts to stand up and say “No”.

And even those in column 2 who believe that the polar bears are about to perish because Steve is eating a hamburger in Iowa and Julie is taking a plane trip to Denmark ought to thank him for it.

By John F. Di Leo – 

In 2015, one of the endless subsets of the United Nations – specifically, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or UNFCCC – gathered to write a retreat from modernity based on the junk science known as “man-made global warming,” or, more recently, since the discovery of the undeniably fabricated “hockey stick” model that originally justified the idea, “man-made global climate change.”

Representatives of 195 countries – yes, that’s almost every country on earth – signed onto the agreement, commonly known as The Paris Accord. In many cases, one representative’s signature was enough, and in others, the signature is meaningless without ratification by the country’s legislature, politburo, or other ruling parties. For example, President Obama’s approval was enough to count the USA in the 195, but since our Senate would never ratify such an outrageous treaty (one prays, anyway), we are not counted among the ratifying parties.

We’re not alone; only 148 of the 195 signatories have actually ratified it.  That still sounds significant, of course, but it’s worth remembering because the press and their puppets in the Democratic Party (or is it the other way around?) give the impression that we would stand alone before the world if we refused to ratify it. In fact, with the USA’s withdrawal, the USA just joins a full quarter of the earth’s countries that had a representative sign onto the thing in the excitement of the meeting, but were blessed with legislatures that thought through the matter, and quietly denied or postponed the fool notion.

The Paris Accord

The accord was championed by the Left for its aggressive attack on the production of “greenhouse gases,” demanding that countries replace existing forms of energy production with “green energy” sources, such as solar and wind power.

The fact that solar and wind, which certainly have their place, are incredibly inefficient, and therefore incredibly costlier, than existing sources, didn’t bother the negotiators, for two primary reasons:

  • First, if governments subsidize the utilities with tax dollars, particularly some other country’s tax dollars (guess whose?), people might not notice their massive increase in energy cost, and
  • Second, the USA is the only donor country that was seriously expected to honor the commitment. Nobody honestly believed that other signers, like China or India, were ever going to abandon the energy that keeps their economies growing.  The USA would suffer honorably, and that would be sufficient for them.

The agreement is designed to have a huge financial commitment by all member nations, including a commitment to $100 billion per year globally in specific funding called “climate finance,” much of which would be direct transfer payments from the USA and other developed nations to the LDDCs – the “least developed developing countries” of the world.

It is based on the idea that of all the things nations have to worry about – defense against invasion, unemployment, epidemics, crime waves, terrorism, etc. – everyone on earth should recognize that climate change is the issue that outranks all others.

There is really only one way to have a prayer of convincing a country under assault by Boko Haram or ISIS, or by Ebola or Malaria, or by mass unemployment or the threat of war, to adopt such a program: if you see the biggest, most successful economies on earth doing it first.

The Paris Accord was really designed to be all about peer pressure; if the United States, the most dynamic economy on earth, was a believer, then that would be good enough reason for all the other developed economies, and all those third world LDDCs too, to fall in line.

When President Trump, on behalf of the United States, announced our withdrawal from this suicidal do-it-yourself bankruptcy engine, that brought down the whole house of cards. The world leaders who support the thing must now denounce Mr. Trump and his country, as derisively as possible, in order to keep everyone else in line.  Just as the USA would have been a leader if we had ratified, they must now fear that the USA will be a leader in fleeing the foolish thing.

Make no mistake: the opponents of Paris are right. Because of the incredible cost of this agreement, a nation’s leaders must make a clear and absolute choice: either support this climate change theory and cause severe economic constriction at home, or work toward the prosperity of one’s countrymen by dumping the agreement.

The only moral choice for an honorable national leader is to support his own nation’s economy, and walk away from The Paris Accord.  The fact that 148 nations failed to make that choice appears to be quite an indictment, but remember, in many of their cases, they don’t really have to give anything up.

For much of the third world, signing the Paris Accord was tantamount to signing up for welfare benefits; if you qualify, if it’s free, if you have no moral compunction about collecting such charity, why not do it?

Climate Change – Truths and Lies

Among the primary lies in this whole debate is the Left’s claim that the right is denying science.  In fact, it’s the Right that’s using the scientific method – looking for evidence, studying it carefully, dismissing evidence that’s been proven to be fabricated, making rational judgments based on unassailable facts.

The concept of manmade climate change was based on the famous “hockey stick” climate model which was proven to be utterly fabricated, years ago.  The evidence that it wasn’t errant, but intentional, is found in chains of emails that the entire world has seen.  The entire theory is based on a lie, on falsified research that was born of twin desires for grant money and the political goal of stronger government.

Even their own statistics now claim that there has been no average warming for the past twenty years; their whole claim of a rising global average temperature is based on the period before they dreamed up the whole idea.  Since the publication of Al Gore’s famous work of science fiction in the early 90s – “Earth in the Balance” – even their own calculations show nothing to worry about, in the specific area of “terrifying rising average temperatures.”

But even so, this does not mean that there aren’t climate-related challenges.   There are true climate-related dangers in the world, as there have alwaysbeen.

The Left’s other primary lie is that they are the only ones who care about climate-related risks, the only ones who care about the people, towns, and even countries that may suffer if the horrors they fear come to pass.

Again, the Left’s position is simply, utterly wrong.

The Left does one thing, and only one:  upon deciding that they fear worse weather and possibly rising seas, which would threaten people in low-lying coastal towns, people near rivers, people in hurricane, earthquake, or tornado paths… the Left literally decided to strive to change the weather; to stop the tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, and rising seas from ever happening in the first place.

There is no proof anywhere that anything they propose – changing our sources of energy, raising taxes to an even more confiscatory level, paying for new palaces for third world dictators under the guise of providing their countries with new green power plants, etc. – will make any difference at all to the earth’s climate.  It’s a theory, utterly unproven, and likely unprovable.   It’s a desperate prayer by people who have chosen to put all their eggs in one untested basket.

By contrast, the Right’s position is both more realistic on science and more compassionate toward the people.

The Right recognizes that there have always been hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and tornadoes, so our economies need to be able to deal with these tragedies.

The Right wants our people to be prosperous, so that if towns and bridges are knocked down, they can rebuild… if ports are flooded, they can be restored… if people’s livelihoods are washed out, they have new opportunities so they can get a fresh start.

What the Right recognizes – but the Left either does not, or will not – is that the cure for the dangers of a changing climate is not some stubborn effort to imagine that we mortals can change the weather at all.  No, the cure is to have a vigorous economy that can withstand any shock… a private sector – and a public sector too – that can afford to bounce back from the worst disasters.

The Right believes in taking advantage of all the opportunities of capitalism and modern technology to feed the hungry, to heat the cold, to air-condition the hot, and to house the homeless.

The Right advocates a growth economy, harnessing energy – yes, ALL kinds of energy – to create enough industry, and therefore enough prosperity, that we can afford to react to anything that Mother Nature chooses to throw at us.

By contrast, what does the Left do, in its hubris and delusion, dreaming that it can bring climate stability to a planet that has had ice ages and heat spells, glaciers and earthquakes, hurricanes and floods, virtually since the dawn of time?

The Left dismisses all the opportunities provided by technology and economic advancement, even intentionally suppresses them, in a vain hope that fewer cars and fewer furnaces, greater poverty and a literal retreat into the past, might keep the icebergs in the polar regions and keep storms from turning into hurricanes as they have always done.

The Left is literally using windmills … to tilt at windmills.

Copyright 2017 John F. Di Leo

John F. Di Leo is a Chicagoland-based Customs broker, actor, and writer.  His columns are regularly found in Illinois Review.

AMERICANS DODGED 6 HUGE BULLETS BECAUSE TRUMP EXITED THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL;

As we reported earlier, President Trump has decided to pull out of the “historic” Paris Climate Deal, and his supporters are rejoicing! There are many benefits to leaving this deal, and we couldn’t be more proud of our President for standing STRONG in his beliefs!!!

Dropping out of the agreement will let the U.S. avoid several deleterious effects of the agreement.

  1. Goodbye to ‘American Last.’ The Paris agreement was basically an attempt to halt climate change on the honor system. Its only legal requirements were for signatories to announce goals and report progress, with no international enforcement mechanism. As a result, it was likely that the United States and wealthy European nations would have adopted and implemented severe climate change rules while many of the world’s governments would avoid doing anything that would slow their own economies. The agreement basically made the U.S. economy and Europe’s strongest economies sacrificial lambs to the cause of climate change.
  2. Industrial Carnage. The regulations necessary to implement the Paris agreement would have cost the U.S. industrial sector 1.1 million jobs, according to a study commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. These job losses would center in cement, iron and steel, and petroleum refining. Industrial output would decline sharply.
  3. Hollowing Out Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. The industrial carnage would have been concentrated on four states, according to the Chamber of Commerce study. Michigan’s GDP would shrink by 0.8 percent and employment would contract by 74,000 jobs. Missouri’s GDP would shrink by 1 percent. Ohio’s GDP would contract 1.2 percent. Pennsylvania’s GDP would decline by 1.8 percent and the state would lose 140,000 jobs.
  4. Smashing Small Businesses, Helping Big Business. Big businesses in America strongly backed the Paris climate deal. In fact, the backers of the climate deal reads like a “who’s who” of big American businesses: Apple, General Electric, Intel, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, General Mills, Walmart, DuPont, Unilever, and Johnson & Johnson. These business giants can more easily cope with costly regulations than their smaller competitors and many would, in fact, find business opportunities from the changes required. But smaller businesses and traditional start-ups would likely be hurt by the increased costs of compliance and rising energy costs.
  5. Making America Poorer Again.  A Heritage Foundation study found that the Paris agreement would have increased the electricity costs of an American family of four by between 13 percent and 20 percent annually. It forecast a loss of income of $20,000 by 2035. In other words, American families would be paying more while making less. 
  6. Much Poorer. The overall effect of the agreement would have been to reduce U.S. GDP by over $2.5 trillion and eliminate 400,000 jobs by 2035, according to Heritage’s study. This would exacerbate problems with government funding and deficits, make Social Security solvency more challenging, and increase reliance on government’s spending to support households.

The Paris deal was, in short, a disaster for America and a nothing-burger for climate.”

I’m a Former Federal Manager And I Voted For Trump

 

I voted for Donald Trump. It was not an enthusiastic vote. I’m probably as apprehensive of big change as the next fellow and some of his statements put me on edge. But I had grown very disappointed in the Obama administration. I came to see many of President Obama’s policies as mostly divisive social engineering and as dissipating U.S. leadership in a troubled world. I thought his lack of executive experience hobbled him in creating a consensus among differing views. I believe he saw everything through a political lens. Hillary Clinton’s promise to follow Obama’s policies eliminated any prospect she had of getting my vote.

I was born, raised and educated in New York City. I am a real estate guy long active in private development and investment. I believe, as Calvin Coolidge said, that the business of America is business. When our economy is expanding at a vigorous pace our people tend to be content and when America is strong and assertive the world is a better place. I also had a long career as a real estate executive with the General Services Administration. I have read all of Trump’s books—not because I particularly admired the guy but because I developed a couple of major projects for the feds in the City. So Donald and I have common interests and I think I understand both his lingo and the turmoil some folks in government might feel from his style of governance. I would like to share my perspective of our new president and how he may see his job.

Avoid Stockholm Syndrome

“It’s remarkable how quickly they adapt to and are absorbed by the system.” A senior OMB appointee made that remark to me during the Reagan Administration. The point he was making is that political appointees are quickly captured by the career civil servants or more generally by “the system.” I saw it happen through several Administrations. The career professionals would persuade new appointees that the safe path was to continue to do things the way they had always been done. The career folks would counsel that the government is “different.” Whatever experience the appointees brought from the private sector was not applicable to government, they said. The incumbents argued that getting things done in government took more time and cost more money because of rules and regulations. Poorly performing personnel could not be dismissed or disciplined as they could be in the private sector because of personnel rules and regulations. Things were more expensive and took longer to acquire because of procurement rules and regulations. The appointees, committed to the kinds of change represented, for example, by President Reagan, gradually became apologists for the status quo. It was a kind of bureaucratic Stockholm syndrome. I don’t think Donald Trump will adjust to the system—he expects the system to change to suit him.

Results Matter

Over the years I did lots of real estate deals for the government. I don’t recall anyone ever asking whether any of my procurements were good deals. That is, were they structured on the right terms and at the right price? The bureaucracy saw me as a program manager responsible for “procurements.” It was as though “deal” was a four letter word. My performance was typically measured by whether my procurements were conflict or protest free. I can’t tell you how envious I was of people in procurement positions like mine when President Trump said the cost of Air Force One was exorbitant. In doing that, he was saying price matters. Working for someone with that kind of perspective should empower federal officials to assert the kind of initiative to make sure the people’s money is properly invested. In the federal procurement culture we hear a lot about the integrity of the procurement process. Who is in charge of promoting the best deal results of the procurement system? Let me suggest that we now have a president who takes on that responsibility. Of course, the propriety of the process matters but so do the results. That’s what I hear the president saying: “Get the job done properly but make sure you get good deals.”

Consistency Is Overrated

It has long seemed to me that the worst sin a public official can make is to be inconsistent. I think of it as Chuck Todd Syndrome. Todd’s “Meet the Press” interviews are usually about finding conflicts in someone’s public statements or actions. How often have you heard him and others in the media ask in an interview something like “then, how do you explain what you said during the campaign? Run the clip.” Any inconsistency must mean that the person being interviewed has changed his or her tune for some base personal or political purpose. Maybe they simply changed their mind. Or ,possibly, the earlier position needs to be abandoned to achieve a higher purpose. Take, for example, dropping the position that China is a currency manipulator because the president is soliciting China’s support to control North Korea. What’s wrong with being inconsistent if it keeps the other side off guard? That’s called negotiating.

Consistency is not the objective; getting the best deal is.

It’s Not Lying; It’s Hondling

How many of us have said “I would love to give you your price on that car. But if I paid that my wife would kill me.” Back in New York we call that “wifing the deal.” I often used the approach in government when I thought I could squeeze more cost out of a deal. Downcast, with furrowed brow, I would tell the contractor I had to call Washington before I could finalize the transaction. I would leave the room to make a call that might never be made and come back after a reasonable interval and tell my counterpart that I needed a lower price or better terms for any hope of getting the procurement approved. Was I lying? Who cares? I was doing my job; I was simply hondling. That’s New Yorkese for bargaining. So the frequent accusations that Trump is lying is often merely him setting the table to hondle for the best deal. Try to think of his confident pledge that Mexico will pay for the wall or that the United States will impose trade tariffs as chips to be used in the much larger deal of renegotiating trade and other relationships like NAFTA with one of our largest commercial partners, Mexico.

It’s About Winning

Trump, unlike his predecessors, did not spend years in government. He didn’t take the course on avoiding even the appearance of a conflict of interest. He was not trained on walking a verbal tightrope or flack catching. He didn’t learn to spin or be defensive in everything he says and does. He came from a world where they measure your performance by your runs, hits and the final score. He’s not so good on defense; it’s all about offense. It’s less about avoiding mistakes and all about winning.

Governance As Sailing

Trump has a strong pro business and American leadership agenda. He’s heading in that direction, but, he approaches governance like he approaches his business—it’s all about tacking as though sailing. He will always be heading toward his goals but he will be constantly tacking one way or another depending on conditions. By contrast, I think prior administrations approached governance like driving. They announced their destination at the outset to friend and foe alike. Then they headed as fast as possible toward their goal, mindless to changes and the negative consequences of all that speed.

Let’s Try This His Way  

My last assignment in government was with Vice President Al Gore’s National Performance Review. The goal of the NPR was to “reinvent” the government. The NPR was mostly an attempt to adapt private practices to the way government conducts its business. By the time I started at the NPR I had concluded that rules and regulations generally were not the problem.  Rather, the main reason government underperforms in comparison to the business sector is the  difference in incentives. Government simply lacked the right incentives—most notably, there was no competitive incentive to improve outcomes. I was enthusiastic about the NPR but disappointed by the results. I came to think of the NPR as a noble attempt at reform, but because it was created and run by incumbents it lacked the energy and drive to make real change. We have now elected a 70-year-old business executive not so much to reform government but to fundamentally change government. Maybe it’s best to take him at his word that his family owes a lot to this country and he saw it heading in the wrong direction. He’s a deal maker and a negotiator. I don’t think he plans to adjust his approach to accommodate the status quo or the media’s view of what’s acceptable.

I think Trump has made superb selections for his vice president and cabinet, and as citizens we should be grateful for these folks’ service. They’re not doing it for the money. The president’s critics have cast aspersions on his cabinet as a bunch of billionaires. I think we should be thankful for the service of such successful people. Just think about the likes of Betsy DeVos leading the Education Department. She has spent her time and considerable wealth to reform a failing national public education system. She must now lead an entrenched bureaucracy on a fundamentally new course toward infusing a competitive incentive into our educational system.  As a former bureaucrat of long standing, I doubt she’s found many advocates for her agenda among the staff. I would not want to be her entering Education’s headquarters every morning.

For weeks after the election I awoke every morning apprehensive about the things he was saying and doing. All the negative media probably did not help. Over time, though, I think I’ve come to understand his modus operandi. I like what I see. The change is real this time.

Patrick J. Keogh served for nearly 30 years at the General Services Administration, where he was program manager of lease development from 1988 to 1992. He was assigned to the National Performance Review from 1992 to 1993. He is an attorney and manages a family office, splitting his time between Austin, Texas, and Reston, Virginia.

They think that they can beat him -anti-Trump actions

Sen. Tim Kaine’s youngest son was one of eight people charged in Minnesota Friday in relation to their alleged disruption of a rally supporting President Trump.

Linwood Kaine, 24, was charged with one gross misdemeanor count of obstructing the legal process and misdemeanor counts of fleeing on foot and concealing his identity in public.

A criminal complaint says Kaine and others changed into black clothing during the March 4 rally and entered the state Capitol. One group member threw a smoke bomb inside. The complaint says the 24-year-old Kaine was among those who ran away, and he initially resisted arrest.

Two of Kaine’s seven alleged accomplices, 29-year-old Francis Sagermerek of St. Paul and 26-year-old Anton William Bueckert of Ontario, Canada, were charged wit
Read more at http://trumptrainnews.com/articles/tim-kaine-s-son-charged-for-anti-trump-actions#01hhRvryfigLBrKW.99

Dropping the Hammer on Comey… Brilliant!

There are very few crime/mystery novels that approach this true story for compelling drama, intrigue and brinkmanship (with the nation in the balance).
 Don’t believe the fake-media story that Trump made a mistake or huge gaffe by firing Comey.
Don’t believe the media narrative from the left that it was an attempt to silence Comey from some investigation into Trump.
Don’t believe the RINO narrative that Comey is a good guy just trying to do his job in terrible circumstances and the timing was bad.
Don’t believe the lie that Comey was admired and respected by career FBI investigators and agents.
Don’t believe the lie that Trump’s “tweets” are not professional and have no strategic purpose.  His tweets are weaponized and deadly.
 James Comey is a poisonous snake of the highest order… a deep-water Swamp Denizen who has been highly paid to deliberately provide cover for high-level corruption by the Clintons and Obama.  He is has been central to trying to destroy the Trump campaign and then the Trump administration from the start. He is as dirty as they come in DC.  He had highest-level cover (the FBI no less) and was deep into an effort to eliminate Trump.  Trump had to move hard, fast, and at exactly the right time to cut the head off the snake without getting bitten by the snake or being finished by the other swamp denizens.
 Begin by noticing how the President fired Comey when Comey was 3,000 miles away from his office, that Comey had no inkling he was being cut, that all his files, computers, and everything in his office were seized by his boss Sessions and the justice department.  This was not a violation of protocol, it was tactical. Notice how Prez Trump compartmentalized the strike and did not inform any of his White House “staff” to prevent leaks.  Notice how he emasculated Comey and the swamp denizens by letting them know in a tweet that the Attorney General got information (surveillance “tapes” from the seizure of Comey’s office) to let Comey and his handlers know that Trump’s DOJ has the goods on them.  This was a brilliant, strategic and totally imperative move at exactly the right time against horrible, evil and corrupt powers infesting our government.
 The swamp is on notice that the President is on to them, they are sweating bullets because their criminal games of corruption are being pursued and they know it.  They are screaming and ranting because they are desperate denizens of the swamp who are beginning to realize they are roadkill.
 THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE COMEY SCAM.  Taken from credible public sources (readily available if you want to look or want me to sent them to you), with a few reasonable “fill in the blank” conclusions of my own.
 The Highlights:
 Comey was a minor assistant US attorney in the late 90’s.  He only gained power and money by being the DOJ official who “investigated” and cleared Bill Clinton of any wrong-doing in Clinton’s totally corrupt pardon (for huge payoffs) of criminal financier Marc Rich as Clinton was leaving the Presidency.  This is how Comey began his career as a creature of the “swamp” years ago, as a servant of the Clintons.
 Comey provided “cover” for the Clintons in their gaining incredible power and wealth after leaving office through pardoning a billionaire money-launderer, arms dealer and criminal.  Comey was a key piece in how the Clintons upped their corruption game and gained incredible wealth through their foundation after leaving the White House.  A huge part of the scheme was giving Marc Rich a free pass when he should have spent life in prison, and that is what Comey covered-up for the Clintons.  This set up Comey to be part of the corruption machine, making him powerful and wealthy.
 Immediately after doing the Clinton’s dirty work as a DOJ official, Comey resigned from the DOJ and took a position as the head attorney (Counsel) of the Lockheed Martin company, a huge military contractor.  While he was in that position Lockheed became a major contributor (millions) to the Clinton Foundation and its fake charity spin-offs.  In return for these payment to Clinton Inc., Lockheed received huge contracts with Hillary’s state department.  Comey was the chief legal officer of Lockheed throughout this period of contributions to Clinton Inc. in return for State Dept. contracts.
 In late 2012, after overseeing Lockheed’s successful relationship with the Hillary State Department and the resulting profits, Comey stepped down from Lockheed and received a $6 million dollar payout for his services.
 In 2013, the largest bank of England, HSBC Holdings, was deep into a scandal.  Investigations by federal authorities and law-enforcement had revealed that for years HSBC had been laundering billions of dollars for Mexican Drug Cartels, channeling money for Saudi banks who were financing terror, moving money for Iran in violation of the sanctions, and other major criminal activity.  HSBC’s criminality was pervasive and deliberate by the Bank and its officials.  HSBC was a huge Clinton Foundation contributor (many millions) throughout the “investigation” and Bill Clinton was being paid large personal fees for speaking at HSBC events (while Hillary was Sec of State).   Eric Holder and the Obama Justice Department did what they were paid to do, and let HSBC off of the hook for a paltry 1.2 Billion dollar fine (paid by its stockholders), and not one Director, officer or management member at HSBC was fired or charged with any criminal.  Exactly when everyone involved with HSBC Bank (including the Clintons and all of their “donors”) were being let off without penalty, and cover had to be provided to HSBC, Comey was appointed as a Director and Member of the Board of HSBC (in the middle of the fallout from the scandal).  He was part of the effort to cover up the scandal and make HSBC “respectable” again.
 After about a year as HSBC director, despite his lack of any law enforcement experience, no DOJ leadership experience, and no qualifications for the job, Comey was appointed FBI director by Obama.  The only qualification Comey had was that the Clinton’s and their cronies knew Comey was in bed with them, was compromised and was willing to do their dirty work.  Comey was appointed to the FBI right when Hillary was leaving the State Department, and was vulnerable to the FBI because she had been using a private-server, mis-handling classified information, selling access to favors/contracts from the State Department to Clinton Foundation Donors (including Comey’s Lockheed Martin), and much more. Remember that this was about the time the Inspector General of the State Department found over 2 billion “missing” from the State Department finances during Hillary’s tenure.
 The obvious conclusion is that Comey was appointed to the FBI (along with other reliable Clinton-Obama cronies)  to run interference for the Clinton’s and Obama’s at the nation’s federal law enforcement agency(in conjunction with a corrupt Department of Justice).  Comey was and is owned by the Clintons.  He owed all of his power and wealth to being part of their machine and providing them with cover.
 In late 2015 and early 2016, information began to come out about the Clinton Foundation and its use by the Clinton’s as a multi-billion dollar slush fund for corruption and political favors. (even Chelsea’s wedding had been paid for by the “charity) This was right as Hillary was beginning her campaign for President. It was revealed that the Foundation had never completed required reports or had an audit.  Supposedly the FBI, under Comey, began an “investigation” of the Clinton Funds.  A “professional” accounting firm was brought in by the Clintons to do a review, file some reports, make recommendations to the Clinton Foundation Board, and provide a veneer of legitimacy to the Clinton Fund operations.  Predictably, one of the partners in the firm that was chosen (and paid lots of money) is the brother of James Comey (FBI Director).  This brother owes James Comey $700,000 for a loan James gave him to buy a house, and presumably some of the money from the Clinton Fund was used to make payments to James on the loan.  Over 2 years later and nothing has happened as a result of the FBI “investigating” the Clinton Funds under Comey.
 No one in congress or federal law enforcement was intending to actually pursue the Clintons, but Judicial Watch and other independent sources obtained information proving that Hillary had been running her own server, sending out classified information, etc.  This information began to come out right in the middle of her campaign to be coronated as President.  A “show” investigation had to be performed to appear to look into it and clear her.  Who to use?…the reliable shill James Comey.
 As head of the FBI, Comey (and his lackeys in key positions) deliberately screwed up the investigation into Hillary’s use of a private server and her plain violation of national security law on classified information.  The investigation was deliberately mis-handled in every aspect. Comey gave immunity to all of Hillary’s lackeys, did not use subpoenas or warrants, lost evidence, allowed the destruction of evidence, failed to do any searches or seizures of evidence, did not use a grand-jury, did not swear witnesses, did not record testimony, allowed attorneys to represent multiple suspects (corrupting the testimony).  Everything that could be done to ruin the FBI investigation and to cover for Hillary was done.  A “slam-dunk” case became a mess. Immunity was given every witness even though they provided no help.  Maybe more importantly, by focusing the FBI on the email scandal, attention was drawn away from the much bigger scandal of the Clinton Foundation that could bring down a huge number of corrupt politicians, lobbyists, and even governments.
 Originally, Comey’s job was simply to totally botch the Hillary investigation and ruin the case against her and her minions within the FBI regarding he emails. At the same time Comey also started work on a parallel assignment to illegally “wiretap” and surveil Donald Trump and every other person involved in the Republican campaign.  He was tasked with digging up any dirt or fact that could be used to hurt the Trump campaign later.  This included using a fake “dossier” paid for by the Clinton campaign to obtain authorization for the surveillance and to try to associate Trump’s campaign with the Russians. Under Comey’s direction the Trump/republican campaign was monitored and surveilled and all information was provided to the Obama Whitehouse and the Clinton camp all during the campaign.
 Lorretta Lynch was supposed to complete the coverup for Hillary as Attorney General by issuing a finding that the deliberately botched FBI “investigation” did not justify prosecution of Hillary.  But someone screwed up and Bill Clinton was video’d meeting with Loretta Lynch in Arizona shortly before she was supposed to make her decision on Hillary (interference with a federal investigation), and Lynch could no longer credibly squash the Hillary scandal.  The solution, give the job to James.  The Clinton’s owned him and he would have to do whatever is necessary to provide cover.
 Comey goes on national TV and violates every rule of the FBI, the Justice Department and American law enforcement by revealing some of the FBI’s “evidence” of what Hillary did (enough to make it look like the FBI and Comey did some investigation), then declaring that there was no “intent” and clearing Hillary.  He did what he was ordered to do.  The Justice Department and Obama backed Comey’s coverup and it looked like Hillary had survived the scandal.
 Then, right before the election, the NYPD obtained pervert Anthony Wiener’s laptop and found classified emails from Hillary on the laptop.  The NYPD began leaking details to new-media outlets, and the story was about to explode.  Comey once again stepped in to cover Hillary.  He short-circuited the NYPD leaks by publicly acknowledging the laptop and the emails, but then claimed just days later that hundreds of thousands of emails had all been reviewed and “nothing new” was on the laptop.  Once again, he had done his job.  Providing cover and FBI “protection” for Hillary on the newest scandal when it broke.
 If Hillary had won, Comey would have kept right on providing cover for the corruption of the Clinton machine.  He would have kept the FBI paralyzed, prevented the Clinton Fund from being investigated, and continued to do his job as the Clinton’s personal scandal eraser at the FBI.
 BUT TRUMP WON.
 The Swamp and its bottom-dwelling denizens realize they are at risk from this political outsider who is not connected to the uni-party machines.  Before Trump takes office, a “failsafe” plan is implemented to ruin Trump’s administration and try to force him out of the Presidency.  The key players committed to the plan are the democrat politicians, the RINO establishment, the media, the Obama-Clinton operatives imbedded throughout the intelligence agencies and the entire bureaucracy, and most importantly, the Obama DOJ and JAMES COMEY.    The scheme is to smear Trump with Russian “connections,” through a fake FBI “investigation” and more importantly, to trap him into a charge of criminal interference with the FBI.   COMEY IS THE CENTRAL FIGURE IN THE SCHEME TO TAKE DOWN TRUMP.
 The surveillance of the Trump campaign is continued after he is elected, all participants are “unmasked” illegally, and the transcripts are leaked throughout the government and to the media.  When General Flynn appropriately calls Russian officials on behalf of Trump, they brush off the old fake “dossier” and all of the surveillance of the campaign, and Comey creates the “Russian Conspiracy” investigation. With help by RINO swamp kingpin and warmonger sell-out McCain, the fake “Russian pee dossier” is leaked to the press. There is no actual evidence of any collusion or connection between Trump or his campaign with Russia, but that does not prevent Comey from initiating an “investigation” at the FBI.  This provides Comey with protection from Trump firing him immediately.  Comey (or his minions) constantly leak news of the “Russia Investigation” to the media, and the media does its scripted part by screaming constantly about “Russia.”  The Democrats fill their role and constantly scream about “Russia.”  McCain and the RINO establishment do their part by promising to “investigate” how the Russians influenced the campaign.
 Immediately after Trump is sworn in, the DOJ Hillary/Obama operatives and Comey start the direct attack.  This is before Sessions has been appointed to the Department of Justice and the DOJ is still controlled by Obama operatives. DOJ Obama appointee Sally Yates approaches the Whitehouse with news that General Flynn had been in contact with Russia and alleges that he might be compromised.  She reveals that there is an FBI “investigation” into the Russia ties (which they are constantly leaking to the media themselves).  The White House Counsel (who Yates talks to, not Trump) asks for some more information.
 The day before the promised additional information is to be provided by Yates to the Whitehouse, Comey sets up a dinner with Trump.  If he can get Trump to ask about Flynn or try to intervene regarding Flynn or Russia then Trump can be charged with “interfering with an FBI investigation.”  MY OPINION IS THAT COMEY SURVEILLED AND “TAPED” THIS MEETING IN HIS ATTEMPT TO SET UP TRUMP.
 This is a two-pronged attack.  It protects Comey and DOJ democrat holdovers from being terminated by the new administration because they are involved in an “ongoing investigation” that they control the timetable on(albeit one with absolutely no evidence). If Trump fires Comey then he is “interfering with the investigation” which is itself a federal crime that the FBI could then “investigate.”  Alternatively, if they can get Trump to question Comey about Flynn or try to get him to back off of Flynn or the “Russia” investigation, then they again have him “interfering.”
 Trump knows it is a set up by Comey and that he is probably being recorded (tips from FBI or DOJ who are not part of the corruption?)  Maybe because his phone calls in the Whitehouse as President have already been bugged and released to the media.  (FBI is in the best position to do this) Maybe because he was used to the Mafia in NY trying to shake him down every time he built a hotel.   Comey tells Trump that Trump is not under investigation regarding Russia, but that others involved with the campaign are being investigated.  Trump does not take the bait and attempt to intervene about Flynn or the Russia scam.  Later, Flynn is cut loose because he is being used by Comey and the Obama-holdover Justice to try to damage Trump.  He did not thing wrong, but if he stayed the charge of “interfering with an investigation” might seem to have teeth.  Comey verbally tells Trump on two more occasions that he is not being investigated, but refuses to state this fact publicly or when testifying in Congress.
 Trump knows everything I have gone through above about Comey.  But he has to move carefully.  He has to get his Attorney General and Deputy AG in place, get enough leverage on the Russia narrative, and ideally get rid of Comey in a way that allows him to obtain all the information that Comey has been accumulating (if he is taping Trump he is taping others).  Comey, and others testify in Congress.  Under oath, both Sally Yates and Intelligence officials from the Obama administration state that there has been no actual evidence of any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  More importantly, Comey, while refusing to say that Trump is not under investigation, testifies that he has informed the Senate Intelligence Committee heads who exactly is under investigation regarding Russia.
 Trump tells almost no one at the White House that he is moving against Comey (so no leaks… no listening in on his conversations) Trump somehow contacts Sen. Grassley (the Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee) and confirms that Comey told the Senator that Trump was not under investigation personally.  Trump gets both the Attorney General and the new Deputy Attorney General to legitimately review Comey’s unprofessional actions at the FBI and to recommend in writing that Trump terminate Comey.  Somehow Comey goes to California (at the request of AG Sessions or already scheduled and someone at FBI telling Trump?).
 Trump seizes the moment and acts. While Comey is in California, 3000 miles away and 7 hours from his office, Trump prepares a letter firing him (with Sessions and the Deputy AG recommendations attached).  In the letter Trump states that he had been told 3 times by Comey that he (Trump) was not under investigation.  The letter is hand-delivered to the FBI headquarters by DOJ officials to lock-down and seize everything in Comey’s office, including all surveillance files (“tapes”) of Trump and others.  All of Comey’s files, docs, computers and “tapes” are taken to Sessions at DOJ.  They are not taken to the Whitehouse or Trump, but to Sessions, who has every right to have them.  Sessions can tell Trump that Comey had surveillance tapes of Trump that contradict what Comey has been telling Trump, and perhaps tapes of conversations with other swamp “conspirators.”  But Trump does not have them personally or at the Whitehouse.
 Comey learns he has been fired when the media broadcasts it in California.  He had no idea it was coming and he is ticked.  On cue, the Democrat politicians and media begin screaming about Trump’s “interference with the Russia  investigation” in accordance with the plan to set up Trump for that charge.  The Swamp wants to blow up the Russia narrative using Comey, and Comey is set to testify before Congress to try to hurt Trump by saying he was interfering with the FBI investigation.  Comey intends to follow through with the plan to take down Trump.
 But because of his brilliant timing on this, Trump has Comey’s files, documents and information safely with Sessions at DOJ.  Trump sends out a “crazy” tweet that says:  “James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press.”
 The media and the politicians go crazy about the “inappropriateness” of this tweet.   They accuse Trump of “taping” everyone at the WhiteHouse (forgetting that the Presidents phone calls with foreign leaders have been “taped” without his knowledge.)
 Notice that Trump did not say he taped anyone, or that he has any tapes at the White House. It seem apparent that Trump is telling Comey that the DOJ (who has every legal right to possess it) has the surveillance information and files from Comey’s office, the “tapes” obtained and kept by Comey.  Comey and all the Swamp Creatures understand the clear message… their plan has failed and Trump’s DOJ is now holding all the cards.
 The whole Russia interference scheme crashes and burns. While the mouthpiece media, Hollywood and the insane fringe continue to scream about Russia and Comey being fired, the politicians  who will soon be in the crosshairs of a legitimate (and ticked) FBI and DOJ are starting to fall strangely silent.  Comey realizes all the leverage is with Trump and that he will be lucky if he is not added to the Clinton Death List because of his knowledge (better not take any baths near an electrical outlet or get on any airplanes).
 Comey tells Congress he will not testify and writes a public letter to the FBI accepting his firing and telling them he does not want to discuss why or how he was terminated.  Senator Grassley and Senator Feinstein (she must be covering her butt in fear …) issue public statements confirming that Comey told them that the “Russia Investigation” does not involve President Trump personally.
 AG Sessions and his Deputy AG use the Comey trove of information to determine who has been part of the Comey Syndicate at the FBI.  They will be appointing an “interim” Director of the FBI shortly who has not been compromised by Comey, Clinton or Obama.  That “interim” Director does not have to be approved by Congress or anyone, and can immediately begin cleaning house at the FBI of all Comey/Clinton/Obama minions, initiating investigations of the Clintons, Clinton Fund, violations of intelligence confidentiality laws by Susan Rice and Obama, human trafficking in DC, political corruption… draining the Swamp.  Using the Comey files they can be fairly certain they are not getting another Comey as an “interim”, and they do not have to wait for the circus of appointing a new permanent “Director” through Congressional approval.  Most of the heavy lifting on rooting out FBI corruption and starting investigations into the swamp will be done by the “interim” before a new director is appointed. I suspect the Trump administration hopes the approval FBI Director process will be slow and tedious, so there is no political interference with the housecleaning that is starting.
 In one masterstroke, Trump has eliminated a truly toxic and dangerous enemy to his administration and our country, dealt a horrendous blow to the Clinton/Obama and deep state machines, begun the restoration of the integrity of the FBI and the DOJ, and gained incredible ammunition to begin hunting the foul creatures in the swamp.
 -Lisa Frank
 Happy Hunting President
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Trump Is on the Hunt… No Leaker Is Safe

BY MARTIN LIOLL

As a general rule, President Donald Trump has been highly critical of leaks within the government and his administration. However, when someone leaked sensitive information about the Manchester terror attack, it was a bridge too far.

According to The Washington Post, Trump has launched an investigation into who leaked sensitive information about Monday’s attack to media sources, calling the security breaches “deeply troubling.”

British officials were so outraged over two leaks in particular — the sharing of a crime scene photo from the Manchester Arena with The New York Times and the release of the name of bombing suspect Salman Abedi to various media outlets — that they temporarily stopped sharing intelligence information about the attack with the United States.

However, on Thursday, British police said they had resumed intelligence sharing after “fresh assurances” from the United States, according to the U.K. Independent.

While British officials have not said that the leaks compromised the investigation into Monday’s bombing in any way, some have noted that releasing the bombing suspect’s name may have alerted individuals who were in league with Abedi and allowed them to evade law enforcement.

In a Thursday statement from the NATO summit in Brussels, President Trump said the “deeply troubling” leaks are a “grave threat to our national security.”

“There is no relationship we cherish more than the special relationship between the U.S. and the UK,” Trump said, according to the BBC.

Acknowledging that “(t)hese leaks have been going on for a long time,” Trump pledged a full Department of Justice investigation and said that “if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted.”

The leaking culture inside the federal government apparatus needs to be put into check. A hunt into leaky pipes is long overdue, and prosecutions need to happen. Leakers should never be able to compromise our national security, especially when it involves one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in recent years.

Let’s hope that the culprits are found quickly.

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