October 15th – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #999

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859 Responses to October 15th – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #999

  1. theresanne says:

    Feeling frustrated, I wrote a letter to AG Barr over the Dept of Justice website:
    Attn: Attorney General Barr
    Dear Sir,
    I am very concerned that President Trump is being railroaded by those intent on removing him from office. He is doing a great job and is innocent of the charges brought against him by the “whistleblower” and the corrupt Democrats in Congress.
    You are the Nation’s top lawyer. Why are you not bringing justice against those involved in the coup to take down our President and our Government?
    If you had prosecuted those involved in the Russia Hoax, these evil doers would not be so bold as to continue to subvert, leak and lie against our duly elected President in an organized attempt to remove him from office and nullify the votes of over 63 million Americans.
    Please do your duty and serve Justice on those who are subverting our Republic and Rule of Law, before it is too late.

    Here’s the link to the Contact form (you can choose to direct your message to the AG by using the drop down box.)

    Liked by 27 people

    • amjean says:

      You encouraged me; I wrote a note as well.

      As my grandmother used to say, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease!”

      Liked by 5 people

    • Bogeyfree says:

      I’d like to write him and say imagine instead of PT being railroaded, it was your Daughter.

      How would that make you feel as she is possibly days from being impeached and branded for life when IMO you know she is innocent.

      In this scenario would Barr be No Holds Barr-ed!

      Liked by 3 people

    • NJ Transplant says:

      I also wrote and I added that he needs to fire Wray.

      Liked by 6 people

      • Louisiana Tea Rose says:

        Just FYI: Barr must continue frying fish.

        Trump would fire Wray if that facilitates.

        However, optics are such that keeping him in there bolsters the argument we are making, which is the rot within. The foil Trump contrasts himself against IS THE ARGUMENT NECESSARY TO VANQUISH OUR MORAL ENEMY.

        His obstructing daylight is more our weapon than his tool.

        We need optics. SEE : Hunter Biden. Americans not on the Trump Train see right through THAT CRAP.

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    • Kristin DeBacco says:

      Theresanne: I also sent a letter. Thank you for the idea. They need to get swamped in mail today!!

      Liked by 3 people

      • Tseg says:

        Here was mine:

        Dear Sirs:

        Please prosecute the criminal referrals you have been receiving related to corrupt government officials. When you defer to act on those at the top it validates what the voting public has suspected for a long time. Laws are enforced on constituents but not applied to the lawmakers. It is not good or healthy for our society or the American Culture.

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    • Amy2 says:

      Thanks for the link theresanne. I wrote as well.

      Liked by 3 people

    • SAM-TruthFreedomLiberty says:

      Good that you pressure him. That said we know they’re investigating and collected evidence around the world.
      What most people are upset about is that the investigation isn’t done like they want. It’s like people want to have regular updates. It’s as if you think you should be a direct part of the investigation.
      I understand from where you’re coming but it’s weird what you write considering there’s an investigation ONGOING into what happened. + Trump clearly said he’s draining the swamp and is betting on the DOJ doing something real.

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    • chooseamerica says:

      Great idea. Copy and paste this link to your friends. Lets swamp the swamp with emails.

      Liked by 2 people

    • amwick says:

      Excellent letter… hey, ya never know when someone will read it and pass it up the chain..

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Dora says:

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  3. Publius2016 says:

    AG Barr can release Summary of IG Report like Mueller Report…like JFK files, if not released now may never be revealed…

    had the misfortune of hearing Crooked News Network this morning, looks like Biden have been rolled under bus and C is waiting in the wings…

    Like WWE, this rematch would get HUGE RATINGS!

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  4. Flova says:

    On Maria Bartiromo they said Hunter Biden admitted he made a mistake. Then they played part of his interview with some robot and he did not admit that! He was arrogant and blamed Trump and Giuliani! He said something about in the grand scheme of things it may have been a mistake. OMG.

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    • Guyski says:

      He (Hunter) looks different. New teeth?


    • Publius2016 says:

      Hunter has been found and of course he’s delusional…like Omar, some people did something…

      Biden time has passed…Era of Pocahontas for now…think three months but in the New Year, Crooked returns…

      Liked by 1 person

    • Athena the Warrior says:

      Hunter Biden is a traitor who helped the Chinese buy an American company that makes tech critical for our military – Henniges Automotive.


      Liked by 4 people

    • Allard Otten says:

      Been saying I think Biden’s a limited hangout. He’s a stalking horse for Clinton or Mike. ‘Fess up to a mistake and play it up which diverts attention away from more serious crimes. Also sets up the classic Clinton “Old News” defense.

      So, going with the whistleblower ploy was dem action. Biden’s in on it. They’re on a critical timetable which good guys are trying to mess up. Schiff probably the target. That’s the FISA delay, IMO. Screw up the timing. Schiff impeachment stuff looking bad to John Q public, so let him hang himself.

      This ties in to an MSM takedown coming, as I look at it. Why would Maria B be the girl pulling the levers on the FISA release? CNN whistleblower and ABC video scam are now top billing. Hannity is going to carry the ball as most popular/trusted. Big tell, to me, is “The Man” (Barr) meeting himself with Murdoch. Shepard Smith walked out of the building looks like a he’s a sting victim. Lots of DJT admin peeps in at FOX and/or former FOX peeps in close ties with DJT admin. Big picture is possible MSM takedown with FOX acknowledged as trusted news source along with DJT social media. Other MSM has to clean up their own mess under public scrutiny. Former suits at other MSM will be RICO’d.

      Scuttlebutt is new 8chan back online tomorrow. Test pages are now replaced with a login page. We’Re close. Lot of pro-DJT social media draw from 8chan, so that avenue for info will be back. Could be a marker.


    • Bendix says:

      Mistakes are things you didn’t do deliberately.


  5. lawrencepaul1 says:

    They don’t want to impeach Trump any more than the Republicans wanted to end Obamacare, secure the border and balance the budget.
    It’s all Kabuki theatre and red meat for their bases. They’re like dogs who chase cars with no intention of ever doing anything if they were to ever catch up with one.


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    • albertus magnus says:

      Totally agree!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Dixie says:

      I think Schiff is laboring under the misapprehension that he is a dictator. Someone needs to take him down a notch or two.

      Liked by 4 people

    • The Boss says:

      The dogs chasing cars analogy is spot on.
      (Glad to see you posting again)

      Liked by 2 people

    • 🍺Gunny66 says:

      They, the Uni-Party, wants to keep some sort of “Trump did This” or “Trump did that” going all the way up until the election, whether true or not.

      “Commies always blame you for something the did”

      Any event or decision he makes, he will be blamed and smeared with lies.
      Congress, the House will do “nothing”. Fake hearings, fake subpoenas….Many Republicans also have dirt on them…

      This is their plan in an attempt to keep the President accomplishing as little as possible prior to the election, and their greatest priority is to continue to cover up all of their crimes………With the Ukraine and China and conflicts..

      Like now with Hunter Biden:

      “Ah….I really didn’t do anything, and if I did, it won’t happen again if my father is elected”………What a pile of manure…

      And …….to give his opponents “ Fake Taking Points” …..blaming him…that he must, or they will insist he reply to……in an attempt to dilute his message.

      They will fail, but he needs all of our support. There are more than 65 million of us now and growing…

      Time to Cowboy Up

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    • Ono says:

      great analogy!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. spoogels says:

    There is a national security strategy behind Trump’s withdrawal from Syria.

    You may not like it (neocons). You may doubt it will work (Beltway “experts”). Or you may just hate Trump (Dems).

    But there is a plan.

    Here it is…
    Remember: We‘re in Syria to keep ISIS at a low boil, to minimize the terror threat.

    Not to counter Iran. Or Russia.
    (We can do that by simply withdrawing. More on that in a bit.)

    Trump is thus asking: Can we leverage Iran, Russia, & Turkey to kill ISIS & achieve our goal?

    All nations involved — Russia, Iran, Turkey, & Syria — want ISIS dead.

    But that’s where their alliances & shared goals end.

    Russia & Iran have long been at odds w/ each other, incl who controls Syria.

    Russia & Turkey want different things in Damascus too.

    It’s a mess.
    Trump is thus banking on two things:

    1) All parties will attack ISIS / Islamic Sunni radicals (our goal), but

    2) Remain so conflicted with each other that the war drags on, costing Turkey, Russia, & Iran major blood & treasure.

    It’s their Vietnam.
    Will Trump’s gamble work?

    Quite possibly yes.

    And if it doesn’t — ISIS / Islamic radicals again take root — we’ll work with the Israelis & others to take them out.

    We’ve done it before.

    We’ll do it again.
    Meanwhile, no more money on stupid wars.

    No more American men and women putting on a uniform only to come back taking off prosthetic limbs or spiraling into emotional chaos with broken minds.

    For what?!


    America has had enough.
    For DC “experts,” no Trump policy will be enough.

    They want a democratic Syria, built by gunpoint. Or mass confrontation w/ adversaries.

    And that’s why they all hate Trump’s move.

    But remember: they’re the same “experts” who sold us the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan.

    How smart.
    Trump’s strategy has one major casualty: our Kurdish allies & the Syrian Defense Force.

    Some are brave soldiers. Others are terrorists.

    Some will now die. Others will quickly switch their allegiance to Assad to fight Turkey.

    And that’s exactly what Trump and his team expect.
    Caught in the fight are the Syrian people & many refugees who have fled to Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, & Europe.

    That is a cost created by Obama (Mr. “Red Line”) & Germany’s “Momma Merkel.”

    Not Trump.

    When nations get tired of fighting, diplomats will talk. People will return
    Bottom line: Trump and his team have a credible foreign policy supporting this withdrawal.

    We can still kill ISIS.

    We can bog down the Russians, Iranians, Turks, & Syrians.

    Yes, we lose a Kurdish ally made up of both honorable & terroristic fighters.

    But there is a strategy.


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    • Blue Wildflower says:

      What happens to all the D.C. People that make their money off of war and the blood of Americans? It will be easy to tell who they are, they will not be happy with President Trump’s plans.

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    • PinotNoir says:

      What convinces you Turks are not supporting ISIL?


    • Sofa King says:

      I used to feel for the Kurds.
      Then I wised up.
      They want a kurdish state, and they want parts of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Iran to make it happen.
      We’ve supported them plenty.
      If they want it, they can make it happen.
      This empire building in the middle east has been going on for THOUSANDS of years (since before the Ottoman Empire, circa 1300), not hundreds.

      P.S. I think the Turks will get more than they bargained for, attacking the Kurds. Their women know how to fight.

      Liked by 6 people

      • TarsTarkas says:

        The Kurds in Syria are one faction out of many Kurdish factions. The particular flavor in Syria and Turkey are Marxist-Leninist whose goal is a People’s Republic. Not friendly to our way of life. They fought alongside us in Syria versus ISIS for survival’s sake. Common interests, common enemy only.

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    • lawrencepaul1 says:

      Exellent post.

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  7. Reserved55 says:

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    • Robert Smith says:

      Where else can Lebron get his overpriced sneakers made?


    • Ray Runge says:

      LeBron is usually a more astute business man than to stick his entire leg down his throat.

      This will prove to be a fair measuring stick. Will the love of NBA and LeBron prove more powerful than respect for free speech and the right to gather.


      • thedoc00 says:

        First and foremost, there have to be customers who understand the meaning of free speech and who care about it. It has become apparent that for allot of people (especially here in the US and other Western Societies) as long as they are not touched physically by any events or issues, they apathetically could care less. This is the reason celebrities are not punished for the BS they spout. It’s the reason why these same celebrities and elites feel free to spout the trash they pronounce, because they are not physically touched by anything espouse.

        The current crop of CBC members and many other members of our congress are prime examples of this point.


  8. Peoria Jones says:

    It is doubtful any of us here were surprised by the latest Project Veritas expose video, but they are providing good documentation on CNN bias. My hope is that it’s enough to effect some sort of meaningful change – whether a lawsuit, removal of FCC license, or getting CNN out of the airports.

    But if CNN were removed from airports, what could possibly replace it that ISN’T politically charged? All the major “news” channels are full of blatant anti-Trump propaganda, including Fox.

    The other networks push their SJW lefty narrative nonstop – including sports channels, HGTV, PBS, etc. Their is precious little on TV (or in movies) which isn’t politically motivated to push the Left’s agenda. It’s sickening.

    Is there a fishing channel? Maybe non-stop replays of Bass Tournaments. That might be the only safe thing…although the lefties would probably complain about the violence.

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    • Somebody says:

      One America News is exactly the type of news that would be good at airports, etc. The daytime version, which is straight news. If they could broadcast straight news 24/7 in a headline news type fashion they would be perfect. I know some think they are conservative and their prime time hosts are, but their news is pretty much down the middle. It seems right leaning because everything else is so far left.

      The risk you run with the government funding any broadcast is that eventually it becomes propaganda, just the nature of the beast. Perhaps we don’t need TV’s in airports, people have smart phones now. As for overseas let each white house distribute and broadcast what they want. Cut out the propaganda middle man and save taxpayers money in the process. Bonus, it creates work for out of work “journalists”.

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    • Little Berkeley Conservative says:

      Why do they even need the TV in the airport when everyone has their own personal TV in their pocket or purse?

      If they must have a TV, play the travel channel non stop.

      CNN should only be available on prison TV. Broadcast from the prison, by prisoners and solely for prisoners!

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    • PeoriaJones..
      I’m going to link & gift you something from..
      Waaaay Back.. from the 1980’s
      It’s called The Southern Sportsman W/Frank White
      Archived Fishing & hunting Shows from Here in N.C.
      I used too watch these Shows every Sunday Morning with My DAD..
      Sadly Many of the Master tapes were lost being stored in a Airplane Hanger from heat..
      Those some of the “Shows” live on..
      You WILL ENJOY this! Promise! 😉
      (here is the Channel)–> https://www.youtube.com/user/AuburnTowers/videos

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  9. Pointman says:

    BREAKING: Shepard Smith, Accused of Sexual Assault, Resigns from Fox News.

    “Shepard Smith, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump who was accused of sexual assault by a man who claims he awoke to find Smith in the same bed with him with his tongue down his throat, is resigning from Fox News amid a growing feud between him and Tucker Carlson.”


    Perhaps a different story behind such a sudden departure comes out. Standby for a Snopes fact-checking article saying it just ain’t so.


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  10. freespeechfanatic says:

    Another IG report delayed. What a joke.

    Months ago President Trump ordered the release of all of the classified information that the House GOP was requesting. Barr has released none of it.

    The only information released has come through Judicial Watch’s FOIA requests or leaked by the Deep State to get the jump on FOIA requests.

    How many months does it take the DOJ to “investigate” after an IG release?

    From indictment to trial (should there even be an indictment) takes about 10-12 months.

    By the time we can even address the first coup attempt (if we even do), the democrats will be on to their 12th iteration of the coup.

    We’re such suckers.

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    • I politely disagree. Given what we know that this report will contain, I actually believe that it’s important that some of it remain classified. The public is entitled to know exactly how these top secret government systems and associated FISA procedures have been abused, but it may not be prudent to in so doing reveal full details of exactly what they are.

      I think that Bill Barr knows his charter from the President, and that he does possess the final say. (Unless the President himself decides to act, which I consider unlikely.) But I do believe that classification does have its place here. “Knowledge Is Power,™” and the report is likely to contain or refer to some secrets that we still want to keep to ourselves.

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      • PinotNoir says:

        At this point what “classified info” release is more damaging than the crimes being perpetrated on the Republic? I’ve worked at TS SCI level, granted not a sky high level, but this looks a lot more like CYA gamesmanship than national security. Drop the hammer AG Barr-the rest of this is only important to the kabuki dancers.


      • Jim in TN says:

        It has become quite clear to me that ‘public safety’ is the excuse the government uses to justify public abuse.

        Programs are created for ‘public safety’. Time and time again ‘public abuse’ is discovered. Promises are made to stop the abuse. Procedures are implemented to prevent the abuse. And pleas are made to keep the programs because of ‘public safety’. And they all resume the lie that abuse doesn’t happen, or is stopped and will never happen again.

        Lies and damned liars. The abuse always continues.

        So, is ‘public safety’ really the reason for the always abused programs? Is ‘public safety’ even a strong enough reason to end all the ‘public abuse’? Obviously not!

        Not when the Woods procedures were created.
        Not after Snowden revealed abuses.
        Not after Admiral Rogers found abuse.
        Not after Judge Collyer reprimanded the abusers.
        Not after it has been clear that even candidates and presidents are targets of the abuse.
        And now, Not after Judge Boasberg reprimanded the abusers.
        (Likely to be many more of these revelatory episodes than listed. And a lot more abuse revelations)

        Congress never stops it. Judges never stop it. Even abused Presidents don’t get it stopped.

        Public abuse happened, is happening, and will continue to happen, damn public safety.

        But the moment anyone complains, ‘public safety’!

        Same goes for redactions and classifications. ‘Sensitive secrets’, ‘Damaging releases’, ‘National safety’, ‘Protect the agents’, ‘Sources and Methods’ are all justifications thrown about to get us to back off. For every real concern, there are hundreds of ‘that would make us look bad’.

        This entire ‘spy on Trump’, ‘Steele Dossier’, ‘Mueller Investigation and Report’ has been filled with hiding damning truths, covering up, and lying. Indeed, the sources are us the government, and the methods are breaking the law. Nothing but criminals obstructing justice!

        Without full disclosure, the coverup will continue. And so will the abuse.

        Trust No Man. Demand the Truth. Release it All.


      • Ray Runge says:

        Mike Robinson, “but it may not be prudent to in doing so reveal full details of exactly what they are”, is a telling comment. As a citizen, I do not concede an unelected bureaucrat is entitled to commit clinal acts and then be shielded from public view. You opinion is misguided and paternalistic as you advocate for a two tier justice system.


        • Mike Robinson says:

          I’m actually not advocating any such thing. Classifications should not be used to shield criminal activity. But, one would be a fool not to say that it happens – a lot. Thank you all for your excellent replies.

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    • SAM-TruthFreedomLiberty says:

      Stop it! If you really want to cry then cry about Trump. President Trump can declassify today and release it all. He does not need Barr for that.

      But obviously once you do that you have to think beyond your grievances. Is Trump protecting the swamp?
      Hmmmm what other reason could there be to classify parts of the IG report?
      Would they release information that is directly part of the Durham case for example?


      • Mariainohio says:

        I think President Trump has to tread lightly. If this leads to the Obama Whitehouse, which it most likely does, he cannot appear to have had ANYTHING to do with bringing down the first black president. That is why he cannot be involved.

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  11. spoogels says:

    Lets talk about who Fiona Hill is…

    In fact a quick look at her resume on LinkedIn confirms that she was at the Brookings institution for 19 years.

    And this is significant to the Democrats 2016 election interference and shows why Fiona Hill never should’ve been in the Trump administration

    …you see, at the same time Fiona Hill was the resident Russian expert at the Brookings institution, it was being run by Bill Clinton‘s college roommate Strobe Talbott.


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    • rashomon says:

      was she a RNC holdover? Who is vetting these people? I just found out that, contrary to myth, PDJT can fire the SES crew or send them outside of D.C. to (example) Warroad, MN where they can freeze their tootsies while undermining our country. I have heard, but cannot yet confirm, that OZero hired thousands of their SES critters before he left office, hoping that the rumor of them being “untouchable” would stymie the Trump administration for its duration.

      Sorry dawg, the people are rallying behind our president and crowdsourcing via social media to expose your fraudulent ways. Who knew they could be so many and so evil.

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  12. Reserved55 says:

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  13. IGiveUp says:

    One of the strangest things for me to understand about all of this is that it’s clear that Trump is fighting like mad and working as hard as possible. At the same time, reading through the comments and the tenor of the article, he’s not winning. So why does he never ask for any actual help other than to vote? For a lot of people that just leaves you with your adrenaline flowing but nothing actually to do. So then you think there MUST be a “master plan,” that he’s got this. Otherwise he’d ask for our help, right?? So what’s the point of going through this every day? I sure hope “Trump’s got this” because otherwise we’ve been wasting a lot of time reading but not fighting back.

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  14. Reserved55 says:

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  15. Katherine McCoun says:

    How is this meme ok? Dems post this and no headlines. the dripping blood v. just a shoe stepping on someone, metaphorically crushing them, makes this just sick!


    • Julia Adams says:

      It is one more example of a progressive, horrid double standard. The illustration is deemed to be okay because the meme must have “met FB’s community standards” and no one on the left is offended. Expect more of these.


    • Eric says:

      Reminiscent of Communist and Nazi political cartoons from the 1930s.

      Liked by 5 people

    • jx says:

      How stupid can they be? Pelosi has made a fool of herself.


    • oldersoul says:

      Someone actually took the time to draw that hatred.

      Time that could have been better spent on electrotherapy.

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    • Amy2 says:

      I think that’s his tie and not blood. That said, they are being proven wrong, and the brainwashing of this artist just bears that out. Desperation. If you’re feeling down, go back and watch the Minnesota rally or the following night when the president makes fun of her dentures!

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      • Katherine McCoun says:

        Good point. He is still being stabbed v. walked on/stepped on as one would usually see depicted in this types of political cartoons. Not typical (to my knowledge) and very violent. But thank you for pointing out this detail as I want to be accurate – the truth needs no help with exaggerations or even innocent mistakes!

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      • 180daysofkindergarten says:

        LOL Pelosi in her Louboutins. You couldn’t make this crap up. That one is classic. The hidden title should be Liberalism is a mental disease only caused by indoctrination.

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  16. Reserved55 says:

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    • Rep. Gaetz, he’s hiding organized crime, which has been running rampant for decades while being considered perfectly normal. Embezzlement (of US aid), racketeering, money laundering, influence peddling, extortion … the list goes on and on.

      Quite literally, a “Washington Mob,” facilitated by one President after another after another … until now.

      “Drain the Swamp™” very much means: “Take a Bite Out of High Crime.™”

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      • gsonFIT says:

        Mike I think you are right on, but I am not sure if the average good guy understands that High Crime is both Republican and dems. Political class is not more educated or better people than anyone else. They are not entitled and they all need to go find real jobs. McConnell, Burr, Romney are all equally as bad as Schumer, Pelosi and Schiff.

        dems have imploded to socialism, and many Republicans are bailing out to leverage political careers before the big reveal.

        Deep State is structured as numerous cells that are self fulfilling system of government with no overt leadership. Deep state direction is maintaining their own survival and the life blood is IC skulduggery. Deep state doesn’t even know it exists other than the a sense status quo and a $175,000 a year paycheck.

        PDJT is their Kryptonite

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        • Mike Robinson says:

          There is zero question that both Republican and Democrat are equally culpable. Lord only knows for how many decades or centuries this sort of thing has been going on.

          And, if you think a GOP-controlled Senate wouldn’t vote for impeachment, think again. If they thought they could get away with it and that this would return the country to “comfortably numb,” they’d do it in a heartbeat. There are hundreds of billions of dollars worth of illegal activities to be … protected.


          • thedoc00 says:

            Agree with your comment and suggest you left out the most important reason the Republicans allow the President to operate. Like any criminal enterprise, composed of warring factions, there always the tension of one faction trying to eliminate the other (even in presence of armed-hostile neutrality). The Republicans have to consider survival as they have allowed the balance of power to shift so far that they can be absorbed and/or eliminated by the Democrat Party.

            Historically Proven Rule Number of all totalitarian governments coming into power: eliminate the collaborators because they cannot be trusted as they have already betrayed their own kind.


  17. jim says:

    CNN whistleblowers GoFundMe account currently at $50k+

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    • SMP Belltown says:

      Sort of unrelated but looking for ballpark number for reference in this and similar issues….

      – What is the typical hourly rate that Law offices charge for their services? i.e., how many hours of lawyer charges will amount to $50,000? (I’d guess less than 200 hours, but I’d like to know a more accurate number for future reference )


  18. Reserved55 says:

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  19. Sentient says:

    Well, we always knew John Bolton was a prick. That’s been demonstrated again.

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  21. Ausonius says:

    Attorney General Barr gave a speech at Notre Dame University, which oration I have not seen in full, but the theme was an urgent one: Americans need to reform themselves through Religion, not through politics, not through government programs. We help America by improving ourselves first spiritually. Secularization and the loss of Religion, or better, the forced elimination of Religion from American life, will lead us downhill quickly into oppression.

    Allow me to add something to this, and keep in mind that I have taught in Catholic schools for most of my career, and am currently in an upper-middle-class Catholic school in Ohio.

    Parenting today has gone awry in general, and has slowly become a symptom of a loss of faith in God. Part of it stems from the panics fomented decades ago in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s by the press with myths about child abductions, sexual abuse of children in daycare centers, sabotaged Halloween candy, etc. etc. etc. Practically none of those things were real, but combined with the Angst caused by the September 11, 2001 attacks, they slowly caused the playgrounds to become empty, slowly caused the streets to be devoid of children playing on their own and learning to deal with social things on their own without Mommy and Daddy watching and coaching from the sidelines.

    Add to this the increasing mania for college educations for everyone, which has brought about parents micro-managing their children’s schoolwork to the point where they are cheating for their children, and you have – in general – far too many in the younger two generations who have learned how to be helpless, who are easily frustrated by the smallest defeat, and who surrender before the challenge begins.

    Other causes are a general lack of patience in parents and a fear of discipline. My colleagues teaching in the younger grades have noticed more and more that basic skills are lacking among a large percentage of the children: it is just easier e.g. for the parent to tie the shoes than to teach the child how to tie their own shoes. The children are also mystified by the word “No!” And they ignore the word and continue to do what they want, and have no fear in sassing the adult when the adult does not surrender to their infantile desires!

    Our Art teacher told a story of how our First Graders were in a panic about a little clay modeling project. Too many would not even try to do what was asked: “Why can’t you do it for me?” “I don’t like this.” “Why do I gotta do this?” “This is too hard to do!” The latter comment was popular, and the Art teacher for a moment wondered whether or not it was too difficult because of all the whining. NO! It was not! She had used the project in the First Grade for years, and looking back, recalled that in the last decade especially there has been ever more resistance and lack of ability and complaints from parents.

    I have been in this particular school for 13 years, and can say that the quality of our students has slid downward slowly every year. Cheating, whining, blaming others, and surrendering with all kinds of excuses have increased greatly. Such things have never been unknown in schools, of course, or in Life in general throughout the ages.

    The over-arching concern is that the dependent mind-set, the desire to avoid the difficult, the fear of failure, the sneering envy of the few who are successful, the expectation that someone higher will solve the problem for you, and other such behaviors are fertile soil for the class-warfare, let’s-penalize-success, the-government-will-solve-all-problems Neo-Communists now infecting America.

    Our fear is that President Trump can continue to drain the swamp in D.C. and to make and keep America great again, but that his successes will be thrown away later by the younger generations, whose well-meaning parents will have produced passive, fearful, uncreative European Socialists rather than brave, freedom-loving, ingenious Americans.

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  22. Reserved55 says:

    Just as I suspected yesterday, a Democrat.

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  23. StanH says:

    Expect nothing and you won’t be disappointed.

    The President is going up against the most entrenched criminal organization in the history of mankind, the federal bureaucracy aka the swamp. It exists now for one thing, to shakedown anyone, anywhere at anytime. To allow generational theft in crime families like Bush, Clinton, Biden, Obama, McCain, Kennedy, Romney et al. This is going to take time to unravel.

    Be cool. President Trump knows what we know and is on the case.

    KAG! …by keeping our Great President Trump’s flank as he navigates the treacherous swamp. With our support he can’t lose.

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  24. Reserved55 says:


    Liked by 1 person

    • lawrencepaul1 says:

      She may be better that the average dem on paper but she is still a far left liberal.
      Being better than the others does not qualify as good.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Worsel says:

      It was more a hysterical shout for attention than a threat.

      Like Hillary, Warren, Klobacher, or AOC Gabbard is all affirmative action and no accomplishment.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Tseg says:

      A liar? At least she has the correct pedigree to be a Democrat candidate.

      Liked by 2 people

    • thedoc00 says:

      As often said before, check the voting record and watch the actions. Not a single “moderate” democrat has bucked the party line, to date. The “moderates” ran and espouse the President’s policies but their actions show their true colors. This is a point the President’s re-election team needs to make, with graphics/video, to real moderate (potential walk-away) democrats and independents alike. As I highly doubt the RNC will even address the topic.


  25. Heika says:

    IT IS OVER – the War is Syria is done. (all bar the crumbs to clean up) Just like that. With Putin and Assad in charge, any ISIS dregs will be cleaned up pronto. Amazing. Just incredible. President Trump is responsible for the efficiency totally. Finally he shows how to stop the idiotic nonsense. https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/pentagon-confirms-manbij-handed-over-russia-us-forces-filmed-departing

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  26. sunnyflower5 says:

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  27. Bogeyfree says:

    Just want to make sure people have seen this filing from Ty Clevenger.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Louisiana Tea Rose says:

      JUST, WOW.

      Everthing I have read picking through about what little verifiable info is actually out there is that the Seth Rich “conspiracy” was bogus. But Sidney Powell’s referring to related circumstances really made me rubberneck this story. Truly intriguing in light of what Durham and Barr may uncover w/Crowdstrike.


  28. sunnyflower5 says:


    • thedoc00 says:

      Interesting how the Biden scandal unfolded the same way as the Clinton server and e-mail scandal.

      Solid evidence it occurred.

      Anger at being exposed.

      Public Denial.

      Evidence that Public Denial is also a lie.

      More evidence expanding scope of wrong doing.

      Now Hunter says, “I may have made a mistake”.

      Sound familiar??

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  29. Sofa King says:


    Chinese want ALL tariffs removed before buying the $50 billion in Agriculture.

    Fat chance.

    Liked by 3 people

  30. lolli says:

    84 yr old crossing guard gets “Red Flagged”, guns taken away because a waitress overheard parts of a conversation.


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  31. Reserved55 says:

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  32. CTH Fan says:

    I hear many comments asking why Speaker Pelosi ramped up the impeachment drama so quickly. Also questions were asked about the move to put the process in the hands of the Inel Committee. Namely, Rep. Schiff.

    The push started right after the phone call to Ukraine whistle blower story. IMO it could very well be about the rumblings, indications, that both Pelosi and Schiff are heavily involved with Ukrainian arms dealers. IF TRUE, their lucrative business with arms dealers might come to light once real investigations in Ukraine began.

    Also this is maybe why the US Ambassador was monitoring journalists in Ukraine.

    After all, if hearsay alone can begin impeachment inquiries, why not investigations of Dem. members of Congress and ex VPs on hearsay and whispers. Just a thought.

    Liked by 2 people

    • oldersoul says:

      I would add unrelenting screaming from the Squad instigated Nancy to pull the cord.

      And they promptly scurried away to cause more trouble elsewhere once it exploded in Nancy’s botox-laden face.

      Like mischievous little girls often do.

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    • Mike Robinson says:

      The shit hit the fan when they realized that the Ukrainians has elected a new President who also ran on “drain the swamp.” And he’s actually doing it. The prosecutor who Biden had tossed gave a very, very detailed sworn testimony which has been widely published. They’ve talked at length to Barr and Durham. They’re already bringing prosecutions back home. And the US has no corrupt President to “give them six hours.”

      One hundred percent of the actual motivation for all of this is a determined effort to squash investigations and law enforcement. Until 2016 and PDJT, the criminals could practice their crimes openly. Could laugh and joke about it on camera … “Until 2016.”

      Liked by 3 people

      • Louisiana Tea Rose says:

        Outta the park, CTH and Mike…America will absolutely acknowledge that the “crime” committed by this President was ripping the roofing off their compound of corruption, and relentlessly exposing them and their deception in hiding the brutal truth of their efforts to conceal everything. In the years to come, the argument will be over which was worse: the grand deception or the treasonous sedition required to cover everything up.


  33. Kristin DeBacco says:

    So: Bolton told aide to alert National Security Council lawyer over Ukraine meeting ……?


    • Mike Robinson says:

      Look … a lot of stupendous American-based high crime has taken place in Ukraine over many decades. It was a favorite place to be. And you’re damned right that it also involved the non-elected officials and the military. Now, all these people are running scared lest their criminality… which for so long they could just do openly… be exposed. Some damned fool turned the light on in the kitchen, so now what’s a roach to do? 😱

      Liked by 5 people

    • thedoc00 says:

      Before even concerned or amped up about this, more detail is needed. Without that detail, there are also good solid reasons for the National Security Advisor (Bolton) to alert the attorney as a safeguard measure. Let’s see what emerges.


  34. Reserved55 says:

    The Dispatch dispatches the French Davidians to ferret out the country’s most compelling challenges.



  35. bkrg2 says:

    day 999!
    one thousand days of winning tomorrow!

    Liked by 7 people

  36. Mike Robinson says:

    As we continue to all be astonished at the skulduggery which the House is now trying to employ to impeach a President who has done no wrong, we should soberly remember that he is being attacked precisely because he has “done no wrong.”

    For many decades, Washington DC has been a center of international high crime. The criminality is so pervasive and so entrenched that it is … or was, until 2016 … considered perfectly normal. And the President was sitting on top, enabling everything.

    We saw this when Vice-President(!) Joe Biden, relaxed and jovial, confessed to the high crime of extortion, and said of the President, “call him.” But this is by no means the only example I could name.

    The crimes are enormous. Embezzling billions of dollars in US aid. Money laundering. Influence peddling. Extortion. Racketeering. You name it, and the US Government has done it while cracking jokes.

    Specifically with regards to Ukraine, every single one of the players who are slamming for impeachment are hip-waders deep in Ukrainian-based corruption that never bothered them until now. Until the US elected a President who didn’t do anything wrong and who aligned himself against corruption. And, the Ukrainians did the same thing! These Congressmen, including Madame Speaker, have no one to go over there and “give them six hours.”

    The American People probably didn’t know how awful the high crime had become, but this is exactly why they elected a man who didn’t and wouldn’t commit any. That’s also why William Barr returned to his post, thus becoming the second person in US history to have done so. Quite justifiably, highly placed officials all over DC are scared shitless …

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  37. burnett044 says:

    Adam Shiff just announced new whistle blower try outs will begin Wed.
    scripts can be picked up at CIA…

    Liked by 10 people

  38. Reserved55 says:

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  39. meadowlarkspring says:

    Intelligence Committee Impeachment ~ No faces in high places

    Liked by 1 person

    • meadowlarkspring says:

      “House GOP…railing about process…”

      Liked by 2 people

      • TwoLaine says:

        My response is easy.

        We paid almost $40 MILLION for an unbiased 2+ year Special Counsel investigation, THAT NO ONE WANTED IN THE ST PLACE, and we got chit from Mueller & Team. We had to do it ourselves.

        Blow it out your ear.

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    • meadowlarkspring says:

      “Jim Jordan, railing on the process…”

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    • meadowlarkspring says:

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    • meadowlarkspring says:


  40. Like many of you, and like many other days, I awoke to take a look at my news feeds and of course see all the negative stuff about Trump. Today it was the Fiona Hill stuff and of course the John Bolton stuff. And of course the Giuliani stuff. I get that familiar sinking feeling in my gut once again. Oh boy, this looks bad.

    As I wait for my coffee to finish brewing, I do as I always do, I switch over to playing a few rounds of Toon Blast. It’s a silly game on my phone that I find a perfect temporary outlet for when my brain starts to go places it shouldn’t go. I then mix in my cream and sugar, sit down in front of my laptop, and go straight here.

    With the cobwebs off, a quick brain restart, and I realize that once again, THIS. IS. WHAT. THEY. WANT. Like terrorists operate, their motive is to instill fear, uncertainty, a feeling of not being comfortable in your own skin and a propulsion to turn away, hide under the covers and hope it all goes away, while they continue with their assault of our Republic.

    So to this end, there is one thing that is clear in this war of information meant to slowly chip away at Trump support. Don’t get me wrong. I know none of his base like us will ever go anywhere. But that isn’t what they are after. They are after all those swing voters in all of those swing states, especially the ones who really don’t read past headlines and only catch headlines and a quick scroll through their Twitter accounts before running off to their days.

    Somebody needs to make this STOP. It all comes down to Schiffty Schiff’s rather genius approach to all of this, with his drip drip drip of one-sided information leaked to the media, no opportunity for anyone to rebut the information or have Trump’s back. How is this possible? Why is this allowed to go on? Well, the biggest issue is that our Republican friends in Congress don’t know how to beat them at their own game. There is more than one way to skin a cat and they all need to take a page from Trump’s book and go for the jugular. Gloves off. Go after each and every one of them in any way possible to expose them for what they are. Go after their families. Go after their business associates. Make is personal. Because that is what this is. This is personal.

    So while it’s all great that a handful of Republicans like Goetz, Jordan, etc…get out there and fight back, we need more from the rest of them. And I’m not talking about some silly “Schiff censure” joke which does nothing. These folks need to get in the trenches and fight back hard.I think I am going to the march on the 17th. Need to find the information and get out there.

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    • Jim in TN says:

      Simple, have McConnell and friends declare this process to be poisoned, and that they will not accept any accusations that derive from this unAmerican, poisoned farce. Vote now to reject any impeachment trial that uses information derived in this way.

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  41. Bogeyfree says:

    IMO there are two paths possibly underway.

    Path 1 – FISA/Contractor Abuse, Fake Dossier, Insurance Policy, Mifsud, PapaD
    Intended to expose and target the Agencies leadership and mid level players who executed this frame job for the purpose to cover up of the bigger crimes but doesn’t guarantee getting to the top players.

    Path 2 – Ukraine / RICO
    Intended to expose the corruption, the organization, the money laundering and the larger players who have been raking in the most money.

    Remember – RICO crimes can go back 10 years so all the way back to fall 2009 and can carry up to 20 years in jail.

    Note: New RICO charges just may allow one to still go after any person where statue of limitations on other crimes have expired.

    The key is follow the Money!

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  42. Tseg says:

    Tomorrow is the big 1-0-0-0 of the Trump presidency. I hope he has a surprise in store to celebrate.


  43. k4jjj says:

    I just read the story on this thread about the older Korean war veteran who had his firearms taken away by the police chief over a report of a conversation he was having in a diner. No charges filed…just confiscation.

    I am calling out Congressman Dan Crenshaw of Texas who thinks these “red flag” laws are OK. You obviously were not savvy enough to recognize this is the disarming of America without any due process or constitutional authority.

    Further, to Crenshaw, a former Navy Seal, I say, the Seals themselves are known for their nutty off-duty behavior such as beating each other up for fun. The Seals could have THEIR personal firearms seized, without any due process, by a report from any civilian watching their “playful” but violent nuttiness.

    In fact, the overall commander of the Seals recently ordered the Seals to behave themselves and to clean up and begin to act appropriately, with proper military discipline, following reports of their “biker-club” unkempt appearance and behavior.

    Is this the America you want, Dan Crenshaw, where even military heroes are subject to civilian gun confiscation? You should have seen this coming, Congressman. You know damn well this gun confiscation from regular people was the objective.

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  44. sunnyflower5 says:

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  45. burnett044 says:

    Trust…who do you trust ,most..??
    a billionaire that became president or a Congressman that became a millionaire..??

    Liked by 6 people

  46. Nigella says:

    So anyone watch the Hunter Biden lie fest?


  47. SAM-TruthFreedomLiberty says:

    Hunter Biden sounded swarmy and a worse version of his father. Weird slow wordings, maybe on something..
    He didn’t appear smart or likeable. Deflecting, accusing his accusers of being the bad ones.


  48. Bogeyfree says:

    IMO this is the greatest tweet PT could put out or use in a future debate.

    I am a self made billionaire who became a politician recently to support all Americans first and foremost

    My opponents are life long politicians who are trying to become billionaires, who support themselves first and foremost.

    Need examples……

    I made my money long before I became a politician

    They made most of their money while they were politicians in office.

    See the difference?

    Need even more examples?………….

    I work for free for the benefit of all Americans

    They devised Fast & Furious, Uranium One, Benghazi, Iran Payment, China and Ukraine for whose benefit?

    Again, see the difference?

    I rest my case!

    Liked by 5 people

    • TwoLaine says:

      My only complaint. The list is too short! 😉

      “They devised Fast & Furious, Uranium One, Benghazi, Iran Payment, China and Ukraine for whose benefit?”

      But then again, we don’t have all day.


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