Video Podcast – PA Abortion Bill – John Solomon Ukraine Corruption Facts

by: Brent Smith

In segment one I discuss the passage of a bill to protect the lives of unborn babies with Down syndrome by the Pennsylvania legislature.

While is to be congratulated, why stop at unborn babies with a particular disability. Why not just pass a bill to include all unborn babies.

I also give my view on abortion over all – and it may not be what you think.

In segment two I discuss a recent article penned by acclaimed investigative reporter, John Solomon, where he issues 28 facts to refute the claims of Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s that “asserted all the factual elements in my [Solomon’s] columns at The Hill about Ukraine were false.”

Unlike Vindman, who, in my opinion, is a disgrace to the dress uniform he wore, all of Solomon’s assertions are backed up by cold hard facts.

Solomon describes Vindman as a hero, but to me, he is just another sell-out to the deep state, like was John McCain. Heroic military deeds can never excuse current behavior. read more

Turns Out – Going Around the State Dept. is Nothing New

What does a President do if he doesn’t believe he can trust his own State Department diplomats to conduct foreign policy the way he wishes? Find someone he can trust and send them instead. That’s exactly what Trump did when he tapped Giuliani. And Trump certainly wasn’t the first, and he won’t be the last.

from Real Clear Investigations:

Giuliani-Style ‘Shadow’ Diplomacy: Par for the Course for U.S. Presidents

Rudolph Giuliani didn’t hide the fact that he was investigating whether Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential race. Yet most media have treated Giuliani’s efforts as sneaky and suspect because he acted at the personal behest of the president and not as an official representative of the bureaucracy. The New York Times, for example, claimed Giuliani was conducting “a shadow foreign policy campaign.”

In fact, presidents since George Washington have turned to individuals without formal government positions to pursue foreign policy interests and objectives. Private citizens, often acting as special envoys, have helped negotiate issues ranging from trade to war. While critics deride such efforts as “back-door,” “secret,” or “shadow” undertakings, many presidents have found it useful to dispatch people they trust, who can think and operate outside the constraints of official channels in handling delicate matters. read more

Will the Trial of the Century Actually Take Place?

by: Brent Smith

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When the democrat hacks in the House of Representatives get around to fabricating whatever charges of impeachment against the president, it of course then goes on to the Senate to be tried.

To recap, the House’s only responsibility is to bring, or in this case makeup charges, or Articles of Impeachment – similar to an indictment.

Then it moves to the Senate for trial and judgment, and is overseen by supreme Court Chief Justice, John “ObamaCare” Roberts.

Regardless of what the charges are, anyone who has paid attention to the actual facts, and watched Glenn Beck’s Ukraine timeline videos, Part OnePart TwoPart Three, understands that whatever the charges leveled against the president, all will be bogus – completely fabricated. Just like Adam Schiff’s soliloquy at the hearing in September.

Recall he made people believe he was reading directly from the transcript of the phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president. Of course he made it up. But his purpose was just to advance a narrative of guilt, knowing that most low-information citizens wouldn’t read the transcript or even inquire about it. And, for the most part, he got away with it, as spineless and/or ignorant republicans, seated right next to him, never called him on it until days later. read more

Podcast – The Deep State Department, Impeachment and the Founders

by: Brent Smith

Today I’ll discuss what I’ve coined the “Deep State” Department and how it is akin, as Glenn Beck astutely describes, as Hydra, form the Marvel movies. They are, we discovering, remarkably similar, except for all the death ships and such.

In mine and others’ opinion, that’s really what’s this latest attempt at impeachment and removal of president Trump is really about – teaching our elected officials that the deep state actually runs the show and don’t try to usurp their power, or pay the price for doing so.

I also discuss Marie Yovanovitch “feelings” testimony, Liz Cheney and the founders original intent and language of the impeachment clause in the Constitution. read more

Video Podcast – Something Wrong with Tillerson – Trump Must Say No to Venezuela

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Rex Tillerson’s State Department doesn’t appear to be acting much differently than his predecessor, John F. Kerry. Like Kerry, he at least appears to also have an anti-Israel bias and worse, appears to be accepting the Muslim Brotherhood as a legitimate organization.

President Trump says he has not ruled military intervention regarding what is effectively a Venezuelan civil war. If not a civil war, certainly an internal conflict with which we have no business involving ourselves. read more

Trump to Bureaucrats – Out With the Old

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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There should be no permanent jobs in U.S. government of any kind. A large portion of the problem incoming administrations have is the entrenched, perpetual bureaucracy.

Whether they be elected, appointed or hired as any other employee would, there should be no permanent job security. Even at its best, permanent job security leads inevitably to sloth. With tenure there is also little incentive to excel and innovate. This is of course where the old saying, “good enough for government work,” comes from.

Yet this has been the life’s work for the democrat party for decades. Over the years, rules have been crafted pertaining to the hiring and release of federal government bureaucrats. It’s far too easy to hire them and very difficult to fire them. Leftist bureaucrats are specifically bred in colleges and universities to populate government. They are trained for nothing else.

Therefore, as we would expect, Republican administrations have a much tougher go of it when they obtain authority over these departments, by way of winning elections.

Some say it’s impossible for an incoming administration to clean house, so many take this as gospel and don’t even try. Others, like the George W. Bush administration, tried the compassionate conservative approach, thinking his people could work with the entrenched bureaucracy. He found out otherwise. He discovered that regardless of who wins elections, the bureaucrats believe they run Washington and the government. And as long as incoming administrations buy into this premise, it will just continue. This is what is meant by “shadow government.” read more

Be Prepared for Iran to Take More Hostages

by: the Common Constitutionalist

What happens when you give stuff away? Logically you think demand for the item would rise. I’m not talking about giving away a free pencil eraser with every hundred dollar purchase. I’m talking about something of real value.

By the way – for those under the age of 25, a pencil eraser is an old-fashioned manual delete function.

I’m talking about giving away free televisions or smart phones, etc., with no strings attached. Do you think you might have a line encircling your store three or four times over? Of course you would.

Or what if you were a dog or cat owner and someone steals your animal – holding it for an exorbitant ransom – and you pay it. Just don’t harm the animal, you say. There will be no police involvement – no investigation of any kind.

The animal is returned safely and all appears to be well – except that it isn’t. Because of this one incident, you have now become a citywide target for every criminal wishing to make a quick buck.

By simply giving in the first time, the criminal element now considers you a patsy and your animal the unwitting victim.

Well, the inept Obama administration is of course the pet owner and any American, military or civilian, who travels to or near Iran are the pets. read more

Cruz Missle

from: David Martosko of the UK Daily Mail

Senator Ted Cruz is mad as hell about the U.S. State Department, and he’s not going to take it anymore. The Texas Republican said Wednesday that because President Obama has never appointed an Inspector General to investigate the agency’s problems, he will block every other State Department nominee until that’s corrected.

‘The President’s failure to nominate a State Department Inspector General since taking office in 2009 is unacceptable,’ Cruz said. ‘The position has been vacant for almost 2,000 days.’

‘During the last five years, there have been deadly attacks on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Libya, mismanagement of security contractors at our embassy in Afghanistan, and hundreds of millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars wasted for police training in Iraq,’ he complained.

 
Cruz said he's fed up with the administration's failure to appoint watchdogs inside cabinet-level agencies. Any single senator can place a 'hold' on a presidential nominee
 

 

 
Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama spoke during a Transfer of Remains Ceremony following the Benghazi attack
Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama spoke during a Transfer of Remains Ceremony following the Benghazi attack. Without a functioning Inspector General, Cruz contends, it’s unlikely the truth about the State Department’s failures in Libya will ever be known

‘These issues highlight the State Department’s need for an Inspector General as soon as possible. Until the President acts, I have notified Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that I will place a hold on all State Department nominations.’

On June 14 the president nominated six new ambassadors to serve in Brazil, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Ethiopia and the Vatican. 

Four days earlier he announced his picks to represent the U.S. at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and on the UN Human Rights Council.

On May 23 the administration nominated ambassadors to Nigeria and NATO, and named former State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland to be Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.

 
Secretary of State John Kerry, like Hillary Clinton before him, has been silent on his agency's lack of a chief internal investigator
Secretary of State John Kerry, like Hillary Clinton before him, has been silent on his agency’s lack of a chief internal investigator

 

 
U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans died during the 2012 terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya
U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans died during the 2012 terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The State Department’s own internal probe into that event has inspired little confidence among congressional Republicans

While Cruz’s one-man wrecking crew will place all those appointments in jeopardy, it’s Nuland’s nomination that could prove most embarrassing for the White House.

Nuland is the staffer who is most closely identified with the administration’s rewriting of the CIA’s candid assessment of what happened on Sept. 12, 2012 when terrorists attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The result was a doctored set of talking points that conservatives say gave UN Ambassador Susan Rice a clear field to lie on five Sunday political talk shows.

 
Ted Cruz has emerged as the tea party's most visible champion, advocating a hard line against the Obama administration and the abolition of the IRS. He addressed a tea party rally on Capitol Hill on June 19
Ted Cruz has emerged as the tea party’s most visible champion, advocating a hard line against the Obama administration and the abolition of the IRS. He addressed a tea party rally on Capitol Hill on June 19

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland's emails show that the agency, then headed by Hillary Clinton, had a direct hand in altering the official story on the Benghazi terror attack

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland’s emails show that the agency, then headed by Hillary Clinton, had a direct hand in altering the official story on the Benghazi terror attack

 

Without an inspector general, that episode won’t likely be investigated internally.

Cruz cited information from the Project on Government Oversight, which said three other high level agencies — the Interior and Labor Departments, and the Agency for International Development — also lack Inspectors General.

The State Department did not respond to a request for comment.

 

Release the Sheikh

It’s difficult not to question the Obama regime on a number of issues. Foreign policy is becoming a major issue to be questioned. First we are told the Arab Spring in Egypt was a good and democratic thing; that raadicals were not involved. Then they tell us the new president Morsi is NOT a Muslim Brotherhood plant; that he is secular and does not want to destroy Israel. We were told that there is not now, nor will there be any discussion for the release of the Islamic terrorist known as the Blind Sheikh. All lies. Time to shine some more light on this administrations next wrong-doing. As you read, just surplant the word “transfer” with the words, “outright release”.

by:  of The Blaze

Egypts Mohammed Morsi: I Will Do Everything in My Power to Secure Freedom for Blind Sheikh

Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman sits and prays inside an iron cage at the opening of court session, 06 August 1989 in Cairo. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Just weeks after TheBlaze’s exclusive report that claimed the U.S. State Department was “actively considering” transferring Omar Abdel-Rahman, or the “Blind Sheikh” to Egypt, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi publicly called on the U.S. to allow the convicted terrorist to serve out the rest of his sentence at home in Egypt, state media reported on Thursday, according to AFP.

“I will do everything in my power to secure freedom for… detainees, including Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman,” Morsi said.

“What I want is to intervene for humanitarian reasons, not to interfere in a court ruling,” Morsi reportedly told members of the Egyptian community in New York while he was in the U.S. for the UN General Assembly.

The Blind Sheikh was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, plotting to bomb other New York sites and plotting to assassinate former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

“We want his family to be allowed to visit him and to serve his sentence in Egypt as part of a prisoner swap between Egypt and the United States,” Morsi said, according to the official MENA news agency.

Egypts Mohammed Morsi: I Will Do Everything in My Power to Secure Freedom for Blind Sheikh

Morsi, of the radical Muslim Brotherhood, said that “recent incidents around the US embassy in Cairo have delayed efforts in this regard,” MENA reported.

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“On June 29, on the eve of his inauguration, Morsi told a rally in Cairo that he would work to free Abdul Rahman, commonly referred to as ‘the blind sheikh,” AFP reports.

Remember, this is the same Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Egypt that the Obama administration wants to send $450 million to, and eventually a total of $1 billion.

From TheBlaze’s exclusive report:

The U.S. State Department is actively considering negotiations with the Egyptian government for the transfer of custody of Omar Abdel-Rahman, also known as the “Blind Sheikh,” for humanitarian and health reasons, a source close to the the Obama administration told TheBlaze.

That seems to line up directly with what Morsi is now calling for. As previously mentioned, Morsi told Egyptians in New York, “What I want is to intervene for humanitarian reasons.”

The State Department, Justice Department and the White House have all denied that they are considering transferring or releasing the Blind Sheikh.

Egypts Mohammed Morsi: I Will Do Everything in My Power to Secure Freedom for Blind Sheikh
Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said earlier this month that there is no plan to “release” the Blind Sheikh and that, to her knowledge, no “senior” Egyptians had made the request “recently.” Well, now she has the Egyptian president telling the U.S. to transfer him this week. Maybe that will get the federal government’s attention.

The Blind Sheikh is the former leader of the radical “Islamic Group” in Egypt, which now holds 13 seats in the Egyptian Parliament. The Obama administration recently hosted a member of the designated terrorist organization at the White House named Hani Nour Eldin. Eldin met with senior State Department and Obama administration officials and reportedly urged the National Security Council to consider Rahman’s release from U.S. custody.

Rice should Resign

King: ‘Susan Rice Should Resign’

By Katrina Trinko at NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE

comments, as always, by yours truly [ ]

House Homeland Security Committee chairman Pete King is calling on U.N. ambassador Susan Rice to resign over her comments on the Sunday talk shows September 16 regarding the Libyan attacks.

“I think Susan Rice should resign. She is America’s foreign policy spokesman to the world as ambassador to the U.N.,” King, a Republican congressman from New York, tells National Review Online. [ Who do you suppose Obama might choose to replace her, Louis Farrakhan? I heard the Blind Sheikh will be available soon. Maybe he could represent this administration? He’d fit right in at the U.N. ]

Rice appeared on five Sunday morning shows five days after the attacks.  On ABC’s This Week, she said, “Our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous – not a premeditated – response to what had transpired in Cairo,” despite the fact that U.S. officials knew terrorism was involved within 24 hours after the attack. [ Actually, the State Department knew well in advance. Blaming Rice is ridiculous. She was towing the administration line. ]

“Very nice person, very smart,” King says of Rice, “but the fact is she gave out information which was either intentionally or unintentionally misleading and wrong and there should be consequences for that. And I don’t see how she didn’t know how that information was wrong. What she could have and should have said was the final word isn’t in yet, certainly strong evidence that there was strong terrorist involvement, [but identifying] the exact nature it’ll  take us a few more days. That would have been legitimate.”

[ Okay, can we just put this, “nice person” crap away. It has nothing to do with anything, and how many “nice people” will sit there and lie to whole world five separate times. I’ve heard that about Obama also. He’s a nice person, just misguided. I personally can’t name a single marxist, communist or anticolonialist I would consider to be “nice”. ]

King also called for an investigation into what was known before the attack. “This warrants a full investigation,” he says. “I believe there should be a congressional investigation. I think there should be an internal investigation.” [ Yes, like the recent investigation into the “Fast and Furious” scandal that basically exonerated Eric Holder. I’m sure he’s a “nice person” too. ]

Benghazi, he adds, “was a hotbed of al-Qaeda activity, of militia activity, of terrorist activity. We knew that the facilities that we were using there were not adequately fortified. These were temporary, basically private residences which had almost none of the protections that a consulate should have.” [ Has anyone, save for a few of us, even asked what the ambassador was doing there? You may wish to re-read “Benghazi was no Coincidence”  ]

“To allow the American ambassador to go there,” he continues, “ to allow us to keep records or documentation there or anything  in such an unsecure and such a dangerous area and such unsecure facilities with such little security appears to be gross negligence, and may be criminal negligence.” [ Unless it was not a consulate, but a CIA safe house ]

He also criticized the administration’s reluctance to call the attacks terrorism. “Either they intentionally mislead the American people or they were extremely uninformed,” King remarks. “Neither excuse is very good. From the start, I can see them saying we’re not certain what caused it, but the presumption from the start should have been that it was a terrorist attack or the terrorist were heavily involved.” [ I wish someone would just come out and state the obvious; This administration, from the top down, is filled with bad people who don’t appear at all concerned with our security, or that of our allies ]

Obama, he speculates, had political reasons to avoid calling it terrorism. “What I believe now is that the president is so fixated on convincing the American people that we have defeated al-Qaeda and that al-Qaeda is no longer a real threat by saying this was a terrorist attack, or by acknowledge a terrorist attack,  it would be looked upon as a defeat for his policies against al-Qaeda,” King says. [ No need for speculation Mr. King. It’s a fact ]