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Stuff Going On — 05/27/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2017 by cavalier973

Egyptian warplanes bomb terrorists sites in Libya in response to the terrorist attack on Egyptian Coptic Christians.

♣ The latest “Get Trump” story (and that’s turning out to be what they all are) is that Jared Kushner sought to establish a back-door channel between the Trump transition team and the Russians, using communication equipment in the Russian embassy.


So, this is a very, very serious story. Everyone agrees. I agree: it’s a serious story and is a serious problem for the Trump administration–if it is true. And that’s the problem I have with all the stories that have been reported over the past few weeks. As in nearly all other cases, this “Kushner-Russia story” relies on unnamed sources. Officials. Persons “in the know”. The Washington Post publishes this stuff, and people go ape-crazy for a while, then the story sort of goes away, because either 1. The WaPo’s sources are lying to them or 2. The WaPo is lying about having actual sources.

A good question about this story is: “If Jared Kushner really did this, why is he not in jail right now?” The answer: He didn’t really “do this”. That is, he never actually opened a secret, back-door communication link with the Russians through the Russian embassy. He may have posited the idea, but I’m not sure that suggesting a course of action that may be illegal is something that can get you arrested.

Besides all that, we only know this because of–again, unnamed–sources who claim that they listened to the tapes of the Russian ambassador as he conversed with his boss in Moscow. The Russian ambassador told his boss that Jared proposed a back-door channel. At this point, I want to throw my hands in the air. I think I will…

That feels a mite better. So, we are supposed to believe unnamed sources who claim that Jared Kushner did this horrible thing based on a conversation that the Russian ambassador had with his boss in Moscow? I guess there is no way that the ambassador was lying to his boss, or feeding false information because he knew that U.S. Intelligence agents were listening.

In addition to all that, I should point out (and John Podhoretz said something similar in a tweet storm) that the Intelligence Community (the “IC”, as they say) has proven itself unreliable as a keeper of secrets. Trump knew, or at least suspected, that holdovers from the Obama administration were monitoring his communications. He wanted to communicate with the Russians without having his conversation recorded and published to the WaPo. So, there was a meeting, where options were discussed. The Russian ambassador–reportedly; again, this is all hearsay until we have some actual names–declined Jared’s offer to establish a “back door” communications channel.

Here is an excellent article by Robert Wenzel about this story.

The WaPo and its groupies need to get a grip; they are slowly shedding any tiny bit of credibility they have due to this constant barrage of Trump-bashing that turns out to be nothing at all.

It’s like hunting for whale fossils and finding a lion fossil.

♦ If you want to argue against Trump, here is a more effective, and honest, method: the Trump “budget cuts” are not, actually cuts.

Stuff Going On — 05/16/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2017 by cavalier973

I wrote about this last night: there is a major story concerning Trump’s revealing of highly classified intelligence concerning ISIS with the Russian Foreign Minister and Russian Ambassador. If the story is true, it is a serious failure of the President to protect the nation’s intelligence operations.

The National Security Advisor, McMaster, gave a short statement to the press, denying the story. The Beltwaytarians and News Junkies immediately began parsing the statement, and came to the conclusion that McMaster didn’t actually refute the Washington Post story.

This morning, President Trump himself seemed to indicate that the WaPo story is true.

Despite the fact that the President has the authority to declassify intelligence, it is a serious problem if he is revealing information that is better kept secret. The intelligence in question was not gathered by U.S. agents; that means that Trump gave away someone else’s intelligence (I have heard it hinted that it was nation of Jordan).

Erick Erickson claims to know one of the WaPo sources, and he says that the source is pro-Trump.

This is the story that Trump supporters are trying to use to push the WaPo story out of the spotlight. Some DNC staffer may have been the source of some of the WikiLeaks revelations. He was murdered almost a year ago, and, it is reported, the police were ordered to “stand down“.

The amazing nodosaur. The fossil is so well-preserved that it has been described as a “statue”.

♦ Twenty years ago, while I was in college, I was taught in economics class that two sectors drive the economy: Homebuilding and the auto industry. It looks like the home sector is holding firm, at least today.

Dinosaur blood in fossils

Posted in For God with tags , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2014 by cavalier973

As it turns out, scientific experimentation has not explained why we find dinosaur blood in supposedly 70 million year old fossils.

The Fossil Record

Posted in For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2013 by cavalier973