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Stuff Going On — 05/17/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2017 by cavalier973

Important, if true. Putting an intelligent partner’s spy (in this case, Israel’s) into danger doesn’t just hurt Israel, it hurts the U.S., because we rely on Israeli intelligence.

♣ “Important, if True” is a phrase that will probably be reduced to an acronym (IiT), because a lot of the stories coming out these days are sourced to unnamed “officials”, and these officials can’t always be trusted to report the facts.

Working woman decides to keep her daddy’s surname when she gets married, because it’s more important for her to identify with her daddy than with her husband, and besides, she gets to be seen as “her own person”, and it makes her feel powerful. Then it makes her feel isolated and hateful, but she still wants to be seen as independent and powerful, so she decides to not honor her husband by taking his name.

♦ People in the Stock Market are taking some money off the table. People outside the Stock Market blame Trump. I can see that, but there are alternative explanations that might be considered.

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.

This is big

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2017 by cavalier973

The Washington Post is reporting that President Trump revealed highly classified intelligence to the foreign minister of Russia last week during a meeting. The story details that intelligence that had been gathered by a U.S. “partner” concerning terrorist activity by ISIS was revealed by Trump. A very concerning story; the U.S. and Russia agree that ISIS needs to be defeated, but they differ with regard to President Assad of Syria. Russia likes him, the U.S. doesn’t. If the intelligence results in Russian spies setting up U.S. spies to be killed (or if they kill the Americans directly), then Benghazi can no longer be a talking point for Trump supporters, at the very least.

It is entirely believable (to me, at least) that, in order to impress someone, President Trump shows off his knowledge. The question I have is, “Did he really do that?”

The WaPo story relies exclusively on unnamed sources. Officials. Senior Officials. Former Officials. They all knew what went on during that meeting. They are all horrified and concerned.

What I’d like to know is: who are these officials?

There is one official named in the story: H.R. McMaster, the national security advisor. He said: “The president and the foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation.” And, “At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly.”

So, the only person that we can track down to verify his testimony said that there was no problem. Maybe he’s just a lying liar. Maybe all of them are lying liars.

This is interesting: “A Russian photographer took photos of part of the session that were released by the Russian state-owned Tass news agency. No U.S. news organization was allowed to attend any part of the meeting.” That’s a curious decision for President Trump to make: let the Russian media in, but not the American media.

This sounds like a Dilbert Cartoon: “U.S. officials said that the National Security Council continues to prepare multi-page briefings for Trump to guide him through conversations with foreign leaders, but that he has insisted that the guidance be distilled to a single page of bullet points — and often ignores those.”

Another thought: if this story is true, it doesn’t mean that President Trump did anything illegal. As President, he can declassify intelligence at his discretion. From the article: “For almost anyone in government, discussing such matters with an adversary would be illegal.” Well, we aren’t exactly in a war with Russia (either hot or cold). It doesn’t mean that what he did is a good idea. If it is discovered that he does have ties to Russia, then there is a case to be made that his actions border on Treason, even.

It will be interesting to see if this story sticks. If more members of the press jump in, with some actual named sources, then President Trump is in serious trouble.