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Obama Wiretapping–What We Know So Far

This is from a friend of mine, and I liked it so much- I wanted to share it.

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1. The Intelligence Community -at the direction of President Obama- made a request to a FISA court for the NSA to spy on Donald Trump in June 2016. It was denied.
2. In October the Intelligence Community (NSA) -at the direction of President Obama- made a second request to the FISA court for the NSA to spy on Donald Trump. It was approved.
3. At around the same time (October), as the second request to FISA, (Def Sec) Ash Carter and (DNI) James Clapper tell President Obama to dump NSA Director Mike Rogers.
4. A week after the election, Mike Rogers makes a trip to Trump Tower without telling his superior, James Clapper; which brings about new calls (November media leaks to WaPo) for President Obama to dump Mike Rogers.
5, According to the Executive Order rule changes DNI James Clapper signed off on December 15th.
6. General Michael Flynn spoke to the Russian Ambassador on December 29th
Dec 29th 2016 – Obama announces sanctions on Russia
7. VERY IMPORTANT January: Obama expands NSA sharing. As Michael Walsh later notes, and as the New York Times reports, the outgoing Obama administration “expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.” The new powers, and reduced protections, could make it easier for intelligence on private citizens to be circulated improperly or leaked.
8. Jan 3rd 2017 – Loretta Lynch signs off on rule changes for phone taps.
9. Jan 12th 2017 – WaPo reports On Phone Calls Anonymous Intel Sources
10. Jan 15th 2017 – VP Pence appears on Face the nation.
11. Jan 20th 2017 – Inauguration
12. Jan 23rd 2017 – FBI reports nothing unlawful in content of Flynn call
13. Jan 26th 2017 – Sally Yates (acting DOJ) informs President Trump there might be a conflict between VP Pence’s stated TV version (was told by Flynn), and what Intel community communicate to Yates that Flynn actually expressed to Russia.
14. Jan 27th 2017 – White House counsel begins investigation to discrepancy.
15  January: Times report. The New York Times reports, on the eve of Inauguration Day, that several agencies — the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Treasury Department are monitoring several associates of the Trump campaign suspected of Russian ties.
Occam’s Razor. NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers didn’t want to participate in the spying scheme (Clapper, Brennan, Etc.), which was the baseline for President Obama’s post presidency efforts to undermine Donald Trump and keep Trump from digging into the Obama labyrinth underlying his remaining loyalists. After the October spying operation went into effect, Rogers unknown loyalty was a risk to the Obama objective. 10 Days after the election Rogers travels to President-Elect Trump without notifying those who were involved in the intel scheme.
Did NSA Director Mike Rogers wait for a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) to be set up in Trump Tower, and then notify the President-elect he was being monitored by President Obama?

Socialism Is An Immoral System | Zero Hedge

The American economic system, and in fact the world’s economic system is failing, and that failure is being attributed by many on the left (and some on the right) as a failure of capitalism. This false notion has given rise to Bernie Sanders and his preaching of social democracy. How has this happened?

Source: Socialism Is An Immoral System | Zero Hedge

Protesting In 2016

I was watching various news channels today, and I have come to the conclusion about the people who are protesting, whether it is about Trump, or some other “issue” that they do not agree with today.

So here is what I have noticed. Many of the signs being carried seem to be made professionally, you know like at a printers shop. The protest seem to be during the work week. Do not these people have jobs or are they professional students? Perhaps their job is to be a professional protestor? Why do they feel the need to chant slogans from 50 years ago? For example “What do we want?”. “When do we want it”, “Hey, Hey Ho, Ho (fill in the name or issue you are protesting) has to go.” or this one ,” the people united, will never be divided.”

I have also seen a correlation of news/media cameras to protestors in that when the cameras are on they vocal, when the cameras go away, so do the protestors. Forcing me to ask, why do you need media cameras to make your point? Is this just a way to get attention upon yourself? Do you really need the media cameras to get your point across? Is your “issue” so weak you need to pander to the media and their cameras?

Why do the protesters feel the need to destroy property both public and private? Why do they need to commit battery upon people with whom they disagree or who do not agree with them? I see their behavior and I think that it turns off many people who might agree with them, but because of the way the protesters act, it pushes potential supporters away.

So I see these people acting like they have not one iota of common sense, not one original idea, and I wonder if their parents or grandparents are old dirty hippies from the 60’s who taught them to act in this way. Something that does bother me, is the willingness they have to deprive people of their right of free speech, their right to peacefully assemble, and deny people their right to their own political views free from threat of violence.Occupy Oakland Riot/Protestors

My impression is that many of these protestors are college students, you know supposedly educated people. Yet where did they get the idea that this is the way to protest? Destroying property, hitting people, setting fires. Since when does this become acceptable? Those 3 things are criminal acts. Yet it seems that politicians who have not the guts, backbone, or intelligence, are unable to bring themselves to order their police departments to do their job, and clear the streets for fear that they might look like they support law and order. By the way there was a mayor of Chicago back in 1968 who decided that he knew how to deal with the protestors, and he did. For along time after that (which the MSM and Academia referred to it as “A Police Riot”) there were some protest but it was orderly. People got their issue across. No big deal, they had their say, their way. Not so with the protestors of today. Now it is their way, you have no say.

Speaking of politicians, I have noticed that a larger degree, these protests are usually in Democratic controlled cities and towns. Most of these protestors identify themselves as Democrats or align with the Democrat party. When it is all over who suffers? The citizens of that city or town who did not join in the protest, and for the most part did not want the protestors in their neighborhood acting the fools.

What it comes down to is this, I am tired of the Protestors. Go home ,I, and many other people I know, don’t even care what it is you are protesting any more. Come to my neighborhood and act the fool, and there won’t be people standing by while you act the fool. They will come out and tell you exactly what they think about your protest, and then some.

The Liberal Climate Change Scam Exposed With One Meme

Analytical Economist reports predictions from climate change alarmists go awry so often that at this rate the only way they’ll be able to save themselves from embarrassment is if they make their doomsday predictions so far out in the future that they’ll be dead before we can check them on it.

Here are, in our opinion, the top 10 biggest climate alarmist predictions gone spectacularly wrong:
1.Biologist Paul Ehrlich predicted in the 1970s that: “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make,” and that “The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”
2.In January 1970, Life reported, “Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….”
3.In January 2006 Al Gore predicted that we had ten years left before the planet turned into a “total frying pan.” We made it.
4.In 2008, a segment aired on ABC News predicted that NYC would be under water by June 2015.
5.In 1970, ecologist Kenneth E.F. Watt predicted that “If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but 11 degrees colder by the year 2000, This is about twice what it would take to put us in an ice age.”
would take to put us in an ice age.”
6.In 2008, Al Gore predicted that there is a 75% chance that the entire north polar ice cap would be completely melted within 5-7 years. He at least hedged that prediction by giving himself “75%” certainty.
7.On May 13th 2014 France’s foreign minister said that we only have 500 days to stop “climate chaos.” The recent Paris climate summit met 565 days after his remark.
8.In 2009, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Space Flight Center head James Wassen warned that Obama only had four years left to save the earth.
9.On the first Earth Day its sponsor warned that “in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”
10.And another Earth Day prediction from Kenneth Watt: “At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.”

And no I’m not just nitpicking absurd predictions made by cranks. A study in the journal Nature Climate Change reviewed 117 climate predictions and found that 97.4% never materialized.

Is it even fair to call it climate “science” at that point?

Taken from here: http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/us/the-liberal-climate-change-scam-exposed-with-one-meme

Obama’s Mental Health

To begin, I will tell you I am not a mental health professional health.  I am just a citizen as you, who has now called into question the mental health of President Obama.  I do not write this as a “hit” piece, but rather as one human beings compassion for another.  With that said, I will begin.

As I see it, I have read about the various statements made by President Obama concerning Republicans, Conservatives, Israel, Islam, America, ISIS, terrorism in general, and Christians, Law Enforcement  There are other subjects of his derision. It used to be for me about those subjects, but over time I noticed a pattern, especially in foreign policy.  It made no sense to me, and often seemed to fly in the face of conventional wisdom.  True America’s enemies have changed, but seemed to increase in number.

I thought about this man who was supposed to bring healing to a divided country, make right the wrongs of others to the benefit of the “little” man.  I have decided that his first election was due to a simple notion.  People voted him because they didn’t want to see themselves as a Racist for not voting for a black man.  The Liberal MSM ran cover for this man running as the first black man to run for President, thus they failed as a whole to properly vet the candidate.  But that is not news-we all know that.  II see a man who has never had a 40 hour a week job.  His credentials were he was a Harvard law grad, and a Community Organizer (in other words he was a professional protester).  He came the world of Racial Grievances, his spiritual life seems to be a jumble of confusion.  When he came upon the National stage, he was sitting in a church that taught Black Liberation Theology by Reverend J. Wright.  When he was younger, he had attended a madras in Indonesia, as his step-father was a practicing Muslim.  There are plenty of articles about his past, I am just touching on the items and ideas that got me thinking about this man.

A couple of months ago it was reported that our European allies had begun questioning Obama’s state of mind behind closed doors.  When that story broke it quickly disappeared from the news headlines, but it got me thinking.  What has been going on behind the scenes to make the Allies question his sanity?  I then noticed that terrorism was truly c0ntinuing to increase around the world.  Obama’s tepid response to anything dealing with Islamic terrorism was often a delayed reaction.  From ISIS being a JV team to any response to Christians being starved and slaughtered in Iraq, to a slow ineffective bombing campaign of ISIS.  No matter the crisis, his response was always slow, and for the most part ineffective.  It seemed like he was being slow and irresolute to buy the terrorist time to complete what they could before he was forced by public opinion to do something.

Then as the public uproar over terrorist acts, and deals with terrorist states started to grow, Obama’s team started to make known the administrations policies were going to be.  Then it became clear that the President could not bring himself to say “Islamic Terrorism”.  Instead we got excuses defending Islam.  Then we saw the Democratic party “debates” where none of the candidates could bring themselves to say “Islamic Terrorism” .  Ok, so this must be an ideological thing.

Then the Paris attacks, and prior to Obama going to Paris he tells us that Climate Change is responsible for terrorism.  Bernie repeats this ludicrous statement during a “debate”.  The Dem party faithful along with the MSM fall into line and agree that the weather is responsible for terrorism.  Then Obama goes to Paris, and while there states that mass shootings only happen in the United States, 130 Parisians would like to disagree but are not able due to them being killed in a terror attack a week prior to this dumb statement.

Then off to Turkey for a G20 summit.  Where tells the world the U.S. will accept Syrian refugees, about 20,000 of them.  When it is pointed out that the Syrian refugees are mostly made up of men of military age and that ISIS is in fact infiltrating Europe, and will try to do the U.S. He responds that Republicans are afraid of women and small children refugees.  Again Republicans state their case that ISIS will mix with refugees to enter into the U.S. to commit acts of terror, just like they did in Europe

The men in the pics below are “refugees” who infiltrated Europe

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Then this week, we have a full blown terror attack in San Bernardino.  The attack is suspected by a female and a U.S. born Muslim.  Obama’s response, “It might be “work place” violence”.  Despite the FBI has determined it to be in fact a terror attack, Obama and his administration once again turn on the American people and warn us not to say or do anything that might offend Muslims.  In fact, Obama and his Iranian born Chief of Staff Valerie Jarrett have warned FBI director Comey about the language he was using in describing the investigation and the Muslim connection to it.  If I were Comey I would resign effective tonight, and let this administration wallow in its own schizophrenia.

Now I have to wonder, about how Obama is faring under the fact that he has become a reverse barometer.  Everything he says turns out to be wrong, and backfires upon him and his policies.  It almost seems that whatever course he decides upon is incorrect, and has devastating results.  I wonder if reality is starting to crush his fantasy world and he cannot face it, so he just continues this irrational course of action.  Refusing to see that his Presidency is teetering on the brink of failure, and he willfully refuses to see the world as it really is.  I would like to hear from a mental health professional as to what they think is going on inside Obama world.

I am of the opinion that this country cannot wait till the next general election.  I think that  the President is starting to show signs of coming unglued, and the country cannot have leader who is coming apart mentally when the world is on fire from US to Africa to Europe to the Middle East.

The Middle East Today Looks Like Europe Right Before World War I

 

(Photo: Ron T. Ennis/KRT/Newscom)

For years, the great nations of Europe spent huge sums of money to build their military might. They assembled themselves into blocs, all the better to play a dangerous game of power politics. Slowly, surely, they were stumbling toward war.

In June 1914, an assassin shot the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the powder keg was lit. The results were disastrous.

The Middle East today looks frighteningly similar to the Europe of the early 20th Century.

For years, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have competed—Iran, as the champion of the Shia Islamic world, the House of Saud as the de facto leader of the Sunni world.

Iran has a massive military, as well as major capabilities in unconventional warfare and espionage. It influences or outright controls Hezbollah in Lebanon, Assad in Syria, and the powerful Shia militias in Iraq. Now, Tehran is encouraging—and most likely aiding—the Al Houthis rebelling in Yemen.

The Saudis, powerful in their own right, have allied with al-Sisi in Egypt, King Abdullah in Jordan, and most of the other Gulf Arab states. They are also allied with the Pakistanis, who have one of the largest militaries in the world, and nuclear weapons to boot. Additionally, there is a growing possibility that the Turks may throw in with the Sunni side.

It’s a huge amount of fire power, rivalry and armed conflict concentrated in a comparatively small region. And this tinderbox could blow up into a major conflagration, with destructive consequences unparalleled since World War II.

But, some might say, these opposing blocs have been in place for decades, why the worry now? Quite simply, because America is no longer playing the role it has played in the region for a long, long time.

For decades, the U.S. served as security guarantor and diplomatic trouble-shooter for our friends in the region. The Saudis, Jordanians, Egyptians, and other friendlies didn’t have to worry that Iran would gain regional hegemony. They knew a strong, assertive America would keep Iran’s ambitions in check. Meanwhile, Iran and its proxies knew they could go only so far before being slowed and stopped by the judicious use of America power. The credible threat of American hard power was enough to keep our friends calm and our enemies quiet.

That has changed. Our enemies have seen the U.S. “lead from behind” in Libya, then turn its back on our consulate in Benghazi.  They’ve seen us draw a “red line” in Syria, then walk away when Assad called our bluff. They’ve seen Russia annex Crimea and bolster the separatists in eastern Ukraine while America refuses to provide military aid to Kyiv. They’ve seen us flinch at the thought of putting American boots on the ground in the fight against ISIS.

Put it all together, and it’s a picture of an America that is timid, or confused, or flaccid—a nation that still talks a good hard-power game, but lacks the will to follow through.

Moreover, they see an administration so hungry for a “legacy” deal with Iran, that the Iranians’ considerable negotiating skills are not even being taxed. In the G5+1 talks in Lausanne Secretary of State John Kerry has made concession after concession with no quid pro quo from Iran—to the point that France is now emerging as the hardliner on our side of the negotiating table.

Our enemies aren’t the only ones who notice these developments. Our friends do, too. What must the Saudis and the others think when they see the administration cast aside regional ally No. 1—Israel? Can their “push out the door” be far off if they get in the way of the administration’s single-minded drive to appease the Iranian regime?

Those friends now have reason to fear that the nuclear negotiations with Iran will accelerate the U.S. withdrawal from the region or—even worse—produce an Iranian-American rapprochement at their expense. It is this fear that has led our friends to band together to defend themselves against what they know to be a growing threat: Iran. While the Obama administration may be willing to turn a blind eye to this threat in its pursuit of a nuclear deal, Iran’s neighbors do not have that luxury.

Since the U.S. has cut back on dispensing its usual antibiotics, our jittery friends in the Middle East now feel that they must counter—strongly and immediately—the local infections promoted and exploited by Iran. And they are sometimes doing so without consulting the U.S.

The result is a Middle East more explosive and unpredictable than ever. The conditions are now ripe for a major Middle Eastern war—one that could spill across the globe, wherever Sunni and Shia Muslims interact. All that remains missing is a spark.

Impossible you say? That June day in Sarajevo, no experts predicted the horrifying consequences of Garo Princip’s actions.

Today, the Saudis are massing 150,000 troops on the border with Yemen. The Pakistanis and the Egyptians have promised ground troops. These Sunnis governments view their alliance as one of self-defense. But it’s a huge threat to Iran’s desires for hegemony, and Tehran may even view it as a threat to the survival of the mullahs’ regime.

No one wants war, big or little. But among the power blocs of the Middle East, Washington’s misbegotten policies have fueled uncertainty on one side and perceived opportunity on the other.

In the aftermath of the Second World War, Americans have always dreaded a clash of the superpowers. But the lesson of the First World War is that when large regional powers—especially those driven by sectarian and apocalyptic forces—are poised to fight, any miscalculation can be equally cataclysmic.

That situation exists today in the Middle East. And the administration, far from easing the tensions, is actively destabilizing the region through its dealings with Iran.

Originally published in Real Clear Defense

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Steven P. Bucci, who served America for three decades as an Army Special Forces officer and top Pentagon official, is director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Read his research.

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