Daily Recap — August 13

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

— General Patton


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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

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The FBI has fired Cooter Strzok, the counterintelligence agent who worked hard with his mistress Lisa Page, Deep State Andy McCabe, Bruce Ohr and God knows who else to create an “insurance policy” against PDT, of which we’re still learning details. 

Strzok’s lawyer, Aitan Goelman, is predictably seizing on the fact that the Deputy Director overruled the FBI’s internal investigative body’s recommendations to give Strzok the ole heave-ho.  He blasted the decision in a statement, saying the “Deputy Director of the FBI overruled the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) and departed from established precedent by firing 21-year FBI veteran Peter Strzok.”

Poor guy just can’t catch a break.

“The decision to fire Special Agent Strzok is not only a departure from typical Bureau practice, but also contradicts Director [Christopher] Wray’s testimony to Congress and his assurances that the FBI intended to follow its regular process in this and all personnel matters,” Goelman continued in the statement.

I shouldn’t have to tell an attorney this, but the FBI did follow normal procedures. The OPR did a review, issued its recommendations and then the Deputy Director decided whether to accept them. There is no procedure requiring the OPR’s recommendations be followed. That’s why they’re called “recommendations” and not “legal requirements.”


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THE MEDIA/DEEP STATE COMPLEX SET THE NARRATIVE

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And as usual, very few on our side are combating it effectively.

The headline on every outlet is that Strzok was “fired for his text messages against Trump,” as if his only issue was insufficient support for the president. This is, of course, meant to reinforce the narrative of PDT as a wannabe-dictator exacting revenge on all his enemies. In reality, if true revenge were being exacted half of the upper echelon of the FBI would be in orange jumpsuits.

Strzok should have been fired long before now. The OIG report found that he had a “biased state of mind” throughout the Hillary probe (before finding a way not to call the investigation biased in the end by citing a lack of smoking gun evidence). It also stated flat-out that that they didn’t trust him to have opened the PutinGate probe for non-political reasons. That alone should have been his immediate demise. 

Then there was his actual job performance, which is the basis for most hirings and firings in the real world. As the #2 counterintelligence agent in the FBI, he was responsible for many investigative decisions. There is a laundry list of failures for Strzok in that regard, from allowing subjects of the investigation to sit in on interviews of other subjects to changing the wording in the Hillary exoneration memo to avoid incriminating language to allowing the destruction of subpoenaed without so much as a peep.

But the most damning indictment of his performance as a CI investigator was something he didn’t do. Strzok was contacted by the Intelligence Community Inspector General regarding an “anomaly” found on Hillary’s private server; the very illegal private server Strzok was tasked to investigate. Strzok was informed that messages sent through it were being automatically forwarded to an off-site server, apparently overseas. As a CI agent, this should have deeply concerned Strzok, but it apparently warranted no action at all, as there are no records of being followed up despite his insistence that “all leads were followed.” In fact he claims to remember being contacted but not the meeting. How odd indeed. 

So no, Cooter Strzok wasn’t fired for merely talking smack about PDT. He was fired for a laundry list of things. I really wish we did a better job of listing those things off for the general public.

The good news is, Strzok has already set up a coochie cap Twitter account, so I’ll be able to list off those things for all his drooling fans in the comment sections. He’s also set up a GoFundMe page seeking to raise $150,000 to cover his “legal costs and lost income.”
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I don’t think I’ll be donating.


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BIG PICTURE:

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The one downside here is that, as a private citizen, Strzok can no longer be interrogated by the DOJ OIG investigative staff, who are currently doing a probe into FISA abuse under the Obama administration. It could be that they have all the need from him. Or it could be that this firing will help to shield him from that probe, at least partially.

One thing is for sure, career-long bureaucrats are no longer feeling invincible. Comey, McCabe and Strzok have all been given the axe. Myriad other bureau officials have been demoted and/or resigned when all this stuff started.

It’s not the justice we want, but it’s a step in the right direction. Let’s be happy where we can.

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BREAKING NEWS: MUSLIM BEATS GIRLFRIEND

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Allegedly.

Minnesota congressman, #2 man at the DNC and ardent Louis Farrakhan fan Keith Ellison is being accused of domestic abuse by an ex-girlfriend, Karen Monohan.

The allegations were detailed in a Facebook post by Austin Monahan, Karen’s son. He wrote that he found a video on his mother’s computer in 2017 that showed the Ellison attempting to drag his mother off a bed while cursing at her.
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The charges come at just the right time for Ellison’s opponents, just before a Tuesday primary election in which Ellison is running to be the Dim nominee for Minnesota’s attorney general. On Sunday, two of Ellison’s Democratic primary opponents, state representative Debra Hilstrom and Minneapolis attorney Matt Pelikan, swooped in like vultures to demand he respond to da wimmins allegations.

Karen Monahan and Keith Ellison at a White House Christmas party.
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Ellison denied the claims and said bluntly that no video of the incident exist .
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“Karen and I were in a long-term relationship which ended in 2016, and I still care deeply for her well-being,” Ellison said in a statement. “This video does not exist because I never behaved in this way, and any characterization otherwise is false.”
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Monahan, an organizer with the moonbat environmental group the Sierra Club, said Ellison was emotionally abusive and on one occasion physically abusive near the end of their relationship in late 2016, prompting her to move out of his apartment. She said that particular physical altercation was the incident her son referred to involving Ellison allegedly pulling her off the bed and cursing at her. Monahan said she discreetly recorded the video on her cell phone and then uploaded it onto her computer.
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But whaddayaknow…..Monahan said Saturday that she did not know where the video was because she misplaced it when moving. She also said she would not want the video made public in any case, calling it “embarrassing.”
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“It’s not on me to show embarrassing and traumatizing video that impacts both families,” Monahan said today.
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THE EVIDENCE SHE DOES HAVE:

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Three friends of Monahan spoke anonymously to the Fake News claiming that Monahan had confided in them about the bed incident in the months after she had moved out of Ellison’s apartment.
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Monahan also shared dozens of screenshots of text messages and Twitter direct messages she claimed she exchanged with Ellison. She provided one text of her mentioning the physical altercation to Ellison in December 2017.
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“Keith, We never discussed — the video I have of you trying to drag me off the bed, yelling get the f*** out now, calling me a bitch and saying I hate you bitch,” the text message read.

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Ellison did not respond to that message or several that followed. Monahan said the recording also came up in a meeting with Ellison one day before he filed to run for attorney general. Monahan said Ellison was concerned about their text message exchanges and her increasingly frequent social media posts alluding to their relationship.

“He said it could ruin his career. I said ‘Keith, I’m not the one who is ruining your career. You’re the one that chose to put your hands on me. You’re the one who chose to drag me off the bed. You’re the one who chose to gaslight me and manipulate me.'”

“He said, ‘Let me see the video.'”

…..But she didn’t show it to him.

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BIG PICTURE:
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Look, It’s safe to say that I’m no fan of Keith Ellison. He’s a Muslim anti-Semite and a potential disaster for our republic.
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But frankly, I think this is likely coming about because of the disaster he could be for Establishment Dims. Ellison is a leader of the new, far-left faction of the Dim party that threatens to divide up many votes in the midterms and beyond. Remember, the Dims have a civil war going on. It’s the Berniecrats vs the Corporatists, and Ellison is the former.
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I’m no fan of domestic abuse, either, but the evidence here is lacking. She shouldn’t have alluded to a video if she wasn’t willing to produce it. The whole thing just stinks to me.
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I think the Dims are trying to sabotage the far-left figures in their party. I’m afraid they’re getting smart, albeit maybe too late.
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PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH

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Well the military is well-funded, even if we can’t get #TheDamnWall.

PDT signed into law today the $717 billion annual defense policy bill, the earliest in the year the bill has become law in more than four decades.

“The National Defense Authorization Act is the most significant investment in our military and our warfighters in modern history, and I am very proud to be a big, big part of it,” PDT said before signing the bill.

“It was not very hard. You know, I went to Congress, I said let’s do it, we got to do it. We’re going to strengthen our military like never, ever before, and that’s what we did,” he said.

He signed the bill during a visit to Fort Drum, N.Y., where he was joined by VP Pence, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Ft. Drum is home to the Army’s 10th Mountain Division, the most deployed unit in all of the military. I applaud PDT for taking time to visit them. Those men and women live their lives on a rotation between here and the Middle East. Shindigs like this can mean a lot.  


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THE DETAILS:

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This year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorizes about $639 billion for the base budget of the Pentagon and defense programs of the Energy Department. It also allows for another $69 billion for a war fund known as the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account.

It fulfills several of the PDT’s priorities to bulk up the military, including adding 15,600 troops across the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

It also follows the administration’s request for 77 F-35 fighter jets and goes beyond the administration’s request for Navy ships, authorizing a total of 13 new vessels.

“We will replace aging tanks, aging planes and ships with the most advanced and lethal technology ever developed, and hopefully we’ll be so strong we’ll never have to use them,” Trump said. 

The bill also gives troops a 2.6% pay raise, the highest in nine years and way more than we would’ve ever gotten under Obama. 

Here is a quick list of the big items: 

 

  • $24.1 billion for shipbuilding, fully funding construction of 13 new battle force ships and accelerates funding for several future ship classes. The NDAA also authorizes an additional Ford-class aircraft carrier, allowing the Navy to sign a two-carrier contract.
  • The potential to add two Block-V Virginia-class submarines to the current negotiations to purchase 10 Virginia-class subs.
  • $3.2 billion to pay for development and design work of the new Columbia-class submarine.
  • $2.3 billion to purchase 20 short takeoff and vertical landing F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters — the variant used by the Marine Corps.
  • $1.1 billion to purchase nine F-35C fighters, the arrested landing variants used by the Navy.
  • Authorizes multi-year contract authority for F/A-18 Super Hornets, EA-18G Growler aircraft and E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft.
  • Mandated reforms to the surface warfare community, which are designed to correct some of the factors believed to have contributed to the death of 17 sailors in two separate collisions involving guided-missile destroyers and merchant ships in 2017.
  • Changes to the way the Navy and other service branches can recruit and promote officers.
  • Production of several munition lines, including Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM), Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range (JASSM-ER), the MK-48 torpedo, and the Harpoon missiles.
  • A policy barring China’s navy from participating in future Rim of the Pacific naval exercises, unless a waiver is granted by the Secretary of Defense. China’s invitation to the 2018 RIMPAC was revoked earlier this year because of the nation’s aggressive actions in the South China Sea.

 


 

One point of contention that threatened to sink the bill was a provision related to Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE.

The original Senate-passed version of the NDAA included a provision that would have blocked PDT’s plan to save ZTE, which had been slapped with penalties that prevented it from buying U.S. technology after admitting to violating sanctions on Iran and North Korea.

The White House has said it “strongly” opposed the provision, but did not issue a veto threat over it.

Ultimately, though, bipartisan negotiators stripped the Senate provision from the bill, citing a $1 billion cost that would have had to be made up by cutting mandatory spending such as troop’s health care or retirement benefits.

Instead, the final bill aligns with the initial House-passed version. It bans the government from contracting with ZTE and Huawei, another Chinese telecommunications company, or companies that do business with them.

One closely watched provision that did make it into the final bill was Defense Secretary Mad Dog Mattis’s request for an ability to waive sanctions on partner countries that have bought Russian arms in the past but want to now buy U.S. weapons.

Maaaaaan Putin is going to be angry about that one.

Mattis argued the provision was necessary to more closely align India, Vietnam and Indonesia with the United States, but some Dims expressed concern the provision would loosen sanctions on Russia, because they have no earthly clue about the world, national security, weapons or anything not related to welfare and open borders.

Mad Dog did not win, however, a separate fight with Congress over provisions in the bill on Turkey. The final bill blocks delivery of the F-35 to Ankara until the Pentagon completes an assessment of U.S.-Turkish relations. Frankly, if Mattis was arguing that the sale should go through, I have to wonder what was going through his head. Maybe he thinks they’ll shut down our air fields. Whatever it is, I don’t want Erdogan anywhere near our latest technology.

The problem is, at the same time Turkey is buying our F-35’s, they plan to buy the S-400 air-defense system from Russia. That would essentially allow Russian, Iranian, likely North Korea and a host of other unsavory actors a chance to deconstruct our most advanced technology so as to combat it. No bueno. Then there is the ongoing detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson and its moves in Syria against anti-ISIS Kurdish forces.

With the NDAA signed into law, Congress now turns its attention to passing a defense spending bill to make the dollar amounts authorized by the NDAA a reality. The House passed a Pentagon spending bill in June, while the Senate is expected to start considering its version as soon as this week.

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THE CONTROVERSY

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The controvery should be over Congress drawing up a defense budget designed to shape a president’s behavior, specifically toward countries like Russia. The anti-Chinese measures I can understand, but they shouldn’t be stepping on the executive’s toes at a time when we’re embroiled in serious negotiations regardless.

But nope, this is America, and our media made it all about Cooter McCain.

The official title of the defense bill is the John S. [Cooter] McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. PDT neglected to mention this fact during the signing ceremony, something that clearly didn’t just “slip his mind.”

Perhaps in the same way that it didn’t slip Cooter’s mind to pass opposition research from the Clinton campaign on Trump to the FBI in 2016. Or like it didn’t slip Cooter’s mind to betray his own promise to his constituents by voting against the BarryCare repeal just to spite Trump.

Why doesn’t PDT like this guy? I just can’t figure it out. 


 

Further adding fuel to the McCain fire was the trademark Trump sarcasm a couple hours after the bill signing while speaking at a New York fundraising event, where he referred to McCain as “one of our wonderful senators,” and referenced the aforementioned vote against BarryCare.

“ObamaCare, we got rid of the individual mandate, which is the most unpopular aspect,” Trump said. “I would’ve gotten rid of everything, but as you know, one of our wonderful senators said ‘thumbs down’ at 2 o’clock in the morning.”

Get mad all you want, media, he’s not lying. And Cooter McCain isn’t the great statesman he’s being portrayed as. He stuck Americans all over the country with higher health premiums just to satisfy a personal grudge with the POTUS. That’s not selfless service, it’s self-absorbed pettiness. Those who believe that’s Trump’s specialty oughtta take a look at Cooter’s record. 

John “I literally recommended myself for my Purple Heart” Kerry was sure to chime in to call the name ommission “disgraceful.” Because if anyone should know what’s disgraceful, it’s the guy who thanked the Iranian regime for the treatment of  U.S. sailors they needlessly kidnapped and humiliated on video. 

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BIG PICTURE:

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This isn’t exactly a surprise. The massive defense budget has been in the works for months and the military-industrial complex suffers very few pay cuts. 

And PDT is right. We do need a strong military. Without it, those negotiations we love to see around the world would have no teeth and we’d be coming home with even worse trade deals than we have now. 

I do, however, resent the fact that we can spend money like water on threats that are a fraction of what they used to be (Russia) while our most pressing national security issue, our southern border, can barely get old patches of fence replaced.

Here is a fact: we are losing more Americans each year from opiate overdoses than we did in the whole of Vietnam. And a large percentage of that, especially the most lethal form, Fentanyl, is coming straight from south of the border. 

SO WE CAN SPEND HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS DEFENDING AGAINST A GLORIFIED GAS STATION ON THE OTHER SIDE OF EUROPE BUT WE CAN’T SECURE THE AREA RIGHT UNDER OUR NOSE THAT IS KILLING AMERICANS WITHIN OUR BORDERS EVERYDAY? WE CAN’T EVEN GET $25B OF A $700B DEFENSE BUDGET TO DEFEND OUR OWN BORDERS??

It’s absurd and I’m sick of it. If we can’t even defend our own borders, what the hell good is a defense budget? 

Thank you for the strong military, but how about we start addressing the things actually killing us? 

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WEST VIRGINIA SHOWS HOW TO DRAIN THE SWAMP

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The great state of West Virginia’s House of Delegates voted to impeach three of the four justices on the state’s Supreme Court of Appeals today, saying Justices Allen Loughry and Robin Davis should face an impeachment trial in the Senate over the use of state funds to renovate Supreme Court offices.

The third justice the House voted to impeach was Chief Justice Margaret Workman. She and Davis are accused of paying retired senior status judges more than the law allowed.

After two hours of debate, an article of impeachment against Loughry was approved in a matter of seconds, by a final vote of 64-33.  They only needed 51 votes to proceed. Now that’s efficiency.

The vote to send an article of impeachment against the second justice, Davis, passed by a slightly narrower margin, 56-41.

Any justices who are impeached in the House are then tried in the Senate, with lawmakers from the upper chamber serving as jurors and deciding whether to remove the justices from office.


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The votes came one week after the state House Judiciary Committee approved 14 articles of impeachment against the four justices who currently sit on the Supreme Court of Appeals, accusing the judges of “maladministration, corruption, incompetency, neglect of duty.” It all started last year, when it was reported that they had spent more than $3 million to renovate their offices.

Loughry also is facing a federal criminal case, after a grand jury indicted him in June on fraud and a number of other charges, including misuse of a state vehicle and moving an expensive desk from his Capitol office to his home.

The 14 articles are listed in House Resolution 202. Article I, targeting Loughry, was the first to come up for a vote today, following debate that focused on a lack of an official definition for “maladministration,” as well as broader issues of the separation of powers between branches of state government.

Here is the documented evidence used in the impeachment hearings:

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Article I calls out Loughry for using state money to buy a nearly $32,000 couch and a decorative floor inlay for almost $34,000 — part of approximately $363,000 he spent to renovate his office.

A $32,000 couch. I don’t even know what that looks like. 

As the House discussed impeaching Loughry and the other justices, some weak asses introduced an amendment that would have recommended censure rather than removal from office. It was soundly rejected, with only five votes in favor.

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BIG PICTURE:

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I know most of you don’t care about West Virginia politics, but I thought it’d be nice to recognize a legislature that is draining the swamp quickly, firmly and without apology. And many of the Republicans in the state who support the draining are former Dims.

I’m telling you, PDT. People love seeing justice served, especially when it comes to corrupt government. Take note of West Virginia. They’re showing how it’s done. 

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