(Boston Herald) Our media’s valiant efforts to distract us notwithstanding, information continues to seep out that underscores how badly a housecleaning is needed in Washington, D.C.
Last week saw the release of the applications used to obtain warrants from the FISA court to spy on Carter Page, an adviser to the Trump presidential campaign. Obtained by Judicial Watch, the 400-plus pages of (heavily redacted) documents support the conclusions earlier drawn by the House Intelligence Committee (and denounced by Democrats as hysteria): the FISA warrants were obtained through obfuscation and deceit.
As various commentators predicted would be proven, the bulk of the information that formed the basis for the FISA warrant applications was the “dossier” of allegations about Donald Trump’s activities in Russia. This dossier was provided to the FBI by British spy Christopher Steele. Steele was hired during the 2016 presidential campaign by opposition research firm Fusion GPS, who was paid by Hillary Clinton’s law firm Perkins Coie, who was paid by the Clinton campaign and the DNC. The allegations were scandalous and completely unverified, in violation of federal statutes and FISA court rules.
In other words, the FBI used oppo research paid for by the Democrats as justification for government spying on a political opponent and other Americans.
But there’s more. In another incredible coincidence, Fusion GPS had hired scholar and professor Nellie Ohr as a “paid Russian expert.” Nellie Ohr happens to be married to Bruce Ohr, deputy attorney general in the Justice Department. Bruce Ohr is alleged to have passed his wife’s anti-Trump research to the FBI. He was demoted for failing to disclose not only his wife’s employment with Fusion GPS, but also his own meetings with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson.
The FISA court was never told any of that. They were never supposed to know. None of us was ever supposed to know.
Sometimes, you have to look at what some of the more liberal members of the US Supreme Court say to realize that it’s important that we replace them with constitutionalists.
“I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the constitution of South Africa. That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights, had an independent judiciary. It really is, I think, a great piece of work that was done.” —Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the video clip of the quote above.
Discretionary Spending and Healthcare
A person started giving me a hard time about medical insurance recently. I pointed out that I pay my own way and in terms of discretionary spending (after the taxes are extracted at the point of a bayonet, basic living costs are removed), healthcare insurance accounts for a HUGE portion of what remains.
Small things such as allowing all healthcare plans to compete in all 50 states would reduce healthcare dramatically. The cost of private market healthcare in Arizona without government subsidies is $1,100 per month MORE than what I pay in California. As a result, I’ll commute to see my doctor.
Those sorts of discrepancies should not exist, but they do. I have no confidence that Congress will be able to agree on a workable solution to reducing healthcare. So I’ll make do. It’s worth saving $1,100 per month to cross the border. If CA secedes from the union, that might change the calculus.
I don’t know how Medicare changes all that, but it’s 3 years away and in the mean time I’ll do what I’ve planned to do. Yes, I could go to the VA but Arizona VA has a bad reputation. Maybe President Trump and team fixed that? But it’s a last resort for me. I don’t have a lot of wonderful stories to tell about the VA in Long Beach, CA, near where I used to live.
And in California, concealed carry looks like this:
Dems have launched a creepy campaign to donate their organs to RBG to "keep her going." Regardless, it'd be helpful if we could get another Justice.
The skulduggery of the FISA Coup Conspirators is something to behold, on both sides of the pond.
The roaches continue to fight to put out the light. Let's hope they continue to lose.
The VA? The worst argument against expecting the government to take care of you. My youngest son medically retired with a 90% rating. He was able to keep his Tricare and so avoid the VA. His experiences to date with them has been negative.
Ginsburg? Something is up if the 9th Circuit Court's recent rulings is an indication.
That quote from Darth Vader Ginsburg is one of the most jaw-dropping things I've ever heard. That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights, had an independent judiciary ??!!?? From someone sitting on that independent judiciary?? And having worked on that independent judiciary for life??
It boggles my mind. And to say that our constitution doesn't "embrace basic human rights" displays a simply stunning ignorance of our history. She's clearly academically well-credentialed, so such ignorance has to be deliberately crafted and maintained.
I predict that if Trump manage to:
– Increase the number of jobs in the US
– Increase purchasing power for the average US citizen
– Reduce illegal immigration and crime in general (in the states where the D do not have the chance to obstruct)
– Modernize the US Military
– Make the NATO partners pay their fair share and reduce the US burden by taking greater responsibility for their own territory.
– Fix the trade agreements with the EU, China and NAFTA.
– Fix North Korea
– Fix Iran
– Reduce the Debt
– Build better infrastructure e.g. roads in the US
I guess the D will go ballistic and later they will all meet in the safe room to cry when Trump will be elected again.
It looks promising but it is only one man in the swamp having the MSM and the elite against him.
RBG is an enemy of the Constitution. So it stands to reason, the Democrats would want her on the US Supreme Court. Not unlike making Barack Hussein Obama president. Yes, Barack is 1/2 black and RBG is female, I guess. Those are not good enough excuses.
I know, the 9th Circuit has been making Constitutional decisions. Something in the water?
There are VA offices that have a reputation of doing a good job, but those are usually offices in very rural areas. I prefer to pay the money for quality care. My son-in-law (my daughter, and sons) are on Navy/Tricare and it's good healthcare. I have no issues with them. That's NOT the VA.
You wonder what sort of dark stuff infiltrated RBG's filthy soul. Compare RBG to Justice Thomas and you find that there is no comparison. Justice Thomas grew up poor, living with grandparents in the South. RBG grew up as a child of privilege.
Justice Thomas is one of my heroes. RBG needs to have God call her home, bless her heart.
You're absolutely correct. You can see that from Norway, but the libs can't see it from NY or CA.
There are people in America who do NOT want to see it prosperous and safe. I can't understand their way of thinking.
The Notorious RBG is a good example of the pox that liberalism is on the Supreme Court in particular and society in general. There she is at the pinnacle of the legal system in our county, and she publicly expresses her contempt for the very founding principles that made us the success we are. She and her ilk are literally cancers on society.
The VA here has actually gotten worse since we retired. All the ''fix the VA" has done here is downsize from an accredited hospital with an emergency room, to an accute care clinic with limited hours. They can't keep doctors. The people they get don't bother to review your records.
The last eye doctor I saw spoke such poor English I couldn't understand him after asking him to repeat himself.
Still waiting to see if anyone who is actually guilty, or if the Republicans will grow a pair and get on with it.
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