Manufactured news for hire?, Yes it is new media normal, No it is not new, Woodward and Bernstein’s work lionized and taken to new levels in Obama era, “1984” provided both playbook and warning

Manufactured news for hire?, Yes it is new media normal, No it is not new, Woodward and Bernstein’s work lionized and taken to new levels in Obama era, “1984” provided both playbook and warning

“Winston’s greatest pleasure in life was in his work. Most of it was a tedious routine, but included in it there were also jobs so difficult and intricate that you could lose yourself in them as in the depths of a mathematical problem — delicate pieces of forgery in which you had nothing to guide you except your knowledge of the principles of Ingsoc and your estimate of what the Party wanted you to say.”……George Orwell, “1984”

“”You’re a traitor!” yelled the boy. “You’re a thought criminal!””…George Orwell, “1984”

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

 

From Zero Hedge July 22, 2017.

“Is This The New Media Normal: Manufactured News For Hire?”

“Donald Trump, Jr. appears to be the latest figure in President Donald Trump’s inner circle to be caught in the giant web of the Great Kremlin Conspiracy. Trump the younger said he was promised dirt on Hillary Clinton, but that all he got in his June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer was an earful about dropping the Magnitzky Act, which sanctions Russian officials involved in the death of a Russian lawyer who was killed in detention.

If the Trump, Jr. meeting is just another chapter in the Beltway telenovela about Trump selling out America to the Russians through an ever-changing cast of supposed intermediaries – come back, Mike Flynn and Carter Page, we hardly knew ye – it sheds valuable light on the ways and means by which the news that fills our iPhone screens and Facebook feeds is now produced.

You see, the Russian lawyer – often carelessly presented as a “Russian government lawyer” with “close ties to Putin” – Natalia Veselnitskaya, who met with Trump, also worked recently with a Washington, D.C. “commercial research and strategic intelligence firm” that is also believed to have lobbied against the Magnitzy Act. That firm, which also doubles as an opposition research shop, is called Fusion GPS – famous for producing the Russia dossier distributed under the byline of Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent for hire.”

“Fusion GPS was founded in 2009—before the social media wave destroyed most of the remaining structures of 20th-century American journalism—by two Wall Street Journal reporters, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch. They picked upformer colleagues from the Journal, Tom Catan, and Neil King, Jr., who were also well-respected by their peers. When the social media wave hit two years later, print media’s last hopes for profitability vanished, and Facebook became the actual publisher of most of the news that Americans consumed. Opposition research and comms shops like Fusion GPS became the news-rooms—with investigative teams and foreign bureaus—that newspapers could no longer afford.

As top reporters themselves, the principals of Fusion GPS knew exactly what their former colleagues needed in order to package and sell stories to their editors and bosses. “Simpson was one of the top terror-finance investigative reporters in the field,” says one Washington-based journalist, who knows Simpson professionally and personally, and who asked for anonymity in discussing a former reporter. “He got disillusioned when Rupert Murdoch took over the Journal because there was less room for the kind of long-form investigative journalism he thrived on.”

And now, says the journalist, “they’re guns for hire. They were hired to dig up dirt on donors to Mitt Romney’s campaign, they were hired by Planned Parenthood after a video exposing some of the organization’s controversial practices.””

“The shape of the debate over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action illustrated this most clearly. The Obama White House turned the press into an instrument used not only to promote its initiatives, but also to drown out and threaten and shame critics and potential opponents, even within the president’s own party. Given the financial exigencies of a media whose business model had been broken by the internet, mismanagement, and the rise of social media as the dominant information platform, the prestige press sacrificed its independence for access to power. If for instance, your beat was national security, it was difficult at best to cross the very few sources of power in Washington that controlled access to information. Your job depended on it. And there are increasingly fewer jobs in the press.

Ironically, the seeds of the moral and physical collapse of the American press were planted at the moment of its greatest popular triumph – All the President’s Men. Not the book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, but the 1976 film lionizing the work of journalists whose big story about the Watergate break-in and cover-up was based on information provided by a government official, who steered their reporting until he brought down the President of the United States. Oh sure, have it your way, Mark Felt—aka “Deep Throat”—was a whistleblower, a man of conscience serving the people he protected for decades as a federal agent. But he was also a man who wanted to become Director of the FBI, and became furious at Nixon for snubbing him for the top job. In other words, the hero of this epic tale was an embittered law enforcement official who instead of going public with what he knew about a crime, manipulated a vital American institution, the free press, to pay back his boss, while the reporters manfully withheld that information from their readers.

This is to take nothing away from the sedulous and detailed reporting of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. But the lesson of Watergate has been imprinted on two generations of journalists, and it was only a matter of time before it was raised to the level of a virtue in the Obama years—if you want to break real news, you need to ingratiate yourself with the mid to high-level officials who are in position to leak it to you. And then, the bottom fell out of the news business.”

Read more:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-22/new-media-normal-manufactured-news-hire

From “1984” by George Orwell.

“Winston dialled ‘back numbers’ on the telescreen and called for the appropriate issues of The Times, which slid out of the pneumatic tube after only a few minutes’ delay. The messages he had received referred to articles or news items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, as the official phrase had it, to rectify. For example, it appeared from The Times of the seventeenth of March that Big Brother, in his speech of the previous day, had predicted that the South Indian front would remain quiet but that a Eurasian offensive would shortly be launched in North Africa. As it happened, the Eurasian Higher Command had launched its offensive in South India and left North Africa alone. It was therefore necessary to rewrite a paragraph of Big Brother’s speech, in such a way as to make him predict the thing that had actually happened. Or again, The Times of the nineteenth of December had published the official forecasts of the output of various classes of consumption goods in the fourth quarter of 1983, which was also the sixth quarter of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. Today’s issue contained a statement of the actual output, from which it appeared that the forecasts were in every instance grossly wrong. Winston’s job was to rectify the original figures by making them agree with the later ones. As for the third message, it referred to a very simple error which could be set right in a couple of minutes. As short a time ago as February, the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise (a ‘categorical pledge’ were the official words) that there would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984. Actually, as Winston was aware, the chocolate ration was to be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty at the end of the present week. All that was needed was to substitute for the original promise a warning that it would probably be necessary to reduce the ration at some time in April.

As soon as Winston had dealt with each of the messages, he clipped his speakwritten corrections to the appropriate copy of The Times and pushed them into the pneumatic tube. Then, with a movement which was as nearly as possible unconscious, he crumpled up the original message and any notes that he himself had made, and dropped them into the memory hole to be devoured by the flames.

What happened in the unseen labyrinth to which the pneumatic tubes led, he did not know in detail, but he did know in general terms. As soon as all the corrections which happened to be necessary in any particular number of The Times had been assembled and collated, that number would be reprinted, the original copy destroyed, and the corrected copy placed on the files in its stead. This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound-tracks, cartoons, photographs — to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance. Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct, nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary. In no case would it have been possible, once the deed was done, to prove that any falsification had taken place. The largest section of the Records Department, far larger than the one on which Winston worked, consisted simply of persons whose duty it was to track down and collect all copies of books, newspapers, and other documents which had been superseded and were due for destruction. A number of The Times which might, because of changes in political alignment, or mistaken prophecies uttered by Big Brother, have been rewritten a dozen times still stood on the files bearing its original date, and no other copy existed to contradict it. Books, also, were recalled and rewritten again and again, and were invariably reissued without any admission that any alteration had been made. Even the written instructions which Winston received, and which he invariably got rid of as soon as he had dealt with them, never stated or implied that an act of forgery was to be committed: always the reference was to slips, errors, misprints, or misquotations which it was necessary to put right in the interests of accuracy.

But actually, he thought as he re-adjusted the Ministry of Plenty’s figures, it was not even forgery. It was merely the substitution of one piece of nonsense for another. Most of the material that you were dealing with had no connexion with anything in the real world, not even the kind of connexion that is contained in a direct lie. Statistics were just as much a fantasy in their original version as in their rectified version. A great deal of the time you were expected to make them up out of your head. For example, the Ministry of Plenty’s forecast had estimated the output of boots for the quarter at one-hundred-and-forty-five million pairs. The actual output was given as sixty-two millions. Winston, however, in rewriting the forecast, marked the figure down to fifty-seven millions, so as to allow for the usual claim that the quota had been overfulfilled. In any case, sixty-two millions was no nearer the truth than fifty-seven millions, or than one-hundred-and-forty-five millions. Very likely no boots had been produced at all. Likelier still, nobody knew how many had been produced, much less cared. All one knew was that every quarter astronomical numbers of boots were produced on paper, while perhaps half the population of Oceania went barefoot. And so it was with every class of recorded fact, great or small. Everything faded away into a shadow-world in which, finally, even the date of the year had become uncertain.”

“Winston’s greatest pleasure in life was in his work. Most of it was a tedious routine, but included in it there were also jobs so difficult and intricate that you could lose yourself in them as in the depths of a mathematical problem — delicate pieces of forgery in which you had nothing to guide you except your knowledge of the principles of Ingsoc and your estimate of what the Party wanted you to say. Winston was good at this kind of thing. On occasion he had even been entrusted with the rectification of The Times leading articles, which were written entirely in Newspeak. He unrolled the message that he had set aside earlier. It ran:”

“Once again he glanced at his rival in the opposite cubicle. Something seemed to tell him with certainty that Tillotson was busy on the same job as himself. There was no way of knowing whose job would finally be adopted, but he felt a profound conviction that it would be his own. Comrade Ogilvy, unimagined an hour ago, was now a fact. It struck him as curious that you could create dead men but not living ones. Comrade Ogilvy, who had never existed in the present, now existed in the past, and when once the act of forgery was forgotten, he would exist just as authentically, and upon the same evidence, as Charlemagne or Julius Caesar.”

Thank God “1984” is still being read.

It should be required reading.

 

 

More here:

https://citizenwells.com/

http://citizenwells.net/

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100 responses to “Manufactured news for hire?, Yes it is new media normal, No it is not new, Woodward and Bernstein’s work lionized and taken to new levels in Obama era, “1984” provided both playbook and warning

  1. oldsailor85

    CW……….
    ……….it sounds as though FUSION GPS is really the Democratic Party’s GOON SQUAD. = ANYTHING FOR HIRE, perhaps even MURDER. Our country is now SERIOUSLY SPLIT because of the criminal behavior of a NUMBER of GOON SQUADS like BLM, and even the CIA. The Nazi SS was a similar organization.

  2. CW, Excellent article!

    I’d like to say I’m no longer shocked by anything that happens on this planet, but this gave me pause.

    Guns for hire seems to be the way things are done these days…

  3. CW………
    I found this tid bit of information on your site about Jeff Sessions, then Senator, under the HALL OF SHAME, Thought I would re-post the article as it may give some insight into how Attorney General Sessions will precede into the Hillary, Comey investigation. As a note I find the reader comments very, very interesting. This of course was back in 2008.
    ———————————————————————
    HALL OF SHAME

    Senator Jeff Sessions, Alabama, US Constitution Hall of Shame, Obama not eligible, US Congress, Electoral College Votes, Obama’s eligibility must be challenged, AL Senator
    Posted on December 30, 2008 | 14 Comments

    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the
    Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and
    domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;
    that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation
    or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge
    the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
    Congressional oath of office

    US Constitution
    HALL OF SHAME
    A letter received from Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama
    regarding Barack Obama’s eligibility issues:

    “Thank you for your recent letter regarding President-elect Barack
    Obama. I appreciate your comments and welcome the opportunity to
    respond.

    The Constitution of the United States requires that all candidates
    for the office of President must be at least 35 years of age, natural
    born citizens, and residents in the United States for the previous
    14 years. As you know, stories have circulated that call into question
    President-elect Obama’s citizenship. To this end, lawsuits have been
    filed allegging that Obama is not a natural born citizen of the United
    States, and therefore is constitutionally ineligible for the office
    of President.

    One of the most highly publicized suits was filed by Philip Berg on
    August 21, 2008, in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District
    of Pennsylvania. This suit was dismissed on October 24, 2008, and Berg
    subsequently filed an appeal. The decision to hear the case is still
    pending before the United States Supreme Court. A related suit, filed
    by Leo Donofrio, was recently submitted to the Supreme Court. On
    December 8, 2008, the court declined to hear Donofrio’s suit.

    Senate ethics rules preclude me from becoming personally involved in
    pending litigation. I sincerely hope this matter can be fully and
    promptly resolved by the courts. In the meantime, please do not
    hesitate to contact me in the future should you have a question
    regarding an issue over which I have jurisdiction.

    Thank you again for writing. Your comments and suggestions are always
    welcome.

    Very truly yours,
    Jeff Sessions
    United States Senator”

    Senator Jeff Sessions, first of all I suppose you should be
    congratulated for not spewing a bunch of uninformed or biased
    statements, as many of your colleagues have done.
    However, you stated the following:

    “please do not hesitate to contact me in the future should you have
    a question regarding an issue over which I have jurisdiction.”

    We are contacting you now. Congress meets on January 8, 2008 to count and
    validate the Electoral College Votes. We are asking you carry out your oath
    of office and request proof of eligibility from Obama, a candidate who is
    not a natural born citizen and probably is an illegal alien. I am certain
    this is within the realm of your “jurisdiction.”

    Why Obama is not eligible

  4. oldsailor85

    hapnHal………..
    ……………and we all know how Jeff Sessions responded to that letter!

  5. A Crazy Old Coot

    “hapnHal | July 23, 2017 at 12:25 pm |

    CW………
    I found this tid bit of information on your site about Jeff Sessions, then Senator, under the HALL OF SHAME,………………”

    Just a FYI, the SCOTUS denied many law suits but never gave a reason.
    I’m still waiting for them to hear the evidence from just one case.

    Also, the Senate in a letter affirmed John McCain as eligible because he had two American citizen parents at the time of his birth and Mr. Obama was one of the signers.

  6. oldsailor85

    old coot……….
    ………..there is a lot of evidence showing that the SCOTUS was DEEPLY INVOLVED with the Soetoro FARCE. John Roberts being one of the INVOLVED. As I said a long time ago there is a lot of justification for America to believe that our alleged SCOTUS is WEIGHTED in one direction only………..ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT!

  7. Here’s what congress has done with these new sanctions on russia.

    “ABC News: “In addition to the new sanctions on Russia for its interference in the U.S. 2016 election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria, the bill also gives Congress the power to review any effort by the Trump administration to ease or end sanctions against Moscow.” ”

    Interfering in the election?
    Military aggression in syria and ukraine?

    Our gov’t is in complete war propaganda mode.

  8. oldsailor85
    RE Senator Sessions response…
    My concern is how Attorney General Sessions is going to respond
    into the investigation of MsssssssPIG and a book writer bad guy Comey. Senator Sessions dropped the ball on OBUMMER and will he do the same here? Will somebody stand up and do what is needed?

  9. oldsailor85

    hapnHal……….
    ………..I would suggest that you NOT hold your breath while you wait for Sessions to expend any effort on Mzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Piggy. I am sure he thinks he has BIGGER fish to fry………..business as usual! The political setting in America is so skewed towards their own interests that possibly not even a special act of Congress would change anything. You can be sure that if Congress gets involved in ANYTHING it will be in covering their own a$$es. Constituents no longer matter.

  10. Scaramucci deleted a bunch of his twtter posts and msm goes nuts.

    Hellary deleted 30000 emails under subpeona and msm want her to be president.

  11. He needs to just fire mueller and not even give an explanation. Dare congress to do anything. Unless they’re total idiots, they’ll know they’ll be voted out in one year.

    If this thing drags out until after the midterms and dems get congress, he’s as good as impeached. 100% chance.

  12. Dem on intel committee is perpetually on tv attacking with the Trump russia hoax:

    White House: Schiff Has Done
    14 Hours of TV Interviews
    Since Trump Took Office
    Washington Free Beacon, by David Rutz Original Article
    Posted By: JoniTx- 7/24/2017 3:20:04 PM

    While Paul Ryan says:

    Ryan: We Weren’t Elected To
    Defend Trump From Investigations
    Daily Caller, by Alex Pfeiffer Original Article

    Why is Trump making nice with any of these republicans?
    They’re his enemies. They want him impeached.

  13. citizenwells

    fhl.
    Thanks for Binney, VIPS report.
    Very credible

  14. Ginger……..
    ………..if the information which is being offered at the aforementioned website is accurate then it would seem to say that there is an ONGOING CONSPIRACY WITHIN THE ALLEGED POLITICAL COMMUNITY TO ATTACK the POTUS in SOME WAY …………Such a conspiracy, when the actual attack is attempted could result in ALL OF THE PARTICIPANTS INCLUDING THE PUBLIC OFFICE HOLDERS RECEIVING THE DEATH PENALTY. I have serious doubts that the SS will ever allow any of them to get within shooting, or manhandling range. The story implies only that President Trump will suddenly be removed from office. What the alleged perpetrators are forgetting about is the rest of the people of America who voted for him. I am sure at that his supporters would quickly find all of the BASTARDS involved after which they will all PAY THE SUPREME PRICE for their dastardly act.

  15. Citizen Wells. …”Oh sure, have it your way, Mark Felt—aka “Deep Throat”—was a whistleblower, a man of conscience serving the people he protected for decades as a federal agent. But he was also a man who wanted to become Director of the FBI, and became furious at Nixon for snubbing him for the top job. In other words, the hero of this epic tale was an embittered law enforcement official who instead of going public with what he knew about a crime, manipulated a vital American institution, the free press, to pay back his boss, while the reporters manfully withheld that information from their readers”

    Mueller wanted to be FBI director. The former FBI director and he conspired to make him a special prosecutor to give the appearance that the ‘Russians did it’. Mueller did interview for the current FBI job and was snubbed. It is reported that his special prosecutors, all pro-Clinton people and donors, have been ‘leaking’ to the press. Comey manipulated the press with leaks about Trump to damage him before, during, and after the election, leading up to even a special prosecutor.

    There is a HUGE difference between Nixon and Trump investigations. To date, not a single ‘crime’ has been found to have been committed…..yet the investigations continue by the individuals, best described as criminally seditious, but certainly criminal in handling ‘classified’ data, and absolutely MORALLY bankrupt in refusing to ‘recuse’ themselves from what is clearly partisan activities.

    In short, the Special Prosecutor needs a Special Prosecutor….. and that is about how filthy and dirty Washington under Obama has become.

    Pete

  16. Pete…….
    ……….I think you have got it all very correct. I would hasten to add that there is some sounds being rendered which say that there are a number of politicians within the GOP who are either at ,or near the same level as the previous POTUS. At this point this is all a little vague, but I am sure as the fog clears there will clearly see names to attach to our suspicions.

  17. Pete…….
    …………If I was to apply a handle to the previous administration I would be FORCED to use the words THE PARTY OF SNEAKS. Most of us who have travelled a long way on the highway of life have learned early into our venture that you NEVER TRUST A SNEAK. They are kin to BASTARDS.

  18. They let hillary go after and said she didn’t mean to do anything wrong after she bleach bitted the server and hammered the phones.

    Brennan thought there was nothing wrong with clinton people accepting millions on business deals with russians, but if someone around trump talked to a russian, it was reason to believe treason of them.

    Susan Rice unmasked only trump people talking to russians. How come they weren’t unmasking clinton people?

    They used the golden shower dossier as a roadmap to investigation. R U kidding me?

    They didn’t even look at server but relied on a dnc shill co to tell them russia hacked the server. Now we have former NSA people telling us there is proof it didn’t happen that way.

    Numerous illegal leaks by people out to get trump.

    The FBI Director was a leaker.

    The FBI director’s best friend is put in charge of investigation.

    He hires hillary donors to investigate.

    They quickly change from investigating russia collusion, because everyone knows that’s a hoax, to going back to investigate trump real estate deals from ten years ago.

    The dems spend one hundred percent of their time on trump russia.
    The republicans say its not their job to defend trump.

    They put sanctions on russia and say that they hacked election based on discredited crowdstrike, and they also say russia used aggression in syria, even though russia was invited in and we’re backing rebels and ISIS.

    Trump needs to quit pretending that he’s going to have any friends or get anything done in washington. He’s not.
    He needs to go full scale nuclear war against all of them and have a showdown. The voters are on his side.

  19. #firemueller

  20. citizenwells

    Wasserman-Schultz IT Aide Arrested While Attempting To Flee Country, Charged With Bank Fraud

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-25/wasserman-schultz-it-aide-arrested-dulles-airport-while-attempting-flee-country

  21. Oldsailor85… We have been hearing there is a plan to take him out and I mean assassinate him!!! One thing I have noticed is a couple of secret service males who seem very protective. They are wide eyed and moves fast on their feet. Feels good to see it and I am wondering if president Trump is still using his police officer protection. When president Trump started campaigning for president he had his retired NY police officer as his body guards and I so pray he kept them!
    I have myself been attacked on my FB page by a couple of males. They do not like me calling the liberals COMMUNIST I had to delete a lot of sex object stuff, murder scenes. I have completely changed my FB page so that can not post and as far as ‘private message I do not respond and delete it. I have blocked a couple of them. Can you imagine what they are doing to others that do not agree with them?

  22. bob strauss

    Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying
    By John Solomon – 07/25/17 08:19 PM EDT

    “The National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama years by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies’ ability to obey their own rules.”

    http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/343785-newly-declassified-memos-detail-extent-of-improper-obama-era-nsa

  23. oldsailor85

    AND NOW……..
    ………the North Korean IRRATIONAL HYSTERIA has escalated one more notch. Sadly the pimple headed overweight little CHILD does not yet understand what will happen to North Korea should he decide to pull the trigger on his nuclear rifle. Briefly it would bring the ultimate catastrophe to the entire country of North Korea. His actions would bring about the eradication of the entire population of the country……..including every man, woman, and child living in North Korea.
    In addition such an attack where multiple nuclear weapons are detonated in the earth’s atmosphere could ultimately bring about the eradication of all forms of life on earth. The level of ionizing radiation could be raised to well over 100 milli roentgens……….at which point a very slow and steady increased level of such radiation begins which will eventually kill all lifeforms on earth. The little MORON doesn’t seem to understand that it will also effect every man woman and child in North Korea, as well as the rest of the planet. Nuclear weapons are what they are, and if they are used in a general and continued exchange it will become the very last war to be fought by mankind, and mankind itself will eventually disappear from earth as a direct result. I have watched a 15 megaton detonation from 40 miles distance, and it is NOT PRETTY. That was in March 1954, at Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands. After the test CS 137, and other by products of nuclear fission fell like snow for hours, and contaminated everything it fell upon with extremely high levels of ionizing radiation. The US is still caring for hundreds of Micronesians whose home island was heavily contaminated by the out of control blast from test shot BRAVO. The entire tribe had to be moved to another island……..their HOME ISLAND became heavily radioactive, and unfit for habitation. This is what the little PIMPLE HEAD of North Korea doesn’t realise. If he starts it the rest of the nuclear nations will more than likely FINISH IT for him. He cannot take out all countries on earth simultaneously, and should he try he will FAIL. His little country is but a bubble in a peepot.

  24. Good Morning.

    POTUS decides to BAN transgenders from serving in the military

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to ban transgender individuals from serving “in any capacity” in the US armed forces.

    The decision reversed a policy initially approved by the Defense Department under President Barack Obama, which was still under final review. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced last month that he was delaying enactment of the plan to begin allowing transgender individuals to join the US military.

    “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” President Trump said in a series of tweets Wednesday morning. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

    “Thank you,” he added.

  25. oldsailor85

    Ginger…….
    …………today America is once again looking at a PSYCHOPATH, who is basically the leader of his TINY homeland. He reasons that having nuclear weapons within his reach makes him COCK OF THE ROOST, with respect to the rest of the world. He is at best a HALFWIT, who is INCAPABLE of sensible reason. He possesses the mind of an infant, and behaves accordingly. He is surrounded by a pack of rabid, snarling animals who are becoming less, and less meaningful with respect to the rest of the world. If he fires the first shot his TINY country could end up as a highly radioactive wasteland, completely devoid of all lifeforms. I seriously doubt that he is even aware that the US has offensively used nuclear weapons in the past.

  26. hapnHal
    ………….Well it seems that the POTUS IS CAPABLE of doing something right. Banning of so called TRANSGENDERS eliminates one source of “despiritation” of our fighting personnel. We must have a COHESIVE FIGHTING FORCE. Without cohesion a fighting force cannot win. When I served in the early 1950s such personnel were not allowed in all branches of the military………..with good reason! When homosexual individuals were found they were separated and given Section 8 discharges……….again with good reason!
    Of course a HOMOSEXUAL POTUS would promote homosexuality within the military. This behavior destroys the will to win, or even fight. Such was the case from 2008 forward! Homosexuality is contrary to the basic concepts of the continuum of life, and is counterproductive to human behavior as well. In the beginning God created MAN, and WOMAN. This was for the purpose of PROCREATION. If HOMOSEXUALITY was valid then eventually the humankind would disappear from the face of the earth………..largely as a result of GOD’S PENALTY for IMMORAL BEHAVIOR. HIV is only one prong of the multiple pronged weapon of God. People who disbelieve this should take a look at LIBERACE, ROCK HUDSON, and all the others who have passed as a result of the illness, and while they are at it maybe they should take a look at those who are still alive who are suffering from FULL BLOWN AIDS…..They should then take a look at their own sexual behavior for comparison. The slow horrible death from AIDS is about as horrible death as anyone could suffer. The noxious odor which seeps through the victims pores, is said to be the ODOR of DEATH……….not to mention the horrible level of pain which accompanies the victim 24 hours a day until he/she finally finds the oblivion of DEATH.

  27. hapnHal……..
    ………..the POTUS is RIGHT about this one!

  28. oldsailor85
    Right-on… I feel better now.
    We have a lot of sick people in this country.

    Again
    I enjoy asking for my senior discount and
    I voted for Trump discount when paying a bill
    Get’s them every time !!

  29. Deep State confirms: It’s all about ‘We the government’

    By Brian C. Joondeph
    Deep in the Colorado mountains each year is the Aspen Security Forum, a Washington, D.C. establishment gab-fest for discussing “critical issues” of national security and intelligence. Trump Russian collusion and Russian hacking of the election are likely to be hot topics of discussion, either formally or over delicious lunches of Colorado lamb or fresh Rocky Mountain trout.

    Who is doing the discussing and moderating at this “nonpartisan venue”? Such paragons of “nonpartisan” dialogue as Representative Adam Schiff, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, and plenty of others, all of whom would feel quite at home at a Washington, D.C. dinner party. Admittance is allowed only with a membership card from “The Establishment Club,” also known as the “He-Man Trump-Hater Club,” initially started by the Little Rascals but now morphed into an adult club.

    One of the panel discussions, moderated by nonpartisan Wolf Blitzer, featured two nonpartisan Obama administration Deep Staters, John Brennan and James Clapper. Discussing one of the Trump stories of the day, that Trump may fire special counsel Robert Mueller, Brennan bromanced Mueller by saying, “It was an inspired choice – they don’t come any better.” Of course it was a great choice. They are on the same team – the “destroy Trump at any cost team.” This is preaching to a bunch of like-minded NeverTrumps in Aspen.

    Clapper then added, “I think the men and woman in the intelligence community will continue to convey truth to power, even if the power doesn’t necessarily listen.” Was he referring to his time as director of National Intelligence for Obama conveying “truth to power” about Benghazi, the Iran nuke deal, or uranium sale to the Russians? Probably not, as he has eyes only for Trump and the Russians.

    Clapper then handed the ball back to teammate Brennan, who confirmed the worldview of most of the Aspen establishment weekend warriors. Clapper told Wolf, “Republicans, Democrats are going to see that the future of this government is at stake, and something needs to be done for the good of the future.” In other words, we the government.

    This was a mention not of the “future of America” or “future of the people,” but “future of this government.” No big deal – just a minor edit of the first three words of the U.S. Constitution: “We the people.” How telling.

    If Obama’s “fundamental transformation” gang had their way, they would have rewritten the Constitution entirely, starting with the first three words. There would have been robust debate on the wording, however. Should it be “We the entitled” or “We the anointed”? “We the ones we’ve been waiting for” or “We the government”?

    It’s interesting that the word “government” does not appear in the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. It appears only five times in the entire document, two of those times in context of “Seat of the government.” Clearly, the founders weren’t all government, all the time, as are current D.C. bureaucrats and officials.

    Yet to John Brennan, former Obama administration CIA director, who once proudly voted for a Communist, the overriding concern over Trump and the Russians is the “future of the government.”

    This is preservation of the elite, the ruling class, and heck with the country or the people. Maybe, in Brennan’s worldview, the government is the country, the people relevant only to bankroll the government and show up to vote every four years.

    And vote they did – not the way the elites wanted or expected. Instead, they offered a slap in the face to all the “we the government” types in Washington, D.C. – both parties, the media, Hollywood, and academia, reminding everyone that it’s “we the people” as the American foundation.

    Occasionally liberals let the mask slip, revealing a glimpse of their true selves. John Brennan, a card-carrying member of the establishment, just gave us a peek behind the curtain.

    Brian C Joondeph, M.D., MPS is a Denver-based physician and writer.

  30. Oldsailor,
    Just wanted to say, thanks for posting on Fusion GPS! Wow! There WAS involvement by Russian Officials and a political party conspiring for the election. Much to the dismay of our lying liberal media, IT WAS THE DEMOCRATS and THE RUSSIANS conspiring AGAINST TRUMP.

    Hey Sessions……START GRAND JURIES! Either resign because your ineffective or start doing something. Time to be a man and a leader, not a coward.

    CW,
    Your analogy to 1984 becomes more profound by the minute.

    Pete

  31. citizenwells

    Thanks Pete.
    Handwriting was on wall in 2008.

  32. AND NOW……….
    …………after todays Senate voting, it is now clear that the only thing left to do is ALLOW ACA to crash and burn. There is an ever expanding confusion regarding the ACA law. The SCOTUS a long time ago ruled that it was a TAX. Now it is time to let this tax fail completely………..because the only people who will be blamed is the LIBERAL DEMOCRATS. Further since it is a tax there is more than ample evidence that the tax money was MIS-SPENT in subsidizing those who signed up by helping them pay the premiums. This subsidy was ILLEGAL in that it was not a product of Congressional action.

  33. AND………
    ………under ACA 11 million ILLEGALS in the US were getting FREE healthcare, and most likely STILL ARE. This is just ONE BIG reason why ACA is such a disaster. No healthcare company can afford to provide FREE healthcare to 11 million ILLEGAL POS.

  34. AND TODAY………
    ………we have learned that now employees of at least one company are allowing the company to place invasive microchips under their skin. This is ALLEGEDLY for identification purposes at work. Unfortunately what these MORONS haven’t been told is that the implant can be used to locate them, and watch where they go. How stupid people have become to allow such an invasion of their privacy. They will eventually learn the truth……….but they will more than likely be fired from their employment if they have the microchips removed. I also have the feeling that they had NO CHOICE in the matter……they either accepted the inserting of the microchip or they would be fired. If this was done in this way it is ILLEGAL.

  35. bob strauss

    “An article in the Guardian last week provides more confirmation that John Brennan was the American progenitor of political espionage aimed at defeating Donald Trump. One side did collude with foreign powers to tip the election — Hillary’s.

    Seeking to retain his position as CIA director under Hillary, Brennan teamed up with British spies and Estonian spies to cripple Trump’s candidacy. He used their phony intelligence as a pretext for a multi-agency investigation into Trump, which led the FBI to probe a computer server connected to Trump Tower and gave cover to Susan Rice, among other Hillary supporters, to spy on Trump and his people.

    John Brennan’s CIA operated like a branch office of the Hillary campaign, leaking out mentions of this bogus investigation to the press in the hopes of inflicting maximum political damage on Trump. An official in the intelligence community tells TAS that Brennan’s retinue of political radicals didn’t even bother to hide their activism, decorating offices with “Hillary for president cups” and other campaign paraphernalia.” more.

    https://spectator.org/confirmed-john-brennan-colluded-with-foreign-spies-to-defeat-trump/

  36. Former Trump advisor Roger Stone tweeted that Debbie wasserman shultz brother, who is the Assistant Attorney for the District of Columbia, was in charge of the seth Rich case.

    Will he also be overseeing the Paki IT guy case? It’s being reported that he is. I don’t know if it’s confirmed.

    Steven Wasserman, Brother of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to …
    https://squawker.org/…/steven-wasserman-brother-of-debbie-wasserman-schultz-to-ov…
    1 day ago – The Assistant US Attorney overseeing the Awan family investigation is Steven Wasserman, the brother of Wasserman Schultz! pic.twitter.com/ …

  37. citizenwells

    fhl.
    Been watchin.
    Wasserman should be removed.
    Need a real US atty gen

  38. oldsailor85

    CW…………
    …………sounds like Stevey baby is watching over his sister’s backside……..same old LIBERAL bullshi#.

  39. oldsailor85

    Hopefully Sessions will either take over the investigation or turn it over to another US attorney.

  40. oldsailor85

    AND NOW………
    ……….it is time to let Obamacare CRASH AND BURN………It will rebound on the backs of the LIBERALS anyway. The Soetoro LIES are almost household words………people are not going to forget………”If you like your insurance YOU CAN KEEP IT. If you like your doctor you can KEEP HIM”…….HAR HAR HAR!

  41. citizenwells

    The libs have the attorneys, judges & state officials in place.

  42. oldsailor85

    AND NOW……….
    ……..Lindsay Graham Cracker……is introducing a bill to block President Trump from firing Mr. Meeuuuuulllleer. If the bill ever makes it to the floor it will surprise me. In the first place he cannot legally block the POTUS from utilising a legal power ALREADY delegated to the POTUS. It would be illegal for Congress to attempt to block the POTUS in this way. Keep in mind that a sitting judge DID block the POTUS with respect to limiting refugees coming into the US. This finally ended up in the hands of the SCOTUS. They SLAPPED the CHILD judge down, and allowed the POTUS to do his job according to the law which is already existing. A federal judge REALLY doesn’t possess the power to block the function of the POTUS. People like Mr. Graham Cracker might THINK they can but they are in for a RUDE AWAKENING at the hands of the SCOTUS..

  43. oldsailor85

    CW……….
    ……..I am praying that the POTUS will SIC THE SCOTUS onto Mr. Graham Cracker, and all the others who think they can circumvent existing FEDERAL LAW. We all watched the SCOTUS vacate the lower court’s order regarding the refugee bullshi#, and the same thing will happen to Mr. Graham Cracker’s bill.

  44. and now this wowieeee ????

    Seth Rich reportedly attended a party with Washington DC IT workers the night of his death.

    World Net Daily reported:

    During the course of his investigation of Rich’s mysterious murder, Wheeler claims, he learned something peculiar that he hadn’t heard before: Rich attended a party with numerous IT workers the night he was killed. After the party, Rich went to Lou’s City Bar, the last known location where he was seen before his murder.

    Wheeler said he was determined to learn more about the IT party and who was in attendance, but all his questions have gone unanswered.

    “Seth attended that party, and I wanted to know who else was at that party. But I could never find out,” Wheeler said. “When I went back to ask other people who should have known who was at that party – these were people who were close to Seth – they told me, ‘You don’t need to know who was at that party because it had nothing to do with his death.’”

    Uncovering more details about the attendees of the party is essential in the Rich homicide investigation, Wheeler contends.

    “He was at the party before he went to the bar. What you do in a murder investigation is you work backward. You want to trace the victim’s steps as far back as you can – who was that person around the day before? – as far back as you can,” he said. “What was interesting is when I am told as an investigator that I don’t need to talk to people who were at the party. It makes you wonder why.”

  45. and I found this interesting comment

    Imran Awan got a lot of money, a lot. He knew who killed Seth so he blackmailed the DNC and other congressional members they worked for, either pay up in untraceable cash or he outs them. He sent copies to his moslem friends as insurance.

  46. oldsailor85

    hapnHal……….
    ………..the whole thing is beginning to sound like a New York crime family. There is one way to nail the Seth Rich murderer……….send in a well seasoned GOATHERDER………and give him immunity from prosecution for being in America illegally.
    That is how Guilliani beat the 5 New York Mafia families. It required somebody cut from their own fabric………Guilliani.

  47. WSJ story on who paid for Trump dossier.

    Democrats are determined to keep that info hidden. The guy that runs fusion will only voluntarily testify if he doesn’t have to tell who paid him.

    Democrats on committee won’t sign letters with grassley to find out who paid. They seem to be willing to go to any length to keep it hidden.

    **tip on how to get around wsj paywall: go to twitter search and look for a wsj story you want to read and get a link there. You get around the paywall doing that.
    I went to twitter search for: wsj who paid for trump dossier, and the story and link popped up.

    The wsj has taken away the old way of doing a google search to get wsj stories, but the twitter method still works. If you can find a link to a wsj story on twitter, you can get around the paywall.

  48. Trump ready to go Al Capone on the leakers.

  49. fhl……….
    ………..leakers in such an administration are real BASTARDS, and deservant of prosecution with carrying really hairy penalties which include both enormous fines, as well as extended slammer vacations.

  50. fhl…………
    ………..in all probability ANYBODY who shoots off his mouth will not live past the end of the week. The old Mafia type goon squads still exist……….the only difference is who now pays them.
    I personally wish that Rudy Guilliani would have been made USAG. He figured out the strategy which eventually led to the eventual life imprisonment of all 5 of the head honchos of the New York Italian Mafia Families……..and was in part responsible for the accidental discovery of several CROOKED COPS who were secretly keeping the Mafia POS informed about the moves of the prosecutors. Two long time cops ended their law enforcement careers with some severe slammer vacations, which when completed will make them extremely elderly. They only very narrowly escaped LIFE SENTENCES. It is unlikely that EITHER ex cop will ever return to the street.
    As for the stinking a$$ed GOATHERDER IT PERSONS the easiest way to nail them is to send in somebody cut from the same bolt of cloth……….who is first read the RIOT ACT wherein he is advised that he either produces accurate results or he is DEAD MEAT.

  51. fhl…………..
    …………both Democrat, and Republican elected leaders have at various times used their positions to perpetrate criminal ventures against the American people (taxpayers) during the periods that they spent in DC. Hopefully new bills will be passed which will have really NASTY TEETH BUILT INTO THEM, and just to make a point a few of the perpetrators need to be made examples of for all of their peers to look upon every time he/she walks past the exhibit. This might be called “INCENTIVE TO DO RIGHT”.

  52. Muehler is exposed…. You got to read this

    http://redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=88487

  53. oldsailor85

    Ginger……….
    ………….there is more than ample evidence that Mueller has a severe CONFLICT OF INTEREST. This by itself is LEGAL JUSTIFICATION for the POTUS to FIRE HIM. Mueller is NOT investigating perceived wrongdoing based upon PROBABLE CAUSE, rather he is ILLEGALLY INVESTIGATING IN SEARCH OF IMAGINED WRONGDOING. BIG DIFFERENCE, and a senseless drain of TAXPAYER FUNDS. Nor does Mueller possess a legally dispensed warrant for the investigation. The entire Mueller investigation is founded upon IRRATIONAL HYSTERIA. ie (lunacy). Even if he did find some wrongdoing it could not be legally prosecuted without having been found as a result of a COURT ORDER.
    In the end this entire matter could be hauled into the US SUPREME COURT, where I am certain the alleged investigation would be ORDERED TO IMMEDIATELY CEASE, AND DESIST. Legal investigation of anyone, or anything MUST HAVE the PROBABLE CAUSE warrant from a court. The so called special investigation being conducted by Mueller has NO LEGAL FOUNDATION, and the POTUS CAN LEGALLY VACATE the alleged investigation anytime he chooses.

  54. oldsailor85

    Ginger……..
    ………..President Trump CAN stop the Mueller bullshi# with an XO……..in that the alleged investigation IMPEDES the normal discharge of his DUTIES AS POTUS. The SCOTUS would be forced to agree with him.

  55. oldsailor85

    ……….I believe that the POTUS might be waiting for Mr. Mueller to stick his nose into President Trump’s personal life. If Mueller does this without a court order Trump would be justified in bringing severe charges against Mueller…….which could if pressed result in SLAMMER TIME for Mr. Mueller. I REITERATE Mueller is NOT CONDUCTING a legally established ,and/or court sanctioned investigation. There has been no legally established COURT ORDER, SIGNED BY ANY US JUDGE. A special investigator MUST have proper paperwork. Mueller HAS NOTHING! Mr. Mueller is a NOBODY. I personally pray that Trump will decide to bring an end to the BULLSHI# session.

  56. oldsailor85

    fhl………..
    ……….cartoon SAYS IT ALL, but WAIT A MINUTE………how much of Trump’s problems are of his own making? Talk is cheap, but ACTION IS KING! His own party can’t seem to manage much of anything. So some of us are already having second thoughts about the overall competency of the GOP. Nothing left except the formation of a NEW PARTY that is dedicated to CONSTITUTIONAL VALUES. Perhaps it is time to disenfranchise the CORPORATION which is called the US GOVERNMENT. Our government is supposed to be OF THE PEOPLE,BY THE PEOPLE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE……….so why the hell are so many of the elected people in Congress ending up as MILLIONAIRES? Time for WE THE PEOPLE to do some SERIOUS RE THINKING about how OUR government is supposed to operate………..then do whatever it takes to bring our government back to NORMAL.

  57. Whats up with this??
    Putin Orders HUNDREDS of U.S. Diplomats to Leave Russia

    Overwhelming majorities in both the House (419-3) and Senate (98-2) voted for sanctions. There’s always an agreement when it come to starting a war…but how about repealing Obamacare? No way, can’t possibly do that.

  58. oldsailor85

    BUT……………
    ………..as long as our ALLEGED government continues to provide FREE EVERYTHING for the so called REFUGEES, ……….. everybody will become refugees………..VOILA…….A FREE LIVING AT TAXPAYERS EXPENSE! What happens when 300 million people all become refugees, and ask for US government handouts. LOTS OF CHIEFS, and no warriors!

  59. oldsailor85

    hapnHal……….
    …………the lunacy CONTINUES………who gives a damn about the Russians………..but if it continues TOO FAR……….the RUSSIANS might INDEED decide to CLEAN OUT OUR MORONIC GOVERNMENT………who would stop them……….I seriously doubt if it would be our young people. All they seem to want to do is HANG OUT,PICK THEIR NOSES, GUZZLE BEER,AND WATCH Monday night FOOTBALL……..and it probably will NOT BE OUR POLITICIANS……they will have their heads stuck into the ground. I am beginning to wonder how many of our veterans would say to the Russians “GOOD LUCK GUYS!”

  60. oldsailor85

    hapnHal………
    …………how many of our working class do you think would JOIN THE RUSSIANS? The latter could easily happen………..and it just might eliminate a lot , if not ALL of such organisations like BLM, LGBTQ, and more than likely MOST of the California political fruits, and nuts. After the smoke clears there would be a lot of politicians bearing NEW A$$HOLES.

  61. oldsailor85

    ……..OHHHHH THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, OHHHHHH THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING……….ONE IF BY LAND AND TWO IF BY SEA, OHHHHH THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING…….WHINE, CRINGE, WITH HAND WRINGING………..OHHHHHH WE WILL ALL DIE, WE MUST HIDE SOMEWHERE! OHHHHHH WHINE, SNIVEL, CRINGE.

  62. oldsailor85

    …….THE ABOVE IS THE PROBABLE SCENARIO WHICH THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS WILL FOLLOW, AND A BIG PERCENTAGE OF OUR DO GOODER YUPPIE, BLEEDING HEARTS MORONS WILL NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO ……….AT ALL, EXCEPT CREAM THEIR JEANS!

  63. oldsailor85

    AND IF THE RUSSIANS DO INVADE……… when they kick down my door I will make as many of them as possible pay dearly before they take me out.

  64. bob strauss

  65. Bob Strauss………….
    …………sounds like Gohmert has his act together, but why didn’t we hear, or see any standing ovations from anybody? Surely there was other Congress people both Repubs ,and Dems present. The only dedication to principal left in our alleged Congress is the dedication to the acquisition of individual wealth in the millions of dollars. We the people no longer hold any sway over Congress. Easy to see!

  66. ……….Certainly Gohmert’s speech was quite passionate, but apparently nobody else on either side of the isle thought so……….from which we can only conclude nobody even gives a damn……..but if their paycheck is a PENNY short they will scream BLOODY MURDER!

  67. oldsailor85…. I have been thinking the same thing about Mueller digging into president Trump’s private life! President Trump warned Mueller not to go there.
    BTW… I read that Joe Bidden is the one who had McCain do what he did! I guess they have a kinship since Biden’s son died with the same brain cancer that McCain has. I have hard feelings toward McCain for what he did and how he did it! Hating president Trump does not give him the right to do what he did voting against the bill because now a huge amount of people will suffer because of him and the two hags.

  68. oldsailor85

    AND………..
    ………..Scare-Me Muchii is out the door…….GEEZ I had expected him to last at least a month. har har My first cursory observation of him told me that he possessed a WACKY HOUSE PERSONALITY (ie not suitable to be a White House staffer).

  69. oldsailor85

    ……..Viet Nam era Medic received the Medal of Honor today…………three cheers for him…..HIP HOORAY,HIP HOORAY, HIP HOORAY!

  70. oldsailor85

    AND TODAY………
    ……..Sheriff Arpaio convicted, by a Mzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, IMPORTANT DEMOCRATIC judge. Hopefully we will all live to watch her being removed from the bench and entering a cell herself. The conviction really a salute by her to Lil Barry Soetoro. It was he who appointed her to the bench in Arizona.

  71. This really pisses me off…. Proctor and Gamble…. BOYCOT!

  72. oldsailor85… I watched the white house dedication to that wonderful HERO. As they say ..it is never to late! We are talking about 40 years late. I cried because it was so moving. 😦 My brothers were in Viet Nam in 1969 at the same time. Very scary time our family. After Viet Nam My youngest brother was shipped off to the Berlin Wall. After it was over he was doing a two finger point to people …what did that mean? I love my HEROES… All of YOU!

  73. oldsailor85

    Obviously Mzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Bolton thinks she is POTUS. She has blocked parts of the immigration law……….here we go again back to the SCOTUS………..where she will get smacked down……………but SHE IS SOOOOOOOOOOO IMPORRRRRRRRRTANT, AND AS SUCH SHE THINKS SHE IS NOW POTUS. She is the third federal judge who has tried this…………like the bothers she will be overturned by the SCOTUS.

  74. oldsailor85

    I was wrong………..it was Slick Willy who appointed Bolton to the Federal bench.

  75. oldsailor85

    but it really doesn’t matter………she is another LIBERAL JUDGE who is more than willing to trash the Constitution. All she has done was aimed at SILENCING Sheriff Arpaio. Sooner or later Sheriff Arpaio will have his day in an HONEST COURT. I pray that I will live long enough to watch all of the twisted liberal judges reap their just rewards in 6’x 8′ cells.

  76. oldsailor85

    Ginger………..
    ………..many years ago the two fingered point MEANT “BS”. Perhaps it still did when he used it.
    I watched the entire presentation…….medics were a group who were sometimes unfairly looked upon because more often than not so called conscientious objectors were assigned to battlefield medical groups after extensive training as medics. This award was very well placed. I am also glad that it was presented in FULL CEREMONY. It is really sad that so much time had to pass before he was officially recognized for the Medal of Honor.

  77. oldsailor85 … So true… Amen

  78. A No Brain er

    Do You Think President Trump should “Pardon” Sheriff Joe?

    On Monday, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton found Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt of court, finding that he willfully violated a federal judge’s order.

    The sentencing phase will begin Oct. 5. Arpaio faces up to six months in confinement, a sentence equivalent to that of a misdemeanor

  79. hapnHal………..
    ………..one of the functions of a sheriff is investigation. Stopping suspected illegals was, and still is part of that function……….in addition to which it is a LEGAL function. For a judge to order a sheriff to stop carrying out his legal function is a criminal conspiracy, and that judge should be removed from the federal bench, prosecuted, and penalized. It is illegal for a sitting judge to order laws NOT TO BE ENFORCED…….TOTAL BULLSHI#. I pray that Sessions will be replaced by either Trey Gowdy, or Rudy Guilliani………and that either will make it one of his duties to clean out all of the CRIMINAL judges now sitting on the federal bench.

  80. …………in addition I personally believe that Sheriff Arpaio should be exonerated of having committed a crime by president Trump. I pray that Arpaio will take his case all the way to the SCOTUS………because the original court order by Judge Snow was illegally founded, in that the order invalidated the authority of an ELECTED law officer. A sheriff in fact DOES HAVE THE AUTHORITY to stop any suspected ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS whenever, and wherever they are found within his jurisdiction. The LIBERAL CABAL in AZ needs to be cleaned out by the DOJ. I believe that it will be eventually cleaned out.

  81. fhl…………
    ………..loved the cartoon….CHANGING RYAN’S PRIVATES” cracked me up big time.

  82. Sally Mullihan of Coral Springs, Florida decided to take one of the jobs that most Americans are not willing to do. Sally applied for a job in a Florida lemon grove and seemed to be far too qualified for the job. She had a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan and had worked as a social worker and a school teacher.The foreman frowned and said, “I have to ask you, have you had any actual experience in picking lemons?”Well, as a matter of fact, I have,” she said:

    “I’ve been divorced three times, owned two Chryslers, I voted twice for Obama, and once for Hillary.”

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