While snow quietly falls here in my neck of the woods, across the pond the proverbial is hitting the fan.
The US government is on shutdown until the Senate Dems, led by Chuck Schumer (New York) feel they can put American citizens and the military ahead of illegal immigrants.
President Donald Trump stayed at the White House this weekend to work to reopen the government. What a sad way to spend his first anniversary of being in office. As I write, if it does not reopen by Monday, January 29, it could be closed for weeks. Various agencies and departments will continue to provide essential services — including the Mueller investigation — during that time. Social Security and benefits will continue. On the other hand, the White House switchboard is closed (listen to the message here, which clearly blames the Democrats).
Democrat senators — and a few Republicans — want DACA to go through. But, as conservative talk show host David Webb told Fox & Friends, the DACA moratorium doesn’t expire until March 5, so there is still time to negotiate on that. Webb says the shutdown is ‘a construct of the Democrats’. Although he was not on the show, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) agrees.
Democrats blame Trump. One of the president’s supporters commented online, ‘Since when is Donald Trump a senator?’
A leftist took a Twitter poll asking who was to blame. To his dismay, 82% of 43,996 participants said the Democrats. He blamed the result on bots. Yeah, right.
Thomas Binion of the Heritage Foundation wrote an opinion piece for The Hill explaining the Democrats’ tactics and refusal to compromise. It’s well worth reading. In short:
While feigning interest in a compromise, they continue to block any proposal that doesn’t give them exactly what they want and only what they want.
There have been other shutdowns, beginning with the Reagan administration. Fox & Friends tweeted figures for the past administrations. There was no shutdown during Bush II’s eight years. During the Reagan years, there were eight shutdowns for a total of 14 days. Bush I had one shutdown which lasted three days. Clinton had two shutdowns lasting a total of 26 days. Obama had one shutdown which lasted 16 days.
The Senate has been reconvening during the weekend. Today, they are voting whether to extend funding until February 8.
At least two House representatives — Jody Hice and Barbara Comstock — wrote letters to the Chief Administrative Officer to say they wish to forego pay during the shutdown. Rep. Marsha Blackburn took calls from her Tennessee constituents this weekend:
Many of my constituents called today to ask what is going down with the government shutdown. The House did it’s job. It’s time for the Senate to get on board. The American people deserve better.
On Saturday, January 20, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and White House Legislative Affairs Director, Marc Short, held a press conference which is well worth listening to.
The highlight of House proceedings that day involved a poster of Chuck Schumer which the Republicans put on an easel next to the podium. It reads:
A [government shutdown] is the politics of idiocy, of confrontation, of paralysis.
– Sen. Chuck Schumer, 10/16/13
A Democrat congressman from Colorado objected, saying it violated House rules. A vote was taken on the poster, but the Dems lost: 222-173-2.
Nunes FISA memo
The other something that hit the fan simultaneously with the shutdown was news about a four-page memo that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California), Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, put together based on reports he was given about surveillance during the Obama administration, particularly regarding Donald Trump. He and a number of fellow Republicans are shocked by the extent of this surveillance, not only of Trump but also other Americans. Republicans want the memo and any related information released to the public, but — are we surprised? — Democrats do not.
I believe this will not end only with firings – I believe people will go to jail.
On January 20, Rep. Dave Joyce (R-Ohio) tweeted there to say that the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee (HPSIC) ‘plans’ to begin the process of releasing the information to the public. As I understand it, the HPSIC has to vote on it, then if it results in a Yea, they have to give Trump the memo for five days. If he has no objection to it being made public, Nunes will release it. This process takes at least 19 congressional workdays.
This is pretty major. I am holding back until we see it. Trump supporters have been on pins and needles since October. A person on Twitter — name redacted — has a long thread, beginning with the shutdown. Excerpts from point 10 onward follow. You might need info from these two posts — January 2, January 11 — to help with the names mentioned:
10) the @DevinNunes report details how Fusion GPS, Team Hillary, Team Obama worked together to use the power of the White House, FBI, DOJ, CIA, NSAto to spy on, manufacture evidence, & try to rig the presidential election.
12) this is only 1/2 the story; they FAILED at ensuring Hillary’s victory. The ‘insurance policy’ Peter Strzok talked about in text messages to his adulterous mistress& co-worker FBI/DOJ lawyer Lisa Page was then activated.
13) The FusionGPS Dossier (it’s not the Steele dossier) was then created and enhanced in blind panic to rush it ahead. As detailed by the people I mentioned above & I, admiral Rogers @ NSA had not only exposed them to Prosecution for death penalty crimes, he cut off their access.
14) the dossier, written by Nellie Ohr, & Glenn Simpson (possibly w involvement fr Simpson’s wife Mary Jacoby) was rushed to completion & used to get a FISA warrant to reinstate the spying.
15) The goal was to desperately manufacture something to pair w the dossier that never trump & Ds could use in a show trial. The goal was to overthrow & imprison the incoming election w manufactured evidence by illegal spying. A Coup.
16) Fusion Gps, Team Obama, Team Hillary, & some in congress worked together to use the govt the destroy a candidate in favor of criminality to an extent in Govt not before imagined. They then attempted to overthrow and overturn the election when the rigging failed.
18) make no mistake: these crimes fall under two death penalty statutes- espionage, and sedition.
The next part of the thread explains how the Nunes memo ties in with the government shutdown. Last year, the Dems were able to get Nunes suspended from leading the probe into election meddling, because they accused him of sharing information with the White House about the Trump investigation before he gave the same information to his Dem counterpart Adam Schiff:
21) why was @DevinNunes so unnerved by what he saw in the SCIF at the White House?? Why did @AdamSchiffCA lodge a fake ethics complaint against Devin? Why are Ds so terrified of & Rs so stunned and disturbed by, calling for IMMEDIATE #releasethereport ? Because it’s hard PROOF
22) @DevinNunes has hard, incontrovertible evidence the rigging of the US Presidential Election by weaponizing the government against @realDonaldTrump happened, and that the conspirators attempted to overthrow the govt in the wake of their failure to rig the election for Hillary.
23) so, the Democrats have voted against the repeal of the ACA gutting American families, against tax cuts supercharging our economy, are shutting down govt (kids healthcare & us mil funding) for illegals; and Ds are covering up election rigging & a coup.
24) the vote where Democrats go on record choosing illegals over America will be on record. The tax and ACA votes are on record. They *will* #releasethereport and it is going to be earth shattering.
Remember: the DOJ IG report isn’t out yet, either. Tick tock. ⏰
26) this is an EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Let me be absolutely f____ing clear: this is a Clear & Present Danger to the United States of America. *No* options are off table for dealing w these people.
This is unstoppable now.
In related news, on Friday, January 19, Trump reauthorised FISA-702 with safeguards to protect the American public:
Among these is a new requirement that in a predicated criminal investigation — an investigation with an elevated factual foundation — the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) apply for and obtain an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court before accessing the contents of section 702 — acquired communications that were retrieved using certain United States person “query” terms. By applying this provision only to certain queries in investigations unrelated to national security, the Act preserves the FBI’s ability to “connect the dots” and look for national security-related threats, especially during the critical pre‑investigation phase when it often does not yet have enough information to know whether a suspected threat relates to national security. Although the Fourth Amendment does not require a court order to query information lawfully collected under section 702 — information already lawfully in the Government’s possession — this new procedure, along with the Act’s other oversight and transparency requirements, provides further privacy safeguards, while preserving the operational effectiveness of our foreign intelligence collection efforts.
Contrary to what Edward Snowden says, blogger Tom Luongo says that this revised FISA reauthorisation — and Nunes’s four-page memo — gives Trump the ability to go after the Deep State. I don’t know. I hope so:
And you don’t declare war like this if you aren’t prepared for the biggest knock-down, drag-out street brawl of all time. If you aren’t prepared for it, don’t say it. And for the past year we’ve been left wondering whether Trump was 1) prepared for it 2) capable of pulling it off …
As a hard-core, jaded politico, I can tell you I never thought for a second he had the ability to what he’s already done …
And as each new thing drops at the most inopportune time for the political establishment mentioned ad nauseum in that final campaign ad linked above, you have to wonder just how big the revolt inside these organizations is.
Because, right here, right now, Trump can demand the release of this FISA memo and use it to torpedo the very thing that allowed the entire “Russia Hacked Muh Election” nonsense and send it back to the sh$&hole it was spawned from in the first place, the CIA and the DNC.
And if that means for a few months the FISA courts are inoperable while a new bill and a new set of rules is drafted so be it.
I think all of this ties into the shutdown in some way.
Deep State ‘terrified’
In his article, Tom Luongo mentioned a former CIA officer, Kevin Shipp. Greg Hunter of USAWatchdog recently interviewed Shipp, who says that Trump scares the heck out of the Deep State:
They are terrified, they are terrified right now. They did not expect Trump to do what he is doing now. The reason they tried to get him even before he was elected is they knew he was uncontrollable, and they knew if he got in there, they would not be able to manipulate him, and that is exactly what’s happening. There are some people, and there is no doubt about it, that are running scared right now. . . . Donald Trump is questioning the Deep State and the shadow government. He’s rocking that place left and right. The news media is terrified of that. Their editors are telling them to attack him just like they are attacking him from the inside. It’s just dirty pool because they want him taken out.
Other Shipp highlights include the following:
- Robert Mueller is unlikely to go to jail;
- Contrary to what some people think, Mueller is not working with or for Trump;
- The Clinton Foundation shut in 2017;
- International child trafficking networks do indeed exist (20:00 mark);
- An investigative reporter, Ben Swann (on an Atlanta CBS affiliate), who was investigating child trafficking in 2016 was silenced and sidelined. He still works for the station but in a much reduced role (22:00 mark).
I saw some of Swann’s reporting on the matter, just before the election. He was clear and concise. His YouTube videos have disappeared. More’s the pity.
In closing, we shall see what the next few days have in store. More soon.