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Is the FBI Another Metastasizing Federal Bureaucracy?
Saturday, February 17th, 2018 | Author:

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The news is hitting the airwaves and the internet, and it only furthers the black eye that the FBI deserves.  It’s more than ironic that — in this environment of spying on Americans in the name of providing safety — this incompetent federal organization proves incapable of meeting its most basic mission.  Furthermore, the senior managers from this deficient law enforcement organization are the people that have been stringing the country along with their divisive and heavily politicized agenda.

It’s bad enough for a law enforcement agency to be biased. It’s even worse for it to be biased and incompetent. But the latter seems to be an apt characterization of our Federal Bureau of Investigation in the wake of the killings in Parkland, Florida, where, by their own admission, the organization overlooked warnings about the killer that could have saved seventeen students and teachers from mass murder.

Source: What Do We Do about the Biased and Incompetent FBI?

The FBI desperately needs non-political leadership that places primary emphasis on providing unbiased and professional law enforcement.

 

February 15, 2017

This is major travesty and gravely upsetting.  The Florida school shooter was reported to the FBI, police, and school and nobody took any action:

The FBI had not acted on a recent tip that Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz wanted to “kill people” and there was the “potential of him conducting a school shooting.  In a statement, the bureau admitted to receiving a call on Jan. 5 from a person close to Cruz…

It is now clear that the warning signs were there and tips to the FBI were missed. 

Perhaps the FBI was just too busy plotting ways to undermine the current Executive branch of the federal government.

 

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Where’s the Leadership at UD Flyers Basketball?
Thursday, February 15th, 2018 | Author:

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For some reason, coach Grant likes to play zone defense and the players don’t like defending much at all.   The recent lopsided loss to a mediocre George Mason takes the cake in the unfolding of a very ugly year (perhaps the Dayton fans have become spoiled *, but when was the last time the Flyers were 11-14?).  For the 10th time this season, the Flyers’ opponent shot around 50% from behind the 3-point arc.   This is not a result of playing great teams.  It’s the result of some missing ingredients.

* Dayton Flyers have been to a post-season basketball tournament (NCAA or NIT) 15 of the last 20 years

 

January 9, 2018

I don’t claim to be a basketball coaching expert.  My insights are based on five years of coaching middle school and 9th grade AAU basketball. In addition, I don’t know much about the new UD Flyers head coach Anthony Grant other than he is a former UD player that possesses a decent record as a head coach in the D-1 college ranks.

I would say that I started pondering Mr. Grant’s coaching decisions during the 2nd game of the season.  With more than 9 minutes to go in a close game, coach Grant elected to not insert his team captain and leading scorer, Josh Cunningham, back into the game.  A game that the Flyers eventually lost 72-69.

It’s also fairly evident that the coaching staff does not stress strong man-up defense.  Even against a slower-footed team such as Penn, coach Grant had the Flyers playing a 2-3 zone while the Ivy league basketball team shot 57% from beyond the 3-point line.  A game the Flyers lost 78-70.   My understanding of basketball fundamentals is that you often have to man-up when a team is hot from beyond the arc.

Meanwhile the offensive schemes often do not make sense.  For example, Josh Cunningham is a superb scorer with his back to the basket and he puts the ball in the hoop more than 65% of the time.  For some reason, the Flyers’ offensive schemes have Cuningham coming outside the 3-point line to take possession of the ball.  It appears that the coaching staff is not aware of the power in using Cunningham in a basic pick & roll as a way of getting the rock into his hands.

I used to tell my sons that a coach (grade school, college, or professional) has three primary roles in managing a team:

1) Recruiting, selecting, or drafting the best players that fit your planned approach for being successful in the sport

2) Managing the game tactics so you can exploit the opposing team’s weaknesses and defend against their strengths

3) Motivating the players to constantly improve and overcome adversity when the season or games aren’t going as desired

When I recently read an article that quoted coach Grant as saying the team needs a psychiatrist, this told me that he was already shirking some of his coaching responsibilities.  In some ways, this is akin to throwing the players under the bus.

It’s still a wide-open season in the A-10 conference.  Perhaps coach Grant will spend sufficient time with Bucky Bockhorn to help turn the season around.

 

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Was Obama Responsible for Scandals?
Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 | Author:

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A good summary of the scandals and motivation behind the alleged Obama/Clinton criminal behavior:

Remember, in the FISA-gate scandal such likely widespread criminal behavior was predicated on two premises: 1) certainty of an easy Clinton victory, after which the miscreants would be not only excused but probably rewarded for their zeal; 2) progressive hubris in which our supposedly moral betters felt it their right, indeed their duty, to use unethical and even unlawful means for the “greater good” — to achieve their self-described moral ends of stopping the crude and reactionary Trump.

Source: FISA Scandal, Clinton-Obama Corruption, Lawbreaking. What’s Next?

 

Some useful commentary from Sebastian Gorka:

Yet somehow under President Obama, our highest law enforcement and intelligence agencies were subverted to become weapons of political warfare.

As additional details of Obamagate unravel, a clear fact pattern has emerged. From Fast & Furious; to the IRS and its targeting of conservative groups; to the unmasking scandal; and the weaponizing of the Department of Justice and FBI to unlawfully spy on an American citizen, the Obama administration repeatedly abused its power.

Our intelligence agencies — the most powerful in the world — disregarded the constitutional protections afforded to Americans for nothing more than political expediency.

Source: Dr. Sebastian Gorka: “Watergate was a minor event in comparison” to #Obamagate

 

Are you surprised?  Or was it inevitable?

A message reportedly from corrupt FBI lovers and former Mueller investigators implicates former President Barack Obama as being involved in the Obamagate scandal.

Source: Uncovered Text Message from FBI Lovers Implicates Obama

 

February 3, 2018

The evidence is slowly revealed to the public:

The current internal efforts in the middle of a campaign to weaponize the FBI and DOJ are something new. And it illustrates a larger effort of the prior administration to warp FBI investigations of Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized and illegal email server and other purported improper behavior, as well as efforts of Obama-administration officials to improperly request unmasking of improperly surveilled Americans for improperly political purposes. These efforts come on top of previous attempts to politicize the IRS in order to oppose perceived political opponents and to monitor journalists reporting stories deemed unfavorable to the administration. Finally, unlike past administration scandals, when the press posed as custodians of the public interest and demanded transparency from government agencies, this time around the media are arguing for secrecy and suppression of documents, and are unconcerned with likely violations of the civil liberties of American citizens by overzealous federal officials likely breaking the law.

Source: Nunes’s Memo, FBI & DOJ Corruption — Ticking Memo 

 

January 30, 2018

Victor Davis Hanson reminds us that it was Obama — expecting a Hillary victory — that fostered the many scandals:

We sometimes forget that Barack Obama, not candidate Hillary Clinton, was president when the FBI conducted the lax investigation of the email scandal, when Loretta Lynch outsourced her prosecutorial prerogatives to James Comey, when the FBI trafficked with the Clinton-funded Fusion GPS dossier, when various DOJ and FBI lawyers requested FISA-approved surveillance largely on the basis of a fraudulent document, and when administration officials unmasked and leaked the names of American citizens.

Source: Expected Clinton Victory Explains Federal Employee Wrongdoing

 

January 22, 2018

This is a decent summary of what’s behind the Obamagate scandal:

Suppose what many are now suspecting is completely true — that the FBI, or parts of it, exonerated Hillary Clinton and her cohorts with a mock investigation, attempted to swing our presidential election against Donald Trump and then continued to undermine the new administration after they had won with illegitimate claims of Russian collusion orchestrated by sleazy political lowlifes?

Watergate, Teapot Dome, Iran-Contra… it would appear that none of these can hold a candle to those perpetrated by the Obama acolytes.

Source: What Do We Do About the FBI?

 

December 21, 2017

Obamagate is coming back again:

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., argued Thursday that senior Obama administration officials might be guilty of trying to keep President Trump from getting elected last November.”Time to investigate high ranking Obama government officials who might have colluded to prevent the election of @realDonaldTrump! This could be WORSE than Watergate!” Paul tweeted Thursday morning

Frankly, I think the Obama administration was at the front of multiple political scandals during the 8-year run.

Source: Obama administration against Trump might be ‘worse than Watergate’

 

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Do US Tech Companies Have Too Much Influence?
Sunday, February 11th, 2018 | Author:

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There are strong biases among the Silicon Valley and Seattle companies:

“The public thinks they’re getting an objective look, not so much that Google is picking and choosing and hiding and deleting anyone who disagrees with their point of view.  This is far from the first time Google — and Silicon Valley in general — has shown anti-conservative bias.”

 

You know that the notion of breaking-up the major tech companies is gaining momentum when even Esquire claims that it makes sense:

Four companies dominate our daily lives unlike any other in human history: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. We love our nifty phones and just-a-click-away services, but these behemoths enjoy unfettered economic domination and hoard riches on a scale not seen since the monopolies of the gilded age. The only logical conclusion? We must bust up big tech.

Note: I tend to include Microsoft, which owns Bing, LinkedIn, and Cortana in that ‘Group of Five’ super-dominating tech companies.

One may ask, what influence do these major tech companies really wield?  Well, one example is Google’s YouTube, which has become the de facto standard video source on the Internet.  As a result, the owner/moderator of this video sharing site has  tremendous power and influence.  The video below (ironically, a YouTube link) provides a real-life example of what is starting to happen with Google’s politicized censorship.

What happens when Google doesn’t like your political position on common issues.  Take a look at this video:

Of course, it’s not just Google.  There are also strong cases against Amazon and Mr. Bezos’ purchase of a major player in the mainstream media:

In the background, but very much part of the conversation, is Amazon’s engorgement on the  The Washington Post company, a once-honored (Watergate!) news organization that Amazon boss Jeff Bezos essentially bought for parts — the main part being the still-influential newspaper in the Imperial City of Washington, D.C. This isn’t so much of a financial investment as a form of protection money — although  Bezos had the chutzpah recently to whine about the deleterious effect of Google and Facebook on print’s advertising base, and to make a pitch to the U.S. government for anti-trust protection.

 

February 5, 2018

How are the US technology companies working with the politicians in Washington:

In 2017 Google outdid itself (and all other companies) in its efforts to influence Washington, spending more on lobbying than any other company that year.

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When a government has a lot of money and power, individuals, businesses and interest groups will expend their money and effort to get a piece of it — or simply to be left in peace. 

Source: Big business and the thin line between lobbying and corruption

 

February 4, 2018

If you want to ponder some business and political fireworks that are likely in our country’s future, then take a look at the major US-based technology companies: Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft.  These five behemoths have tremendous influence over our daily lives.

Each of these companies embraces the notion of centralized control being good — i.e., the success of their business is inherently based on the idea that you give up some of your privacy to them for the promise of a better life.  Since this is very compatible with many of the tenets of Progressivism, all of these companies tend to be supportive of a growing administrative state…

Is the momentum of these business giants along with the influence of the large government supporters too much to overcome;  Or are major anti-trust suits (similar to those against IBM and AT&T) in our future?

Essentially, the former corporate darlings of America are now the punching bag. Yet, there haven’t been many suggestions of what should be done to bring these companies down a peg, besides some ambiguous calls to enforce antitrust rules on the books.

Source: How The Left Views Silicon Valley, Amazon

Republicans Without Principles
Thursday, February 08th, 2018 | Author:

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It appears that there are no politicians in either party (except perhaps for Rand Paul) that care about the massive amounts of debt that they continue to authorize:

McConnell, Ryan, and Trump, are going to be responsible for massive increases in debt. We voted in a Republican President, a Republican House, and a Republican Senate, and it is still not enough, we still cannot get one cent from one program cut.

A smart man remarked over 200 year ago about the nature of our democratic republic: “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” ― Benjamin Franklin

 

September 4, 2017

A commentary from firebrand Kurt Schlichter, that provides some very basic observations about the real motivations of the Republicans:

Most Democrat senators and Republican senators have much more in common with each other than with us – to the GOP establishment, Trump’s clearly the bigger threat than a counterpart across the aisle. It also explains why you hear about Bernie supporters who went for Trump instead of Felonia von Pantsuit. That’s the fault line – the desire to keep or destroy this monstrous status quo.

You know, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that the real reason the Republicans don’t want to end the filibuster to allow them to pass legislation is that they would then be expected to pass legislation that their voters want and the GOP establishment doesn’t.

 

August 27, 2017

So now the former Republican governor of Ohio is so concerned about keeping Democrats in office that he is dispensing free political advice:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R.) said Sunday that Democrats have a “golden opportunity” to win elections but are squandering it because they can’t figure out how to be anything but against Donald Trump.

Source: Kasich: Democrats Are Blowing ‘Golden Opportunity’ to Win Elections

 

August 11, 2017

Some pertinent comments from Victor Davis Hanson:

And I don’t see how they’re [Republican Trump-Haters] ever going to come back to the Republican party, and if they think they can impeach or get rid of Trump and they’re gonna save the Republican party, they don’t realize that Trump is the … he’s consequence, he’s not a catalyst. He’s a reflection of a new movement. Of people who were sick of them. And they can’t win without that core. Blue state, blue wall group. And they’re never gonna get it back with John Kasich or John McCain or any of those people… They have a visceral either dislike of people in rural Ohio or the San Joaquin Valley…

 

July 28, 2017

You’ve heard it before —  Politicians in Washington DC behave the same regardless of the R or D before their name.  Keeping the folks in DC in control of our lives is the default ideology of those in the federal government.

Republicans have long paid lip service to opposing big government when the Democrats are in charge, only to keep the trillions flowing once they take charge.

Republican senators on Wednesday voted to break their seven-year old promise to repeal Obamacare. In a vote on a “clean” repeal bill that would have phased out much of Obamacare’s taxes and spending while leaving its core regulations intact, seven Republicans voted “no,” denying Republicans the 50 votes that would have been required for passage. In 2015, when Republicans passed the identical bill that was vetoed by President Obama, six of those seven Republicans (save Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine) voted in favor of repeal. The reversal of the remaining senators represents a dramatic turnaround.  Here are the names of those senators that flip-flopped on repeal:

  • Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
  • Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.
  • Dean Heller, R-Nev.
  • John McCain, R-Ariz.
  • Lisa Murkowski R-Alaska
  • Rob Portman, R-Ohio

 

July 26, 2017

Uh oh, there is bipartisan agreement between Democrats and Republicans.  That usually means one thing:

There’s always a lot of talk about the benefits of reaching across the aisle. In Washington, it seems like cooperation between the two pillars of political power rarely happens. That makes it all the more disheartening when the Democrats and Republicans reach bipartisan agreement, but in a way that suffocates the American people.

Maybe growing the federal government is the only thing the two parties can agree on.

When the two parties come together and agree to increase the size of government at the expense of the everyday consumer it’s time to push back.

 

July 17, 2017

You’ve read on this site the continued displeasure with politics in Washington and the fact that it’s very hard to distinguish between the Republicans and Democrats.  For example, we have Obamacare that was passed in 2009 without a single Republican vote.  People were not able to keep their own doctors as promised. No one’s premiums went down by $2,500.  For eight years, Republicans campaigned for office to repeal it.  The House voted repeatedly to repeal it. Now that Republicans control the House, Senate, and White House they suddenly cannot do what they promised to do… Why is that?

Here’s another one for you courtesy of the Republicans.  Barbara Comstock, Republican Representative of Virginia, is sponsoring House Bill 257 which conflicts with our First Amendment rights by silencing Americans speaking openly about the threats we face as a nation.  If House Bill 257 is passed into law, you could be jailed for an opinion that defies political orthodoxy with regards to sharia law or radical Islam.

And yet here’s another questionable decision by Republicans: 24 Republicans banded together recently to defeat an amendment which would have ended Obama’s policy of funding “gender-reassignment” surgery for soldiers who want to live as members of the opposite sex.   The Democrat ideology insists that a person’s  gender is defined by their self-assessment and not by their biology.  The belief is that other Americans must agree with people who say they are a member of the opposite sex, and citizens should pay for their gender-changing surgeries.

 

May 29, 2016

Just last week, 43 Republican members of Congress joined the Democrats to vote for Obama’s transgender agenda. Congress was voting to elevate sexual orientation and gender identity as a protected class garnering special legal privileges… Here is a list of the 43 Republicans who voted for the amendment:

Justin Amash, Mich.
Susan Brooks, Ind.
Mike Coffman, Colo.
Ryan Costello, Pa.
Carlos Curbelo, Fla.
Rodney Davis, Ill.
Jeff Denham, Calif.
Charlie Dent, Pa.
Mario Diaz-Balart, Fla.
Bob Dold, Ill.
Daniel Donovan, N.Y.
Tom Emmer, Minn.
Michael Fitzpatrick, Pa.
Rodney Frelinghuysen, N.J.
Chris Gibson, N.Y.
Joe Heck, Nev.
Will Hurd, Texas
Darrell Issa, Calif.
David Jolly, Fla.
John Katko, N.Y.
Adam Kinzinger, Ill.
Larry Lance, N.J.
Frank LoBiondo, N.J.
Tom MacArthur, N.J.
Martha McSally, Ariz.
Pat Meehan, Pa.
Luke Messer, Ind.
Erik Paulsen, Minn.
Bruce Poliquin, Maine
Tom Reed, N.Y.
David Reichert, Wash.
Jim Renacci, Ohio
Tom Rooney, Fla.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Fla.
John Shimkus, Ill.
Elise Stefanik, N.Y.
Fred Upton, Mich.
David Valadao, Calif.
Greg Walden, Ore.
Mimi Walters, Calif.
David Young, Iowa
Todd Young, Ind.
Lee Zeldin, N.Y.

Source: Republicans Who Voted for Obama’s Transgender Agenda Spin Vote

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