It wouldn't take more than reading a few of my blog posts to detect - putting it mildly - I am no fan of either our "dear leader" or his ratbag toady Devin Nunes, who redefines scum. Some might complain that because my background is in solar physics - space science I ought to writing way more posts on those topics than politics. But they miss the point. They fail to see that our nation, our democracy, is under attack right now and if this attack is successful and our electoral system is reduced to a sham, a charade - nothing anyone does will mean duck squat. That's as bluntly as I can put it, because neither science, the arts, media, or our justice system exists in a vacuum - and if the underpinnings of the nation are corrupted then all component aspects are as well. In such a perverted system the only "science" available would be a false one, designed to serve the agenda of those seeking control.
We know the source of nearly all the distracting attacks and where they emanate from: an illegitimate president - a traitor when all is said and done- who benefited in his electoral college "win" from the intervention of a hostile foreign adversary. Not only that,, but the fact we are facing yet another attack - this time on our midterm elections -and he chooses to do absolutely nothing, only to blame the law enforcement and intelligence agencies- oh, and the Dems..
In this campaign of blame, innuendo, PR manipulation (via his incessant deranged tweets), he also has enlisted the aid of toadies and in particular one traitor sidekick - Devin Nunes - whose actions betray his malice of forethought in running cover for Trump to deflect attention from the Mueller investigation into his campaign's connections to the Russians e.g.
As I noted therein:
"Nunes by his feckless and reckless actions confirmed once and for all what many of us already believed: he is merely a Trump toady doing his master's work. After all, this turkey served on Trump’s national security transition team, so why would he not seek to do all possible to cover for his Fuhrer?"
With the recent indictment of 13 Russians including three entities involved with getting Trump into power e.g. http://brane-space.blogspot.com/2018/02/bob-mueller-scuttles-russia-hoax-meme.html
And the newly announced guilty plea of campaign advisor Rick Gates, the Trumpy traitors must know the noose is tightening around their wretched necks. Even before Robert Mueller's recent indictment, Nunes knew he had to get his own act together to protect traitor Trump, so he released a memo purporting to show the Mueller investigation was based on fictions and fabulism - the core of which was the Steele dossier.
Now, with the release of a redacted Democratic memorandum on Saturday - countering Nunes' claims that top F.B.I. and Justice Department officials had abused their powers in spying on Carter Page - the former Trump campaign aide.- we know who the real liars are. Of course, in the wake of this release both the traitors - Nunes and Trump - have attempted to blow distracting smoke onto it, with Traitor Trump even insisting it's a "bust" and there is "nothing there". Well, check the preceding link and decide for yourself. I think there is more than enough to show what a lowlife, lying punk and Trump apparatchik Nunes really is. Basically, he's tried to impugn the FBI and DOJ based on access to one document - the Steele Dossier- when a number of intelligence intercepts had come in long before then, as well as separate, independent info from an Australian diplomat concerning Trump campaign contacts with the Russkies.
Trump, who called Adam Schiff (the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee) a "bad dude" actually had the total nerve on Saturday to tweet we "should all come together" and the division is "hurting our nation". Then this demented A-hole blasted the Dem memo calling it:
"A total political and legal bust. Just confirms all the terrible things that wee done ILLEGAL!"
You wish, you asswipe traitor! So whose fault are all these divisions, Mr. Resident? A bipedal turd who relentlessly throws raw meat to his beast base to keep them at 35 % (at least) of the nation behind him and his misbegotten government. But wait! That's not all, this swine then actually lied on tweeting about a Fox News account! FOX NEWS!
This resident traitor attributed the following quote to FOX News:
"Congressman Schiff omitted and distorted key facts".
The FOX News reporter actually said:
"Congressman Schiff, he argues the Republican memo omitted and distorted key facts."
So, Dotard's tweet actually omits key words and distorts the FOX News account. It's as if he and his FOX friends are also fractured in their reality perceptions.
Indeed, the fractures are also evident in the GOP as a whole, given the fiasco that transpired at the CPAC on Saturday. This was when Mona Charen - conservative columnist for The National Review- had to be escorted off the stage by security for her own protection. This was after hosting a panel during which she pointed her party out as hypocrites for failing to respond to the assault on females (including by Trump, and child molester Roy Moore)- as the Democrats had. As one political commentator put it on 'AMJoy' Sunday morning:
"Conservatism as we know it is dead during the Trump administration. This is not about conservative values, this is not about principles, or liberty. No, it's about the cult of Donald Trump and dissent is simply not tolerated. You look at how Mona Charen had to be escorted by security. This is the level it's gotten to, that if you speak truth about Donald Trump and his horrible record when it comes to women."
So there isn't even any unity in the Republican sphere. It's a face off between actual conservatives with principles and the benighted followers of the Trump Cult - without any principles or mores other than bending over for the Dotard.
Those original conservatives now grasp the magnitude of the mistake they made in holding their noses and voting Dotard, translating to a 46 percent slice of the American electorate, and just enough to give Trump the Electoral College. As WSJ columnist William Galston framed it ('The Clear and Present Danger Of Trump', Feb. 21, p. A15):
"The Americans who supported Mr. Trump in 2016 had genuine grievances that both parties had neglected for too long. But he is a deeply, dangerously flawed instrument of their purposes. In choosing him they made a mistake that threatens America and the world."
And we call that mistake "mischief of faction', first articulated by James Madison in Federalist # 68 and is incepted when:
"citizens - whether amounting to a minority or majority of the whole - are united and actuated by a common impulse of passion (to cast their votes) adverse to the rights of other citizens or the permanent and aggregate interests of the community".
This is exactly what the Trump voters did, motivated by passion and recklessness via Trump's unhinged rhetoric at his often violent rallies, ultimately - on his specious election - to give a middle finger to the rest of the country.
Adam Schiff in his statement released Saturday on the Dem's memo:
"Our extensive review of the initial FISA application and three subsequent renewals failed to uncover any evidence of illegal, unethical or unprofessional behavior by law enforcement and indeed revealed that both the F.B.I. and D.O.J. made extensive showings to justify all four requests."
Again, Nunes' and his collaborators attempted to impugn the FBI and DOJ (and by extension Mueller's investigation into Trump and the Russians) by asserting they used the Steele document to go after Trump aide Carter Page - who by all his actions (since 2013, even meeting with Russian FSB) - demonstrated he was a Russian agent. In effect, the Dem memo amounted to a powerful rebuttal of the Dotard claim that the Mueller investigation was just a "witch hunt".
Nunes in his initial propaganda "memo" and his blabber even after release of the Dem memo, continues to ignore the fact the secret Carter Page meetings were actually out there long before the Steele Dossier contents were released. His meetings indeed had been intercepted by different intel agencies across Europe including, the UK, the Dutch, the Germans and by the Swiss Spezialdienst of which my Swiss friend Rolf had once been a member. As Rolf put it soon after John Brennan had noted the foreign intel origins of Page's antics:
"They'd have known everything, even each time he had to leave the room to go to a restroom"
Nunes' traitor -assisting "memo" also ignored the fact that an Australian diplomat had learned of the Trump campaign - Russia connections months earlier than Christopher Steele's existence was even known. This was from a chance meeting with another Trump campaign aide - George Papadopoulos who's also plead guilty to charges. Can a truly honest broker ignore these fact? Of course not!
Barely two weeks ago, at the Senate Intelligence Committee Hearings, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said bluntly:
"Frankly, the United States is under attack. "
Coats went on to note that "the risk of inter state conflict is the highest at any time since the Cold War." This is based on a 28-page intelligence community report, asserting that Russia views the 2018 elections aa a potential target for hacking units backed by the Russian government, Recall in 2016 the GRU was behind the hacks in the effort to get Trump into office.
Given we already know,(this time thanks to Russian media), Trump has held secret meetings with Russian intelligence (FSB, GRU) agents in our own capital, it is becoming increasingly clear this man is at the center of the attack on our country. Crazy? Insane? Even at the Senate Intel hearings a number of Senators pressed the intelligence chiefs (from CIA, NSA, FBI) on whether Trump was taking the threat seriously and to a man they asserted he'd given no proactive instructions or orders.
In other words, Traitor Trump is prepared to let it happen all over again.
Recall last month, in the midst of secretly meeting in D.C. with Russian intelligence agents Trump refused to impose additional sanctions on Russia for its meddling in the presidential election. This despite near unanimous support from congress and total agreement from intel agencies.
Those readers who may hail from Canada or nations in Europe and are aghast at reading all this have reason to be worried themselves. Because their nations also do not exist in self-contained cocoons. And believe me, what goes seriously awry in this country - which as I said is involved in a critical battle for democracy- can also affect and disastrously impact them.
For your own sake, you had better hope we get rid of Trump and his protectors, poltroons and enablers very soon.
At the heart of the Democratic memo rebutting Nunes is something more dispositive than opinion, called counter-proof. From the surveillance application, as quoted in the memo: "The FBI speculates that the U.S. person was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit candidate #1’s campaign." In other words, a partisan purpose was indeed afoot; in politics, it usually is.
Now, let's think. What political operation in 2016 would have been looking to "discredit candidate #1"? That being Trump. Well hell that's a tough call. But I rather think those worldly judges, in approving the warrant, probably determined it was Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. And with that — straight from the surveillance application itself — a dagger was thrust into the heart of Devin Nunes and Donald Trump's fulminations.