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Sessions Looks to Face Tougher Grilling for Attorney General Job Than Trump’s CIA Pick

November 19, 2016

Sessions Looks to Face Tougher Grilling for Attorney General Job Than Trump’s CIA Pick, PJ MediaBridget Johnson, November 18, 2016

confirmationsThen-Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and the committee’s ranking Republican, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), chat during committee meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 13, 2010. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump’s nominations to lead the Justice Department and Central Intelligence Agency received mixed reactions today, with the harshest criticism from Democrats reserved for the position that will not come before the Senate for confirmation — national security advisor.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) was the first senator to endorse Trump, and in the 1980s and early ’90s was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama.

After the news broke of Trump’s pick for the nation’s top cop, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said Sessions “will make a great attorney general.”

“The attorney general has the responsibility to act as an independent public servant who will uphold the law and keep our communities safe,” Toomey said. “Jeff will do just that.”

“Jeff has been a strong advocate for our men and women in uniform, and for our nation’s safety and security,” Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said. “He has also shown a willingness to listen to and work with senators on both sides of the aisle. I support his nomination to be the next attorney general, and I look forward to his timely and fair hearing in the Senate.”

The chairman who will preside over that hearing, Judiciary Committee leader Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), predicted Sessions’ nomination will pass the committee.

“Sen. Sessions is a respected member and former ranking member of the Judiciary Committee who has worked across the aisle on major legislation,” Grassley said. “He knows the Justice Department as a former U.S. attorney, which would serve him very well in this position.”

Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) said “the American people deserve to learn about Senator Sessions’ record at the public Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.”

“The attorney general must be independent and fair. The attorney general must be deeply committed to the rule of law and must ensure that all people are treated equally before the law. This means that he or she is also the chief protector of civil rights and civil liberties for everyone in our nation,” Leahy said. “That has never been more important than in this moment, when hate crimes have spiked across the country, especially against Muslim and LGBTQ Americans. And when we have a president-elect who has proposed religious tests, a return to torture, and a deportation force that threatens to remove millions of immigrants.”

Leahy acknowledged he and Sessions “have had significant disagreements over the years, particularly on civil rights, voting rights, immigration and criminal justice issues,” but “unlike Republicans’ practice of unprecedented obstruction of President Obama’s nominees, I believe nominees deserve a full and fair process before the Senate.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who will be the top Judiciary Dem in the next Congress, stressed that “the attorney general is the lawyer for the people, not the president.”

“His or her primary loyalty must be to the Constitution and the rule of law — and sometimes that means telling the president no,” she said. “Senator Sessions has served on the Senate Judiciary Committee for many years so he’s well aware of the thorough vetting he’s about to receive.”

Trump picked Tea Party Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas), a member of the House Intelligence Committee and the Select Committee on Benghazi, to lead the CIA. He served in the Army and was an attorney before entering Congress in 2011.

Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said he was “confident” that Pompeo’s nomination “will be widely supported within the CIA.”

“Mike has spent an immense amount of time in the field all across the world meeting with our intelligence professionals and service members on behalf of the House Intelligence Committee,” Nunes said. “One of the most respected voices in the House of Representatives on national security issues, Mike will undoubtedly develop a close working relationship with Congress in his new post.”

Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), who quit Trump’s transition team on Monday, said that “once confirmed,,” Pompeo’s “military and legal backgrounds will serve him well in one of the United States government’s most demanding jobs.”

“As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, I watched how Mike Pompeo worked. Smartly, deliberately, and quietly,” Rogers added. “That ethos will fit in perfectly at CIA.”

The leading Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), told CNN that Pompeo is “very well qualified” and “a solid pick.”

“A very smart guy. Hard working. He can be partisan. We’ve certainly had our differences over Benghazi. But I’m confident he’ll put that aside,” Schiff said. “The CIA role is a role of supplying the best intelligence to the administration and the Congress. And I know he’ll play a very good role and do a very good job.”

Schiff, who said he’d spoken with Pompeo already to offer his congratulations, said he thinks the Kansas lawmaker’s nomination won’t be all that controversial with Senate Dems.

“There will certainly be apprehension about the very vocal role in Benghazi. He was among just a couple of members to file a dissenting report to even the majority report, not feeling the majority report was strong enough,” he noted. “But he’s a very talented guy. I think he will do his homework. He’ll do the very best to manage the agency well. I have a lot of confidence in his abilities.”

Schiff wasn’t feeling so positive about Trump’s pick for national security advisor, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

“One, on a lot of policy matters, his views really scare me, frankly. He has difficult time differentiating between the entire faith of Islam and those who pervert it, like al-Qaeda and ISIS. A lot of his statements are inflammatory that play into the narrative that ISIS has that it’s the West against Islam. Very concerned about that,” the top House Intelligence Dem continued.

“Also, profound questions about his temperament. This is someone, I think, at DIA, had a reputation of being very hotheaded. Not a consensus builder. In the NSA position, you need to bring together disparate voices within the national security infrastructure to come together on tough policy. Those aren’t really his skills… in running an agency, in tamping down the impulsive nature of the president-elect, to have another volatile character in the Oval Office scares me.”

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the ranking member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, noted that “Trump has vowed to be a president for all Americans, but, with his selection of General Flynn, I don’t think he is making good on that promise.”

“I know that General Flynn and I are united in our goal of defeating and destroying ISIS, but the inflammatory and hateful remarks he has made only further fuel those who wish to do us harm,” Carper said. “In order to continue to take the fight to ISIS on the battlefield, we must be ready to keep working with Muslim Americans as well as our allies abroad from predominantly Muslim countries, and offensive generalizations about Islam are not only uncalled for, but entirely unproductive.”

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.), sponsor of the Magnitsky Act signed in 2012 to sanction Russian officials involved in the death of whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, said he’s “disturbed by General Flynn’s relationships and ties with Russian actors,” among other issues.

“I am concerned about General Flynn’s relationship with RT, a television network funded by the Russian government and well-known for promoting the Kremlin’s political agenda, but which Flynn has characterized as no different than CNN or MSNBC. General Flynn was paid to attend RT’s 10-year anniversary gala in Russia, where he gave a talk on world affairs and was photographed sitting next to Russian President Vladimir Putin – a photograph Mr. Putin has used repeatedly to promote his own causes,” Cardin said. “…I have serious questions about the fact that while General Flynn was sitting in on the classified national security briefings given to Donald Trump since August 2016, his lobbying firm, the Flynn Intel Group, was providing foreign government clients with ‘all-source intelligence support.’”

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of Trump’s transition team, told MSNBC today that Trump “is taking a non-traditional and unexpected approach.”

Asked about Flynn’s assertions that people are talking too tough on Russia and Vladimir Putin, Blackburn replied, “What we have to do is look at the fact that Russia is intertwining themselves with other countries. Whether it is China, whether it is Iran, whether it is other nation states, if you will, who have cyber warfare units. So Russia is not singular unto itself. And having individuals there that understand the way these threats move, the way they coalesce and form their participations I think is important.”

“Looking at China and their propensity for embedding hardware. Indeed, The New York Times had an article in this week about their embedding spyware into their hardware, and looking at these points of vulnerability in the virtual space,” Blackburn added. “That is something that you want your NSA director and your CIA director to have an appreciation and an understanding for as well as the physical threat.”

Happy Independence from ?? Day

July 3, 2016

Happy Independence from ?? Day, Dan Miller’s Blog, July 3, 2016

(The views expressed in this post represent my views but not necessarily those of Warsclerotic or its other editors. — DM)

How will Obama tell us to celebrate Independence Day tomorrow? Will He speak of Independence from The Dead Constitution? Independence from Islamophobia, or perhaps Independence for Safe Space Demanders? Let’s get ready to celebrate our own Independence Day tomorrow and then on November 8th.

Some get it, some don’t. Oh well. What difference does it make, Now? What difference will it make as Bill Whittle’s young American Fascists become government officials and increase their authority over us? We need to keep that from happening.

As Stephen Kruiser wrote at PJ Media, our great lefty “journalists” had to get into the game. One complained about the playing of God Bless America at sporting events. Gersh Kuntzman, somewhat reminiscent of Obama’s mentor Jeremiah Wright, wrote,

It’s time for God to stop blessing America during the seventh-inning stretch. Welcome to the July 4 holiday weekend — when once again, baseball fans will be assaulted by the saccharine-sweet non-anthem “God Bless America” at stadia all over this great land. But no matter which home team you root, root, root for, “God Bless America” should be sent permanently to the bench.

Oh well. Chuck him.

In a Los Angeles Times editorial, Mark Oppenheimer wrote about the National Flag:

I come from flag-ambivalent America. My neighborhood is peopled by gays and Jews, professors and social workers, and Catholics of the Dorothy Day persuasion. Yoga practitioners and yoga teachers. Vegetarians. Bicycling enthusiasts. We love the Fourth of July, with its long weekend, its parades, its backyard barbecues (veggie burgers available). It wouldn’t be Independence Day without flag bunting on floats, flags lining our Main Streets, flags adorning houses. But we aren’t much for patriotic symbolism the rest of the year. For us, it’s an article of faith that crude patriotism quickly turns on the underdog, the minority. We know how the flag is used to impose loyalty tests, which we find un-American.

And then, of course, there’s always the danger of fireworks. As Stephen Kruiser wrote in the PJ Media piece linked above,

Modern American leftists are emotionally constipated, offense-seeking, finger-wagging shrews who are motivated solely by the desire to make everyone else as miserable as they are. The really weird thing is that they are under the impression that it is the conservatives who are like that. They’re either in the midst of the longest-running collective psychotic break ever, or they know the truth about themselves and that merely compounds their misery. Puritans in the 1600s probably smiled more in a day than a crusading twenty-something American social justice warrior media hack will in a lifetime should he or she live to 100.

Much of our past is now deemed “racist” or otherwise too distressing to study and is therefore shuttered from K1-12 and much of academia. I guess some of us old farts will be able to remember and speak about bits and pieces of the past, at least until more of it is deemed offensive and therefore politically incorrect. Can we restore the study of actual American history in place of bland and inoffensive fabrications? We had better.

But how did any of them survive without welfare, Obamacare, free stuff, affirmative action, safe spaces, multiple government regulations, political correctness and the gloriously all-embracing peace of Islam? Come to think of it, how did any of them survive without the beneficent, ever-flowing help of Dear Leader Obama?

Can we — will we —  keep her that way?

Finally, Grandpa Jones

Will we kick out ol’ Dan Tucker, I mean Barack and Hillary, and make America right again this November? Let’s make November 8th our Independence From The Leftist-Obama-Clinton Debacle Day. It may well be our last chance.

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The rout of the globalists

June 24, 2016

The rout of the globalists, American ThinkerPatricia McCarthy, June 24, 2016

Brexit prevailed and our globalist elites are shocked!  The rest of us are shocked that they are shocked.  The elites of the globalist world are shocked by the candidacy of Donald Trump.  What is wrong with this picture?  It is a loud shout-out re: the  willful blindness of those globalist elites…like Cameron, Obama, Kerry, etc.  Obama threatened the Brits: if they voted for Brexit, they would “go to the end of the queue.”  What a thug our misguided President is – and an ignorant one at that.  The Brits just gave Obama the back of their hand.

None of the  UK toffs, or the American lib elites thought this would happen.  How fun to see them so discombobulated.  But who on earth could believe the people of the Britain could possibly be happy with what has happened to their country?  They have been overrun by immigrants from vastly different cultures who demand and get submission to their religious mandates.They are being out-populated by the birthrates of those immigrants.  Entire neighborhoods are now governed by Sharia law. British citizens are daily victimized by the few but venal among those immigrants. And still, the elites of the world believed that the UK would vote to stay in the EU!  Can there be any question about the cluelessness of our self-regarded betters?

People who have been taught to feel entitled want free stuff from the people who earn what they desire.  Poor economies feel entitled to the perks that productive nations produce.  Greece thought, once it became a member of the EU, that  it could spend like Britain and now they are both broke and in debt, (Greek debt, $351b, UK debt $1.6 t) like the US (US debt, $19t). Obama has doubled our debt.  American taxpayers are his ATM just like they were for the Clintons and will be again if Hillary is elected.

Cameron has come forward to resign.  He backed the wrong horse. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Was this subterfuge?  Did he really support the Remain camp?  Will he be coddled into staying in office?  London, wholly in the Remain camp,  is like NY, SF, LA and DC; bubbles like the one Pauline Kael inhabited when she was so shocked that Nixon had won and she knew no one who had voted for him.  Like NY, SF, LA and DC, it is the wealthy and powerful elites who are so, so willing to surrender their rights, their freedoms and their country’s sovereignty to be politically correct.  Support the Islamists, trash the Christians; Orlando was about guns, not terrorism.  Give us a break!

We have been sold down the river by members of some elite, juvenile fraternity of submission to nonsense.  Radical Islamists submit themselves to an utterly, brutal, murderous unreformed “faith.”  The Orlando shooter is a perfect example of what submission hath wrought.  The dems who staged that silly sit-in about guns are a laughingstock to all Americans who actually pay attention to facts and reality.

The Left’s response to Orlando is an hysterical defense of Islam and an even more hysterical move to repeal the Second Amendment .  Who are these people?  If Brexit is not a wake-up call for Americans, then we are truly mind-numbed.  Trump may be a jerk but he is not Hillary.  She is  America’s version of the UK elite,  ready to sell us out for the deadly imposition of political correctness.  Think before you vote.  Our lives  and the future of this once great nation depend upon who is elected in November.