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  • Peter Bergen: The real reason Saudis rolled out the reddest of red carpets

    05/22/2017 9:31:07 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | Peter Bergen
    Riyadh is a sprawling city of more than 6 million built by massive oil revenues, punctuated by soaring skyscrapers... *snip* But Riyadh, despite its seemingly shiny veneer, is in trouble. For the first time in decades the Saudi monarchy can no longer rely on the revenues from oil to maintain its position as the leading Arab state and to buy off any aspirations that the Saudi population might have to play a real role in politics. That's because the days of $100-a-barrel oil are long gone and are unlikely to return anytime soon. And it is this reality that made...
  • Anthony Cordesman: OPINION: Trump gets it right in Saudi Arabia

    05/22/2017 9:13:24 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | Anthony H. Cordesman
    When it came to the core of his speech — the fight against terrorism — the president’s choice in words really mattered. He avoided phrases like “Islamic extremism,” but repeatedly made it clear that the U.S. would focus on the threats posed by “terrorists and extremists.” He carefully avoided the financial aspects of burden sharing — something all too necessary in a Saudi Arabia spending something like three times the percent of its GDP on defense as the U.S. and nearly six times the percentage of the average NATO ally. But, he was perfectly clear about what he expected from...
  • Here’s What Former Spooks Say About The ‘Damage Assessment’ On Trump’s Russia Disclosures

    05/22/2017 6:21:36 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies ^ | Ryan Pickrell
    “I do not see what Trump gave as a leak,” Air Force Colonel James Waurishuk, a former senior intelligence officer, told TheDCNF. “That is part of a foreign policy capability and process to share information with other countries for whatever reason.” He also suggested that another reason the intelligence community may not be carrying out reviews and damage assessments is that “there is no reason to do that because there was really no damage done.” “The only damage assessments I know of is when there has been some kind of compromise for an operation,” he further explained. The DCNF reached...
  • IBM Says No to Home Work

    05/21/2017 1:57:15 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 87 replies
    International Business Machines is giving thousands of its remote workers in the U.S. a choice this week: Abandon your home workspaces and relocate to a regional office -- or leave the company. The 105-year-old technology giant is quietly dismantling its popular decades-old remote work program to bring employees back into offices, a move it says will improve collaboration and accelerate the pace of work. The changes comes as IBM copes with 20 consecutive quarters of falling revenue and rising shareholder ire over Chief Executive Ginni Rometty's pay package. The company won't say how many of its 380,000 employees are affected...
  • The Delusional Press for Power of the Anti-Trump Crowd (This is good)

    05/21/2017 5:39:41 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies
    American Greatness ^ | Roger Kimball
    In the preface to the 1852 edition of his book [Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds - free on Kindle], Mackay notes that nations, like individuals, have their “seasons of excitement and and recklessness, when they care not what they do.” We find whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly. . . . We’re there, friends. The “one object,” the single “delusion” that has caught the attention...
  • Russia's Lavrov says he did not discuss Comey with Trump - Interfax

    05/20/2017 10:06:56 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 34 replies
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday he had not discussed the firing of the former FBI Director James Comey with U.S. President Donald Trump, Interfax news agency reported. "We did not touch this issue at all," Interfax quoted Lavrov as saying. The New York Times has reported that Trump told Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak at a White House meeting last week that firing Comey relieved "great pressure" the president faced from a law-enforcement probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
  • Why There Won’t Be Any Evidence Of Russian ‘Collusion,’ Explained In Just Two Paragraphs

    05/20/2017 4:36:11 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 63 replies ^ | Ryan Pickrell
    Conservative blogger Jim Geraghty, a contributor for National Review and noted #nevertrumper, explained the complete lack of evidence in just two very straightforward paragraphs. Are any Democratic lawmakers starting to fear that they’re not going to find that evidence? The intelligence community is presumably always watching the Russian government as closely as they can. The FBI counterintelligence guys presumably track Russian agents on our soil as much as possible. You figure the NSA can track just about any electronic communication between Russians and figures in the Trump campaign. If there was something sinister and illegal going on between the Trump...
  • Huma Abedin seeks divorce from Weiner after guilty plea

    05/19/2017 3:14:29 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 80 replies
    Huma Abedin reportedly filed for divorce from Anthony Weiner Friday, hours after the disgraced former congressman pleaded guilty to sexting a minor. Abedin, a long-time aide to Hillary Clinton, first separated from Weiner in August 2016, after learning of allegations that her husband had sent explicit photos to a then 15-year-old girl. Earlier Friday, a tearful Weiner pleaded guilty to sexting a minor, apologizing in court to the teenaged victim and blaming his own "destructive impulses" for the prison time that now awaits him. The New York federal judge accepted Weiner's admission to sending sexually explcit texts to a minor...
  • Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation (NYT)

    05/19/2017 12:29:13 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 157 replies ^ | MATT APUZZO, MAGGIE HABERMAN and MATTHEW ROSENBERG
    President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” Mr. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.” The conversation, during a May 10 meeting — the day after he fired Mr. Comey — reinforces...
  • Gregg Jarrett: Comey's revenge is a gun without powder

    05/19/2017 4:46:07 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 38 replies ^ | Gregg Jarrett
    Under the law, Comey is required to immediately inform the Department of Justice of any attempt to obstruct justice by any person, even the President of the United States. Failure to do so would result in criminal charges against Comey. (18 USC 4 and 28 USC 1361) He would also, upon sufficient proof, lose his license to practice law. So, if Comey believed Trump attempted to obstruct justice, did he comply with the law by reporting it to the DOJ? If not, it calls into question whether the events occurred as the Times reported it. Obstruction requires what’s called “specific...
  • Robert Gates: I Am ‘in Agreement’ With Trump’s ‘Disruptive Approach’

    05/15/2017 5:37:27 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Pam Key
    On this week’s broadcast of CBS’s “Face the Nation,” former secretary of defense Robert Gates said he was “in agreement” with President Donald Trump’s “disruptive approach.” Partial transcript as follows: DICKERSON: What’s your sense overall of President Trump as an unpredictable leader? GATES: Broadly philosophically, I’m in agreement with his disruptive approach. So in government, I’m a strong believer in the need for reform of government agencies and departments. They have gotten fat and sloppy and they’re not user-friendly. They are inefficient. They cost too much. I also think on the foreign policy side that there is a need for...
  • Marty (1953) Rod Steiger [What? Where's Ernie Borgnine?]

    05/14/2017 3:31:37 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    Video LinkThis is a great story by Paddy Chayefsky.I love the Ernie Borgnine rendition and this one.Hope you enjoy it.
  • The Impotence of the Anti-Trump Ruling Class

    05/14/2017 8:55:47 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    american spectator ^ | GEORGE NEUMAYR
    In its clawing fury over Trump, the ruling class reveals nothing but its own impotence and insularity. They are just a collection of unconvincing bores talking to themselves. One can only laugh at the delusional quality of their mutterings. Take this whopper in the New York Times’s editorial on the Comey firing: “Mr. Comey was fired because he was leading an active investigation that could bring down a president.” Wow, sounds ominous. But what is that investigation again? How does it implicate Trump? The Times can’t tell us. We are just supposed to accept on its say-so that it is...
  • Trump can't win the press

    05/14/2017 6:47:21 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies
    The mania over James Comey's firing would carry more weight if the press didn't behave this way every time President Trump signed an order, wrote a tweet or flushed a toilet. Political commentators, news organizations and lawmakers on both sides had been calling for Comey's ousting for months for his bizarre, inconstant approach in conducting the sensitive investigations into Hillary Clinton's emails and then Trump's election campaign. But now that he's gone, the media act like America just lost its favorite uncle. Everyone is now used to the simple fact that no matter what he does, Trump cannot win the...
  • Trump fu traps James Comey?

    05/14/2017 5:46:00 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 35 replies ^ | James Lewis
    Interesting how things come around again. Anyway, the other day, Trump needed to know if Comey was one of the big leakers trying to destroy him. Because the NYT and WaPo and a thousand other media types have made no secret of their bloodlust when it comes to destroying one Donald Trump, duly elected president of the United States. I'll bet that Trump, who knows how to confuse liberals with his words, said something that was almost impeachable, but not quite. But nobody is going to confess to taping it, because that would also be illegal. So Comey snaps at...
  • Overcoming Laziness from Unconscious Incompetence to Conscious Competence - Mark Divine

    05/13/2017 2:37:48 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies
    Video LinkI thought this was a great motivational video.I am 68 y/o and work out everyday...but, like all of us, I look for external motivation.This video helps explain some of the issues surrounding motivation.

    05/13/2017 5:08:35 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 37 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Friday, May 12, 2017 | Alicia Powe
    In a rare admission, the acting FBI director Andrew McCabe on Thursday testified that morale within the bureau took a huge hit after Comey cleared Clinton. “There were folks within our agency who were frustrated with the outcome of the Hillary Clinton case and some of those folks were very vocal about those concerns,” McCabe said. Critics claim McCabe is partisan because his wife took $700,000 for a 2015 state senate race in Virginia from Democrats, including long time Clinton aide, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. And former State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard, who served as the State Department’s inspector...
  • Russian hacker claims FBI offered him [a new life if he would confess to hacking Podesta emails]

    05/12/2017 7:28:19 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies ^ | Thomas Lifson
    Full Title: Russian hacker claims FBI offered him citizenship and a new life if he would confess to hacking Podesta emails on behalf of Putin and Trump According to a report in Newsweek by Tom O’Connor, a Russian hacker who had been detained in Prague at the request of US authorities, was visited multiple times by FBI agents, who pressed him to confess to hacking the Podesta emails at the behest of Putin, and to help Trump. They allegedly (and unsuccessfully) offered generous inducements, to say the least. Yevgeniy Nikulin, 29, has found himself in the middle of an international...
  • U.S. Military to Move ‘Very Quickly’ in Arming Syrian Kurds Despite Turkish Opposition

    05/11/2017 6:58:54 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 17 replies ^ | Natalie Johnson
    The U.S. military will move forward "very quickly" with plans to distribute weapons and ammunition to Kurdish YPG fighters battling the Islamic State in Syria despite opposition from NATO ally Turkey, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday. "We've got a certain amount of supply in the country already that was used to equip the Syrian Arab Coalition and some of that may be distributed very quickly," Air Force Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led campaign against ISIS, told Pentagon reporters. Dorrian said he did not have an exact timeline detailing when the Kurdish fighters would receive...
  • The Case For Merrick Garland As FBI Director

    05/11/2017 6:21:32 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 60 replies ^ | Kevin Daly
    President Donald Trump’s decision to dismiss former FBI Director James Comey has precipitated a small cataclysm in the nation’s capital, as commentators speculate that Trump has dealt a deathblow to his administration’s integrity. Whether the public shares their assessment is still an open question, but Trump could strike a blow for competence and trust by installing a seasoned prosecutor widely admired by his political opposition — Judge Merrick Garland, former President Barack Obama’s last nominee to the Supreme Court. The White House has been silent with respect to possible successors, names like Michael Chertoff and Ray Kelly have circulated widely...