CPAC; WILLIAMSON – Abolish Prez Day; McCARTHY – FLYNN?; ESCRIT –Wilders pushes on; GLICK – ISR alliance; NY Post – EPA rebellion.
LEADS: Drudge links; SPERRY – Obama activists; JOHNSON – BO’s “library”; BLAKE – McCAIN; MARESCA – Carrier to S. China Sea.
NOTES: McCARTHY – Blind Sheik in hell; RUSSIANS & JOHN DENVER; RUSSIANS at North Pole; BRODY: Impulse and Islam?
CPAC – Feb 22-25, 2017. Schedule, Agenda
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD, 20745
Ph: (202) 347-9388
“The presidency today is a grotesquerie. It is a temporary kingship without the benefit of blood or honor or antiquity, which is to say a combination of the worst aspects of monarchy with the worst aspects of democracy, a kind of inverted Norway.” Kevin Willliamson
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Abolish Presidents’ Day”
“It is time to roll back the imperial cult.
“Monday is Presidents’ Day, a.k.a. Washington’s Birthday (federally), a.k.a. Washington and Lincoln Day (Colorado, Ohio, Utah), a.k.a. Washington and Jefferson’s Birthday (Alabama), a.k.a. Washington and Daisy Gatson Bates Day (seriously, Arkansas?), a.k.a. another excuse for the sort of underemployed worthless miscreants who get federal holidays off to enjoy another three-day weekend while contemplating the absolute historical and epoch-defining splendor of an august office held by the likes of Andrew Johnson, Millard Fillmore, James Buchanan, Woodrow Wilson’s wife, William Jefferson Clinton’s humidor, and Donald J. Trump.
“Worst. Holiday. Ever.
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Why Was the FBI Investigating General Flynn?”
“There appears to have been no basis for a criminal or intelligence probe.
“. . .On what basis was the FBI investigating General Flynn?
“Most people think of the FBI as a federal police department that does gumshoe detective work, albeit at a high level and with peerless forensic capabilities. That, indeed, is how I thought of the FBI for my first eight years as a federal prosecutor, before I began investigating terrorism cases and became acquainted with the FBI’s night job. Turns out the FBI’s house has a whole other wing, separate and apart from its criminal-investigation division. Back in pre-9/11 days, this side of the house was called the foreign counter-intelligence division. Now, it is the national-security branch. Whatever the name, it is our domestic security service, protecting the nation against hostile foreign activity — espionage, other hostile intelligence ops, terrorism, acquisition of technology and components of weapons of mass destruction, and so on.
“Most of the national-security branch’s work is done in secret, never intended to see the light of day in courtroom prosecutions. In some countries, including Britain, domestic security is handled by an agency (MI5) independent of domestic law enforcement (MI6). In our country, it is handled by a single agency, the FBI, based on the assumption (a sound one in my opinion) that the two missions are interrelated and that one can leverage the other more easily under one roof.
“The FBI also has the foreign-intelligence gig because the Bureau is fully constrained by the Constitution and other federal law. Our other intelligence agencies — the best example is the CIA — are prohibited from “spying” inside the United States, largely because their foreign operations are outside the jurisdiction and fetters of American law. We understand that our security requires that our domestic security service have wide intelligence-gathering latitude; but we do not permit it to be limitless — it must respect our constitutional rights.
“So how do we make sure the FBI does that if we’re giving it license to investigate people even when it does not suspect a crime or a threat? We do it by dividing the subjects of its intelligence investigations into three classifications and giving the FBI commonsense authority to deal with each. . .”
Thomas Escritt, Reuters: “Wilders at Dutch campaign launch vows to crack down on ‘Moroccan scum’”
“Dutch anti-Muslim, anti-EU party leader Geert Wilders promised to crack down on “Moroccan scum” who he said were making the streets unsafe and urged the Dutch to “regain” their country as he launched his election campaign on Saturday.
Wilders was surrounded by police and security guards during a walkabout in Spijkenisse, part of the ethnically diverse industrial area surrounding the vast port of Rotterdam and a stronghold of his Freedom Party.
“Not all are scum, but there is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who makes the streets unsafe,” he told reporters, speaking in English. “If you want to regain your country, if you want to make the Netherlands for the people of the Netherlands, your own home, again, then you can only vote for one party.”
Caroline Glick, RCP: “The Trump-Netanyahu Alliance”
“When they met on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin were both walking wounded.
“Netanyahu arrived in Washington the center of a criminal investigation the chief characteristic of which is that selected details of the probe are regularly leaked to the media by anonymous sources who cannot be challenged or held to account.
“These anonymous sources, from inside the police and state prosecution, use hand-picked reporters who all share a visceral hatred of Netanyahu, to present a version of the probe to the public that besmirches Netanyahu and his family.
“The prospect that Netanyahu may face indictment weakens his position in his party. Likud ministers, unsure of the future, but certain that they cannot challenge the credibility of unnamed sources without risking their own reputations and political futures, refuse to stand with Netanyahu and defend him. And so, with each additional anonymously sourced, incriminating story, the prime minister finds his political power diminished.
“As for Trump, he met with Netanyahu two days after his loyal national security adviser, Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Michael Flynn, was forced to resign.
“Flynn’s resignation was the culmination of a continuous campaign of defamation waged against him that began even before Trump was elected.
“Flynn rose to national prominence in 2014 after then-president Barack Obama, who promoted him and appointed him to head the Defense Intelligence Agency, summarily fired him. Obama fired Flynn because the general opposed his nuclear deal with Iran, and opposed his supportive view of the Muslim Brotherhood, among other things. Since he was forced into early retirement, Flynn became an outspoken critic of the politicization of US intelligence agencies under the Obama administration.
“The campaign against Flynn was based on highly classified information regarding conversations Flynn held with Russia’s ambassador to the US during the transition process in December. Under US law, intelligence agencies are prohibited from divulging the identity of US citizens whose conversations with foreign intelligence targets are intercepted.
“The law is in place for good reason. As Eli Lake wrote in Bloomberg on Tuesday, “Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity.
This is what police states do. . .”
NY Post: “The rebellion at the EPA is far from over”
“Despite an unprecedented revolt by the agency’s employees, Scott Pruitt was confirmed Friday to head the Environmental Protection Agency. But that’ll hardly be the end of the rebellion.
“As The New York Times reported, EPA staffers actively lobbied senators to oppose Pruitt — the kind of political activity normally off-limits for career civil servants.
“Their motive: Like Trump, Pruitt is highly skeptical of the “end all fossil-fuel use” prescription for combatting climate change, and a big doubter that renewable-energy sources can meet the nation’s needs. More, he’s a fierce opponent of over-regulation.
“Like Trump’s other nominees, in other words, he understands the real-world consequences of EPA action, preferring a more balanced approach.
“But the EPA is an aggressively activist agency. So its ‘civil servants’ have no qualms about getting overtly political, and longstanding tradition be damned.
“Then, too, Trump has vowed to reduce the EPA’s size — which puts comfy EPA jobs at risk. As one union leader said of the agency protests he helped lead: ‘It’s in our interests to do this.’ . . .”
President’s Agenda Beset by Opposition on Many Fronts…
Prospects of quick Obamacare repeal sinking fast…
Americans brimming with optimism on economy…
WASH POST PAGE ONE MONDAY: Trump supporters see success — frustrated with critics who don’t!
Paul Sperry, NY Post: “Obama-linked activists have a ‘training manual’ for protesting Trump”
“. . . Organizing for Action, a group founded by Obama and featured prominently on his new post-presidency website, is distributing a training manual to anti-Trump activists that advises them to bully GOP lawmakers into backing off support for repealing ObamaCare, curbing immigration from high-risk Islamic nations, and building a border wall.
“In a new Facebook post, OFA calls on activists to mobilize against Republicans from now until Feb. 26, when “representatives are going to be in their home districts.”
“The protesters disrupted town halls earlier this month, including one held in Utah by House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who was confronted by hundreds of angry demonstrators claiming to be his constituents.
“The manual, published with OFA partner ‘Indivisible,’ advises protesters to go into halls quietly so as not to raise alarms, and “grab seats at the front of the room but do not all sit together.” Rather, spread out in pairs to make it seem like the whole room opposes the Republican host’s positions. ‘This will help reinforce the impression of broad consensus.’ It also urges them to ask ‘hostile’ questions — while keeping ‘a firm hold on the mic’ — and loudly boo the the [sic!] GOP politician if he isn’t “giving you real answers.”
“Express your concern [to the event’s hosts] they are giving a platform to pro-Trump authoritarianism, racism, and corruption,” it says.
“‘The goal is to make Republicans, even from safe districts, second-guess their support for the Trump agenda, and to prime “the ground for the 2018 midterms when Democrats retake power.’ . .”
Richard Johnson, PageSix: “Barack Obama’s presidential library may need $1.5 billion”
Barry’s “library” consists of materials conceived and written and taped on my time, they belong to me and should be in the National Archives. Enough “Presidential Library” crap!
“. . . The Obama Center is due to be so expensive because it will require the construction of both a presidential library and a museum about the lives of Barack and Michelle Obama. And federal requirements now stipulate that former presidents must have larger endowments to pay for annual operating costs at the libraries. . .”
Aaron Blake, WaPo: “John McCain just systematically dismantled Donald Trump’s entire worldview”
Remember what he did to Sarah!
“John McCain is increasingly mad as hell about President Trump. And on Friday, he went after Trump — hard.
During a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, the Republican senator from Arizona delivered a pointed and striking point-by-point takedown of Trump’s worldview and brand of nationalism. McCain didn’t mention Trump’s name once, but he didn’t have to.
And even considering the two men’s up-and-down history and the terrible things Trump has said about McCain, it was a striking display from a senior leader of a party when it comes to a president of the same party.
In his speech, McCain suggested the Western world is uniquely imperiled this year — even more so than when Barack Obama was president — and proceeded to question whether it will even survive.
“In recent years, this question would invite accusations of hyperbole and alarmism; not this year,” McCain said. “If ever there were a time to treat this question with a deadly seriousness, it is now. . .”
Thomas Maresca, USA Today: “U.S. deploys carrier to contentious South China Sea”
“JAKARTA, Indonesia — The United States deployed aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to patrol the increasingly contentious South China Sea, despite Beijing’s warnings not to challenge its sovereignty in the resource-rich sea.
“The Navy described Saturday’s launch as the beginning of “routine operations” in the South China Sea. China claims most of the sea as its own, despite overlapping territorial and jurisdictional claims from the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei.
“Last week at a news conference, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, denounced advance news of the deployment.
“‘China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and their adjacent waters,’ he said. ‘China respects and upholds the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea which countries enjoy under international law, but firmly opposes any country’s attempt to undermine China’s sovereignty and security in the name of the freedom of navigation and overflight.’
“He added that China urged the U.S. to ‘refrain from challenging China’s sovereignty and security’ in the sea. . .”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Omar Abdel Rahman, the ‘Blind Sheikh,’ Is Dead”
“Omar Abdel Rahman, the notorious “Blind Sheikh” who died on Friday night while serving his life sentence in federal prison, was never shy about being a terrorist. As he put it:
‘What kind of name is this? Why are we afraid of it? Why do we fear the word terrorist? If the terrorist is the person who defends his right, so we are terrorists. And if the terrorist is the one who struggles for the sake of God, then we are terrorists. We . . . have been ordered with terrorism because we must prepare what power we can to terrorize the enemy of Allah and your enemy. The Koran says “to strike terror.” Therefore, we don’t fear to be described with “terrorism.” . . . They may say, “He is a terrorist, he uses violence, he uses force.” Let them say that. We are ordered to prepare whatever we can of power to terrorize the enemies of Islam.’
“Before there was an al-Qaeda or an ISIS, there was the Blind Sheikh, known to his worldwide following as “the emir of jihad.” And he bears much of the responsibility — he would think of it as the credit — for what followed him. Indeed, bin Laden credited Sheikh Abdel Rahman with the fatwa (the sharia-law edict) that approved the 9/11 jihadist attacks in which nearly 3,000 Americans were murdered. . .”
Russians: John Denver Fans
Thanks to WEEU in Reading for the John Denver “Unplugged in the USSR,” a concert in a mix of Russian and English. The material is part of a three CD collection. John played 6 and 12 string, solo, at 7pm Saturday evening, 02/18/17 and again at 6pm on Sunday. “Mountain Folk”
Russians at the North Pole (from CATS, 10/1/16)
I find this material more alarming than what the Soviets might have done to the Democrats!
“1. Building More Bases
“Russia is building and supporting more Arctic bases than any other country. The country’s Defense Minister, Sergey Shoygu, explained the moves saying that, “a constant military presence in the Arctic and a possibility to protect the state’s interests by military means are regarded as an integral part of the general policy to guarantee national security…One of the Ministry’s prioritized areas is development of military infrastructure in the region.” He went on to describe that the creation of Russia’s Arctic force and the distribution of ‘equipment with weapons for the whole Arctic’ will be completed by 2018.
“The overarching command structure for this new arctic force was created in December 2014 and was named Russia Joint Strategic Command North (JSCN). The command is based on the Northern Fleet and headquartered in Severomorsk. The surrounding area, referred to as the greater Murmansk region, is home to several bases where most of the Fleet’s 15+ submarines, and approximately 40 ships are located, including Russia’s one aircraft carrier the Admiral Kuznetsov. These Arctic bases are being expanded at a rate never before seen. Less than a 5-hour drive away from the Fleet’s Headquarters at Severomorsk is the Alakurtti base that has been significantly augmented and strengthened. It is only 30 miles from the border with Finland and is home to 3,000 personnel skilled in radio electronics. When the base improvements are complete, it will have an airfield, quarters capable of supporting a brigade of soldiers, and a large amount of new storage facilities that will house missiles and artillery ammunition.
“Alakurtti is not the only base being built up; Defense Minister Shoygu said flatly, ‘We are not hiding this from anyone: we have practically finished building bases on the Novosibirsk Archipelago, the island of Kotelny Island.’
“Kotelny is a former USSR satellite military base that was abandoned with the collapse of the Soviet Union. It also happens to be one of the largest islands in the area and the site of a new massive Russian military base.
“On the Eastern side of Russia, the Chukotka region has also been strengthened with a series of smaller bases on Wrangel Island (more colloquially known as the “home of the polar bear”), Cape Schmidt, the Kuril Islands, and others. And in the West, in October 2015, Russian officials announced that their massive base on the Franz Josef Land archipelago was 97 percent complete. This base sits along the 80th parallel, or approximately 14 degrees further north than the Arctic Circle. Current plans are for the base to support 150 troops to live and operate there completely independent and unsupported for up to 18 months. And to support and defend their Arctic bases, Russia is also planning to build 13 airfields and at least 10 air-defense RADAR stations to be completed by 2017.
The map below illustrates Russia’s Arctic bases and how they are positioned to gain the upper hand in this burgeoning expanse. . .”
Irony: their position means the Russians are in the best position to protect Swedish women from Muslim rapists . . .
Impulse and Islam? (from forthcoming Sugar Bitches)
“There may be some interaction between intelligence of guards and prisoners and the severity of guarding. Islamic groups who need an Imam’s lectures five times per day may reflect the tribal history of an impulsive, perhaps hyperactive, people. Imams didn’t create impulsiveness but are a reaction to it. (Could there be an overlap between terrorists and people who need Sharia in their pocket?) A look at Southeast Asian Muslims may find there is little need to beat women, sew up their vaginas, or slaughter non-Muslim neighbors!)
Americans and their immigration policy may benefit . . . Clark is particularly relevant..
Clark, Gregory (2014) The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.