FBI/GUNS: Brody – Lethal minds; Fabian – Trump’s anger; York – Russian indictment; Fund – FBI a rolling stone; White – Indictments from Buzzfeed.
HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber sites.
LEADS: Dougherty – Mitt a misfit; Schoffstall – Soros Junior; Zito – Faith & virtue; Snyder – Debt cancer.
PA: Wagner – Soros alert.
RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 02-16-18; Eastwood 15:17 to Paris; Churchill show times.
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James Brody, Lethal Minds
Youngsters still have superstitious minds – blame the loudest noise, the most recent change, the flight of a bird into a window, for whatever happens next. And human minds do not mature into cause-effect thinking until they are 23 years old. Before age 23, you are dealing with a mob, not a voter. Terrorists, however, have taught us the weapons value of airplanes, knives, taxis and busses, and even pressure cookers. The AR15 gets blame when it conveniently suits the purposes of an adolescent . . . the FBI knew of the high school shooter since January 5th and the police made 39 house-calls on him. The kid had plenty of time to skip his medications and make lethal, grandiose, achievable plans that used a slingshot if necessary. . .
Jordan Fabian, The Hill: “Trump’s anger boils over with Russia probe”
“In a remarkable burst of tweets sent from his Mar-a-Lago resort, the president blamed the Obama administration for not doing enough to deter Russia and claimed he never denied the meddling took place — all while undercutting his own national security adviser who said Saturday that the interference is now “beyond dispute.”
“If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams,” Trump tweeted just after 8 a.m. “They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!”
“The tweets revealed the depth of Trump’s frustration following special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of more than a dozen Russians accused of meddling in the 2016 election in an effort to boost Trump’s campaign.
“Trump has long bristled at the notion that he received help in defeating his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, and has resisted calls from members of both political parties to do more to disrupt the Kremlin’s plans to meddle in future U.S. elections.
“The president has not criticized Russia for its election-meddling scheme, opting to focus on the ways he believes Mueller’s indictment exonerates his campaign from colluding with the Kremlin. . .”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Byron York: A non-alarmist reading of the Mueller Russia indictment”
“There’s been no shortage of breathless reaction to Trump-Russia special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian organizations for their efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. “An attack that — but for the loss of life — is as bad as Pearl Harbor,” tweeted veteran journalist Jonathan Alter.
“That’s one way to look at it. Another is that, combining the 37-page indictment with testimony from social media executives before congressional intelligence committees — and there isn’t much in the indictment that the intel committees didn’t already know — the Russian operation, while warranting serious U.S. punishment, emerges as a small, poorly funded operation with a level of effectiveness that is impossible to measure but could be near zero. . .”
John Fund, NRO: “End the 9/11 Syndrome at the FBI: Terrible Things Happen, and There’s Little Accountability”
“Howard Finkelstein, the Broward County public defender whose office is representing Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., puts it bluntly:
‘This kid exhibited every single known red flag, from killing animals to having a cache of weapons to disruptive behavior to saying he wanted to be a school shooter. If this isn’t a person who should have gotten someone’s attention, I don’t know who is. This was a multi-system failure.’
“Specifically, the FBI admits that it received two separate tips about Cruz. Last fall, a frequent YouTube vlogger noticed an alarming comment left on one of his videos. “I’m going to be a professional school shooter,” said a user named Nikolas Cruz. The vlogger alerted the FBI and was interviewed. But the agency subsequently claimed its investigators couldn’t locate Cruz, despite the highly unusual spelling of his first name.
“Then, just six weeks ago, a person close to Cruz warned a call taker on the FBI’s tip line that the expelled student had a desire to kill and might attack a school. The bureau said that the information was not passed to agents in the Miami office. Florida governor Rick Scott has called for FBI director Christopher Wray to be fired. So has NRO’s Kevin Williamson in a powerful piece: “Fire the FBI Chief.” Other officials are calling for FBI heads to roll, but at a level below Wray’s. Florida attorney general Pam Bondi told Fox News, ‘The people who had that information and did not do anything with it, they are the ones that need to go.’
“For his part, Director Wray is promising that his agency will conduct a full probe. Congressional oversight committees are skeptical about how complete that will be given the recent evidence of the FBI’s politicized role in the probes of Russia and the Trump campaign, along with the infamous anti-Trump ‘Steele dossier,’ which the FBI relied on without verifying,
‘The fact that the FBI is investigating this failure is not enough,’ Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) said in a statement. ‘Law enforcement personnel constantly remind the public that ‘if you see something, say something.’ In this tragic case, people close to the shooter said something, and our system utterly failed the families of seventeen innocent souls.’
“Nor is the Parkland shooting the first time the FBI has fallen down on its most basic job: assessing threats and acting on them. Look at what has happened just in Florida in the last two years. FBI agents investigated as a suspect the man who gunned down 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016, but concluded the agency couldn’t act against him. The FBI also had an unexpected visit from the mentally ill man charged with killing five people at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport last year. He had walked into an FBI field office and made bizarre, though not threatening, statements.
“Of course there should be a housecleaning at the FBI. But there is a larger issue. I call it America’s 9/11 Syndrome. I was across the street from the World Trade Center the day the terrorists flew two planes into it. I will never forget what I saw that day, including people holding hands jumping from the burning towers before they collapsed and killed 2,606 people.
“I retain a mixture of feelings about that day, ranging from deep sadness to pride that my fellow New Yorkers played against stereotypes and helped each other so much that day and afterwards. But what also sticks in my mind is a simple fact: Not one person in the federal government was fired on account of 9/11.
“I’m not the only one who feels that way. During his presidential campaign, Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) noted that the FBI had caught the ‘20th hijacker’ a month before his comrades launched their deadly carnage on 9/11. ‘The FBI agent who caught him wrote 70 letters to FBI headquarters saying we should look at this guy’s computer — get a warrant — and they never did.’ Senator Paul told CNN’s Jake Tapper in 2015. ‘That was a huge failure, and I never quite understood why no one was fired over 9/11. . . . And there were some mistakes. We also had a report out of Arizona of people trying to fly planes but not learning how to land them.’
“As bad as those mistakes were, the Bush administration made them worse. . .”
Jamie White, InfoWars: “SHOCK: MUELLER INDICTMENTS PLAGIARIZED FROM BUZZFEED?”
“Russian troll group activities reported by liberal media since 2013
“. . . According to the indictment, the 13 Russians worked for several companies, including a “troll farm” based in St. Petersburg called the Internet Research Agency, which operated both pro- and anti-Trump social media accounts, as well as accounts favorable to Black Lives Matter and Bernie Sanders.
“The indictment charges all of the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the United States, three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft,” special counsel spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement.
“However, a 2014 report from Buzzfeed shows that not only was this troll group’s activities known, they were also fairly transparent about what they were doing. . .”
Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
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“The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,). Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC. Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded! I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.
Michael Brendan Dougherty, NRO: “Romney Is a Misfit for America”
“. . .Conservatives have also been on and off again when it comes to Romney. Back in 2006, a man wearing a dolphin suit would stalk Romney around CPAC. Flipper was popular with conservatives then. But two years later at the same convention, Laura Ingraham and other conservatives despaired at the capitulation to John McCain when Romney announced his exit from the race.
“Some political observers are hoping that Romney will save the Republican party from Trumpism. He was the man who tried to torpedo Trump’s 2016 campaign, calling Trump ‘a con man’ and a ‘fake.’ Romney has a real fortune and real grace in his deportment. Others point out that it was Romney who helped to legitimate Trump by dropping everything but his wife to receive Trump’s endorsement in 2012.
“What is constant about Romney is his civic-minded desire to serve in office and his confidence that he can do a good job. He is probably right that he would do well in office. He is wholesome, efficient, industrious, and faithful. But he combines all this with a barely concealed panic; he has no idea how to make a majority of voters choose him for the job. And so each new persona seems like a new attempt to condescend to us. . .”
Joe Schoffstall, Washington Free Beacon: “George Soros’s Son Donated $650,000 to Democratic Committees and Campaigns Last Year”
“. . . The son of liberal billionaire financier George Soros donated $650,000 to Democratic campaigns and committees last year, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Alexander Soros, Soros’s son and managing partner of Soros Brothers Investments, has quietly stepped up as a major liberal donor but has remained relatively obscure due to his father garnering much of the media attention in the family.
“Alex’s generous contributions spanned across a number of liberal party committees and campaigns, including two donations totaling $203,400 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) recount and building funds, while providing an additional $33,900 to the committee during the primary period.
“Alex also gave large amounts to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). Like his contributions to the DCCC, Soros gave the DSCC $203,400 for its recount and headquarters account, with another $33,900 going towards the primaries.
“The Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) building account additionally received six figures from Soros. Alex poured $101,700 into the DNC’s headquarters account and $33,900 was provided to the committee for the general election.
“Soros also gave thousands to the campaigns of Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Bob Casey (Pa.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Jon Tester (Mont.), and Chris Murphy (Conn.), among others. . .”
Salena Zito, NY Post: “Faith is no longer a virtue in America”
“. . . McGregor said most Christian denominations believe in the same thing Pence does — that Jesus can speak directly to members of his flock. ‘If anyone knows anything about the Christian faith, the gift of the Holy Spirit is God speaking to us and through us,’ he said, adding, ‘It’s not like [Pence] thinks he’s Moses or something. You know what I’m saying?’
“McGregor finds this intolerance and lack of empathy from celebrities and the media both startling and predictable. ‘It is as though in popular culture being a person of faith has gone from being a virtue to a liability,’ he said.
“Behar’s jeering of Pence follows 18 months of public scorn thrown at the vice president. It began with the audience booing him at a Broadway production of ‘Hamilton’ and recently sparked again at the Olympics, where the vice president sat steely-faced alongside Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korea’s brutal dictator, during the opening ceremonies. USA Today’s David Meeks blasted Pence for not standing for the united Korean team, calling him ‘an embarrassment.’
“Meanwhile, The Washington Post likened Kim Yo-jong to Ivanka Trump, noting her “high cheekbones and fine ears.”
“Never mind that she is the director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers’ Party of Korea and is part of a regime that publicly executes its people.
“For McGregor and millions of other Christians, it is unnerving to live in a world where the sister of a despot is normalized and glamorized but a man of faith is considered ‘mentally ill.’ . . .”
Michael Snyder, Economic Collapse: “Debt Cancer: More Than 80 Percent of American Adults Owe Somebody Else Money”
Hat Tip – InfoWars . . .
“How long can our debt levels keep growing much, much faster than the overall economy? We haven’t had a year of 3 percent growth for the U.S. economy since the middle of the Bush administration, but we keep borrowing money as if there is no tomorrow. Much of the focus has been on the exploding debt of the federal government, and that is definitely something I plan to address once I get to Washington. But on an individual level, U.S. consumers have been extremely irresponsible as well. In fact, one new survey has found that more than 80 percent of all American adults are currently in debt…
“For most of us, it starts very early. We were told that going into debt to get a college education would not be a problem because we would be able to pay those loans off with the good jobs we would get after graduation.
Unfortunately, those good jobs never really materialized for many of us, and now millions of former college students are absolutely drowning in debt…
In addition to owing more than a trillion dollars on student loans, Americans are also now carrying more than a trillion dollars of auto loan debt and more than a trillion dollars of credit card debt.
“Corporations have been incredibly irresponsible as well. Corporate debt has doubled since the last financial crisis, and corporate bankruptcies have been rising steadily in recent years. All it would take for the dominoes to really start falling is some sort of a major economic downturn.
“Local, state and federal government debt levels are all at record highs as well. It is now being projected that our national debt will hit 30 trillion dollars by 2028, and those projections are probably too optimistic. . .”
Scott Wagner: Soros Alert
“I warned you about Governor Wolf working with George Soros to “install permanent progressive power in the states,” and now we’re seeing just how they plan to do it.
“Governor Wolf is promising he’ll send his own version of the new congressional district maps to the Supreme court.
“He says that they’ll be impartial… but you know what that means. He and George Soros are making sure they are drawn in such a way that they serve as a permanent source of advantage and power for progressive liberal causes.
“No wonder liberals like Eric Holder and President Obama are investing in Pennsylvania to protect Tom Wolf. He’s faithfully returning the favor by tampering with OUR maps under the guise of “leadership.”
“Make no mistake. We are under attack. And if we don’t do something now, we won’t be able to stop them.
“I’ve started a petition to tell both Soros AND Wolf to keep their hands off our district maps.Will you join me by signing today?”
Mark Levin, 2-16-18
“On Friday’s Mark Levin show, Twice, people saw something, said something, and the FBI blew it! How in the world could the FBI miss 2 leads on Nikolas Cruz? We have been pummeled by the gun control activists and others like Jimmy Kimmel who blame President Trump for this. None of that matters because the FBI had Cruz’s name and had more than enough reason to pursue him. The FBI could have alerted all law enforcement in the state of Florida to keep an eye on Cruz and alerted all gun stores in Florida to contact them if he purchased a weapon. They could have contacted school districts in Florida too. This is not just a screw up but a big deal.
“After that, the people in Florida and around the country have a good reason to demand an answer as to why this school was not secured. They fight like hell on the left for the school lunch program and for union contracts. However, we have an absolute right to expect a whole lot more when it comes to protecting our kids and grandkids. Until Congress has a debate on security in schools, then we know they are not serious about it, but school districts can act now before Congress. Israel passed a law mandating greater security in schools and training teachers in gun use. The last two school shootings there ended in teachers taking out the terrorist.
“Later, Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russians for interfering in our elections. How they were able to track down specific name of Russians but could track down the killer Cruz? They indicted 13 trolls who operate out of Russia, and live in Russia, so how are they going to get jurisdiction there. We will never get our hands on them as they are in Russia and this is just a press release, that’s all.”
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