This seems important: Freedom Watch Notifies Congress of “Deep State” Intelligence Whistle-Blower

Freedom Watch Notifies Congress of “Deep State” Intelligence Whistle-Blower – full pdf

Freedom Watch notifies congress of a “Deep State” intelligence community whistle blower, Dennis Montgomery, with hundreds of millions of documents showing CIA and FBI and Intelligence Committees where spying on, and conducting surveillance on, American citizens for political purposes.

Mr. Montgomery is trying to use a legal “whistle-blower” process and not follow the same approach as Edward Snowden.

Excerpt:

Read the whole thing: Freedom Watch Notifies Congress of “Deep State” Intelligence Whistle-Blower – full pdf… | The Last Refuge

This is the poisonous fruit of the “Patriot Act” tree. We were warned about the likelihood of the surveillance state misusing its power.

Worse than Watergate times ten: Trump personal communications may have been collected, up to and AFTER the election!

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s personal communications may have been picked up by investigators through “incidental collection.”

Nunes said at a news conference he discovered the potential surveillance of Trump himself while reviewing intelligence reports, but said it was not related to Russia.

“This is a normal, incidental collection, based on what I could collect,” Nunes said. “This appears to be all legally collected foreign intelligence under” the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Nunes said he alerted House Speaker Paul Ryan about the collection and is traveling to the White House Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m actually alarmed by it,” Nunes said.

Video at the link: House intel chairman: Trump personal communications may have been collected – CNNPolitics.com

My favorite question: Asked whether he believed the transition team had been spied on, Nunes said: “It all depends on one’s definition of spying.”

It fits my definition.

This was damn interesting: Talking to college students about identity

The closing question is also my question, “Why?”

How did we get here?

This gigantic ring of galaxies is moving way too fast for current physics to explain.

ScienceAlert: This gigantic ring of galaxies could bring Einstein’s gravity into question

Scientists have discovered that a gigantic ring of galaxies stretching 10 million light-years wide is speeding away from our own galaxy so fast, our current physics models can’t explain it.

Interesting article.

Hat tip: Glenn Reynolds Instapundit

Conservatives “Have the Votes” to Block Ryancare, Trump Says “You Will Lose Your Seats Next Year” – Sparta Report

Well, well, well… looks like this bill passing on Thursday may not be a foregone conclusion. The Freedom Caucus has 30-40 people who could vote against the bill on Thursday, even though they are not formally opposing it. The leadership needs 21 Republicans to stay on the Ryancare train. If they lose more than 21 votes, the bill fails if the Democrats don’t break ranks and support the bill.

Source: Conservatives “Have the Votes” to Block Ryancare, Trump Says “You Will Lose Your Seats Next Year” – Sparta Report

GOP Conservatives need to take the victory here and fight for more in the near future. I know that this bill is not anything like what many Trump supporters expected, but it is exactly what I expected to see from our gaggle of baboons* right from the get-go.

President Donald Trump told House Republicans Tuesday that they could lose re-election in the 2018 midterms if they vote against the GOP health care bill later this week that would undo much of Obamacare.

Some are calling this a “threat” by President Trump. I’m not sure it’s as much a “threat” as it is a simple observation of the nature of politics where a President is attempting to get his agenda passed, and what is going to happen to those congress critters who try to derail the Trump Doctrine by killing it before it grows.

I think President Trump is maintaining momentum and that there are indeed two more Trump Doctrine platform points that he will pursue, one for interstate Insurance competition and one for Drug market reform. With those two reforms the Ryan plan becomes somewhat more tolerable. As of right now the ACA is failing entirely. Even if this particular bill merely kicks the can down the road, I think the remaining portions comprising the proposed parts 2 and 3 of the Trump Platform would correct the Health Care system “enough” for most people.

In the end of the process Trump will have made a deal that leaves both Paul Ryan and Rand Paul somewhat unhappy, but will leave you and I “happier” for the most part. I don’t believe President Trump will abandon the “Interstate Insurance” platform issue at all.

I have said before that in my mind, the Interstate Insurance Market is the penultimate issue with regards to reforming Health Care coverage. With Drug Market reform running a close second. All of the other Ryan-Care and ObamaCare hold overs, compromises and regulation becomes much more palatable in a competitive insurance and drug marketplace.

I look at this like a guy who is building a building is going to look at it. Foundation first. The Foundation here means getting something passed quickly, then another something, then more and more.

Eating the elephant one bite at a time.

Has anyone ever, ever seen a federal program repealed, dissolved, or even rolled back?**

No matter what, this entire prospect depends upon the Senate exercising the “Nuclear Option“***

Sixty votes were never available for any of this, less so for the nonexistent “Perfect” bill that so many Conservatives are wishing for and where the ‘Good” (this bill – yea, meh) may have only ever had a chance to pass via the nuclear option.

Let’s not lose sight of the fact that this bill will hopefully help begin a snowball effect of Trumpian legislation, and that smothering this bill in it’s crib might be a bad idea for a lot of reasons.

The Interstate Insurance market as well as Drug market reform will have to be legislation as well. It would simply be impossible for Trump to do either of those reforms by Executive Order. This bill is what we call a good start.

Trumpian “Winning” is stressful and uncomfortable. He plays the media game harder than anyone I have ever seen in my life (other than the propagandist news corps that is) . He takes negotiations right to the edge. Trump will grab a certain negative and own it until it becomes a net positive.

And if the whole plan turns out to be as bad as some think that it will, Trump blames it on Ryan! 😀

Random thought: How much is President Trump looking forward to his first Veto? 😉

*and I don’t mean “troop”

**Regarding Repeal of Federal programs:
 
I looked around and there are a few. FDR had some programs that eventually ended – WPA for example, and the Homestead Act is another. None in the recent past however. There was also the epic failure of The Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988 that was repealed. That was the time my Senator got chased down the street by a gang of frailies!

***Regarding the Nuclear Option:

Historical lore says that the filibuster was part of the original design of the Senate. Which is simply NOT TRUE at all.

According to early Senate history, the filibuster was created by mistake in 1805 on the advice of Aaron Burr. It took several decades until the minority exploited the relaxed limits on debate, leading to the first actual filibuster in 1837.

The filibuster should be abolished once and for all by using the nuclear option one last time to reinstate the original Senate rule that allows a simple majority to vote to halt any debate.

 

H-1B Visa Architect:  shocked, SHOCKED, to find that the program was ‘Hijacked’ to ‘Displace Americans’

Former Rep. Bruce Morrison (D-Conn.) said the 1990 H-1B visa program he helped craft has been “hijacked” to routinely replace American workers with cheaper foreign labor. He made his comments during a special that aired Sunday on CBS News’ “60 Minutes.”

CBS Evening News journalist Bill Whitaker explored the controversy surrounding the H-1B visa program that allows American corporations to hire foreign workers. Morrison insisted the bill he helped create was intended to help companies fill scientific jobs with difficult-to-find qualified candidates. He accused companies of shamelessly outsourcing thousands of jobs to younger, cheaper and temporary foreign workers through a loophole that allows companies to hire the foreign workers for jobs paying over $60,000.

“I’m outraged. The H-1B has been hijacked as the main highway to bring people from abroad and displace Americans,” Morrison told Whitaker. “It’s really a travesty that should never have been allowed to happen.”

Read it all here: H-1B Visa Architect: Program ‘Hijacked’ to ‘Displace Americans’ | LifeZette

Who could have seen that coming? H-1B is a Globalist cheap labor & wage suppression stealth corporate welfare double whammy!

The 9th Circuit has effectively stripped the Executive Branch of all authority

President Trump MUST respond to this judicial overreach. At this point the 9th circus had stripped the executive branch of ALL power and authority. This judges “logic” can be used to prohibit every single presidential decision up to and including Veto power, and command of the military.

Power Line: Hawaii judge’s ruling could lead to constitutional crisis

When a Ninth Circuit panel issued a decision striking down President Trump’s original travel ban, I described its opinion as “limited in impact, but full of mischief.” The biggest piece of mischief, I thought, was the panel’s suggestion the administration’s order violates the Establishment and Equal Protection Clauses because it was intended to disfavor Muslims.

Citing statements made by Trump when he ran for president, the panel found that this argument raises “serious allegations and present significant constitutional questions.” However, it “reserve[d] consideration of these claims until the merits of this appeal have been fully briefed.”

This bit of result-driven idiocy has now become the basis for the decision by a federal district judge in Hawaii striking down the Trump administration’s new travel ban.

Read it all: Hawaii judge’s ruling could lead to constitutional crisis | Power Line

Remember, Trump could Abolish the Ninth Circuit entirely, Here’s how …

Update, and so the power grab by the Judicial Branch continues exactly as expected:

Judge Considers Ordering President Donald Trump to Double 50,000 Refugee Inflow to the United States – Breitbart

The Judge may “Order” the president to do something.

Update 2: Or What? Judges “warn” lawmakers against splitting 9th Circuit.

Three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit warned a House Judiciary subcommittee Thursday that their jurisdiction should not be split in two.

“Circuit division would have a devastating effect on the administration of justice in the western United States,” Chief Circuit Judge Sidney Thomas said in prepared remarks to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. He said a split would “increase delay, reduce access to justice and waste taxpayer dollars.”

There have been attempts in both the House and Senate to split the 9th Circuit and create a new 12th Circuit.

Update 3 Rush Limbaugh spells it out: We’re on the Verge of a Constitutional Crisis

RUSH: We are on the verge of a genuine constitutional crisis because of the Ninth Circuit court of Appeals opening the door for this Hawaii Obama-appointed judge to deny Trump’s travel ban the second time going, and I want to get into detail as to what this really means and what the left is really doing here.

It’s not a legal dispute. This is, as I said yesterday, is a silent coup that is taking place that I’m sure has been strategized since before Trump was inaugurated. But the profound, devastating possibilities that result from this in terms of a president losing all constitutional — do you realize with this judge’s ruling, I’ll tell you where this is going.

Let’s say that Donald Trump decides at any time in the near future that he needs to deploy troops, and so he does, and so a leftist activist goes to a court, shops and finds a judge, like the guy in Hawaii, and claims that Trump said during the campaign that he was gonna do X Y, or Z, whatever, and the deployment of troops is not really for the stated purpose, and the judge could shut it down!

Read and listen to the whole segment: We’re on the Verge of a Constitutional Crisis