Let's Blow a Hundred Trillion Dollars

© 2019 Jim Spence - We need a New Green Deal according to every Democrat running for president. Most versions of their “deal,” demand that U.S. citizens spend about 100 trillion dollars over the next ten years to combat what Democrats rather whimsically refer to as, "catastrophic global warming." Of course global warming has been re-branded more vaguely as “climate change” by most Democrats since the body of temperature data stopped cooperating with their, "We are all going to fry," predictions more than fifteen years ago.
The abject stupidity of the Democrat's New Green Deal proposal is tough to over-state. However, the fact that this idea is absurdly stupid has not stopped Democrats from pretending it isn’t.
In the meantime, the reality of Mother Nature is imposing itself. As of 8:00 am yesterday, the Denver, Colorado metro area had officially received the most snow measured this late in the season, since May 29, 1975. Denver also tied the record low temperature for May 21st when the official thermometer for the city dropped to 31 degrees Tuesday morning. The high temperature on Tuesday was, for the second day in a row, between 30 and 35 degrees below normal. Additionally, the record “coldest maximum temperature” for May 21st was established 128 years ago in 1891. That record low high temperature was broken yesterday when temperatures never got out of the 30's.
Picture taken in Parker, Colorado on May 21, 2019
Of course, one need not bother presenting long term secular data points like those listed above to a Democrat. Their argument will go something like this: “Don’t talk to me about temperatures when we are discussing climate change. Temperatures are just normal fluctuations in weather.”
The point here is simple. Anytime the “weather” is hot somewhere, this is solid "proof" of global warming/climate change in the Democrat's own fantasy world. However, anytime cold temperature records that have lasted 128 years are shattered, this new low temperature data point is sure to be characterized as "irrelevant noise" that should be ignored.
After awhile, the relentless fact-dodging techniques employed by Democrats and their partisan pals in the media seem clear. Only data that supports the Democrat's anti-fossil fuel rants are relevant. Or put another way, only some facts matter. When weighing evidence on global warming, facts are to be cited selectively. Sorry folks, this is NOT science, this is anti-fossil fuel politics pure and simple.
Having planted my vegetable garden in pots earlier this month, the current temperature data has been exceedingly relevant this week. In fact, so relevant was the temperature data we had to move all of our vegetable plants into the garage with a dolly on Monday to keep them from freezing to death.
As uncomfortable as it might seem, recognizing the scientific realities of plants freezing to death is inescapable. And the prospect of plants freezing to death raises an interesting question. Since Democrats have decided to stick with their contrived climate crisis narrative, a narrative that attempts to convince Americans that everything is way too hot, one must wonder if these same Democrats left their own garden plants to freeze to death in Colorado yesterday, while they were calling for Americans to spend $100 trillion over the next 10 years to cool things off even more.

There is no such thing as Democratic Socialism

© 2019 Jim Spence - Note- We took a month off to prepare for the birth of our granddaughter!
Let’s see…..what is happening around the world in countries that long ago adopted what they absurdly claim to be, “Democratic Socialism.”
Cuba’s notoriously oppressive socialist regime, actually sent police to beat up and imprison approximately three-hundred people who gathered in Havana last Saturday for what the socialist leadership called, “An illegal gay pride march.”
And in what some Democrats might call a more enlightened France, also a country that is deeply socialist, assaults on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, hit a record high in 2018. According to the LGBT support group SOS Homophobie in France, there were 231 physical attacks on the LBGT community in 2018, up from the previous annual record of 188 assaults in 2013. These violent acts of intolerance occurred when the French government decided to pass same-sex marriage legislation.
The facts regarding liberal intolerance in socialist places like France and Cuba, places that home-grown American idiots like Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Nancy Pelosi, want Americans to emulate, are daunting for the LBGT community.
The truth is simple. Despite the asinine proclamations of all ambitious Democrats in America, we Americans live in the most tolerant nation on earth. Jerks who victimize those with different sexual preferences, are by and large marginalized in this country, while economic opportunities for the LBGT community are greater here than anywhere else on the planet.
Sadly, the obsession with hating Donald Trump causes U.S. socialists to overstate the problem of intolerance in America, while underplaying intolerant violence everywhere else. This is particularly true in Muslim nations and also in nations where socialist totalitarian dictatorships flourish.
In the end, it is the imbeciles in the U.S. Democratic Party who will destroy the hard fought freedoms and corresponding tolerance that is the law of the land here. This will happen because American Democrats pine for so much government control of every aspect of American life, their deeply held ignorance will lead to an astounding level of intrusion in private life.
For the LBGT community it is getting awfully late in the game. The time has long since passed when a pathological paranoia of the GOP and more specifically Donald Trump, should be replaced with a permanent wariness of Democrats and the threats these jerks pose to real freedom for ALL Americans.
Is there any hope for the American public grasping the sheer magnitude of this threat? This seems doubtful. All one has to do is watch the avalanche of propaganda disguised as news. We are inundated with bogus news “stories” about an intolerant America, while what happens in the LBGT community all around the world goes ignored. The obsession with “getting Trump” is going to come with a cost, and the LBGT community is going to pay that cost if Democrats prevail at the ballot box.
In the end, of the American public does not wake up and smell the roses we will surrender freedoms hard won through military victories over dangerous political movements such as national socialism in Germany in the 1930’s and 1940’s and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. It is important to note the term "socialist" in each of these oppressive nation's self-chosen names.
In the 21st Century there is not enough space to document the abuses of the LGBT community in socialist China. Suffice to say, a pro-free market, live and let live GOP in the U.S., which opposes big government, will always be the best friend the LBGT community ever had. 
Will the American LBGT community ever figure out these glaring facts? Again it seems doubtful, as it goes against the grain of every propaganda-laden newscast they watch on MSNBC.
The point here is clear. History teaches us there is NOTHING Democratic about socialism.

Meersheidt: No Longer a Local Recreation Center

© 2019 Jim Spence - The elected officials at the City of Las Cruces officially changed their priorities on Tuesday. Just sixteen months after Las Cruces city councilors unanimously voted to affirm the city’s policy of ignoring illegal immigration, the city officially began breaking contracts with local taxpayers and siphoning away resources meant for local children...............to fund services for illegal aliens.
Why are these funding commitments being broken? It seems that Meerscheidt, a facility that was constructed with local taxpayer dollars and is operated each month with local taxpayer dollars, is now one of several locations in the area where elected city officials have decided to provide housing for illegal aliens.
Yesterday, the city announced that youth league practices and other “events” planned at Meerscheidt Recreation Center have been cancelled. The city also admitted it had unilaterally CANCELLED contracts with local youth league coaches who arranged practice rentals at Meerscheidt. Rental contracts arranged long ago, that paid for practice times at Meerscheidt won't take place. Contracts that were scheduled for April 16th through April 18th, will not be honored....according to the city. No doubt these contract-breaking procedures are a sign of things to come.
Some youth league games will be moved to Sierra Middle School. In using Sierra, it seems that the Las Cruces Public School District will also begin to divert tax dollars away from operations designated to make local student activities possible. Apparently, local school board members and the LCPS superintendent prefer to join the city in encouraging illegal immigration, rather than honoring their commitments to use funds provided by local taxpayers, to pay for local school services.
These are astonishing decisions that the local press ignores. They have been made, no doubt, by the Mayor Ken Miyagishima, the city councilors, and the city manager.
This change in financial priorities by our city is simply a natural course of events. And it seems quite certain that this situation will get much worse, as more illegal alien caravans are moving through Mexico to the border area.
Let's take a step back. The primary reason why local taxpayers and their children are seeing important commitments to them broken, is because locally and statewide, too many voters have chosen poorly when it comes to electing people to represent them.
Both U.S. Senators from New Mexico (Udall and Heinrich) and all three U.S. House members (Lujan, Small, and Haaland) support leaving our borders unprotected, while providing unlimited accommodations of dubious “asylum” requests by millions of illegal aliens. The new governor is also in favor of taxing New Mexicans to pay for illegal immigration. The same is true of virtually every elected official in Dona Ana County. None of these Democrats have ever mentioned to local taxpayers that they would get cheated out of services they pay for, to fund an insane open border scheme that is at the heart of the Democratic Party platform. However, this is EXACTLY what is happening right now.
Will local voters connect the dots and begin to recall these two-faced elected officials? Or will they continue to see services they pay for cut, while taxes they pay rise? Who knows? Many wake up calls have already been ignored, and nobody in the local media or public education system is going to tell the truth.
Pass it on. This is what Democrats want to happen.


Yea but.....did you see what Trump said the other day?

© 2019 Jim Spence -  Interacting with people who are infected with sympathies for those who argue against free market capitalism and in favor of progressive socialism, is getting more and more tedious. There are so many truly dumb ideas out there that would make for disastrous public policy, it is hard to keep track of them all. But attempting to discuss disastrous public policy proposals in 2019 is almost impossible. Intelligent policy proposal discussions are practically extinct with the onset of the presidency of Donald Trump.
Let’s face it, Donald Trump is a very poor messenger for what are basically the sound public policies he embraces. Perhaps Ross Perot would have been elected to the office of president way back in 1992, if he had fought back against the establishment elite in both major parties as hard as Trump did leading up to the 2016 election. But of course Ross Perot was a reasonably polite person and not nearly as prone to bragging and making foolish proclamations like Trump. Again, all of this has little to do with the overall wisdom embedded in Trump's support of capitalism, business formation, and free market principles. But sadly in 2019 America, weighing good ideas versus bad ones gets lost in emotions and "feelings" of dislike towards Trump the person.
More and more often I find articles spelling out absolutely asinine proposals from progressive Democrats. It is not only the greatest fool of them all (Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez) who is proposing economic self-destruction. Virtually every Democratic Party presidential candidate is already on the record with policy proposals that go far beyond tragically stupid. Just last week Senator Ron Wyden proposed taxing unrealized capital gains, which goes so far beyond stupid it requires no further comment.
The problem we have here is very dangerous. You don’t have to love Trump to realize the alternative to his presidency is to hand the U.S. economy off to small children (Democrats) who also have dynamite, gas lighters, and fuses in their play pens. Still, with the way the news media biases work in the U.S., the coverage of Trump is never about the overall efficacy of his policies. It is only about his admittedly dubious personality shortcomings.
Too many people are missing the point. Many otherwise intelligent citizens have stopped thinking about what constitutes intelligent public policy versus what is actually asinine idiocy. Stupid ideas that will never work, now get a free pass while the disdain for Trump's abrasive nature takes center stage.
It is not a good sign when you point out the asinine idiocy of public policy proposals that will never work, but are vehemently supported by Democrats, and the response from seemingly intelligent citizens are: “Yea but did you see the stupid thing Trump said the other day.”
For those of us who understand that the continued success of our country relies on sound public policy, we have to deal with two things these days. First, we have to keep ignoring the fact that with regularity Trump utters nonsense that has nothing to do with his basically sound policies. And second, we have to deal with the frustration of too many good people in America walking around with bad public policy blinders on. These blinders cause them to forget what elected officials are in office to do……which is support sound public policies and/or propose improvements.
A great illustration of this dilemma is going on in the state of Rhode Island right now. Rhode Island is a state that has been dominated by the Democratic Party for many years. And in Rhode Island it is perfectly legal for teachers and other school employees to have sex with their students, once the student is 16 years of age. Recently, there was bill introduced in Rhode Island that would make the atrocity of an adult employee at a school having sex with a student a crime. Astonishingly, BOTH teacher's unions in Rhode Island have taken a public stand in opposition to the bill. Apparently, the teacher's unions would prefer public policy to leave Rhode Island high school students without any protection from sexual predators, including teacher's union members who might decide to sexually abuse them after their 16th birthday.
My guess is the response from Trump haters to this outrageous public policy position by Democrats in Rhode Island would be......yea, yea, yea, but did you see what Trump said about blah, blah, blah, the other day?

Michelle Lujan Grisham and NM Democrats driving more and more nails in New Mexico's economic coffin

© 2018 Jim Spence -  Rivaling stupidity that perhaps only the lunatics running California can match, Michelle Lujan-Grisham signed legislation on Friday that will force New Mexicans to pay outrageously high electric bills.
The effects of the new law will be sweeping. Look for larger employers with options to leave this state in droves for places where children are not in charge and electric bills are not required to be absurdly high.
Thanks to Democrats, state laws here will force electric producers to squander precious capital on expensive and inefficient solar panels and wind turbines that don't have a prayer of providing the state with affordable electricity.
A collection of some of the dumbest people on the planet (brainwashed Democrat-environmentalists) gathered at the state capitol Friday for a signing ceremony that would be better characterized as a wake for death of all common sense.
According to the law, all "investor-owned utilities" will be required to generate at least 50 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030 with that percentage jumping to 80 percent by 2040. Insanely, a 100 percent carbon-free mandate begins in 2045.
It seems that finally our failed public education system, which has created millions of economic illiterates in our state, has paved the way for the election of idiots in sufficient numbers to ruin this place.
What happened in Santa Fe this year should be enough to cripple the New Mexico economy indefinitely. No doubt there will be more to come as our clueless media continues to be oblivious to the implications of economic insanity.

You're Missing the Overall ! ! ! Part 3

© 2018 Jim Spence - Crimes committed by those in the Obama administration strike remarkable parallels with crimes committed by those in the Nixon administration. An obsession with holding power is the common denominator in the minds of those displaying patterns of criminal behavior. This power hungry mindset led to the commission of crimes by those in the Department of Justice, the Department of State, the IRS, the CIA, the FBI, and the National Security Agency under Obama. Included were Watergate-like crimes, including the creation of phony documents, the bugging of political opponents, the engagement in bogus press leaks, and most important of all, the destruction of subpoenaed evidence. The patterns of behavior that emerged from these two very corrupt eras in American history, morphed into paradoxes after their respective election outcomes.
Consider that Richard Nixon won in a landslide over George McGovern in 1972, while Donald Trump stunned the hapless Hillary Clinton in 2016. Simply put, the incumbent won in 1972 and the incumbent lost in 2016. These two separate and distinctly different political realities created divergences in the actions of the perpetrators.
Imagine the sighs of relief by the emboldened deep state charlatans in the Nixon administration in 1972. Though the Watergate cover up was well underway by November of 1972, it is critical to understand that Richard Nixon and his henchmen knew they would retain control of the Department of Justice, including the FBI, with their election victory that year. People deep inside the Nixon administration were already not talking to nosy reporters at the Washington Post about Watergate. And after their November election win, the perpetrators knew the FBI was not about to pursue the mountain of evidence trails pointing to crimes. It was the FBI’s unwillingness to do its job during this era that enraged Mark Felt and inspired him to become Bob Woodward’s source within the FBI.
Contrast this feeling of legal insulation enjoyed by the perpetrators during the Watergate era, with what must have been an incredible feeling of legal vulnerability felt by those in the Obama administration, particularly at the DOJ and FBI, early Wednesday morning November 9, 2016. It wasn’t so much the old crimes committed by Eric Holder and Lois Lerner at the ATF and IRS before the 2012 election that were the problem for Obama’s faux investigators at the FBI. It was the fact that incoming Trump appointees at DOJ would soon have access to all of the files at every agency. This would include the documents related to the use of the Steele Dossier, which the FBI knew was simply bogus opposition research, but had chosen to use to obtain what amounted to search/wiretap warrants on the GOP election campaign.
The cover up of the 2016 Trump bugging operations began with the actions of FBI Director James Comey. Comey decided even before Hillary Clinton was ever interviewed by the FBI, to treat her destruction of subpoenaed evidence (her un-secure emails) as no big deal, instead of the serious felonies they were. Comey actually wrote a memo that exonerated Clinton months before the so-called FBI investigation was completed. One of Comey’s top deep state collaborators, FBI agent Peter Strzok, was pulled off of the Clinton investigation by Comey, and assigned to lead an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The idea no doubt, was to manufacture a legal excuse to wiretap the Trump campaign by alleging collusion. Ironically, both Peter Strzok and James Comey first covered Clinton crimes by carefully crafting the wording of their findings in a press release, as they began their clandestine bugging of her opponents at the same time.
As Strzok began the dubious Russian investigation of Donald Trump, he encouraged the FBI to use phony evidence obtained from the Clinton campaign as a legal excuse to bug GOP headquarters.
Fortunately for posterity, Peter Strzok left damning evidence everywhere that illustrates the purpose behind the absurd Russian collusion allegations. Ironically, it is because Strzok was having an extramarital affair with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page at the time, that he had a reckless propensity for texting his motivations and intentions to her. It turns out the two adulterers exchanged tens of thousands of texts on government phones. Many of their text exchanges were not only anti-Trump, they were blatantly pro-Hillary. Thanks to an extra-marital romance, FBI agent Strzok and FBI lawyer Page actually created an evidence trail explaining the FBI's motivation behind the dropping of the investigations of Hillary’s actual crimes, while simultaneously spelling out why the same FBI, used fabricated information in warrant requests, that allowed Democrats to use the machinery of government to wiretap Republicans during an election season.
In one text to Lisa Page, Peter Strzok said he was “Worried that the FBI was going too hard on Hillary” in their email investigation. When Strzok discovered evidence that Clinton’s unauthorized and unsecured server had been breached, he refused to pursue the information, knowing it would lead to the discovery of email exchanges between Clinton and Obama. This would put an investigation of multiple felonies and breaches of national security inside the White House. Any discovery process would be a nightmare for Obama.
In another Strzok text to Page, he discussed an “insurance policy” against a Trump victory. This text was sent on August 15, 2016. In a series of texts, Strzok also mentioned a meeting with then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, in which there is no doubt Strzok was referring to the bogus Steele dossier. As Lisa Page lamented in a text on the prospect of a Trump victory to Strzok, he responded saying they (presumably he, Page, and the FBI) would stop Trump’s presidency.
 “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Page texted.
“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” replied Strzok.
When Page was hauled up on Capitol Hill to answer for these outrageous exchanges that got both her and Strzok fired, she was asked about the meaning of the anti-Trump texts. She did not mince her words. “They mean exactly what they say,” was her defiant response. Again, thanks to the lack of anyone resembling Ben Bradlee working as a executive editor or publisher at the Washington Post, neither Strzok or Page, nor Andrew McCabe or James Comey has been indicted. Instead, a modern day Obama advocacy press has focused all of its attention on a nearly three year-old wild goose chase known as the Mueller investigation.
It is critical to see the Mueller investigation for what it is. With the election lost in November of 2016, the criminal collaborators in the Obama administration quickly realized that the best defense for all their criminal activities that were sure to be revealed, was going to be a good offense. Strzok's texts to Page defining the insidious nature of the Russian collusion allegations scam are analogous to John Dean’s testimony, as the Watergate scandal completely unraveled. The only thing missing since 2016 that could have helped define the parallels of Obama and Nixon has been any semblance of a professional journalism community (outside of GOP advocate Fox) that is actually interested in reporting on, "the overall.”
So this is where we stand. Using innuendo, and phony documents, deep state Democrats, along with scoundrels like Congressman Adam Schiff, have been leaking bogus allegations of Trump's mythical misdeeds to the press to cover for Watergate-like crimes committed by the Obama administration. Democrats have continued to make false allegations and repeat lies about Russian collusion every single day since November 9, 2016. They continue to do so because they know if they do not continue to amplify bogus suspicions in the press, their buddies are much more likely to draw scrutiny.
The Russian collusion allegation scam is THE COVER UP. And so far in American journalism-compromised America, the cover up seems to be working.

You are Missing the Overall ! ! ! Part 2

© 2019 Jim Spence - This series of columns highlights disturbing recurring patterns of behavior by government officials. 

“You are missing the overall,” an exasperated Mark Felt growled at Bob Woodward as he stumbled through all of the covert activities exposed in the story of the Watergate investigation. In the early 1970's, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were dedicated journalists who were willing to relentlessly investigate the actions taken by powerful people that did not smell right. Ultimately they did not want to miss "the overall."
Mark Felt was outraged that nobody at the FBI cared that Nixon’s henchmen had planted listening devices to spy on political opponents, produced fake documents to trash opponents, stole documents, created false press leaks, and even destroyed transcripts of tapes of Nixon speaking on Watergate, along with tens of thousands of documents associated with covert operations. Felt knew the White House was running the FBI just as Obama's White House ran its FBI.
It is important to understand that history pretty much repeated itself during the entire Obama tenure. There are mountains of evidence that were NOT pursued by the FBI or lethargic journalists who are perfectly content to miss "the overall."
Eric Holder
Still the facts don't lie. The pattern of behaviors betraying the same "overall" that Mark Felt referred to in 1972, began with Obama Attorney General Eric Holder almost as soon as he was sworn in as A.G. And the parallels with Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell are chilling. John Mitchell and Eric Holder are easily two of the biggest scoundrels in American political history. Mitchell served nineteen months of jail time. Holder has thus far, managed to avoid prosecution.
Keep in mind that Eric Holder did not escape unscathed. He is still the only A.G. ever held in "contempt" by Congress for deliberately lying and withholding evidence. Holder achieved this distinction for refusing to turn over legally subpoenaed documents related to Holder’s ATF, which had engaged in gun-walking activities. Astonishingly, Holder’s ATF facilitated the sale of guns to drug cartels. Later these weapons were found at crime scenes on both sides of the Mexico–United States border, including the crime scene where United States Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in December 2010. The "gun-walking" operations became public in the aftermath of Terry's murder. In trouble, Holder refused to cooperate with the murder investigations. According to Humberto Benítez Treviño, the former Mexican Attorney General and chair of the justice committee in Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies, Holder's ATF-related firearms were found at numerous crime scenes in Mexico where at least 150 Mexican civilians were maimed or killed. In the ultimate Nixonian fashion, Barack Obama claimed that “executive privilege” protected Holder and all others at the DOJ and ATF, from having to provide information to investigators trying to unravel the circumstances associated with the murders. Perhaps Obama and Holder wanted to create border “incidents” that might help Democrats secure votes for gun control bills. Thanks to Obama's outrageous but successful use of "executive privilege" on murder investigations, and an impotent journalism community not minding the "missing of the overall," nobody will ever know why Eric Holder and his ATF agents allowed the sale of guns to Mexican drug dealers.
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Lois Lerner
Like the actions of Watergate conspirators, getting away with covert activities a few times emboldens political zealots. The fact that Obama managed to successfully shield Eric Holder from murder investigations using Nixon’s favorite tactic, “executive privilege,” most surely emboldened Lois Lerner at the IRS leading up to the 2012 election. Lerner was Obama’s director of the Exempt Organizations Unit at the Internal Revenue Service. In 2013, a large body of evidence surfaced that Lerner had been targeting conservative groups and either denying them tax-exempt status or delaying that status until they could no longer assist the GOP during you guessed it, the 2012 election. There is little doubt that Lerner used her position at the IRS to suppress opposition groups and prevent them from raising money to fight Obama policies on a variety of issues. The Lerner actions are another piece of the puzzle that helps one grasp the “overall” that was missed during the Obama years. In Rosemary Woods-like fashion, Lerner claimed her emails were “accidentally” destroyed. It was a convenient way of covering her nefarious efforts to abolish the 1st Amendment rights of Obama's dissenters. Like so many did during Watergate, Lois Lerner resigned in disgrace and also exercised her 5th amendment rights when she was called before Congress. Lois Lerner was never prosecuted by the Obama administration’s Department of Justice. Why would anyone at the DOJ prosecute themselves?
The were other patterns of corrupt behavior running parallel to those of Eric Holder and Lois Lerner. During Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, the volume of covert domestic political operations performed in the Department of State maintained a feverish pace. In September of 2012, Clinton, Obama, and their subordinates were caught red-handed, telling outlandish lies regarding the facts surrounding the murders of several Americans, including the Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi, Libya. Once again, their lies were told to investigators of the murders during an election season.
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Hillary Clinton
During the course of her tenure at the State Department, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama transmitted classified information back and forth over unsecured private servers. Feebly, Obama tried using a pseudonym to disguise his identity. These are felonies. Cover for these felonies was created by the destruction of evidence in Watergate-like fashion. Hillary Clinton simply destroyed emails when they were subpoenaed. More cover was provided by disgraced FBI henchmen James Comey and Andrew McCabe. Not only did these men give the president and the Secretary of State a pass on security breaches and destruction of subpoenaed evidence, that would have sent anyone else to jail, these men also lied about the timing of their own actions when they were questioned under oath.
Evidence of serious crimes at the Obama FBI, like those committed by the Nixon FBI, were the tip of the iceberg. Andrew McCabe engaged in leaking phony information to the press. His leaking activities were discovered by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Like Nixon’s FBI Director L. Patrick Gray, both James Comey and Andrew McCabe were forced to resign in disgrace. Both Comey and McCabe have escaped criminal indictments......so far.
The patterns of behavior associated with Eric Holder’s gun-walking operations at ATF, Lois Lerner’s dissent suppression at the IRS, and Hillary Clinton’s destruction of subpoenaed evidence, contribute to what Mark Felt referred to as "the overall." It is the very same "overall" that Woodward and Bersnstein finally grasped in the 1970's. 
There is so much more. In March 2013, Senator Ron Wyden asked Obama Director of National Security James Clapper under oath, if the U.S. government was collecting “any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans.” Clapper paused and said, “No, sir. … Not wittingly.” Just three months later, Edward Snowden leaked documents revealing that the Obama-Clapper National Security Agency was in fact collecting in bulk domestic call records and other various internet communications on millions of Americans. Then of course there is Obama CIA Director John Brennan, who lied to Congress in 2014, when he claimed that the CIA had not illegally accessed the computers of U.S. Senate staffers. The Obama CIA had done so and John Brennan knew it. Neither Clapper or Brennan were ever charged with crimes by the Obama DOJ. 
In the end, it is ironic that the Obama FBI chose to use the DNC-sponsored Steele dossier to help the Obama and Clinton camps wiretap the Trump campaign in 2016 in the lead up to the election. FBI agents chose to treat information they knew was bogus that had been spoon fed to them by Clinton smear merchants, as “evidence” instead of despicable political mud.
The fact that the Obama FBI deceived judges and obtained FISA warrants to wiretap the Trump campaign, more than any other single incident during the Obama tenure, shows us a pattern of behavior that defines the level of corruption that surpasses Watergate. Upon reflection, the Nixon Committee to Re-Elect seems insanely amateurish by comparison. But still, the parallels between the conduct of government operatives in the Nixon and Obama administrations are chilling. The only thing more chilling is the lack of interest by the still living Woodward and Bernstein to lend their credibility to a badly needed 21st Century journalism-led cleanup of the U.S. political system.
It would seem that getting fat and happy has been a real ambition killer for Woodward and Bernstein.
In Part 3 of this series, we will explore why it was critical for the C.Y.A. operations at the FBI to sell the Mueller investigation to gullible Republicans and Democrats.


You are Missing the Overall ! ! ! Part 1

© 2019 Jim Spence -  All the President’s Men, is one of the most fabulous films of all time. The film is a thrilling narrative of one of the seediest political chapters in American history. Authors/journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein are at the center of an investigative reporting process that quite improbably leads to the arrest, conviction, and incarceration of forty-three men working in various capacities for President Richard Nixon, as well as Nixon’s own resignation of the presidency.
Having seen the film at least a dozen times, it occurred to me during a recent viewing that Bob Woodward in particular, was a very naïve journalist during the early 1970’s when the events of Watergate were unfolding. Of course, this observation comes with the benefit of hindsight. Those of us who have made it a point to be well-informed about American history and aware of the specifics of the Watergate scandal, understand why it took Woodward and Bernstein a couple of years to unravel the mysteries. For the most part they were dealing with a cover-up and nobody was talking.
It is important to remember that the indictment, trial, conviction, and incarceration of all forty-three persons associated with Watergate crimes were sent to jail by Republican-appointed prosecutors. For the most part these GOP prosecutors were following leads generated by investigations and reporting done by Woodward and Bernstein.
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Hal Holbrook (left)          Mark Felt (right)
Most fascinating about the Watergate story is the fact that Woodward’s FBI source Mark Felt, more infamously known as “Deep Throat,” helped the pair logic through a patchwork quilt of evidence they were uncovering. In his interactions with Felt, Woodward, until late in the investigation, seemed unable to grasp what he was “on to.” In fact, actor Hal Holbrook, who played the Felt role in the film, is visibly disgusted in one garage meeting scene with Woodward, who is played by Robert Redford. Felt eventually became quite impatient and miffed that Woodward could not seem to grasp the depth of the corruption at all levels of the Nixon government including the FBI, the DOJ, the CIA, and the White House.
It seems that Woodward was genuinely astonished that duty-sworn FBI agents, and particularly their Nixon-appointed bosses, would deliberately choose to not pursue investigations of obvious crimes, considering the mountains of evidence lying in their laps. Felt became so frustrated at how naïve Woodward was, he finally asked Woodward with an exasperated tone in his voice, “Don’t you understand what you are on to?”
Trying to answer Felt, Woodward continues to bumble and stumble piecemeal through what he can only perceive as isolated incidents. Shaking his head Felt growls repeatedly, “You are missing the overall!”
“What overall?” Woodward finally asks with a puzzled look on his face.
At this point Felt unloads, citing a litany of criminal tactics employed by Nixon’s henchmen. Felt elaborates quite extensively about what was going on during this era when the deep state in Washington D.C. was extraordinarily emboldened, just as it has been emboldened in recent years.
It turned out that Nixon’s henchmen had bugged political opponent’s phones and offices, planted government employees to spy on their political opponents, produced fake documents, stole documents, created false press leaks, and even destroyed evidence, including shredding tens of thousands of documents and tapes, all under the supervision of the Attorney General of the United States, John Mitchell. Imagine that, evidence got destroyed?
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The Watergate burglars
During one exchange with Felt after Woodward and Bernstein over-reached on a story about a grand jury, Felt admonished Woodward, “You put the investigation back months.”
A remorseful Woodward admitted the mistake and said, “If we were wrong we will resign.” Imagine that statement coming from a journalist today in the world where fake news is rewarded instead of condemned.
Fortunately for history’s sake, Felt let Woodward know he and Bernstein were not “wrong.”
History teaches us that political corruption never really changes. The means of the corrupt change as technology changes. But the ends tend to mirror political corruption of the past. The Watergate scandal was not merely about a few burglars trying to plant listening devices at DNC headquarters. The corruption of that era was about an obsession with holding power. The obsession spilled over and engulfed the entire United States intelligence and law enforcement communities, including the CIA, the FBI, and the Department of Justice.
Before illustrating the parallels of Watergate with recent patterns of conduct in the 21st century, it is important to make note of the historical context of Watergate from several vantage points. First, elections bring out the worst in all political zealots. And Washington D.C. was as infested with political zealots leading up to the 1972 presidential election as it was in 2016.
Did The Washington Post go hard after Nixon and his men because it was a pro-Democrat newspaper that had NEVER endorsed a Republican? Or did the paper do so because it had a legitimate story of corruption? History strongly suggests these two reporters had an important story that needed to be told.
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Bob Woodward (left) Carl Bernstein (right)
Enough about 1972 and the story that had to be told. Let’s fast forward to 2019. Bob Woodward will be 76 years old in 2019, and Carl Bernstein will turn 76 years old next year in 2020. Though these two reporters are retired, they are still legendary in the journalism profession for daring to investigate powerful people. Quite deserving, they have profited enormously from their work in the 1970’s.
Amazingly, there remains an astonishing UNTOLD story in 2019, with damning evidence trails leading everywhere, that are right under the experienced noses of Woodward and Bernstein. It seems curious that these two men, who helped change history, have lost their sense of duty about evidence trails leading to the powerful. Clearly Woodward and Bernstein are now content to watch their successors in journalism deliberately choose to ignore overwhelming evidence trails. The results are simple. The entire journalism profession is once again missing the OVERALL.
Recognizing the parallels and paradoxes associated with the patterns of behavior of federal government appointees under Richard Nixon and Barack Obama are like solving jigsaw puzzles designed to engage four-year old children. The parallels reflect a thirst for power that is inherent in Washington D.C. The paradoxes are merely due in great part to the fact that while there was no change of power in 1973, there was a stunning change of power after the 2016 election.
In Part II of this series, we will explore what is really at the heart of the creation of the bogus “Russian Collusion” narrative created by Democrats as they lost power in 2016.
Here is a juicy garage meeting hint for you on Part 2. The only way to engineer a cover-up when you are about to be removed from power is to make astonishing accusations about those about to be sworn in and start an investigation of them.

The faces of stupid in America

© 2019 Jim Spence - This column starts with the story of U.S. House of Representative Ilhan Omar, a freshman Democrat from Minnesota. Omar seems determined to say things that would have gotten her promoted in NAZI Germany eighty years ago. She said Israel had hypnotized the world back in 2012. More recently, she said anyone who supports Israel is, “all about the Benjamins.”
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Ilhan Omar
United States House of Representative Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel, a Democrat and Jew, has finally had enough. He urged Omar to apologize last week for suggesting that Israel supporters, “push for allegiance to a foreign country.” Correctly, Engel identified Omar’s statement as, “a vile anti-Semitic slur.”
The trouble here is pretty simple. It is really tough for an increasingly prominent Jew hater to shut up. And Ilhan Omar has done much more than merely “suggest” that Jewish lawmakers in her own party, have an unseemly dual loyalty to Israel.
All of this outing of anti-Semitism within the Democratic Party has become a tricky thing to control for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is having a tough time getting the majority of her colleagues to rebuke Omar.
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James Clyburn
Even her House Majority Whip won’t get on board with condemning a Jew hater. Good old James Clyburn, the House Majority Whip is just what the doctor ordered when America needs an idiot to step forward and make the case for what a fool he and most Democrats in 2019 really are. This week James Clyburn really produced the goods.
Clyburn is a farcical example of contradictions. Accordingly, he went places no rational human being has gone since Berlin fell to the allies in 1945 and the concentration camps were exposed. He says that Omar’s experience is much more personal than those who had relatives who had been butchered in the Holocaust.
It goes deeper. Apparently, Clyburn took exception to media reports omitting the fact that Omar, who was born in Somalia, was forced to escape a civil war there and spend four years in a Kenyan refugee camp. What this has to do with Jew hating remains indeterminable. But…….what the hell, back to the  Clyburn mess.
Omar’s experiences, according to Clyburn, are much more empirical and powerful than that of people who are merely a generation removed from the Holocaust.
Here is the direct quote from Clyburn: “I’m serious about that. There are people who tell me, ‘Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors.’ ‘My parents did this.’ It’s more personal with her,” Clyburn said. “I’ve talked to her, and I can tell you she is living through a lot of pain.”
It seems appropriate at this point that the Congressional Black Caucus demand that Clyburn S.T.F.U. In case you are wondering what S.T.F.U. means, let me provide an assist. The S stands for Shut and the T stands for The…….. you can use your imagination to fill in the remaining two blanks.
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Paul Krugman
If Clyburn is insistent that the concerns of the children and grandchildren of those slaughtered in the Holocaust have expired, due to the historical statutes of limitation on atrocities, imagine what this does to those seven generations removed from the horrible atrocities of slavery.
Ironically, New York Times economist and hardcore Democrat Paul Krugman also jumped into the fray this week when he said, “Only one brand of anti-semitism scares me – and it's not on the left.” Krugman’s tweet can be summarized with two bullet points: 1) The DEFINING characteristic of leftists is they embrace socialism. 2) The most noteworthy historical embracers of socialism, who also happened to embrace anti-Semitism at the same time, were known as National Socialists in Germany. Hmmmm it seems that there is nothing scary about anti-Semitic socialists according to Kruggie.
I have but one request here. Please, please, please, to Omar, Clyburn, and Paul Krugman, please continue to share more of your profound wisdom with us.
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