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Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall began her career as a journalist with the Wyoming Eagle in Cheyenne. During her 20 year banking career, she wrote extensively for The American Banker, Bank Marketing Magazine, Trust Marketing Magazine, and other major industry publications. The American Bankers Association (ABA) published Barnewall’s Profitable Private Banking: the Complete Blueprint, in 1987. She taught private banking at Colorado University for the ABA and trained private bankers in Singapore.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Democrats: Quit Smoking

By Marilyn M. Barnewall
News With Views
Jun 13, 2017 

It is common knowledge that the majority of people who die in fires are overcome with smoke and that smoke inhalation is the cause of death, not the fire itself.
Conservative broadcasters talk about how ridiculous Democrat commentary is… there is no evidence of Russian wrong doing and never has been.
Evidence is the fire.  The stories are the smoke… the weapon of mass destruction aimed at President Donald Trump by liberal progressives and “Never Trump” neo-conservative traitors.
It is sometimes hard to know who does more damage to our great nation:  1) The newspapers who publish trashy false stories as news, or; 2) those who read stories which provide no reliable named sources to validate the stories and, without checking the fake news, pass them on to others who read and believe them because the information came from a friend.
How do we know there is no fire?  Because any investigator worth his or her salt does things in a specific, strategic, planned way:  They investigate, they gather evidence, and then they file charges.  They do not investigate and send every rumor to the far left media for publication… such behavior hampers serious investigations.  The Russia/Trump administration investigation has been going on for almost a year and no evidence of wrong doing by Trump has emerged.
The Trump/Russia smoke has been building for a long time.  If any believable evidence existed, a Grand Jury would be impaneled and an indictment requested (if the evidence supports indictment), or if the evidence is irrefutable, charges would be filed.
There is no evidence of collusion – though James Comey subtly tried to lay ground work for it in his testimony on Thursday… testimony which did more damage to Comey (and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch) than to anyone else.
There is no evidence of obstruction of justice.  Collusion and obstruction have very specific definitions.  Look them up.  Google them and stop believing what other people who have an agenda tell you.
It is interesting how Hillary’s name has disappeared from all of the investigations going on in Congress and all of the intelligence services.  Gee, you don’t think that’s part of the liberal progressive “get rid of him with smoke” plan “because we’re toast if we don’t” strategy, do you?
Hillary’s the fire and to keep from being burned she must generate a lot of smoke.  Otherwise people might see through the smoke and begin asking questions about the numerous felonies of which she might be guilty… her involvement while Secretary of State of putting 20 percent of America’s uranium in the hands of Vladimir Putin and the Russians, for one (for which the Clinton Foundation was well paid).  That’s a fact, not an opinion.  Records exist that validate it.
If Democrats can’t keep everyone talking about Donald Trump and Russia, the smoke would clear and people might start talking about how Hillary committed at least one felony by sending classified email messages on a non-protected, non-government issued personal computer using a server in Colorado.
Those same classified emails were forwarded from Hillary’s unprotected computer to Huma Abedin’s personal computer where her husband, Anthony Weiner, a man recently convicted of using email for sexually perverted reasons, copied them onto his personal computer.  Records confirm it happened.
You get the idea why and how Democrat liberals use smoke to destroy others.  They have done it so often, they have the system down pat.  They tried to ruin Sean Hannity a couple of weeks ago and got slapped down.
This week they are blowing liberal smoke about one of the most honest men in Washington, D.C.:  Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  He will have his chance to destroy the stories about him when he testifies this afternoon.
I understand why conservatives are upset with Sessions.  He appointed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to handle the investigations into Russia’s hacking of American elections… and Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director and James Comey’s mentor, Robert Mueller, as Special Counsel.
I agree with Newt Gingrich about Mueller being totally inappropriate special counsel to investigate the Russian affair… he’s a man with so many conflicts of interest involving James Comey and the FBI he is totally the wrong man.  To see why, go here.  Mueller will likely turn this investigation into a witch hunt.  But upset with Sessions or not, he is an honest man… one of the few in our nation’s capitol.

Progressive liberals understand their opponents – and human nature – very well.  They know the loyalty level of the average voter isn’t even skin deep.
The issues creating the smoke that are leaks from the intelligence community and come from Obama bureaucrats who are still employed in positions that give them access to information a “Hate Trumper” should not have — like leaker James Comey.  They are holdovers from Obama whose jobs have not yet been filled by the Trump team.
One of the most hostile actions plotted to destroy the Presidency of Donald J. Trump comes from the man who served as President for the eight years before Trump: Obama.  For the first time in more than 200 years of American history, a former President is actively involved in trying to cause the President who replaced him to fail.
A group set up by Obama called “Organizing for Action” (OFA – too bad they didn’t add the word League… OFAL) – is prepared to cause chaos and possibly violence around the nation on the issues Trump supports and the former President opposes.
According to a New York Post article, Obama’s OFA plans to implement change in communities on issues involving gun control, socialist healthcare, abortion, gender equality, climate change, and immigration reform.  Gee, do any of those sound familiar?

Aren’t they the very issues that caused Hillary Clinton to lose her bid for the Presidency because she opposed them?  Aren’t those things responsible for the victory of Donald Trump?  Aren’t these things a majority of people across the country support (excluding those who live in large sanctuary cities)?  As his performance in office proves, Obama opposes them.  Thus, they must be changed.  What the people support doesn’t matter to Barrack Obama and OFA.
The Post article makes readers ask the question:  If you had 30,000 people around the nation who ask “how high” when you say “jump,” and if you had a court system corrupted by years of liberal progressive judicial appointments, how much damage could you do to America?  Those are resources OFA has and that is how much damage Obama appears to be planning.

Imagine for a moment how this works.  President Trump issues an Executive Order imposing a travel ban on people who come from nations famed for their skills as terrorists.  They are experts at killing innocent people… whether slitting a woman’s throat in Oklahoma on a public street, or killing almost 50 people in Orlando (exactly a year ago), or murdering people who just gave them a baby shower.  They kill in many cities elsewhere in the world… murder is their claim to fame.
This Order runs in opposition to OFA’s beliefs – and they want to impose those beliefs on all of us because in their opinions of their own opinions, they are right.
OFA calls for protests from its paid 30,000 members and for anti-immigration statements from pro-illegal immigration policy experts… and ACLU lawyers swing into action, filing lawsuits in jurisdictions where activist judges obstruct immigration laws (the 9th District).
They call for protests at airports and at Town Hall Meetings held by elected officials.  The left-wing media which supports all things liberal and progressive makes sure anti-immigration protests receive extensive prime-time coverage (and they make sure to feature sad pictures of weeping émigrés being turned away from the land of opportunity).  Because of Trump, they are unable to leave behind their violent lives to live peacefully in America… like they live peacefully in Belgium, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden, etc.
The 9th District Court makes a legal decision in opposition to the President’s travel ban and without jurisdiction to do so places the citizens living in all other Court Districts in the nation at risk by stopping the Presidents Order.  Something is wrong with that concept.  Something is very wrong with a legal system that permits it to happen.

And that is how OFA, a group set up by Barrack Obama, works.
I got an email this week that explains why liberal progressives behave the way they do – why, for example, people are willing to pop up at a protest on a moment’s notice (aside from the fact that many of them are unemployed, need a cause, and get paid for doing so).  You may have seen the same email.  It is a wonderful explanation of why the media so hates Donald Trump… so much so it would rather destroy the nation than write truthful news of his plans and achievements.  It has to do with things staying the way they have always been.
You start with a cage containing four monkeys and inside the cage you hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under the banana.
Before long, a monkey will go the stairs and climb toward the banana.
You spray ALL the monkeys with ice cold water.  After a short time, another monkey makes an attempt. As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray ALL the monkeys with ice cold water.
It won’t take many such repetitions of the above and when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will physically prevent it.  They are tired of shivering after taking unwanted ice cold water baths.
Now, put away the cold water.  Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new monkey.  The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs.  To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him.  After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.
Remove another monkey (of the original four) and replace it with a new monkey.  The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked.  The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment – with enthusiasm – because he is now part of the “team.”
Then replace the third of the original monkeys with a new monkey, followed by the fourth.  Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he will be attacked.
The monkeys that are beating the new monkeys have no idea why they are not permitted to climb the stairs.  They have no idea why they are beating the newest monkey… none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with ice cold water.
Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana.  Why?  Because in their minds getting beat up if you try to climb the stairs is how it has always been!
And that describes the behavior of media, the swamp in Washington, D.C. and the politicians and the bureaucrats that populate it, and it describes the unexplainable hatred of President Donald J. Trump. In the liberal progressive world, that’s the way it has always been.
After listening to last Thursday’s monologue by James Comey and his charges that the most “respected” newspapers in the nation, The Washington Post and The New York Times, willingly print stories they know to be false, suggests that these editors and reporters are psycho.

They are like the monkeys in a cage with that banana… and they thought the game would go on forever because that’s the way it has always been.  People would always believe what they wrote because that’s the way it has always been.
Then there’s CNN.  They employed a woman who held by the hair a picture of President Trump’s head with blood pouring down his face, telling the public she’s a comedienne and this is funny.  Such a person is mentally ill and should be institutionalized.  She is guilty of aiding and abetting the enemy!  Isis recruiting will jump to a new high!
The woman defends her actions by saying “I’m a comedienne.”
She has no concept that her action is perverted.  She thinks such actions are funny and defends her self, blaming the Trump family for their reactions to her exhibit designed to promote violence against the President.  She cannot believe someone doesn’t think she’s funny and thinks she is a victim because someone she brutally attacked fought back and she is the loser.  She’s probably always been a loser.
Our FBI Director is supposed to protect Americans from terror and other forms of violent crime.  James Comey is so weak it should frighten every one of us.  The FBI is headed by a man so insecure he’s afraid to say to his boss, “Mr. President, this conversation is inappropriate.”  He was  too frightened of Loretta Lynch to tell her he was heading an “investigation,” not a “matter” after Lynch insisted he call it that – and he did.
Do we now have a FBM rather than a FBI?
Thank God Putin did not send the FBI a message while Comey was Director.  He would be so stunned he would lock himself in a closet for months.
I have said since the beginning that James Comey is as slick as a wet snake.  He proved it during his Senate hearing.  He did damage President Trump, but he did more damage to himself.  The personal notes he gave to a Columbia University Law Professor to leak to The New York Times were written while he was still the FBI Director and the notes belong to the government, not James Comey.  They were not his to leak.  And that, I believe, represents misprision of felony.

I never thought I’d say this, but congratulations to Senator John McCain for (along with Senator Tom Cotton R-AR) asking the most intelligent questions of the entire Comey hearing.
A lot of smoke but no fire – not at the White House, anyway.
© 2017 Marilyn Barnewall – All Rights Reserved

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Which Dominates Your Life? Purpose Or Cause?

News With Views
By Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall
June 4, 2017

 People must have horribly miserable lives to willingly strap explosives on the chest of one of their children and tell him or her to blow up not just themselves, but other people, too.

Modern Americans are so spoiled; most have no idea about the standard of living – or lack of a standard – in poverty stricken nations.  Too many of us have no idea just how blessed we are and how thankful we should be.  Too few of us honor those who have lost their lives in service to America.

What does that really mean... “service to America”?  To many people, it means a person who gave their life so the idiot children of California liberals can prevent freedom of speech at the University of California Berkeley.  It means sacrificing their time on earth so we can grill hot dogs, hamburgers and steaks on our barbies last Monday... Memorial Day.

Adults who willingly tape explosives to their bodies and go to a public place to kill others must have totally meaningless lives if that’s the only life purpose they feel is worthy of them.  When innocent people who love life and are enjoying themselves at a public event need to worry about being blown up by those who have no meaning beyond a violent cause, we have returned to the attitudes enjoyed by our ancestors who lived in a cave.  Regressive defines “progressive.”

People who feel meaningless and powerless need a cause to find meaning in life.  They have nothing of value inside of themselves and must thus seek meaning by finding a “cause” outside of themselves.

Having a purpose implies choice; promoting a cause implies force.  If you doubt that, the students who took over the campus at Evergreen State College in Washington last week, demanding that all white people leave the campus for a day, prove my point. 

Having a life purpose and having a cause are quite different things... they are not even similar.  The only way to fight stupidity is to impose sufficient penalties to make people think twice before repeating such behavior... like refusing any student loans to attendees of that school because those who attend it are there not to learn but to force their views of life on others.  All financial aid to such a school should be ceased because the adults are not teaching; they are reacting to students who are teaching them how administrators should not behave.  What cowards!

We all need a reason for being alive.  We need to feel we matter.  If we can’t find a meaningful purpose in life, many people seek meaning in death... suicide, murder, violence – or, we escape facing life’s questions by seeking solace in drugs.  Or we take over university campuses to feel a fake sense of power.

Having a life’s purpose is an individual, not a group, thing.  No two people have the same skills, the same natural talents, the same thoughts or philosophies, the same education or self-discipline.  All of these things make up a life purpose.  That is precisely why having a life purpose simply cannot exist in a group environment.  Causes are born in groups.  Life purpose is born in individuals.

People who seek purpose by joining a group find no purpose, just a cause.  I wonder if they realize that at the moment they set off the explosives taped to their bodies, or as they run their car or truck into an innocent group of people to kill them.  Realize what?  Just how totally useless they are and how meaningless are their lives... how they do not matter.

Those are hard truths... but they are truths.  And we have other harsh truths with which we must come to grips.  We don’t like to think about them because it’s unpleasant to realize our own mortality. 

The two most basic truths in life are that 1) we are born and 2) we will die.  It’s what we do between those two events that either gives or withholds meaning for the time we spend on earth.  A basic look at human behavior makes it very clear that people have a deep need to feel the time they spent on earth matters – that they matter.

It is absolutely insane to bring people to America from extreme poverty and miserable societies – people who kill their own offspring so they can have a better life in the hereafter.  This life is so bad, death offers meaning unavailable to them in life:  Happiness.  They come to a free society and then demand the laws that governed and made their old lifestyle so miserable be put in place to govern them in their new, freedom-based home.

At public universities all over America, our children are being taught that Islam is a religion of peace.

First, Islam is not just a religion.  It is a total form of government and its “Constitution” is Sharia law.  It is impossible to be a Muslim if you do not accept Sharia law... just like it is impossible to be an American without pledging allegiance to the Constitution of the United States.  It would appear that many Americans have forgotten that... especially those who attend institutions of higher indoctrination.

In fact, because Sharia law prevents any Muslim from swearing allegiance to any way of life that takes precedence over Sharia -- to our Constitution -- a good case can be made that Muslims cannot be citizens of this country.  I have great respect for Muslims for being so firm in their faith.  Christians could learn a few lessons from them.

Donald Trump tried to convince people that there are some in the world who are better off staying in the misery they have created for themselves, but liberal progressives who prefer socialism to a constitutional republic fight to prove him wrong... but all of the explosions and death keep adding to President Trump’s wisdom on this subject.

We are told by most of our professors who are employed by universities that are financially supported by taxpayers – that would be you and I – that Islam is a religion of peace.  As explained above, it is not just a religion.  It is a religion contained within a government structure called Sharia law.  The following statistics prove there is nothing peaceful about it.

The Crusades began in 1095.  For those students who attend university in America and do not know which nations fought in America’s Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Korean or Vietnam wars, the Crusades were official wars declared by various nations against Islam.  What motivated these nations to declare war against non-European nations in the Middle East beginning in 1095?

In 1095, Muslims had been attacking Christians for almost 1,500 years.  They declared their wars against hundreds of nations and fought over millions of square miles. 

All we hear today is how the Muslim nations are the victims of Western imperialism.  However, the 1,500 years of Muslim imperialism should and does give Christian nations reasons to prevent the takeover of Christian nations today... though Angela Merkel and the rest of the G-20 do not seem to be aware of the dangers (regardless of the number of bombings, motor vehicle deaths, and rapes against the people of their nations -- their primary job is to protect citizens, not immigrants from the Middle East).

Maybe it will help if we remind the members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) about the history of wars declared against Christian nations by Muslims.

In the fifth century B.C. (for Millennials and for those who attended Ivy League schools, that means Before Christ), the Persians invaded Europe in an attempt to conquer the Greeks.

August 20, 636 (that is 459 years before Christians fought back via the Crusades), the Muslims declared war, defeating the Byzentines, at the battle of Yarmuk.

 In July 637 (458 years BTC which means before the crusades), Muslims conquer Iraq. 

 In 639-642, Muslims conquer Egypt.

 In 641, Muslims Crusaders control Syria and Palestine and that began the siege of Jerusalem which lasted five months.  It is said 75,000 soldiers took part in these two efforts and they were quite bloody wars.  So it is clear that until 641, Jerusalem belonged to the Jews, not the Muslims who became the “new Palestinians” and remain so.

Between 644 and 650, Muslim Crusaders conquer Cyprus, Tripoli in North Africa and establish Islamic rule in Iran, Afghanistan and Sind.

In 652, the Muslims plundered Italy... the beginning of ongoing attacks.

In 678, the Muslims attacked the Byzantine capital of Constantinople.

In 713, the Muslims conquered Spain.

By the time the Crusades began, an article in says “...Muslim armies had conquered two-thirds of the Christian world.”

And that is what motivated the Crusades in 1095.  There were terrible things done to Muslims by those holding themselves out to be followers of Christ and there is no excuse in this world for such savagery.  It is particularly disgusting because Christianity, like Islam, holds itself out to its believers to be a religion of love, joy and peace.  However, for the 1,500 years prior to the Crusades, the Christians were the ones being savaged by Muslims.  They did not become the attackers until 1095.

On the other hand, after being attacked, savaged and abused by Muslims for 1,500 years before the Crusades, Christian anger is somewhat understandable if not acceptable.  There is nothing in the Bible that tells us to turn the other cheek to evil.  We are to identify it and, when possible, destroy it.

And here we are again... Christians are being slaughtered by Muslims.  There are political reasons and political crimes behind the wrong-doings of the Western Christian world against the Middle East -- and from the Muslim perspective, they are good and we are the evil and they are trying to destroy us.  Nothing excuses the kinds of crimes perpetrated by Muslims against innocent people in this, the 21st century after the birth of our Lord... especially the intentional killing of children.  There is also no excuse for the innocent Muslim lives lost from the wars perpetrated there by the West, including America, over oil... or is it the poppy fields?  Whether it is a bomb that unintentionally kills a child, or a knife used to slit a child’s throat, the result is the same:  Death of an innocent.

It has always puzzled me why there is so little discussion in the Christian world about the two sons of Abraham:  Ishmael and Isaac.  Read Genesis 16.  An Egyptian woman named Hagar was the maid servant of an elderly woman named Sarai, wife of Abram – who was about 85 when God told him in Genesis 15 that he and Sarai would have a son..., they never had children.  Sarai, wanting her husband to have a son, had encouraged her Egyptian handmaiden, Hagar, to sleep with her husband, Abram.

The Lord had told Abram that he and Sarai would have a son (Genesis 15), but both were so aged they did not take the words seriously.  Sarai actually laughed at the idea.  When Hagar conceived, she looked upon Sarai with contempt.  Sarai dealt harshly with Hagar who ran away into the desert.

An angel of the Lord found Hagar on the way to Shur and told her to return to her mistress, saying:  “Behold, you are pregnant and shall bear a son.  You shall call his name Ishmael because the Lord has listened to your affliction.”  The name Ishmael means “God hears.”

The angel continued:  “He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he shall dwell over and against all his kinsmen.”

According to the MacArthur Study Bible, “wild donkey” refers to a wild donkey that is fiercely aggressive and independent and Ishmael would exhibit these traits and pass them on to his Arab descendants.  Abram was 86 years old when Ishmael was born.

Then several years later, as God had promised Abram, Sarai became pregnant and had a son and, as God had told Abram he must do, the child was named Isaac. 

So, Abram became Abraham and Sarai became Sarah, as Abram was instructed by the Lord.

As the two sons grew in age and stature, Sarah became aware that as long as the illegitimate child of Abraham remained in the tribe, Ishmael would cause doubt to be cast upon the legitimate child’s right to inherit from his father.  Sarah demanded that Abraham cast Hagar and Ishmael out.  It was difficult because Abraham loved the illegitimate son he’d had with Hagar.

An angel of the Lord appeared and told Abraham, “Whatever Sarah says to you do as she tells you for through Isaac shall your offspring be named.  And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.”

If you believe the Bible and continue reading the story of Ishmael and Isaac to its conclusion, it certainly appears that the violence that exists between Christians and Muslims in 2017 has its roots in Isaac, the son of Sarah and Abraham, and in Ishmael, son of Hagar and Abraham..

Isaac was the father of Jacob who wrestled with an angel all night before meeting his twin brother, Esau, the next day.  As dawn neared, the angel touched Jacob’s thigh and asked his name and when Jacob, son of Isaac, told him, the angel informed him that from this day forward his name would be Israel, no longer Jacob.  Until that moment, the word Israel is not spoken in the Holy Bible... the nation of Israel was born to Isaac’s son.

Perhaps our Creator has a sense of humor... one that has for several thousand years let the battle between illegitimate and legitimate sons, of abuse of an Egyptian slave woman and her son, of the Christians and Jews (who worship the same God) fighting to defend themselves from a wild donkey of a son who did produce 12 princes, as God’s angel promised Hagar Ishmael would.  

Upon reading the history of Islam and Christianity/Judaism, it appears one has been attacking the other for 2,500 years and the other has been defending and then attacking back.

Perhaps we are nearing the end of the battle for dominance between Ishmael and Isaac?   

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Trump, Comey, Russia, Mueller, Lieberman, And Dirty Tricks

By Marilyn M. Barnewall
News With Views, May 24, 2017
Part 2
A brief apology to my readers:  Due to a transmission problem, this article that should have appeared as Part 2 on Sunday, was delayed.  Sorry… Marilyn

The reaction to President Donald J. Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey makes very clear how out of touch with the American people the U.S. Congress and its various investigative committees are.
Either Congress is out of touch or they have no idea how informed the people are about their President and all of the phony probes the House and Senate and FBI use to discredit or otherwise insult him.  They are, after all, part of the swamp the President intends to drain.
The purpose of the probes appears to be:  Call witnesses who say negative things about Donald Trump and are then asked questions by Senators and Congressmen that could have been written by a game show host rather than a serious investigator.
For example, on March 15th Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes (R-CA), and ranking member Adam Schiff (D-CA) wrote a letter to the CIA, NSA and the FBI asking for any available evidence that the Obama administration had gathered by using unlawful surveillance against the Trump campaign.

The NSA and the CIA responded.  The FBI did not.  I have yet to hear the obvious question asked of James Comey as FBI Director:  “Why did the FBI not respond to the letter sent by Congressmen Nunes and Schiff to the FBI on March 15th wanting to know if the Bureau has evidence proving or disproving that the Obama Administration used surveillance of Trump’s campaign?”

Why didn’t they ask that question?  The answer is not only important, it could prevent unnecessary further investigations of what appears to be a non-issue.
Chairman Nunes investigated and because he found evidence of President Trump’s innocence the Democrats forced him to step down as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.  He was, thus, prevented from asking this important question.
Congressman Schiff, however, the ranking Democrat on the Committee, began doing numerous televisions interviews.  If I hear him say one more time how it is critical to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate Russia’s attempt to influence the American elections and the Trump campaign’s involvement with Russia in that endeavor, I think I’ll throw up.
Schiff and the Democrats evidently don’t know we’re well enough informed about what really happened to understand the hidden agenda of the Democrats.  We know why every Democrat who opens his or her mouth when a television or radio microphone is placed in front of it calls for a Special Prosecutor:  The only way the Democrats can protect Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the Democrat National Committee (DNC) is to appoint a Special Prosecutor who can keep all of the dirty little secrets hidden from us while they remain free to continue their public attacks against President Trump.
There is no doubt James Comey wears a black hat.  It’s not hard to find the facts – not my opinion or your opinion or President Trump’s opinion, but facts.
Comey is a former member of a Clinton Foundation corporate partner’s board.  During his term as FBI Director, his brother, Peter Comey, worked at the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation’s taxes.
In February 2010, FBI agent and lead investigator John Giacalone resigned because of the way the Clinton foundation investigation was being handled by FBI Director James Comey.
Giacalone said the pay-for-play investigation of the Clinton Foundation was not properly done, was white-washed and forgotten.  He said FBI agents were blocked from serving search warrants issued so key evidence could be retrieved.  They were not allowed to interrogate witnesses spontaneously.
It appears agents thought the Clinton case was being investigated in a way that would make it go on and on and on — in the end, FBI agents would look like they were abusing Hillary (who was not sworn in for her FBI questioning) and Cheryl Mills and one other woman both of whom who were allowed to sit in on her FBI interview.  They were concerned, they said, about possible medical complications (memory) involved in her fall.  When the FBI agents tried to gain access to Hillary’s medical records regarding her real or imagined head injuries from the fall, it was not allowed (many say it wasn’t allowed by the FBI Director, James Comey).
It is very interesting that Sandy Berger, Loretta Lynch, and Cheryl Mills all worked at this same law firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  Berger (who passed away in December 2015) was National Security Adviser to Bill Clinton; Loretta Lynch was Obama’s former attorney general – the one who met with Bill Clinton at the Phoenix airport in July 2016 just before the decision whether Mrs. Clinton would be prosecuted on criminal charges; and Cheryl Mills was Hillary Clinton’s long-time adviser and her Chief of Staff.  Isn’t that interesting?
This same law firm did patent work for the Denver-based company that coordinated the use of an unlawful private computer by Mrs. Clinton when she was Secretary of State – the same company that hid Hillary’s server in a closet.
Do you remember this server?  As declared by James Comey, Top Secret, Secret and Classified emails were unlawfully sent to and from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton via this unprotected server.  Many of the emails were forwarded from Secretary Clinton’s computer to former Congressman and convicted sexual predator Anthony Weiner, husband of Huma Abedin, Clinton’s long-time and very, very close adviser.
When Comey was nominated in 2013 by President Obama to become Director of the FBI, Comey told the U.S. Senate that he would remove himself from all cases involving companies where he, Comey, had worked.
Comey worked for Lockheed Martin, a company that in 2010 admitted to becoming a Clinton Global Initiative member.  Comey earned $6 million in just one year at Lockheed.  That same year, Lockheed Martin won 17 approvals for private contracts from Hillary Clinton’s State Department and the Barack Obama administration.
In addition to being a Clinton Foundation Global Initiative member, Lockheed Martin is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt which paid Bill Clinton $250,000 to deliver a speech in 2010.  Ya gotta pay to play!
Lockheed Martin has a long history with many, many fines for screwing our military — you remember, the military that today doesn’t have enough parts for aircraft and ships and that is having to scavenge old planes and ships for repairs?
In 2007, Lockheed had to pay the federal government $265 million caused by over-billing for its work on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter; in 2003, Lockheed paid $37.9 million because it had been charged that it inflated costs on work done for the U.S. Air Force.
There is a very long list of abuses like this by Lockheed.  The company’s affiliation with our military should be cut off and they should be allowed to abuse others for awhile.
On 5 July 2013, President Obama nominated Comey to become FBI Director.  That same year,  James Comey became a board member, a director and a Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee Member of HSBC Holdings.

For those of you who may have forgotten, HSBC is one of the world’s largest drug money launderers.  It has been fined massive amounts several times for violating money laundering regulations.  HSBC Holdings Plc made several agreements to pay fines for breaking money laundering regulations, a recent one for $1.92 billion.  This latest fine was imposed because HSBC laundering drug money is as dirty as the Rio Grande River which flows between Mexico and the U.S.
The point is, HSBC is known (not just suspected) to be a money laundering facility and opens its arms to Mexican and South American drug cartels among others.
HSBC was charged by the U,S. Justice Department (Brooklyn) of violating sanctions laws by doing business with customers in Iran, Cuba, Burma and Sudan.
The bigger point is, this is the financial institution with which James Comey chose to affiliate himself as a board member.  HSBC history has made headlines before and after the time Comey chose to join its board of directors.
Former National Security Adviser to Bill Clinton, Sandy Berger, was mentioned above.  His most publicized escapade was the theft of numerous documents from the National Archives – no one is really sure how many documents he took and destroyed.  It was, however, determined some had to do with negligence on the part of President Bill Clinton in the build-up to 9/11.  He was hiding them by stuffing them in his pants, socks, shorts, and any other available place he could find to hide what he was stealing.

In 2004, Comey was serving as deputy attorney general at the Justice Department and it is said that he limited the criminal investigation of Sandy Berger.  He certainly kept the prosecution under-publicized.

Berger should have done extensive jail time for his theft and destruction of valuable National Archives documents, but a World Net Daily article by Jerome Corsi, “On April 1, 2005, Berger pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of intentionally removing documents from the National Archives and destroying some of them.  He was fined $50,000, sentenced to 100 hours of community service and two years probation.  Also, his national security license was stripped for two years.”

So much for how critical James Comey thinks classified documents are.

Jerry Corsi is a long-term business associate of mine and a man I know to be one of the best researchers in the media world.  Jerry is, a journalist for World Net Daily, InfoWars, and is a NY Times bestselling author.  In his linked article, Corsi, points out that Comey has a long history of cases ending favorably for the Clintons.

One little-known fact is that James Comey became a prosecutor who worked on the Gambino crime family case.  He moved on to the George W. Bush Department of Justice, a few private sector jobs, and then joined the Obama administration in 2013.

James’s brother Peter Comey has worked as Senior Director of Real Estate Operations for the Americas for DLA Piper – coincidentally the firm that performed the independent audit of the Clinton Foundation in the early attempts to neutralize the damage done by the Hillary email scandal.  DLA Piper is listed #5 on Hillary Clinton’s all-time career Top Contributors list.

Interestingly, Peter re-designed the FBI building and his brother, James Comey, owns the mortgage on Peter’s $725,000 home in Virginia.
It is obvious that President Trump had numerous reasons to terminate James Comey’s ten-year contract as FBI Director.  Even Senator Schumer was yelling last summer to anyone who would listen that Comey should be fired… amazing how Schumer switches from anger to tears so easily; from indignation to humble public servant.  He, too, makes me sick.
Many people object to the way in which Comey’s termination was handled by the Trump administration. Frankly, I can think of no better time to fire an FBI Director whose possible involvement is trying to ruin a Presidency than to do it when he is out of town and five hours away from Washington. That way the locks on his office door can be changed so he can’t remove possible evidence.  Comey knew he was going to be fired… he just thought it would be done in a more politically smooth way. President Trump isn’t politically smooth – which is why the American people elected him.
Further, it is rumored that President Trump will appoint an Interim Director while he searches for the best possible person to fill that job.  Anyone who has ever played good chess can see what Donald J. Trump is doing — and all I can say is, the Democrats don’t play much chess.
Regarding the media problem caused because President Trump changes the stories being told by his media representatives…it shouldn’t happen and it is largely the President’s fault.  The communications team, however, could solve the media hatred-of-the-President problem if they would get out of panic mode.
Most of us do not like the Trump Tweets… we think it makes the President appear as if he doesn’t take his job seriously.  Because of the hateful negative media which covers the President with no possibility of a positive comment, however, it is needed – at least until an alternative way to make sure people are told the truth is found.
To stop the Tweets, the negative media situation must be changed.  How to do that?
Every city and state has small, independent newspapers which are not part of the “Never Trump” campaign.  They must, however, use information from sources that are part of “Never Trump.”
If Trump’s communications department could see its way to a creative idea, they would quickly find the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of the editors of these papers.  There are thousands of them.  They would send press releases directly from the White House to these editors.  They would invite independent editors to send questions… to ask for verification when needed, for example.  They would receive a response.
The result?  Once a strong independent newspaper base has been established nationally, the mainstream media becomes irrelevant because people will get their news either from the Internet or from their local, independent newspapers which provide facts rather than fiction.
Actually, the mainstream media is already irrelevant but they do not yet know it.
Donald Trump needs better advisers than he currently employs and he needs to come to grips with the fact that he has powerful enemies who seek to destroy him and his Presidency.  He knows this, of course, but the President’s actions indicate he does not yet take the threat as seriously as he should.
He needs to stop talking and Tweeting spontaneously because once the mainstream media problem is solved, there is no reason for him to give them so much ammunition.
It will be interesting to watch the Comey Comedy unwind.  The announcement last week that Joe Lieberman is the top contender for this job, however, is more than just a little unbelievable.  If President Trump appoints Lieberman to this job, he is truly putting the fox into the hen house.
Former Democrat Senator Joe Lieberman was the Democrat party’s nominee for Vice President in 2000 – his running mate was Global Warming crook Al Gore.  While a Senator, Lieberman was the one who proposed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 as well as legislation that led to establishment of the Department of Homeland Security.  Lieberman cast the 60th vote required to pass Obamacare… of course, any one Senator who voted for that legislation can say the same thing (but most avoid saying they voted for it, these days).

If Donald Trump wants to put an enemy who I believe will likely work to destroy his Presidency, Joe Lieberman is a good choice as FBI Director.

Is it possible that this is a Jared Kushner recommendation?  If so, the President needs to have a talk with daughter Ivanka.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017


By Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall
News With Views
May 21, 2017

Part 1

Americans dislike the concept of “piling on.”  We even have rules to prevent it in sporting events like football.

Liberal Democrats do not understand this concept.

It’s pretty easy to identify piling on in a football game.  In politics it’s more difficult – until the public has been so badly abused it reaches a tipping point and just stops believing anything anyone says.  It is part of the reason people who have supported President Trump remain loyal.  They understand the concept of piling on… your enemies do it when they’re losing and need to injure an important player on the other team to have a chance for victory… if you call that victory.

On Fox News last Wednesday, former Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH ) told the American people how close they are to losing their Republic.  He said the “deep state” within the bureaucracy is trying to “destroy Donald Trump’s presidency.”

The former Ohio Democrat Congressman is right and should be applauded for taking a stand against the strategies being used against Trump.  He loves his country. God bless him!

For those of you who do not understand just how serious the ramifications of what the Democrats and their partners in crime, the deep state and the mainstream media, are doing, do a little research about Argentina and Venezuela.  Both were thriving nations ready to take their place on the world economic stage until socialism got a toe-hole in their economies.  In only a few years, Venezuela has become a nation that cannot afford to keep electricity or toilet paper available to its citizens (who are also going hungry).

If we lose our Republic, don’t think you’ll sleep through it because you won’t.

Liberal Democrats look foolish and don’t seem to have even a slight degree of humility that enables them to see their own childish behavior.  Republicans look like they don’t know how to spell the word loyalty or best interests of the people.  They certainly do not support this Republican President.  They look like what they are:  Compromised politicians who should never be re-elected to office.

Politicians like Senator John McCain make the rest of us wonder if the voters of Arizona are suffering from mental disorders associated with old age… they re-elected the liberal Republican.  Are they familiar with the word “recall?”

My Number One Rule in the 2018 elections will be:  Did you defend Donald Trump when he was being attacked?  If the answer is “no,” I will vote against you, regardless of who your opponent is.  I hope readers will join me.

Voters want a guy named Donald Trump to drain the swamp but re-elect to office one of the biggest alligators who lives in it.  Same comment to South Carolinians who support Senator Lindsey Graham who never saw a microphone he didn’t love (whether or not he has something meaningful to say).

There is no doubt that Donald Trump has a lot of political lessons to learn. There is no doubt that President Trump doesn’t have the kind of temperament that easily succumbs to being told that he, now “the most powerful man in the world,” has a very large learning curve and that he’s not handling it well.  His unskilled political behavior just might cost him the Presidency. Should we lose him, we also lose our country… all because President Trump doesn’t know he doesn’t know some things.

If the thought of that doesn’t make you pick up your phone or write a letter to your Republican elected officials and tell them to defend our President, you are part of the problem.

I don’t know who is advising President Trump… news accounts make it sound like his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, fills that role.  Whoever it is, it is the wrong person. Hopefully, Donald Trump will realize this before the media, intelligence community, and liberal Democrats take him down.

The person advising him obviously has no insight into the difference between getting things done in the private sector versus the political arena.  Or they are afraid to say “Mr. President, you’re behaving like someone who knows what they’re doing and you do not.  To prove the accuracy of my words, I ask you to look at your results thus far.”  Or, they have a hidden agenda.

President Donald Trump’s actions — especially internationally — get an A.  President Donald Trump’s political skills, his ability to communicate effectively and understand how to get his legislative agenda passed get a D.

Do the Democrats understand that their anti-American behavior will come back to them ten-fold?

Do the Republicans understand their lack of support for their party’s President will stand as the reason for the failure of their political party?  They are so afraid of what will happen in the 2018 elections, they do nothing — which is precisely the wrong thing to do when observing the mood of voters at this point in time.

I don’t know about you, but both rat packs disgust me.

We have business strategies versus government manipulation.  We have a President who is spectacularly successful in the world of business – specifically real estate development and contracting – but who is an obvious neophyte in the world of politics.  On the one hand his followers need to be loyal to him but on the other they do not have to accept his personal behavior which, thus far, has provided more ammunition to his political enemies than Obama gave Isis when he withdrew our troops early from Iraq.  Tell him how you feel!

We have intelligence services that even a schlump like Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) admitted publicly will cut anyone’s legs off at the knees if they cross them… it has been affectionately named the “Deep State.”  You and I are paying the salaries of those who are trying to win a bloodless coup.  Do you not realize that is far worse than anything played out on the stage of the USSR in its worst days?

There is little if any doubt that certain elements of our very costly intelligence community – and it is huge, not just a few agencies like the FBI, CIA, Naval Intelligence, and on and on – will not hesitate to use information gathered on public or private citizens if it suits their needs.  It has been known since the days of J. Edgar Hoover that the FBI holds in a very secret place highly secret information about anyone who serves in government and uses that information to manipulate politicians.

The question then becomes, what are the needs of the Deep State?  What is it they want from the politicians they manipulate with hidden information about them?  What do “they” want so badly that they are willing to put the security of their entire nation at risk to get it?

Based on performance, the answers seem pretty simple.  It appears they want total control over you and over me.  They want access to easy drugs worldwide (even if it means supporting a war in Afghanistan so they have access to the poppy fields), the ability to ship drugs wherever they wish, the ability to launder the money that results from the drugs that kill so many American youths, to kill whomever gets in their way with no legal problems, and just a few other small things.  In other words, they want you to pay their salaries while they screw the nation and enslave you… and they want us to be quiet while they do it.

Just six months ago, people were crowding into Trump campaign rallies shouting “Drain the swamp!”

Are those people so naïve that they thought Donald Trump could, wearing white boots and white hat, walk into a huge mud pit filled with snakes, crocodiles and psychopaths and not get dirty?  Are they so naïve as to believe that those who hold corrupted power and so abused it that people elected Donald Trump will give that power away without fighting with every weapon they possess?  It will cost them trillions of dollars to let the new President keep his promise – to let him drain the swamp.  They will use any weapon — any weapon — to succeed.

Are people so naïve that they do not realize how deeply embedded in very ugly personal behavior and crimes those who live in the swamp are?  Do people not realize that we have been supporting the very intelligence agencies that seek information to compromise those in positions of power so they can manipulate their behavior and gain outcomes they want – outcomes that are abusive to the people?

So we now have Robert Mueller as Special Counsel in charge of the FBI’s investigation into the “Russia matter.”

In truth, Robert Mueller should disqualify himself from serving as Special Counsel in this investigation.  He has a huge conflict of interest.

Robert Mueller worked as Comey’s mentor and Comey views Mueller as his protégé.  The two were very close… both threatened to resign because of the warrantless wiretapping that involved then-Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2004.

As Gregg Jarrett of Fox News pointed out in an article last week, “The law governing the special counsel (28 CFR 600.7) specifically prohibits him from serving if he has a conflict of interest in the case.  The rule has been interpreted to mean that even the appearance of a conflict is sufficient for disqualification.”

Most conservatives became suspicious of the wisdom of this appointment when Democrats all rallied around Mueller, raving about what a great decision this was.  Combine this with the consideration of former Democrat later Independent Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut to be FBI Director and it makes one wonder if President Trump is trying to find a way to get himself impeached.

Will any investigation include Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s turning over to Russia access to about 30 percent of America’s plutonium?  For those who don’t know, plutonium is the metal required to make nuclear weapons.

Will Mueller’s investigation include Hillary’s unlawful email problems… especially the Top Secret, Secret and Classified emails identified by James Comey as having been sent from Huma Abedin’s computer to her husband, sexual predator Anthony Weiner, who pled “guilty” to obscenity charges in court last week?  We’ll see.  President Bill Clinton appointed Mueller to become a U.S. Attorney in the Northern California District (San Francisco) in 1998.

I remember Robert Mueller.  As I listened to Fox News reporters extol Mueller’s virtues today, I couldn’t help but remember that he was originally appointed FBI Director by President George W. Bush and that 9-11 happened just 8 days after his appointment on 9/4/2001.  He was in charge of the FBI on 9-11.  He was also in charge of the FBI a day later when a plane full of Saudi citizens related to Osama bin Laden were flown safely from America back to Saudi shores.

He just sounds perfect for this job, doesn’t he?   No wonder the Democrats love him!

As we listen to testimony from intelligence operatives, we need to keep in mind what two things make them successful: 1)  The ability to lie very well; and, 2) perform whatever actions are required with no pangs of conscience.

We need to remember the tactics being used against President Trump come from a swamp filled with powerful politicians who learned well from the Clintons.  When you want to get rid of someone who has you in a corner, tell the world a big lie… one that will resonate, and one with which you are familiar (because you did what you’re telling the world they did).

Most of us who worked to get Donald Trump elected feel strongly about what is happening to the man the swamp is trying to drain.  We wish he had less need to talk about himself but love his willingness to do the work – the very dirty work for which he takes a lot of flak – that needs to be done.

All we can do is maintain our loyalty, disbelieve anything that is said about President Trump, and pray that God truly has mercy on those who may be misguided at times but whose desire to do good for their nation outweighs their occasional recklessness.

We can also pray that Robert Mueller recognizes his conflict of interest and the negative reaction that will result on any investigation he does.

We can also pray that President Trump does ten-minutes of research on Joe Lieberman before appointing him as FBI Director and that he stops listening to the advice of the person who suggested he make such a ridiculous appointment.

We all understand the need to keep our enemies closer than our friends, but this appointment doesn’t just keep an enemy closer, it gives him a knife.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017


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