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Just another “crippling and catastrophic failure,” brought to you by the previous Obama administration.

Oh how the news of these massively botched operations differs depending on what party is in office.

In this instance, President Obama and the democrats were presiding over this, to put it nicely, “crap storm.”

This is also why we’re not hearing anything about it until five years after it happened.

If President Trump had been in office, we would be seeing Congressional hearings, another special investigator, and wall-to-wall coverage by the “biased, liberal, fake news media.”

So what exactly are we talking about here?

Well, in a nutshell, the CIA’s undercover communications network suffered a “catastrophic” compromise back in 2013, and it all started in Iran.

What exactly is meant by “catastrophic?”

According to Zach Dorfman and Jenna McLaughlin of Yahoo News, “[At the time,] countless numbers of CIA officers scrambled to contain a disaster of global proportions: a compromise of the agency’s internet-based covert communications system used to interact with its informants in dark corners around the world.  Teams of CIA experts worked feverishly to take down and reconfigure the websites secretly used for these communications; others managed operations to quickly spirit assets to safety and oversaw other forms of triage.

‘“When this was going on, it was all that mattered,’ said one former intelligence community official.  The situation was ‘catastrophic,’ said another former senior intelligence official.”

Between 2009 and 2013, the U.S. intelligence community experienced “crippling intelligence failures” (“experiencing crippling failures” has become a hallmark of the Obama administration) related to their secret internet-based communications system.  This system was a key means for remote messaging between CIA officers and their sources on the ground around the world.

The previously unreported global problem originated in Iran and spread to other countries.

I would say that “previously unreported” is an understatement.  I believe the words, “suppressed,” “quelled,” or even “concealed” would be better choices here.

To make matters worse, the problems with the network were “left unrepaired, despite warnings about what was happening, until more than two dozen sources died in China in 2011 and 2012 as a result,” according to former intelligence and national security officials.

Dorfman and McLaughlin continue, saying, “The disaster ensnared every corner of the national security bureaucracy, from multiple intelligence agencies, congressional intelligence committees and independent contractors to internal government watchdogs, forcing a slow-moving, complex government machine to grapple with the deadly dangers of emerging technologies.”

Yahoo News’ information regarding this global CIA communications failure is based on conversations with eleven former U.S. intelligence and government officials directly familiar with the matter who requested anonymity to discuss sensitive operations.

“More than just a question of a single failure, the fiasco illustrates a breakdown that was never properly addressed. The government’s inability to address the communication system’s insecurities until after sources were rolled up in China was disastrous. ‘We’re still dealing with the fallout,’ said one former national security official. ‘Dozens of people around the world were killed because of this.’”

All of this is in addition to the 2012 Benghazi attack, which resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith.  CIA contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were also killed in the melee, while ten others were wounded.

Despite persistent accusations against President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Susan Rice, ten investigations, six by Republican-controlled congressional committees, did not find that they or any other high-ranking Obama administration officials had acted improperly.

Is it any wonder that this whole mess was kept on the “down low” by “the swamp?”

I’m sure, if any investigations are held regarding this debacle, the results would be the same: They would say they didn’t find that “they or any other high-ranking Obama administration officials had acted improperly.”

How about “irresponsibly?”

How about “carelessly?”

How about “stupidly?”

How about “politically” and “selfishly?”

How about “without concern for the lives of their subordinates?”

Ouch.

The whole intelligence failure started in Iran back in 2009, when the Obama administration announced the discovery of a secret Iranian underground enrichment facility.

This is what happens when you conduct foreign policy through the “biased, liberal, fake news media.”

“Angered about the breach in their security and secrecy, the Iranians went on a concerted hunt, looking for foreign spies,” said one of the former senior intelligence officials.

The ensuing pressure on the CIA’s communications system led to its demise.  “It was not built to withstand the sophisticated counterintelligence efforts of a state actor like China or Iran.”

By 2010, however, it appears that Iran had begun to identify CIA agents. And by 2011, Iranian authorities dismantled a CIA spy network in that country, said seven former U.S. intelligence officials.  Indeed, in May 2011, Iranian intelligence officials announced publicly that they had broken up a ring of 30 CIA spies.  U.S. officials later confirmed the breach.

Iran executed some of the CIA informants and imprisoned others in an intelligence setback that one of the former officials described as “incredibly damaging.”

These events hampered the CIA’s capacity to collect intelligence in Iran at a critical time, just as Tehran was forging ahead with its nuclear program.

“It’s not clear whether China and Iran cooperated, but the former officials said the communications systems used in both countries were similar. The two governments may have broken the system independently. But Iranian, Chinese and Russian officials were engaged in senior-level communications on cyber issues around this time.”

The CIA has declined to comment.

Former officials said the fallout from the compromises were likely global in scope, potentially endangering all CIA sources that used some version of this internet-based system worldwide.

As Iran was making fast inroads into the CIA’s covert communications system, back in Washington an internal complaint by a government contractor warning officials about precisely what was happening was winding its way through a bureaucratically slow appeals system.

Again, according to Dorfman and McLaughlin, “In 2008, well before the Iranians had arrested any agents, a defense contractor named John Reidy, whose job it was to identify, contact and manage human sources for the CIA in Iran, had already sounded an alarm about a ‘massive intelligence failure’ having to do with ‘communications’” with sources. According to Reidy’s publicly available but heavily redacted whistleblower disclosure, by 2010 he said he was told that the ‘nightmare scenario’ he had warned about regarding the secret communications platform had, in fact, occurred.”

Reidy refused to discuss his case with Yahoo News.

By November of 2011, Reidy was fired because of what his superiors said were “conflicts of interest.”

In his 2014 appeal to the intelligence community inspector general, Reidy noted that CIA agents were “in danger,” and that the “CIA is aware of this.” “The design and maintenance of the system is flawed.”

Reidy’s complaint wasn’t fully addressed for many years.

“Can you imagine how different this whole story would’ve turned out if the CIA [inspector general] had acted on Reidy’s warnings instead of going after him?” said Kel McClanahan, Reidy’s attorney. “Can you imagine how different this whole story would’ve turned out if the congressional oversight committees had done oversight instead of taking CIA’s word that he was just a troublemaker?”

Sound familiar?

“Irvin McCullough, a national security analyst with the Government Accountability Project, a nonprofit that works with whistleblowers, put the issue in even starker terms. ‘This is one of the most catastrophic intelligence failures since September 11th,’ he said. ‘And the CIA punished the person who brought the problem to light.’”

A spokesperson for the Senate Intelligence Committee has declined to comment.

The House Intelligence Committee did not respond to requests for comments either.

Hmmm, that’s odd.

Please note that the words “Senate” and “Intelligence” are typically mutually exclusive (meaning they don’t go together)!

One of the central concerns among those familiar with the scope of the breakdown is the institutions responsible for it were never held accountable.

Even several years after the breach, the concern within the intelligence community is accountability.

“People will say, ‘I went to the inspector general and it didn’t work; I went elsewhere and it didn’t work.’ People will see it as a game. It will lead to corruption, and it will lead to espionage.  When people see that the system is corrupt, it affects everything.”

“In the end,” said the former official, “our biggest insider threat is our own institution.”

So who oversaw this whole mess at the time? Besides Barack Obama, at the top of course, we had Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, then John Kerry as Secretary of State 2013-2016.  Leon Panetta (a longtime Clinton flunky) was the CIA Director 2009-2011, followed by General David Petraeus 2011-2012, and finally followed by John “Benedict Arnold” Brennan, who was the CIA Director 2012-2017.

As I was reviewing the article from Yahoo News, by Dorfman and McLaughlin, I was struck by the fact that over the course of a 3,260 word article, the name “Panetta” was never mentioned, the name “Petraeus” was never mentioned, nor was the name “Brennan.”  The names “Clinton” and “Kerry” were not mentioned either.  The name “Obama” was mentioned only once, and that was only regarding the “Obama administration” announcement of the discovery of a secret Iranian underground enrichment facility.  No mention at all regarding this whole CIA communication fiasco.

As was mentioned before, it is all about accountability, and more specifically a lack thereof when it comes democrats and “the swamp” in general.

I guess looking back, we could make the claim they were all too busy playing their little political power games and spying on American citizens to worry about their real responsibilities.

 

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“If the American people lose confidence in the integrity of our election system, we are one big step closer to our republic dissolving right before our eyes.” – MrEricksonRules

And the fact of the matter is that the American people ARE losing confidence in the integrity of our election system.  Certain people need to stop acting like there is no problem, and the system needs to be fixed, and fixed quickly.  Playing around with the vote is like playing with fire; sooner or later you’re going to burn your house down, and now you’ve got no place to live.

I hear about examples of voter fraud, and liberals (And please note: The issue of voter fraud is exclusively synonymous with liberals/democrats) are always quick to discount our voter fraud concerns as “not that prevalent,” “inconsequential,” “unfounded,” or “very rare.”  Then they will quickly turn the discussion to the “real” problem, in their minds, of voter suppression, which truly is virtually a non-existent problem.

We also hear the insincere cries from the left of, “count every vote!”  This is liberal code for, “allow us to manufacture enough votes after the election in order for us to win the election.”

The Democrats in Congress are saying they will be putting legislation forward to address voting issues, which in reality will only make the system more vulnerable to voter fraud.

Tampering with the vote is an insidious crime that is like a cancer attacking the soul of our country.  This cancer must be dealt with, and it must be dealt with harshly and in no uncertain terms.

The big question is how many fraudulent votes are acceptable?

Who’s going to the first one to stand up and volunteer to have their vote cancelled out by a fraudulent vote?

Not me.

And I’m guessing not you either.

The right to vote in a free AND FAIR election is our most basic civil right, and one on which many other rights of the American people depend.

Our government should be able to guarantee that every eligible individual who wants to vote can, and that no one’s vote is stolen or discounted.

The integrity of the vote is just as important as the opportunity to vote. 

Let’s not confuse the “opportunity to vote,” however, with stumbling into a polling station with no ID, no nothing, and expecting to cast a vote.

Let’s not confuse the “opportunity to vote,” however, with polling stations accepting hundreds and thousands of unverifiable, mail-in, absentee ballots, and casting votes with these.

Voter fraud is real.

Voter fraud is real, and hundreds of convictions have been made and documented in recent years, as well as over the course of our voting history.

We all should recognize this as human nature.  If there is the ability to scam any system or situation for any type of gain, someone will do it.

According to The Heritage Foundation:

Contrary to the claims of many liberals, the problem of voter fraud is as old as the country itself.  As the U.S. Supreme Court noted when it upheld Indiana’s voter identification law in 2008, “flagrant examples” of voter fraud “have been documented throughout this Nation’s history by respected historians and journalists.”

So what are the different types of election fraud that liberals use in an attempt to undermine our election system?  Well, here they are:

Impersonation fraud at the polls: Voting in the name of other legitimate voters and voters who have died, moved away, lost their right to vote for some reason, but remain registered.

False registrations: Voting under fraudulent voter registrations that either use a phony name and a real or fake address or claim residence in a particular jurisdiction where the registered voter does not actually live and is not entitled to vote.

Duplicate voting: Registering in multiple locations and voting in the same election in more than one jurisdiction or state.

Fraudulent use of absentee ballots: Requesting absentee ballots and voting without the knowledge of the actual voter; or obtaining the absentee ballot from a voter and either filling it in directly and forging the voter’s signature or illegally telling the voter who to vote for.

Buying votes: Paying voters to cast either an in-person or absentee ballot for a particular candidate.

Illegal “assistance” at the polls: Forcing or intimidating voters, particularly the elderly, disabled, illiterate, and those for whom English is a second language, to vote for particular candidates while supposedly providing them with “assistance.”

Ineligible voting: Illegal registration and voting by individuals who are not U.S. citizens, or are otherwise not eligible to vote.

Manipulating someone’s vote automatically at the voting machine.

Altering the vote count: Changing the actual vote count either in a precinct or at the central location where votes are counted.

So, who is responsible for ensuring the integrity of our elections?

Each state is generally responsible for the administration of its own electoral systems, including elections for federal office.  This being the case, I feel we open ourselves up to many problems, mostly because the states don’t have access to national databases, which presents the possibility of citizens being registered in multiple states and voting in multiple states.

Of course MrEricksonRules has his own remedy for all of our voting integrity woes!

I have addressed this issue in previous blogs.  This my latest and greatest iteration of my proposed voting system.

Here we go!

First, our government needs to establish a new national holiday called “Election Day,” of course.  Personally, I would suggest getting rid of the day that is currently known as Columbus Day and using if for the new “Election Day” holiday.   This would offer everyone every opportunity and ample time to vote.  Especially those people who work for a living.

There would be no “early” voting, unless it was done on-line at USAvote.gov.

All in-person voting would occur on Election Day.  In-person voting would really be for people who do not have access to a device that would allow them vote on-line.

An initial “national voter database” would be established by cross referencing the IRS database, national military databases, national benefit databases, Social Security databases, along with Medicare and Medicaid databases.  Only American citizens would be eligible to be in this database.

This national voter database would reside only on a dedicated server, and would then be protected by redundancy across multiple servers, as well as hundreds of generational back-up versions, in order to avoid any corruption that may threaten the integrity of the national voter database.

Initial Federal Voter Identification numbers would then be assigned and Federal Voter Identification Cards would then be mailed out based on this database.  People not receiving cards by a given date would then be responsible for acquiring a card at designated state or federal locations.

The practice of using mail-in absentee ballots would be discontinued.

A national voting website, “USAvote.gov” would be established.  All updates to a voter’s address, party affiliation, and on-line ballots would be cast via this website.

No voter registration would be required anymore, just the maintenance of your national voting database record.

All votes, other than those cast via the USAvote.gov website, would have to be cast in person.  All votes cast could have a confirming email sent to the email of record, if desired.

We would no longer need voting machines, only access to the USAvote.gov website.

Each polling station would be supervised by one democrat and one republican, so they could keep an eye on each other.  These individuals would also have to be either a federal or a state employee.  This would give us a level of accountability and integrity we currently don’t have.

Once you have voted, this would be entered into the national voting database, locking your voting record, which would limit you from voting again, in the current election.

Every adult individual would be required to obtain a Federal Voter Identification number to vote, and a Federal Voter Identification Card, if they want to vote at a polling place.

What about individuals who do not have access to a device to get on-line and who are not able to make it to a polling place?  These individuals would need to contact their local government and arrange for a device to be brought to them so they can vote.  This would be an accommodation that would fall under the Federal Disabilities Act, I’m sure.

So how do we handle homeless Americans?  As I stated above, people who do not have a federal voter identification number and a federal voter identification card would then be responsible for acquiring a card at designated state or federal locations.  Their state, county and district they “live” in would then be established, even if they had no “home” address.

There would be no exceptions to these laws and no “provisional” ballots.

By using these methods we would have immediate and final results at the time the polls closed on Election Day, and we would avoid these three-ring circuses, like we are seeing and like we have seen before in the state of Florida.

There you go.

Problem solved.

Any other problems or issues of national importance may be submitted at any time to Mr. Erickson at MrEricksonRules.com.

“The right to vote cannot come before the integrity of the vote.  They have to go hand in hand.” – MrEricksonRules

I’d be happy to hear any criticisms of my system you may have, as well as any additional suggestions.  Please do so by responding with a comment.

 

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Thank God we have “Google” around to be our social conscience (I’m being very sarcastic by the way).   

(Please refer to my two previous blogs regarding our friends at “Google,” dated September 24, 2018 and September 17, 2018 for a little background.)

When I “google” “#METOO,” why do I get a program error?

When I “goggle” “sexual misconduct at Google,” why does it come back saying, “Did you mean: sexual misconduct at the GOP?”

A couple of weeks ago, The (failing) New York Times detailed the alleged misconduct of senior executives, as well as Google’s admission that it fired 48 people for sexual harassment over the past two years.

What’s going on over there!?  And who are these people?

Did they hire Harvey Weinstein while we weren’t looking?  How about Matt Lauer?

Do they have a hiring pipeline of Penn State alumnae?  Michigan State?  Former US Olympic Gymnastic coaches?

Google employees abandoned their desks and staged a 10 minute walkout, at Google office all over the world, in protest of the company’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations.

The campaign has been dubbed “The Google Walkout For Real Change,” and the first walkouts occurred at their offices in Singapore, Zürich, Switzerland and London.

Google is headquartered in “whacky” California, of course, and has 78 offices in the US and around the world (Do they really need that many offices to run a search engine?).

Anyway, campaign organizers have said they were “disgusted” by the details of The New York Times report.  They said “it is an example of a culture of complicity, dismissiveness, and support for perpetrators in the face of sexual harassment, misconduct, and abuse of power.”

These are pretty harsh and damning allegations!

Not at Google!  Say it ain’t so!

Not at such a forward thinking, thoughtful, liberal, gender and racially considerate company like Google!

Google has always been considered “cutting edge” regarding company culture and work environment.  Google was considered revolutionary for maximizing a flexible working atmosphere for improved productivity.  Rubber exercise balls used for office chairs, cubicle free offices, wooden doors held by saw horses acting as desks, multicolored lava lamps and dogs roaming the halls led to a “comfortable” work place.  This environment proved to be highly effective in increasing the creative output of its employees.

Google hired a “company chef,” who introduced the staff to health conscious and energy boosting recipes. There were weekly roller hockey games in the parking lot and weekly “TGIF meetings.”  The free and informal atmosphere supposedly led to an easier exchange of ideas.

The free and informal atmosphere has apparently led to more than just an easier exchange of ideas!

Google employees have a list of five demands for change.  Here they are in the campaign’s own words:

An end to Forced Arbitration in cases of harassment and discrimination for all current and future employees.

A commitment to end pay and opportunity inequity.

A publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report.

A clear, uniform, globally inclusive process for reporting sexual misconduct safely and anonymously.

Elevate the Chief Diversity Officer to answer directly to the CEO and make recommendations directly to the Board of Directors.  Appoint an Employee Rep to the Board.

I’m really surprised by these demands…, not because they are so “over the top,” but because they are such “no brainers.”

How can a company be so “cutting edge” on one hand and anchored in the Middle Ages on the other?

Do they have an “HR” department at Google?  I assume they do.  If so, what have they been doing?  Were they all too busy bouncing around on their rubber exercise balls?

Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, said he and management support the protest and are listening to staff.

Isn’t that nice?!

He also said, “We let ‘Googlers’ know that we are aware of the activities planned for Thursday and that employees will have the support they need if they wish to participate.”

Isn’t that nice again?!

“Employees have raised constructive ideas for how we can improve our policies and our processes going forward.  We are taking in all their feedback so we can turn these ideas into action.”

Here are some of their constructive ideas (leaked exclusively to MrEricksonRules.com) to improve the company’s policies:

“Executives should be required to at least throw a blanket on top of their desk before throwing employees on them and having their way with them.”

“Executives should be required to follow through with promised increases in pay and/or promotions after “services” have been officially rendered.”

“Executives should be required to leave their office door unlocked before choosing to chase their secretaries around the office, in an effort to demonstrate fairness, and the potential opportunity for the secretary to escape.”

These “constructive ideas” all seem quite reasonable, don’t they?

Sundar Pichai and Larry Page, the CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, both apologized to staff last week for the company’s record on sexual misconduct.  Pichai reinforced that apology in an email to staff this week.

Isn’t it nice to know that Sundar and Larry offered their sincerest apologies?

They’re sorry alright.  Sorry they got caught!

The seriousness of these accusations coupled with mass employee walkouts would seem to call for more than just apologies!

Perhaps Sundar and/or Larry need to be shown the door, along with a few of their friends!

Perhaps Google executives should worry about their own behavior before worrying about manipulating search results in order to mute conservative viewpoints and push liberal leaning results!

Perhaps Google executives should stop claiming to know what’s best for the rest of us when they can’t even keep their pants on at work!

The unabashed hypocrisy demonstrated by liberal “know-it-alls” never ceases to amaze me.

I’m sure we won’t have to wait too long for our next installment of “As the World Googles.”

Stay tuned.

Thanks to Jake Kanter, of Business Insider, for contributing to this article.

 

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“Apple and Samsung sittin’ in a tree, C-H-E-A-T-I-N-G!”

Here we go again…, with Apple acting unethically…, again.

Please refer my blog of January 4, 2018, where we saw at the time, Apple admitted that, “…we (Apple) sometimes reduced processor speeds on iPhones with aging batteries as a way to balance performance and battery life.”  So, they’re not actually apologizing for what they did, they’re apologizing for, “…not being more transparent with our customers,” regarding, “…how exactly iOS manages battery and performance.”

Apple went on to say, “We have never, and would never, do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.”

Now less than a year later, here we are, seeing Apple do exactly that.  Trying to “intentionally shorten the life of Apple products, and degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.”

What a bunch of absolute liars.

And not to be outdone, Samsung has learned its sneaky lessons well from Apple.

Both Apple and Samsung have now been fined for “deliberately slowing down older phones.”

Now why on Earth would they want to do that?

According to Rob Waugh of Yahoo News UK, “Many phone users suspected it.  Apple and Samsung are both facing multi-million Euro fines for slowing down old smartphones with software updates.”

“The practice makes old devices less functional, and encourages the purchase of new phones,” the Italian antitrust authority AGM said in a statement.

The Italian antitrust authority fined Apple and Samsung 10 million Euros ($11.3 million) and 5 million Euros ($5.7 million) respectively.

AGM said in a statement, “The two companies have induced consumers to install software updates that are not adequately supported by their devices, without adequately informing them, nor providing them an effective way to recover the full functionality of their devices.”

The antitrust authority said that operating system (OS) updates “caused serious malfunctions and significantly reduced their performance, in this way speeding up their replacement with more recent products.”

The antitrust authority also said that, “users of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 received ‘insistent’ suggestions to update to a new version of Android shipped with the Note 7 device.”

“The antitrust authority said that Samsung did this ‘without informing them of the serious malfunctions that the new firmware could cause due to greater stress of device’s hardware and asking a high repair cost for out-of-warranty repairs connected to such malfunctions.’”

Apple users with iPhone 6 devices were likewise urged to update to new software intended for iPhone 7 “without warning consumers that its installation could reduce the speed of execution and functionality of devices.”

Apple and Samsung have yet to comment according to Yahoo News UK.

I’m sure both Apple and Samsung will eventually plead some level of ignorance to their customers and offer some sort of lame semi-apology, then turn around and screw their customers over again somehow next year.

How much do you wanna bet?

I’ll keep you posted.

“If you want to be successful, never lie to yourself.  Lying to everyone else is apparently OK though.” – Mr. Erickson

 

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President Trump’s economy has been making deposits and it’s earning interest!

What I’m talking about here is the federal funds interest rate.

Simply put, in the United States, the federal funds rate is the interest rate at which banks and credit unions get money from the Federal Reserve.

The lower the fed rate is, the lower the rate that businesses and consumers pay when they borrow money.

The lower the fed rate is, the lower the rate is that we earn on CDs, Savings accounts, etc.

The federal funds target interest rate is determined by a meeting of the members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FMOC) which normally occurs eight times a year, or about every seven weeks.

The FOMC consists of twelve members, the seven members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and four of the remaining eleven Reserve Bank presidents, who serve one-year terms on a rotating basis.

As of September 2018, the target range for the Federal Funds Rate is 2.00–2.25%. This represents the EIGHTH increase in the target rate since tightening began in December 2015 (only a month after President Trump was elected).  Obama never experienced even ONE increase.  

The last full cycle of rate increases occurred between June 2004 and June 2006 as rates steadily rose from 1.00% to 5.25%.  This occurred during the presidency of Republican President George W. Bush.

The Federal Reserve then began lowering rates in September 2007.  Between September 2007 and December 2008 the target rate fell from 5.25% to a range of 0.00–0.25%, the lowest rate in the Federal Reserve’s history.  This occurred as Democrat President Barack Obama took office and the rate remained at 0.25 or less his remaining 7 years in office.

So Obama’s economy basically enjoyed 7-8 years of “free money” from the government and still could not pick itself off of the floor.

Additionally, I find it peculiar that “The Fed” NEVER chose to increase its rate under democrat president Obama, but increased the rates on a regular basis under republican presidents, Bush and Trump.

There are two ways to react to this.  Either we had rate increases under presidents Bush and Trump because their economies were more successful and warranted them (which Obama would argue is not the case), or, the individuals at “The Fed” are a biased group that did all that they could do (rates of 0.0%) to prop up the Obama economy.

I suspect it’s a little of both, but it is annoying when we hear former President Obama take any credit for President Trump’s economy, when the Obama economy could not generate enough steam to even get the Fed’s rate off of ZERO PERCENT.

Of course, the “biased fake news media” has chosen to report and emphasize the negative aspect of the story here (higher interest rates for consumers) rather than report on the general overwhelming success of our economy.  It is very apparent now that they are just unwilling to give President Trump ANY credit for anything that could be perceived as positive.

CNN Business News or all the people out there crying because they are currently paying the outrageous rate of 5.0% on a home loan are not going to get any sympathy from me.  When my wife and I got our first home loan the rates were between 11.0% and 13.0%!  And they had been higher than that!

President Trump has said he is concerned and mad about rising interest rates.  He’s worried The Fed is raising interest rates too fast, in a way that will unnecessarily slow the economy, because they’re concerned about a “phantom inflation threat.”

All in all, I guess these are good concerns and good problems to have.

President Obama never had to worry about his economy being slowed down.

If it would have been slowed down any more it would have going in reverse!

 

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Ballots cast for democrats are like rabbits; if you leave them sit around long enough, they start to multiply! – MrEricksonRules

Yes, isn’t it funny that they NEVER seem to find any ballots “laying around” that increase the republican’s vote total?

Why is that?

Maybe it’s because THE REPUBLICANS DON’T CHEAT!!!!!

We go through the same crap every election cycle, and it’s about time we took some serious steps to address it.

Please check out my prior blog from November 5, 2018: “It’s not “just” one vote.  It’s MY one vote!” for my ideas on that subject.  I also have numerous earlier blogs that discuss the issue of voting as well, which are all worth checking out.

It is now three days after the midterm elections, and some states are still counting ballots and finding ballots.

In Arizona, Democrat candidate Kyrsten Sinema has suddenly taken a 9,600 vote lead over Republican Martha McSally late Thursday, and they say there are still some 400,000 votes left to count!  McSally was ahead by 17,000 votes as of early Thursday.

In Florida, Republican Senate candidate and current governor Rick Scott complained, “Late Tuesday night, our win was projected to be around 57,000 votes.  By Wednesday morning, that lead dropped to 38,000.  By Wednesday evening, it was around 30,000.  This morning, it was around 21,000.  Now, it is down to 15,000!”

Scott continued, saying: “On election night, Broward County said there were 634,000 votes cast.  At 1 a.m. today, there were 695,700 ballots cast on Election Day.  At 2:30 p.m. today, the number was up to 707,223 ballots cast on Election Day.  And we just learned, that the number has increased to 712,840 ballots cast on Election Day.  In Palm Beach County, there are 15,000 new votes found since election night!”

“So, it has been over 48 hours since the polls closed and Broward and Palm Beach Counties are still finding and counting ballots, and the Supervisors, Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher, cannot seem to say how many ballots still exist or where these ballots came from, or where they have been.”

The state of Georgia seems to be experiencing this strange democrat ballot phenomenon in their governor’s race as well.

Armies of lawyers, for both sides, are poised and at the ready in all three states.

This whole voting business should not be this hard people!

Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott is concerned about possible “rampant fraud” in the election, and he filed lawsuits late Thursday against the top election officials in two heavily Democratic counties, as they continue to report “new votes” and three top races in the state appear headed for recounts.

According to Gregg Re of Fox News, “In their lawsuit against Broward County, Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Committeee (NRSC) allege that officials there are hiding critical information about the number of votes cast and counted.  And in a parallel suit against Palm Beach County, Scott and the NRSC charge that the election supervisor there illegally used her own judgment to determine voter intent when reviewing damaged or incorrectly filled-out absentee ballots, while refusing to allow impartial witnesses to monitor the process.”

“I will not stand idly by while unethical liberals try to steal an election,” Scott said at a press conference outside the Governor’s Mansion.

Republican Senator, Marco Rubio, has tweeted about “alleged incompetence if not outright complicity by Florida officials,” while charging that “Democratic lawyers were descending on the state in a calculated attempt to change the results to try and steal several statewide races.”

Those are strong words.

Also late Thursday, President Trump announced on Twitter that “Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach.”

A mandatory recount now appears imminent not only in Scott’s race, but also in the gubernatorial race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis.

Scott’s first emergency complaint accuses Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes of being “unwilling to disclose records revealing how many electors voted, how many ballots have been canvassed, and how many ballots remain to be canvassed,” and charges that the uncertainty “raises substantial concerns about the validity of the election process.”

The NRSC specifically alleges that Snipes is in violation of the Florida Constitution and the Florida Public Records Act. They demand an emergency hearing, as well as a court order requiring Snipes to turn over information about ballots in Broward County.

Scott’s complaint against Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, meanwhile, alleges first that officials there illegally refused to allow Republicans, or any witnesses, to monitor the county’s handling of damaged absentee ballots.

“Even more alarmingly,” Scott additionally claims, Bucher “failed to allow the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board” to determine, as required by law, which damaged or improperly filled-out absentee ballots were valid and how the voters of those ballots had intended to vote.  Instead, Scott and the NRSC argue, Bucher and her staff simply used their own judgment when determining voters’ intent.

Senator Rubio referred to the “slow drip” of tens of thousands of additional ballots that were reported throughout the day Thursday, most of which were favorable to several Democratic candidates.  Rubio said those late disclosures violated Florida election law, which necessitates that mail-in and early voting ballots be counted within 30 minutes of polls closing.

“Bay County was hit by a Cat 4 Hurricane just 4 weeks ago, yet managed to count votes and submit timely results,” Rubio wrote.  “Yet over 41 hours after polls closed #Broward elections office is still counting votes?”

Rubio and Scott both made it clear they have no confidence in Snipes’ integrity.

“A U.S. Senate seat & a statewide cabinet officer are now potentially in the hands of an elections supervisor with a history of incompetence & of blatant violations of state & federal laws,” Rubio wrote, linking to a Miami Herald article describing several scandals that have gripped Broward County’s Elections Department.

Earlier this year, a judge found that Snipes had illegally destroyed ballots in a 2016 congressional contest, leading the secretary of state’s office to assign election monitors to supervise her.

At his Thursday press conference, Scott outlined some of Snipes’ troubled history.

“In 2016, Brenda Snipes’ office posted election results half an hour before polls closed, a violation of election law,” Scott said. “That same year, her office was sued for leaving amendments off of ballots.  In 2014, Brenda Snipes’ fellow Democrats accused her of individual and systemic breakdowns that made it difficult for voters to cast regular ballots.  All Floridians should be concerned about that.”

“I think the problems are blown out of proportion,” Snipes said in October, in an interview with The Miami Herald. “Broward is nitpicked to the bone. Other places have the same problems, different problems. It’s just that they are not spotlighted like we are.”

Broward County election officials did not return Fox News’ multiple requests for comment at this time.

Meanwhile, Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York fired back on Twitter at Trump saying: “In a democracy, no one—not even the President—can prevent the lawful counting of votes.  We will not allow him or anyone else to steal this election.”

Say what Chuck?

Did you say someone might be trying to steal an election?

Hey Chuck, have you ever heard the saying, “When you point the finger of blame at someone else, three other fingers are pointing back at you?”

Shame on all of these democrats.

When the day comes that the American people fail to have any confidence at all in our election process at all, that will be the day our country will dramatically change…, and I’m afraid to say that day is not far off unless significant changes are made.

 

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Where are your manners Jim Acosta?  Who do you think you are?   

After an unprofessional performance at a White House press conference earlier this week, CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent, Jim Acosta, has been denied access to The White House “until further notice.”

White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, announced yesterday that CNN’s Jim Acosta had his press pass suspended by The White House.

“I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH,” Acosta cried via a tweet Wednesday night. “Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds…”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed Acosta’s tweet in a later statement, claiming the suspension of his press credentials stemmed from his “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.” She called the behavior “absolutely unacceptable.”

Is Jim Acosta related to Bill Clinton in any way?  Just wondering.

The CNN reporter, during a news conference at the White House earlier Wednesday, got into a heated debate with Trump after he asked the president about the migrant caravan. “Honestly, I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN,” the president said.

Acosta tried to ask the President another question before a female White House aide walked over to him.

President Trump then told him, “That’s enough!”

Acosta continued to try to talk as the intern was seen trying to take the microphone from his hand.  She grabbed the microphone but Acosta wouldn’t give it up and there was contact between the two and he actually chopped down on her arm.  If you get a chance to actually watch the video, I’m sure you’ll agree that it is quite obvious.

I’m sorry Jim, the “fake news” may try and convince us we’re not seeing what we’re seeing, but we did see it, and it is what it is.

In a later statement, Sanders said, “President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration.”

“Contrary to CNN’s assertions,” Sanders continued, “there is no greater demonstration of the President’s support for a free press than the event he held today.  Only they would attack the President for not being supportive of a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters over the course of an hour and a half, including several from the reporter in question.”

“The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it is an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration,” Sanders added.

CNN said Jim Acosta has “our full support.”

Of course he has their support, he’s their poster boy for obnoxious and biased “reporting.”

The White House Correspondents’ Association in a statement called the move “unacceptable,” and urged the White House to “immediately reverse this weak and misguided action.”

Isn’t the White House Correspondents’ Association the same group that hires lame, supposed, comedians to bash President Trump at their pretentious little annual get together to pat each other on the back?  Why yes it is.  That would explain their “weak and misguided” response!

“I tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them,” Trump told Acosta. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee [Sanders] is horrible.  And the way you treat other people is horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

You’re entirely correct Mr. President.

“Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.” – Edmund Burke

“Ideological differences are no excuse for rudeness.” – Judith S. Martin

“A polite enemy is just as difficult to discredit, as a rude friend is to protect.” – Bryant McGill

If we look back at the eight years of the Obama administration, reporters would never dream of taking the tone with him like they do with you.  In addition, The Obama era press secretaries were Robert Gibbs, Jay Carney and Josh Earnest.  None of them were forced to take the abuse and disrespect that Sarah Sanders has had to endure on a daily basis.

In fact, during the Obama years, the only reporters who ever asked President Obama or his Press Secretary a remotely challenging question were Major Garrett and Ed Henry, of Fox News, and even then the questions were asked in a respectful manner.

The White House intern who attempted to take the microphone from Acosta eventually handed it off to Peter Alexander, of NBC News.  He called Acosta a “diligent reporter who busts his butt,” to which Trump shot back: “Well, I’m not a big fan of yours either, to be honest.”

Nice one Mr. President.

I’m a big fan of yours though!

WINNING!

 

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Go ahead “ANTIFAs,” make our day.

The cowardly group of masked morons, who call themselves “ANTIFAs,” are at it again.

First of all, “ANTIFA,” apparently, is supposed to stand for “anti-fascism.”  Let’s make this clear “ANTIFAs,” YOU ARE THE FASCISTS!!

You are the ones who run around in masks because you are afraid to be identified and held accountable for your actions.  You remind us all of the KKK, or ISIS in this regard, except no one’s really afraid of you.

You are the ones who are trying to intimidate people just because they don’t agree with you.

You are the ones resorting to violence and the destruction of property.

You are the ones trying to silence those with opposing opinions.

You are the ones who go against all of the basic rights of freedom that our country represents.

YOU ARE THE REAL FASCISTS!

Actually, whether you know it or not, you are the mindless TOOLS who are being used by the real fascists in our country.

In a way I feel sorry for you, because you are really just looking for “something” to belong to and do “something” that’s real (not a video game) and to do something that’s righteous (except you’re confused about that).

You are a typical cowardly mob, who when singled out, run away, crying, back to your mommies.

Your latest cowardly adventure took you out to Tucker Carlson’s home.

The brave “protesters” of course waited until Tucker Carlson was away and doing his TV show before choosing to attack his house.

According to Tucker, he was at his desk Wednesday evening, less than two hours before his 8 p.m. live show, when he suddenly started receiving multiple text messages.

He was told there was some sort of commotion happening outside his home in Northwest D.C.

“I called my wife,” Carlson told The Washington Post in a phone interview. “She had been in the kitchen alone getting ready to go to dinner and she heard pounding on the front door and screaming. … Someone started throwing himself against the front door and actually cracked the front door.”

His wife, thinking it was a home invasion, locked herself in the pantry and called 911, Carlson said. The couple have four children, but none were home at the time.

According to now-deleted social media posts shared by “Smash Racism DC,” a local terrorist group who claims to be anti-fascist, and an organization whose members have been tied to other demonstrations against prominent Republican figures, showed up outside Carlson’s home Wednesday and they had a message for him.

“Tucker Carlson, we are outside your home,” one person could be heard saying in the since-deleted video. The person, using a bullhorn, accused Carlson of “promoting hate” and “an ideology that has led to thousands of people dying.”

What exactly is this “ideology” which “has led to thousands of people dying,” and who exactly has died?

“We want you to know, we know where you sleep at night,” the person concluded, before leading the group to chant, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight!  We know where you sleep at night!”

Roughly 20 of these cowards had gathered outside Carlson’s residence, said Lt. Jon Pongratz of the Metropolitan Police Department.

The group called Carlson a “racist scumbag” and demanded that he “leave town,” according to posts on Twitter.  A woman was also overheard in one of the deleted videos saying she wanted to “bring a pipe bomb” to his house, he said.

“It wasn’t a protest. It was a threat,” said Carlson. “They weren’t protesting anything specific that I had said. They weren’t asking me to change anything. They weren’t protesting a policy or advocating for legislation. … They were threatening me and my family and telling me to leave my own neighborhood in the city that I grew up in.”

“Tonight you’re reminded that we have a voice,” a now-deleted tweet read. “Tonight, we remind you that you are not safe either.”

In a Facebook post that included video of the gathering, the group wrote, “Fascists are vulnerable. Confront them at their homes!”

Following backlash and news reports, Twitter deleted the problematic tweets and suspended the group’s account early Thursday morning.  The Facebook video was also taken down, but the page is still up.

News of the protest and doxing (revealing personal information on the Internet) prompted widespread condemnation from not just conservative-leaning journalists or Fox News personalities but also other media members.

“This has to stop. Who are we? What are we becoming? @TuckerCarlson is tough & can handle a lot, but he does not deserve this. His family does not deserve this. It’s stomach-turning.” – Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) November 8, 2018

Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume decried it as “revolting, and frightening.”

Daily Wire reporter Amanda Prestigiacomo tweeted that the protesters were “cowards” for going to Carlson’s home while he was taping his show.

S.E. Cupp, a CNN host, wrote on Twitter that the activists’ actions were “not okay,” adding, “don’t do this.”

Washington Post columnist Max Boot, who has been critical of Carlson, also spoke out against the protest.  “I think Tucker is a terrible influence on modern America but that doesn’t justify harassing him at home,” Boot tweeted. “Go high, not low.”

In his nightly newsletter, CNN’s Brian Stelter dedicated a section to the protest titled, “Tucker Carlson does not deserve this.” Stelter also shared screenshots of the newsletter on Twitter.

“You can love or hate Fox’s Tucker Carlson, but we should all be able to see that this protester behavior is wrong,” the newsletter read. Quoting the responses from Kelly and Boot, Stelter wrote: “I agree. Get a permit for a protest outside Carlson’s office if you want. But don’t chant ‘we know where you sleep at night’ outside his home.”

“How can you go out for dinner and leave the kids at home at this point?” Carlson said. “If they’re talking about pipe bombs … how do you live like that?”

While he is no stranger to threats, Carlson said this time things went “too far.”

“I don’t think I should be threatened in our house,” he said. “I think I should fight back, and I plan to.”

He added: “I’m not going to be bullied and intimidated.”

Good for you Tucker.

Yes “ANTIFAs,” be careful what you wish for.  Two can play your game, and most would be better at it than you are.

 

Thank you to Brian Flood of Fox News for contributing to this article.

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