About Michael Gray

Sunday Business Editor at The New York Post.

Los Angeles military raid happen in Rep. Adam Schiff’s district

Last week I wrote about what appeared to be a military operation in downtown Los Angeles.

In an extraordinary video of helicopters flying down Wilshire Blvd. and landing in front of a Guatemalan refugee aid office with about a dozen paramilitary offices extracting some materials from the building and then taking off again.

The operation was reportedly a training mission although many ex-military officers say that it is highly unlikely given the location (downtown LA) and the odds of something going awry and killing civilians.

These officials say that there are training locations set up in the desert for these types of operations and that there is not reason to execute this on Wilshire Blvd. unless it was live action to execute an operation against the Guatemalan refugee aid office.

I’m not sure how this exercise squares with the Posse Comitatus Act, which limits the powers of the federal government in using federal military personnel to enforce domestic policies. But suffice it to say that the helicopters did not belong to LAPD.

Well there is one more notice on this operation. The operation and extraction of assets occurred in Rep. Adam Schiff’s congressional district. I wrote Tuesday how Schiff was in the cross hairs of President Trump for his continuing to push for new Russian collusion probes despite a Senate panel and special counsel Bob Mueller finding no smoking gun linking the president to Russia.

Also we learned on Tuesday that Schiff, the chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, may be the subject of a FISA surveillance warrant, which allegedly will show he leaked classified information.

Not sure if these two news events have direct ties, but to my mind its more than coincidental.

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Irony Alert: Rep. Schiff will see FISA warrant lead to his undoing.

President Trump has California Rep. Adam Schiff, who is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, in his cross hairs for “Presidential Harassment”.

So now Congressman Adam Schiff announces, after having found zero Russian Collusion, that he is going to be looking at every aspect of my life, both financial and personal, even though there is no reason to be doing so. Never happened before! Unlimited Presidential Harassment….

The president went on to say that it is a “witch hunt” that Schiff and his committee are continuing with the narrative of Russian collusion despite special counsel Robert Mueller’s 18-month probe finding nothing actionable against the White House for crimes committed during the campaign.

Yes they nabbed people for process crimes of lying to the FBI, but much of those charges stem from the staffers being spied on by the intelligence agencies unbeknownst to them.

So when they were questioned and the statements did not line up with the tapes, they were charged. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is a perfect case for this type of treatment and you noticed that he plead guilty to the charge but has yet to be sentenced despite numerous hearings on the subject.

Coming back to Rep. Schiff. It appears the president is doing more that just taking him to task on Twitter. It appears that Schiff is the subject of a FISA court warrant as well.

Schiff has been probed on the subject of classified leaks coming from the intelligence committee during the last congressional session when he was the minority ranking member on the panel.

Would that not be just retribution that a FISA surveillance would pick up Schiff leaking untruthful information on the classified Mueller investigation.

Why so little coverage of the Yellow Vest protests?

Busy weekend on the drops with the overarching theme being what is being offered by the media — and what is not — to affect the narrative presented to citizens.

First case in point is the ongoing demonstrations in France with the Yellow Vests. Little coverage in the US of the thousands of people injured over the last month by police while the numbers of protestors grows. There have also been many protester deaths as a result of clashes with the police.

Cars burning near the Eiffel Tower as tens of thousands of French citizens demand changes to the socialist government policies. Why are we not seeing media coverage? Because the French protestors are asking for a halt to open border immigration and other EU initiatives, which are being pushed by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels and elsewhere.

We can hardly have the narrative playing out in the US that people globally abhor open borders while the Democrats push not fund a border wall.

Second case is the funding bill being worked on to keep the government open. The President wants roughly $6B for construction. The Democrats are hard-pressed to provide.

This really is a symbolic fight since the White House already has  the funding through last year’s military spending bill. No this fight is about optics and how far the liberals will take this fight. Will they close the government again over this issue?

Trump took responsibility for the first shutdown last month, however this one will be on the Senate and House liberal Democrats.

Will this lead to a split within their ranks? Perhaps as more centralist House Democrats — fearing a tough election coming up — challenge the far left with digging in their heels on this issue.

Last case is the continuing negative coverage of Q-Anon phenomenon being publicized in the media. The question posed is enlightening. If it is just a conspiracy theory, then why do hundreds of negative stories come up on a Google News search from major news outlets?

Why bother publicizing a fake moment? Why bother telling people not to look at it, if as many articles say, it is a fringe radical movement with a small following?

It falls under the line from “Hamlet” ““The lady [press] doth protest too much, methinks.”

A day in the life

Sitting here on a chilly Sunday in February, thinking about what I am and was and will be.

Such changes come with time, however I need to appreciate what was while moving forward to something new and perhaps exciting.

But for right now I need to be and see what will become of the second, er third act.

I know being comfortable in my own skin is paramount to my outlook, but I also believe I need other skin to be comfortable too.

My life at this moment is steeped in reflection with wonder of what my legacy would be. I’m not into revisionist history but I feel when the assessment is made I will grade out fairly well.

The new path forward will be one of starting from scratch with new adventures with people who have no perspective of the accomplishments or pratfalls of the past.

A clean slate upon which to write their own comments or opt out and not leave a trace. Many not realizing that this slate once held the highly complicated formula of a previous life.

That’s what today has brought for me. I not sure if this will ever get posted, but it’s what has to be put on “paper” for me to move on.

I appreciate you taking the time to view this personal post. I will be back tomorrow with a far more conventional post.

Amazon’s Bezos charges National Enquirer owner Pecker with extortion and blackmail

So what happens when the richest man in the world decides to re-live his teenage years only this time with cash?

You get Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos making headlines for sending “d-ck pics” to his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez and she sending “a photograph of her smoking a cigar in what appears to be a simulated oral sex scene.”

Now how do we know all this? Well the National Enquirer had all these images and more as part of their story from two weeks ago on the philandering CEO.

However according to a Bezos post on the blog site Medium, the National Enquirer and its owner David Pecker threaten to release more compromising images if Bezos didn’t cease investigating the magazine over its ties to silencing women making accusations against President Trump.

Quite a tale of “extortion and blackmail” Bezos lays out against Pecker and the National Enquirer with internal memos from lawyers working for National Enquirer parent company AMI, which is run by Pecker.

So you have Pecker, “d-ck pics” and simulated oral sex scene all on display, but not at the supermarket checkout stand, but more likely in a federal court house sometime soon.