McCabe’s DC grand jury not the answer to FISA documents release

I’m a little skeptical of the news of a grand jury who has interviewed “more than one witness” in a case involving the ex-Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe.

According to reports, the grand jury has been empaneled for months and has what appears heard testimony from two witnesses in a federal case in DC.

Isn’t this the reason federal attorney John Huber was brought in from Utah? To get around the partisan logjam and move indictments quickly?

How is a federal grand jury empaneled for months only heard testimony from so few witnesses? The prosecutors have subpoena powers to bring in a host of former and current FBI pros to testify. As well as former Obama administration officials.

Pardons do not exclude someone from being able to testify in a federal probe.

It appears this grand jury is being used as a ploy to say “We are investigating” but only once a week when the grand jury is empaneled.

To take the last line of the post: “You didn’t think nothing was HAPPENING did you?

Well that’s a double negative, so yes nothing is happening with this grand jury.

I would think Inspector Clouseau would have more accomplished in the last four months than these investigators.

Ham sandwiches have been indicted a lot quicker than this.

Declas-sifying the FISA documents, which I believe has already been signed through Executive Order by the President but needs to be declared, is the best route to letting Americans know what treasonous acts went on behind the scene leading up to the 2016 Presidential election.

Congress won’t release it obviously, so it’s up to the president to announce his EO to get the damning documents out to the world.


The left’s Russian Roulette is to keep Trump’s policy inside nesting dolls

The present day McCarthy hearings about Russian influence in the Trump administration has all the validity of the senator’s 1950’s witch hunt, it’s just flipped on its head.

While Senator Joseph McCarthy (WI-R) launched a crusade to root out fears of widespread Communist subversion during the beginning of the Cold War.

McCarthy charged that large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers had infiltrated the United States federal government and US society including Hollywood.

So now we have the flip side as Democrats are charging Russian influence under every blade of grass on the White House lawn. The fervor of McCarthy and his side-kick Roy Cohen saw “pinkos” conspiring to overthrow American values.

For me, this present day witch hunt is through the left-leaning media is not out of fear of undue influence of the Russian government’s infiltrating American society, it’s more about keeping the White House on the ropes over the issue to keep it from rolling back the Obama’s progressive movement over the previous eight years.

The amount of attention and resources put to the premise that President Trump or his surrogates conspired with Russia to somehow throw the election has been exhaustive without a charge leveled against anyone other than National Security Advisor Lieutenant General Michael Flynn misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his communications with the US Russian ambassador and whether he received money from foreign governments without getting the required approval.

However, divided government with the possibility of nothing of any merit — such as tax cuts and infrastructure spending, which would benefit many Americans — happening markets are bound to move higher.

Clinton supporters suffering with reconciling results

I was corresponding with a friend over the fall out from the election and trying to put it in context.

The response from him in France seems to sum up what we are going through as a country.

His explanation is cognitive dissonance, which is defined as in psychology as: the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time; performs an action that is contradictory to their beliefs, ideas, or values; or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas or values.

What follows is his take on the US electorate.

This phenomenon is why a year ago I told you I was putting so much emphasis on PREDICTING the outcome of the election using the Master Persuader Filter. I told you it would be easy to fit any theory to the facts AFTER the result. And sure enough, we can fit lots of theories to the facts. At least 24 of them by CNN’s count.

Generally speaking, the greater the persuasion, the more cognitive dissonance you get.

Trump is, in my opinion, the greatest persuader of my lifetime. I expected this level of cognitive dissonance.

This brings me to the anti-Trump protests. The protesters look as though they are protesting Trump, but they are not. They are locked in an imaginary world and battling their own hallucinations of the future. Here’s the setup that triggered them.

  1. They believe they are smart and well-informed.
  2. Their good judgement told them Trump is OBVIOUSLY the next Hitler, or something similarly bad.
  3. Half of the voters of the United States — including a lot of smart people — voted Trump into office anyway.

Those “facts” can’t be reconciled in the minds of the anti-Trumpers. Mentally, something has to give. That’s where cognitive dissonance comes in.

There are two ways for an anti-Trumper to interpret that reality. One option is to accept that if half the public doesn’t see Trump as a dangerous monster, perhaps he isn’t. But that would conflict with a person’s self-image as being smart and well-informed in the first place. When you violate a person’s self-image, it triggers cognitive dissonance to explain-away the discrepancy.

So how do you explain-away Trump’s election if you think you are smart and you think you are well-informed and you think Trump is OBVIOUSLY a monster?

You solve for that incongruity by hallucinating — literally — that Trump supporters KNOW Trump is a monster and they PREFER the monster. In this hallucination, the KKK is not a nutty fringe group but rather a symbol of how all Trump supporters must feel. (They don’t. Not even close.)

In a rational world it would be obvious that Trump supporters include lots of brilliant and well-informed people. That fact — as obvious as it would seem — is invisible to the folks who can’t even imagine a world in which their powers of perception could be so wrong. To reconcile their world, they have to imagine all Trump supporters as defective in some moral or cognitive way, or both.

As I often tell you, we all live in our own movies inside our heads. Humans did not evolve with the capability to understand their reality because it was not important to survival. Any illusion that keeps us alive long enough to procreate is good enough.

That’s why the protestors live in a movie in which they are fighting against a monster called Trump and you live in a movie where you got the president you wanted for the changes you prefer. Same planet, different realities.

I don’t think I can add anything more to this since I believe it captures the moment quite well.

Did Kaepernick quarterback a Trump win?

What does the Donald Trump win mean in the greater world economy?

First you had Iceland in 2008 telling the London banking system to go to hell, we are not crippling our nation to pay tribute to them with IceSave for rigged bets that City of London fostered upon the national bank of the tiny nation and backed all the savings accounts of depositors in a new bank.

Secondly, we had Brexit earlier this year. The British people voted to begin exiting the European Union.

These two nationalistic moves set the table for a Trump campaign. The campaign’s planks of secure borders, trade pacts and tariffs to bring jobs back to the country and immigration reforms all play into a move away from globalist’s agenda.

As an aside this huge nationalistic bent in the US can be witnessed by stories on the decline of the NFL ratings due to San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s taking a knee in protest  during the National Anthem. Now whether that is the reason for diminished viewership is not the question, it was the sentiment expressed by people questioned in many stories, which shows the changing intent of the people. 

Moving ahead, we may see more movements towards nationalism. A further break up of the EU could be on the table as southern tier countries and regions. Yes the PIGS could rise up, but there are regions in these countries such as Catalonia in Spain are already actively seeking succession after years of rhetoric and hand wringing over the idea.

So the markets are reacting to this move in the quickest way it can. Sovereign bond prices have crashed as the yields climbed to yearly highs. According to bond market stats, there was $1.2 trillion in price losses last week after the election. While most people look at stocks prices going up is good for the US, this bond rout will have far more lasting effect.

The strengthening dollar is also playing havoc on Asian markets. The strong dollar will allow the Fed to raise rates in December, which means we could see a repeat of last year where markets are buoyed by year-end window dressing by Wall Street and then cratering stocks come January.

How I saw a Trump victory last month

Yesterday’s post was very well received by readers of this blog. The number of hits is off the charts compared to the normal average of readers by a magnitude of 10.

I have debated about taking a victory lap in calling a Donald Trump victory 17 days or so before the election. I did not want to take the time, since there was news and events to write about. So I figure this bonus post could serve as a gentle I told you so. Although no one likes to hear that. lol

I wrote three weeks before the vote how the polls were wrong and that once America gets behind the voting booth curtain their choice is their own, without the bias of the questionnaire.

I wrote about how voters who live 200 miles from the coast, you would more likely vote for Trump. This “fly-over country” is suffering the greater pain of this “economic recovery.” Unemployment and underemployment is rampant in this part of the country. The two or three part-time jobs that these Americans hold in order to try to sustain a certain way of life is a hardship that was driving the Trump campaign.

If you look at the county map, you will see how strongly this came true.

I also spoke on the topic of who would concede the election after the last debate when Trump said “We’ll see.” However I also thought the concession would be extended past election night. Well it did spill into the next day, but the bigger win for Trump in the Electorial College made any challenge moot.

I don’t understand how this election, which had bifurcated the nation even still — did not think it was important enough to cast a ballot.

Since the election Trump has been gracious, setting a tone that could bring some of the undecideds into the fold. Let’s not forget there was a super minority of Americans — roughly 48% — that opted not to cast a ballot in this contested election.