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US Navy Retired, Aerospace worker. All around good Dude. Eternal Foe of the work ethic

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Facebook removes fake Resistance pages

Facebook announced Tuesday that it has removed 32 inauthentic Instagram and Facebook profiles and pages because the company believes they were part of a coordinated disinformation campaign.

“We’re still in the very early stages of our investigation and don’t have all the facts — including who may be behind this. But we are sharing what we know today given the connection between these bad actors and protests that are planned in Washington next week. We will update this post with more details when we have them, or if the facts we have change,” the company said in a statement.

Many of the named pages and accounts seem to espouse progressive or left-wing political messages. One page, “Resisters,” went as far as creating an event scheduled between August 10 and 12 called “No United the Right 2 — DC.”

About 2,600 Facebook users expressed interest in the event and more than 600 said they were attending, according to the company.

“Inauthentic admins of the ‘Resisters’ Page connected with admins from five legitimate Pages to co-host the event. These legitimate Pages unwittingly helped build interest in ‘No Unite Right 2 — DC’ and posted information about transportation, materials, and locations so people could get to the protests,” Facebook said.

The page linking to information to the event has been taken down and Facebook said it would continue sharing information with law enforcement and Congress.

Unlike previous incidents, Facebook did not seem confident it would be able to identify who was behind the campaign.

Over 290,000 accounts followed “at least one of these” fake pages, which had names like “Aztlan Warriors,” a pro-Latin American page, “Black Elevation,” a Black pride page and “Mindful Being.”

Too many people #Walkaway to organize a REAL Resistance?
Posted by Gunslinger201 | Tue Jul 31, 2018, 03:05 PM (2 replies)

A reminder of who is gonna take down the Obama Criminals

Rumor has it he currently has 3000 Sealed Indictments and Sessions has hired 300 more Prosecutors to handle the load

Questions surround the work of U.S. Attorney John Huber, who is playing a key role in one of the multiple investigations surrounding President Trump and the Justice Department.

Known as a no-nonsense prosecutor whose primary experience is fighting violent crime, the U.S. attorney for Utah is an appointee of President Obama whose job was saved by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) when Trump asked state attorneys to resign so that he could field a new slate of professionals.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions quietly tapped Huber — apparently last fall — to work in tandem with the Justice Department’s inspector general to determine whether conservative allegations of abuse at the FBI and the Justice Department merit investigation.

It’s an unusual arrangement, and one that fall short of demands from the right that Sessions name a second special counsel. That idea has generated controversy, with critics saying the second appointee would inevitably impede the work of special counsel Robert Mueller.

The administration has provided few public details about Huber’s assignment beyond a lengthy message from Sessions to Congress in which he argued that his appointment should be sufficient to address the concerns raised by GOP lawmakers.

The Justice Department has declined to comment on his budget or what Sessions meant when he said that Huber is working “in cooperation” with Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Horowitz’s office also declined to comment.

White House officials see Huber as a second special counsel in everything but name because he has the authority to prosecute, a task the inspector general has to refer to a U.S. attorney.

Obama and his flunkies got caught because Hillary lost. Now they are screwn!
Posted by Gunslinger201 | Mon Jul 30, 2018, 01:14 PM (5 replies)

Whatever happened to the 'unmaskings' probe?

Every day brings new stories about Russian interference in the 2016 election, whether Donald Trump played a role, and alleged abuses by our intelligence agencies.

One of the deepest, darkest, most important issues in the whole mess has to do with the massive number of “unmaskings” of U.S. citizens. It potentially opens a can of worms squirmier than many other issues

To understand, it helps to begin with the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when U.S. intel agencies sought to expand their surveillance authority — for what seemed like all the right reasons. (For context, a week before 9/11, Robert Mueller had become FBI director; a month earlier, James Clapper had been named head of the agency that supplies image intel to the CIA, and John Brennan recently had become CIA deputy executive director.)

Wiretapping foreigners who could be terrorists isn’t as sensitive an issue, since our law doesn’t give them the same protection as U.S. citizens. The problem comes when wiretaps include U.S. citizens in contact with foreign targets. That’s called “incidental” collection.
And it’s not just phone calls. Today’s wiretaps can include everything on the web — emails, bank accounts, photos, messaging, Facebook posts. And “incidental collection” can include anything picked up when a target is watched directly, through a bug, or by secretly activating his computer’s microphone and camera.

U.S. citizens who aren’t accused of crimes are entitled to strong constitutional privacy protections. So, to alleviate worries that citizens’ rights might be violated through “incidental” spying on foreign targets, the intel agencies adopted strict rules. At first, they promised to destroy any “incidental” intelligence they collected. Later, they decided to store it — for a short time — but promised that the names of the U.S. citizens would be “masked,” or hidden, even internally.

Then, they argued that they needed to store the information on U.S. citizens a little longer, and might occasionally need to “unmask” or reveal their names. Still, “unmasking” was supposed to be extraordinarily rare, requiring a high-ranking official’s approval accompanied by a strong legal argument that the citizen’s name is crucial to addressing some national-security threat.

But several years ago, intel insiders tell me, the process was corrupted. Here’s how:

An official who is a bad actor may want to monitor a U.S. citizen — say, a political enemy or a journalist — but knows he could never get wiretap approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). So he develops a pretext to wiretap a foreigner or a target in contact with that citizen. He then “incidentally” captures the citizen’s information, too. Later, he builds a case for “unmasking” the U.S. citizen’s name, supposedly for national security or other crucial reasons.

Here’s the best part — for the bad actors. The U.S. citizens are usually none the wiser. The surveillance isn’t intended to build a criminal case; it’s to collect dirt or political intel or blackmail material. So the corrupt process is never scrutinized in a U.S. court.

Think of it as reverse engineering of intel.

In 2016, very real questions were raised about whether reverse engineering of intel was widely deployed in an unethical manner. A red flag waved when we got a sense of how many Americans are “incidentally” surveilled — so many, that near-daily unmasking requests were said to be made in 2016 under the name of a single official: United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power.

Who else was involved? Then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates, national security adviser Susan Rice, and Director of National Intelligence Clapper. Clapper said he requested unmasking of American names “every couple of weeks.” Apparently, it became so common that Clapper told Congress he probably made some requests on his way out the door before Trump’s inauguration, but couldn’t recall the specifics.

Rice initially claimed she knew nothing about the unmasking of surveilled Trump associates. Later, she admitted on MSNBC that she had asked for names of U.S. citizens previously masked in intelligence reports.

Add to all this the report that, during 2016, the Obama administration vastly expanded its searches for information about Americans in the National Security Agency (NSA) database. In 2013, there were 9,500 searches involving 198 Americans. In 2016, that escalated to 30,355 searches of 5,288 Americans.

Sure, it’s possible all that spying on U.S. citizens, all those unmaskings, were on the up and up.

But what if my sources are correct and at least some of these actions are not on the up and up? After all, our intel agencies have gotten caught in significant abuses, despite FBI Director Christopher Wray incorrectly testifiying to the contrary.

In 2016, an inspector general found “widespread” abuse of key provisions designed to protect Americans. A FISC judge found so many violations that he described them as an institutional “lack of candor” and “a very serious Fourth Amendment issue.”

Does any of this have something to do with the NSA reportedly listening in on Congresswoman Jane Harmon (D-Calif.) as she spoke to pro-Israel lobbyists? Somebody leaked her unmasked name in 2009. Or the recordings of Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) in 2011 as he spoke to a Libyan official? Those were later leaked to the press.

What about reports of our intel officials listening in on U.S. members of Congress in 2015 as they communicated with Israel’s prime minister about the Obama administration’s Iran deal?

Is it why Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) asked whether they’d been surveilled? Or why, at a hearing in 2017, Yates and Clapper admitted having reviewed and possibly shared “classified documents in which Mr. Trump, his associates or members of Congress had been unmasked”?

Trump knows, Huber knows. Obama and his gang are going to Prison, some are going to the gallows

Posted by Gunslinger201 | Mon Jul 30, 2018, 12:35 PM (12 replies)

Guaranteed to trigger a California Liberal

Posted by Gunslinger201 | Mon Jul 30, 2018, 10:24 AM (4 replies)

New Hampshire, 94 Percent White, Asks: How Do You Diversify a Whole State?

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Catalina Celentano used to hold training sessions for hospital workers in Lynn, Mass., to familiarize them with the cultures of patients from Cambodia, Russia and the Dominican Republic. When she moved to New Hampshire, she suddenly found herself in an ethnic vacuum.

“I went from being able to speak Spanish every day to not speaking Spanish at all because there wasn’t anybody to speak Spanish to,” said Mrs. Celentano, who was born in Colombia to a Colombian mother and Hungarian father. “The only person I spoke Spanish with was a cleaning lady and she moved back to Colombia.”

New Hampshire, like its neighbors Vermont and Maine, is nearly all white. This has posed an array of problems for new arrivals, who often find themselves isolated and alone, without the comfort and support of a built-in community.

It has also posed problems for employers in these states, who find that their homogeneity can be a barrier to recruiting and retaining workers of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds

The issue prompted about 100 business leaders, government officials and members of nonprofit organizations to meet Thursday to search for ways that New Hampshire — which is 94 percent white — might lure other racial and ethnic groups, as well as younger people.

Will Arvelo, New Hampshire’s director of economic development, said the gathering appeared to be the first broad-based effort in New England, if not the country, to focus on how to diversify an entire state.

With nonwhites poised to make up a majority of the American population in the next three decades, he said, diversity has become a bottom-line imperative for companies competing for talent, especially for workers who can speak other languages. As it stands, New Hampshire is 3 percent Latino, 2 percent African-American and 3 percent Asian, according to the census, with some people identifying as more than one race. The nation as a whole is 17 percent Latino, 14 percent African-American and 6 percent Asian.

“New Hampshire’s future economy is dependent on our ability to set ourselves up as a welcoming state,” Mr. Arvelo said at the meeting. “We do a great job marketing ourselves around travel and tourism. How do we use those tools to attract talent?”

Oh the Horror! New Hampshire currently has a Homicide rate of 1.1 per 100,000. Baltimore has 55.1 per 100,000. Be careful what you wish for
Posted by Gunslinger201 | Mon Jul 30, 2018, 09:46 AM (22 replies)

Lee Harvey Oswald sounding like today's Democratic Socialists

Posted by Gunslinger201 | Mon Jul 30, 2018, 03:27 AM (5 replies)

The Supremacy of Stupidity

We are suffocating in the stupidity of politicians such as up and coming Democrat Rep.-to-be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a frank socialist. We are suffocating in the stupidity of the Democratic Party’s media adjunct such as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. Hayes fancies himself a brilliant wit and I would concede that he is half-right. If breathing weren’t an autonomic function, they both might be too stupid to breathe. Glenn Reynolds provides perspective.

I link Ocasio-Cortez and Hayes because Hayes’s witticism appears to have been prompted by Ocasio-Cortez’s appearance on Comedy Central’s Daily Show with Trevor Noah this past Thursday night (John posted the video here yesterday). Bre Payton considered a few of the highlights of Ocasio-Cortez’s efforts to explain herself here.

Among other things, Ocasio-Cortez told Noah: “Just last year we gave the military a $700 billion budget increase, which they didn’t even ask for! They’re like, ‘We don’t want another fighter jet!’ They’re like, ‘Don’t give us another nuclear bomb!’ you know?” As John noted, Megan McArdle disposed of this insight on Twitter (in fewer than 280 characters). The lady needs the help that Hayes fails to provide.

Posted by Gunslinger201 | Sun Jul 29, 2018, 08:36 AM (6 replies)

Lauren Southern Proves There is Sharia Law Being Practiced in Australia

No Go Zone in Sydney, But the Media says they don't exist
Posted by Gunslinger201 | Sun Jul 29, 2018, 08:20 AM (13 replies)

Obama spied on Reporters (and others) nobody called him Fascist

The veil is being lifted, Obama was the Fascist not Trump
Posted by Gunslinger201 | Sat Jul 28, 2018, 02:46 PM (0 replies)

Establishment Media Gunning for Kavanaughs Wife

The New York Times and Associated Press are aggressively targeting the wife of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, while CNN is targeting the wife of Bill Shine, the new White House deputy chief of staff for communications.
In the age of Trump, the establishment media have whined incessantly about protecting norms, about keeping in place the way things have always been done.

But even as the media bellyache about President Trump violating norms, in their own partisan zeal to destroy anyone of the political right the media are also violating all kinds of norms, including fomenting, excusing, and encouraging violence.

What’s more, this past week a number of far-left media institutions violated another cherished norm, the one about leaving families, including spouses, out of the political fray.

This, of course, is a good norm. Man and wife should be allowed to live separate lives, hold differing opinions, and pursue whatever careers they choose without it in any way affecting the other.

This norm has also aided many media elites. The number of media personalities related to or married to officials in the Obama administration were legion. Moreover, CNN’s Jake Tapper is married to a former Planned Parenthood official. Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd is married to a Democrat activist who was heavily involved in Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign.

Nevertheless, despite their own vulnerabilities on this matter, despite the fact they are changing the rules in a way they will soon come to regret (tee hee), the rules have changed and spouses are now … fair game.

Remember when the Media did this to Obama’s Nominee’s? Me neither
Posted by Gunslinger201 | Sat Jul 28, 2018, 02:36 PM (4 replies)
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