Trump assessment of Comey as “nut job” actually kinder than the alternative

Comey 2017 budget request meeting

Former FBI director James Comey shown here at a 2017 budget request meeting. (via C-SPAN)

As President Donald Trump conducts a foreign policy tour, here at home media remain engulfed in various theories about Russia, the presidential election, and allegations about some people in Trump’s campaign circle.

One of the latest meme baits emerged when left of center The New York Times claimed Trump said former FBI director James Comey is a “nut job.” The NYT’s major investor is Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim who according to Forbes, is also a donor to the Clinton Foundation

At first glance, I asked myself why Trump, never known for strong filters on his speech, would say that about Comey.

Then I reviewed various statements by Comey. I realized his words and deeds did indeed seem nutty. Or worse.  Continue reading

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Seth Rich murder draws new interest; media overlook similarities to murder of JFK mistress

Mary's Mosaic cover

Janney’s book ‘Mary’s Mosaic’ recounts the life of a key influencer on the late JFK, but Mary Pinchot Meyer is relatively unknown to the public.

[Attention: Fox News source story related to minor parts of this article has been retracted. Fox posted a statement including this:

“The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed.”

I have noted the references to that story with an asterisk. Additional changes are in brackets. I will publish updates as they come out. ~KBD]

Every time I see news about the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, I think about a murder that occurred in the aftermath of a cataclysmic political moment in my childhood.

Just as Seth Rich’s murder has raised more questions than answers, so did the murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer.

Rich worked for the DNC; he was murdered in Washington, DC in July, 2016.

Meyer was reportedly a favored mistress of the late president John F. Kennedy. She was murdered in Washington, DC in October, 1964 amid a political construct then referred to as the Warren Commission.

Do the similarities end there?

Not really. Continue reading

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Virginia senator shows McCabe’s wife’s claims about election at odds with facts

Sen. Black Tweet on McCabe

Post on McCabe from Virginia state Sen. Dick Black on Twitter. (1 of 2)

Sen. Black Tweet #2 on McCabe

Tweet from Virginia Sen. Dick Black regarding McCabe. (2 of 2)

While Democrat and select Republican backlash to President Donald Trump’s November victory is not surprising, what is surprising is the man now at the center of control over what is loosely called ‘The Russia investigation.’

That investigation began in summer, 2016, before the election. To date, not one substantive piece of evidence has been presented to Americans in said investigation.

Get this. The FBI deputy director overseeing the investigation of the Trump campaign is also being investigated according to a left of center media outlet.  Continue reading

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Approval and hysteria follow Comey firing as House IT, China, Russia, other scandals buried

Five Chinese military hackers

Five Chinese military hackers have been charged with cyber-espionage against the United States. (FBI Most Wanted poster)

As news crashed into the public sphere after President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey, cries of approval and hysteria resounded throughout the US. Comey, for those of us with solid memories, is no stranger to controversy.

At present the other topic dominating headlines involves allegations about Trump associates and Russia. Every story media have run references anonymous sources. Yet the admission no one seems willing to acknowledge came forth from none other than often addled anti-Trumper, Maxine Waters (D-CA). Waters admitted to a writer for left of center The Washington Post there is no evidence supporting allegations of collusion between Russia and Trump associates.

That admission naturally made no headlines except for a few right of center media outlets noting it.

Also not making the frenetic news cycle are scandals and dangers that represent real threats to the US. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and his like-minded colleagues in the Democrats’ Party busy with politics rather than governance ignore such threats.

Start with a question we should demand answers to. Continue reading

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Florida tale: Well, I finally got ‘droned’

hawk Florida Scott Puralta

Seeing hawks and other wildlife is a plus in our habitat friendly back yard in Florida. (Photo: Scott Puralta/used with permission)

For years, I’ve been the butt of jokes because of my politics writings, along the lines of, “You gonna get droned one of these days.”

Well, I finally got ‘droned’, but it wasn’t the federal government who did the deed.

At least, I don’t think it was the government because the drone was really small and whoever was flying it was interested in residences along our street and across the street.

I was sitting on the deck, a copy of the bestselling political soap opera Shattered in hand. I had a cup of coffee handy because if you’ve tried to read that ‘autopsy’ of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, it is not exactly a page turner. I felt duty bound to read it because of what I do.

Other than occasional whiffs of smoke from all the woodland fires around us, Sunday was a gorgeous day. As I waded into gossipy tales of political egos and divas, I heard a loud humming. I stood to see what it was because it sounded like a swarm of wasps headed my way.

Imagine my surprise when a small drone buzzed right across the length of my pool, continuing on to the next neighborhood. For about 30-40 minutes, the drone swept our back yard, the street behind us, the neighborhood behind the condos across from us, and the neighborhood down the street. Continue reading

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Authors of much-praised ‘Shattered’ omit key Trump quote, misleading readers

Cover 'Shattered' by Day on the Day

Cover of ‘Shattered’ by Day on the Day

Authors of the book Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign have been courted by a number of media on both right and left.

Some conservative show hosts touted the book, apparently believing it places blame for the loss on the candidate. That’s debatable.

I wonder, not for the first time, do people who interview authors actually read the books? Continue reading

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What’s Next: After House success with AHA, can Senate do the same?

Pelosi

In an interview captured in a YouTube interview, Pelosi doubled down on her claims Americans could keep existing healthcare policies even as President Barack Obama confessed to Americans he misled them. (YouTube video snip)

Yesterday’s success for House Republicans and embattled speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is the first step in health insurance reform. Now a new question arises. Can the Senate come together and enough members agree on provisions to move the bill on? What happens next? Continue reading

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