A conflagration of people and events

These are turbulent times driven by an unquenched thirst for wealth and power.  It draws likeminded people to it from all walks and across political lines, our government and our nation’s self-appointed aristocracy.  What they share is a need for power or close association with the powerful.  This is a deadly serious game.  For the players the one rule is simple.  The ends justify the means even if the means lead to the end of a free republic.  We are at a point where career criminals, who most viewed as typical borderline corrupt politicians and public servants, may finally have to pay the piper.  Could it finally be, in our country that is supposed to have the world’s best justice system, we won’t be left again wondering, “How did they get away with that?”  I do delight, however, that the two most destructive entities to our country – Hollywood and Washington Establishment politics as usual – are taking a highly visible beating.  It is a way past due beating.  Divine intervention?

Nowadays it is hard to tell whether real life is taken from a television series or vice versa.  This power game raises ominous questions about the state of our national politics, our law enforcement at the highest levels, and misuse of our nation’s multiple intelligence agencies.  The players on one side of the game made a bet and lost.  So confident they were of the election outcome, their recklessness may ultimately cost them their freedom.  Well, it will if there is even a modicum of justice remaining in the good ole U.S. of A.  But let’s not be naïve.  We will only see the truth if there is one unfettered, unafraid, non-political entity remaining in our Department of Justice.  Mr. Sessions?  Right now, sadly, that is iffy.

What’s happened here makes Richard Millhouse Nixon look like a piker.  I only wish I had the imagination to write such a story, a perfect political thriller where the good guys and the people come out on top.  Now there is a growing rumble in a once friendly and complicit media who, when it comes right down to it will have no choice except to get it right because it is simply too big to ignore.  Eventually the magnitude of it may overwhelm them.  Each day more of the truth is illuminated and more complicit media shown for who they are.  In order to survive with even a scintilla of credibility, the media must decide to either continue pressing false narratives and protecting their own shortcomings or to truthfully cover what is arguably the greatest combination of scandals in American history.

At the heart of everything is a Russian collusion story although possibly with a surprise ending.  It is an ending that turns against the long running story narrative.  It is an ending where some frauds are exposed, some careers made and some destroyed.  One outcome is for certain.  The curtain has been pulled back and for the first time I can recall the ugly underside of political corruption is exposed for every American to see how close we are or hopefully were to no longer being a free America.

There is much to talk about and literally tons of information through which to sift.  Trying to wrap your mind around it will cause you to spend many hours reading, contemplating and head scratching.  I discovered that one does not need to draw a conclusion on any of this except to declare based on the news and readily available information, which we are currently hearing little about from legacy media, that the events, the players, and rampant criminal behavior over many years represent a clear and present danger to the republic.  Players hedged their bet on an election – a sure thing – and lost.  There was no need for them to be concerned with conduct or the law because their get out of jail free card had a lock on the presidency.  Now, it appears, many of those players who should be under investigation are instead investigating the winner.  They sit in position to cover up and destroy evidence that could send them away for a very long time.  That is about as Communist as it gets.  This hits the part of the oath I and many others hold to – “defend our Constitution against enemies foreign and domestic.”  With emphasis on domestic.

I looked at a lot of material over the past week or so and will try to synthesize it down so that you are not reading too much about our national reserve of U308, just let it suffice that Russia now owns 20 percent of ours.  Just a little bit on some private organizations involved in the mess.

Before we try to sort out all of the familiar names and connections in this tale of intrigue let’s look at some other key players.  There are three private companies involved.  Two primary players and a third contracted by Fusion GPS.  Former President Bill Clinton and Former Secretary of State and two time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sit at the top of both merging scandals.  Just to keep things in perspective, there are a couple of things to consider about the Clintons.  They have walked free from so many scandals it appears they either have standing immunity or one hell of a blackmail file.  The other thing pointed out to us by a mathematician is that being an acquaintance of the Clintons increases your odds of committing suicide by 500 percent.

One of these companies was buying influence through bribery and kickbacks to a collection of people including the person they believe would become president of the United States.  The other company was paid to discredit, or compile opposition research on if you please, a political opponent.  Initially hired by a Republican aristocrat and never-Trumper and ultimately by the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, and for a time it appears the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The companies are Uranium One a wholly-owned subsidiary of ROSATOM, the Russian State Corporation for Nuclear Energy and FusionGPS that bills itself as a “premium research, strategic intelligence, and due diligence services to corporations, law firms, and investors worldwide.”

The following information comes directly from the Uranium One and ROSATOM web sites:

In 2005, Uranium One was formed as a Canadian Public Company.  In 2009, ROSATOM acquired a 19.95 percent interest in Uranium One Inc.  In 2010, Uranium One acquired the Willow Creek uranium mine and related properties in Wyoming, USA.  Uranium One also acquired a 50 percent interest in the Akbastau uranium mine and a 49.67 percent interest in the Zarenchnoye mine in Kazakhstan.   In 2010, ROSATOM acquired a 51.42 percent share in Uranium One.  In 2011 [Vladimir Putin’s] ROSATOM became the world’s fourth largest uranium producer.

U1 – Uranium One – A ROSATOM Global Mining Company – is a global energy company and one of the world’s largest uranium producers, with a diverse portfolio of assets worldwide, including in Kazakhstan, the United States, Tanzania and elsewhere. As a leading uranium producer, Uranium One is committed to the highest environmental standards, the health and safety of its employees and the long-term sustainability of the diverse communities across the globe in which it operates.

Uranium One is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ROSATOM, the Russian State Corporation for Nuclear Energy. Uranium One is responsible for ROSATOM’s uranium production outside the Russian Federation and is the world’s fourth-largest uranium producer.

ROSATOM produces annually approximately 3,000 tons of uranium domestically, and some 5,000 tons in other countries. Raw materials of the Russian and foreign deposits (particularly in Kazakhstan) will be enough to supply both domestic and international projects of ROSATOM for the next hundred years. ROSATOM with its 1/3 world market share takes the lead in global uranium enrichment services and covers 17.7% of the global nuclear fuel market.

From Uranium Investing News:

..privately owned Uranium One is one of the largest uranium producers in the world. In Wyoming, it owns the Willow Creek mine, along with a number of development projects in the Powder River and Great Divide basins.

Willow Creek is an in-situ recovery mine that began operating commercially in May 2012. It includes a central processing plant, a satellite facility and associated uranium ore bodies. Currently, Willow Creek is able to put out 1.3 million pounds of U3O8 per year, but Uranium One plans to expand its processing capacity per the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s licensed capacity of 2.5 million pounds of U3O8 per year.

U.S. Uranium Reserves Estimates at the end of 2008, U.S. uranium reserves totaled 1,227 million pounds of U3O8.  The same numbers are shown in tables on this report.  The amount of reserve is based on price.  It is basic economics, the lowest the price equals the lowest reserve.  The 1,227 million pounds is based on the highest price of $100.  At the $50 dollar price per pound, the amount of estimated reserve drops to 539 million pounds.  Beginning on page 474 of this document, Uranium 2016: Resources, Production and Demand, a product of the Nuclear Energy Agency and the International Atomic Energy Agency, you can find the lowdown on U.S. uranium resources.  Do not blame me if your eyes begin to bleed while you are reading it.  But, even a cursory review of the information will help you understand the magnitude of the new and self-inflicted threat to our national security.

Down to the nitty gritty:

To produce WGU [weapons grade uranium], uranium needs to be enriched (e.g., with centrifuges) to more than 90 percent of its fissile isotope U-235. The amount of WGU required for one weapon is defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as about 27 kg of uranium. This amount is often called a “significant quantity” (SQ). – From the Business Insider Here’s how long it would actually take Iran to build a nuclear weapon even if an agreement is reached.

Uranium is a strategic resource or asset and undoubtedly the world’s most important resource in this age.  Whoever controls this resource controls the world.  That our government would allow any nation especially Vladimir Putin’s Russia to control any amount, much less 20 percent, of such an important asset to our national security is bewildering.  How did that happen?

From the website of FusionGPS:

Fusion GPS is based in Washington, DC and provides premium research, strategic intelligence, and due diligence services to corporations, law firms, and investors worldwide.

We offer a cross-disciplinary approach with expertise in media, politics, regulation, national security, and global markets.

This is all you will find at the link along with an email address for information.  There is no “About Us” link or any other information other than what is presented.  If that is all one can find about them on the Internet, they clearly present as a secretive outfit.  What we have learned or must assume is that political opposition research falls somewhere under the category of “strategic intelligence.”  We do know the founders all of whom were former investigative reporters for the Wall Street Journal.  They are Glenn R. Simpson, Peter Fritsch, and Thomas Catan and we’ve learned in the past day or so that their former colleague Evan Perez a CNN reporter maintains close yet undisclosed ties with FusionGPS founders and his former Wall Street Journal associates.

The story began in September 2015, when a wealthy Republican donor [now identified as Paul Singer, GOP mega donor who funds the Washington Free Beacon] who strongly opposed Mr. Trump put up the money to hire a Washington research firm run by former journalists, Fusion GPS, to compile a dossier about the real estate magnate’s past scandals and weaknesses, according to a person familiar with the effort. The person described the opposition research work on condition of anonymity, citing the volatile nature of the story and the likelihood of future legal disputes. The identity of the donor is unclear.

Fusion GPS, headed by a former Wall Street Journal journalist known for his dogged reporting, Glenn Simpson, most often works for business clients. But in presidential elections, the firm is sometimes hired by candidates, party organizations or donors to do political “oppo” work — shorthand for opposition research — on the side.

It is routine work and ordinarily involves creating a big, searchable database of public information: past news reports, documents from lawsuits and other relevant data. For months, Fusion GPS gathered the documents and put together the files from Mr. Trump’s past in business and entertainment, a rich target.

After Mr. Trump emerged as the presumptive nominee in the spring, the Republican interest in financing the effort ended. But Democratic supporters of Hillary Clinton were very interested, and Fusion GPS kept doing the same deep dives, but on behalf of new clients. – New York Times – How a Sensational, Unverified Dossier Became a Crisis for Donald Trump

Peter Fritsch:

One of Fusion GPS’ partners, Peter Fritsch, is a former Wall Street Journal senior editor who covered national security. He also served as the newspaper’s bureau chief in Brussels/Northern Europe, Latin America, and South and Southeast Asia. Thomas Catan was named as the other former reporter involved in Fusion GPS.

Fritsch wrote of the Washington D.C. based firm: “While its coverage is global, Fusion GPS offers singular expertise in Latin America and the Caribbean. Some of the topics the team has successfully covered in the region include: pre-transaction investigations; company and sector analysis; political and security risk assessments; money laundering; and asset recovery. Multi-lingual and on the ground researchers will uncover unique and reliable information for each project.”   – Heavy.com – Fusion GPS 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Thomas Catan:

Thomas Catan is [was] a Staff Reporter in the Washington bureau of The Wall Street Journal covering money and politics. Previously at The Wall Street Journal, he worked as a legal affairs reporter covering the Justice Department and as Spain correspondent based in Madrid. At the Financial Times, he worked as an investigative reporter, energy reporter, and as a correspondent in Buenos Aires and New York. His articles have appeared in other international publications including The Economist and he has made frequent appearances on broadcast media, including CNN, CNBC and the BBC. Mr. Catan is British and Mexican and is a graduate of the London School of Economics. –The Wall Street Journal

Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd. was contracted by Fusion GPS to investigate Presidential candidate Donald Trump including any connections with Russia.  From the Orbis Website:

We provide senior decision–makers with strategic insight, intelligence and investigative services. We then work with clients to develop and implement strategies which protect their interests worldwide.

Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd. was founded in 2009 by former British intelligence professionals. The team now draws on extensive experience at boardroom level in government, multilateral diplomacy and international business to develop bespoke solutions for clients.

Christopher Steele is a former MI6 agent and the founding director of Orbis.  He is credited with authoring the now infamous “pee-pee” dossier paid for by and the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.  It has just been reported by The Federalist that “Since April of 2016, Obama’s campaign organization has paid nearly a million dollars to the law firm that funneled money to Fusion GPS to compile a dossier of unverified allegations against Donald Trump.”  And right there with them, James Comey’s FBI was a client of Steele’s and may have used this wholly unverified dossier with information from Russian agents to begin an investigation.  Other important information is that information in the dossier was allegedly compiled by paid sources with direct ties to the Kremlin.  Isn’t there a story being pushed around out there about a politician allegedly colluding with the Russians to influence the outcome of our general election?  To put it in today’s lingo Vlad Putin must be ROTFLHAO.

Those private entities, along with the Executive Branch including the Whitehouse and the State Department, the Department of Justice including the FBI, our National Intelligence Agencies, probably some not yet exposed members of the Washington Establishment – Republican and Democrat alike, and a collection of useful idiots we call the media have brought our nation to the brink.  And to use a worn out political cliché, let me be clear to the brink is not an overstatement.

There we have the basic diagram of scandals set to rock the very foundation of our country.  It is a pyramid. Sitting at the top of the pyramid are Bill and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.  Not too far beneath is the Obama Administration fulfilling a role in each scandal.

The Uranium One deal that put $145 million into the coffers of the Clinton Foundation touched the following known people: (Certainly there are others, but these are some of the key players.)

Robert Mueller, FBI Director at the time of the deal and amazingly enough is the Special Counsel allegedly investigating Russian influence.  It is also established that Mueller was aware of the investigation, bribery, and money laundering and even had a confidential informant.  He had all of this before the deal was made.

Andrew McCabe is the current Deputy Director of the FBI.  As Assistant FBI Director under Mueller he ran the Uranium One fraud investigation along with US Attorney Rod Rosenstein.

Rod Rosenstein is the current Deputy Attorney General (AG) of the US and former US Attorney for the District of Maryland.  Rosenstein signed off on sealing the investigation records of Mueller’s FBI investigation into the Russian influence buying related to the Uranium One deal.  After AG Sessions recused himself from the Russian probe, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as Special Counsel.  Are they covering their butts?

Representative Louie Gohmert after hearing from the confidential informant believes they are.

Andrew Weissman is a prosecutor on the Mueller team.  At the time of the Uranium One deal, he was the head of the US Department of Justice Fraud Division.  His operation was a co-signer along with Rosenstein’s attorneys of the plea deal that effectively buried the criminal activity surrounding the deal.

Yet, that is exactly what Rosenstein’s office did, in a plea agreement his prosecutors co-signed with attorneys from the Justice Department’s Fraud Section. (See in the Hill’s report, the third document embedded at the bottom, titled “Mikerin Plea Deal.”) No RICO, no extortion, no fraud — and the plea agreement is careful not to mention any of the extortions in 2009 and 2010, before CFIUS approved Rosatom’s acquisition of U.S. uranium stock. Mikerin just had to plead guilty to a nominal “money laundering” conspiracy charge. This insulated him from a real money-laundering sentence. Thus, he got a term of just four years’ incarceration for a major national-security crime — which, of course, is why he took the plea deal and waived his right to appeal, sparing the Obama administration a full public airing of the facts.

Interestingly, as the plea agreement shows, the Obama DOJ’s Fraud Section was then run by Andrew Weissman, who is now one of the top prosecutors in Robert Mueller’s ongoing special-counsel investigation of suspected Trump collusion with Russia. – National Review

Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) does what its name implies.  It approves foreign investments in the US.  Representatives on the committee among others include the State Department and the Department of Justice.

The agency, authorized statutorily by the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007 (FINSA) is required to review and approve or reject any foreign investments in American companies, or foreign companies that own substantial American assets, that will have an impact on national security.

At the time of the 2010 CFIUS approval of the Uranium One-ARMZ transaction, Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State. Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jose W. Fernandez served as her representative on CFIUS.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder headed the Department of Justice at the time of the 2010 transaction. It has not been publicly reported who from the Department of Justice represented him on the CFIUS panel at the time. – Senator Grassley Demands DoJ Answers

There is an excellent summary of the entire Uranium One fiasco published by Business Insider April 2015.  Here’s a couple of takeaways:

Investors in Uranium One gave money to the Clinton Foundation starting in 2005 and through 2011. On June 29, 2010, Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 to speak in Russia by an investment bank with ties to Russia’s government that had a buy rating on Uranium One’s stock. [Estimates as high as $145 million are reported.]

Investors with ties to Uranium One and UrAsia donated millions to the foundation in 2010 and 2011. These donations were disclosed. In addition to this, Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 to speak in Moscow in June 2010, the same month that the Russians closed the deal for the majority stake in Uranium One. The speaking fee was one of Clinton’s highest, according to The Times.

A source with knowledge of the Clintons’ fundraising pointed out to The Times that people donate because they hope that money will buy influence. The source said: “Why do you think they are doing it — because they love them?”

All of this and more was known more than a year before the 2016 election, but FBI investigation completed and records dutifully sealed by Mueller, Rosenstein, McCabe, Weissman, et al.  Isn’t it possible even probable they were sealed to keep the details of another investigation of Clinton corruption out of the election?  The pattern continued when Mueller’s friend and protégé James Comey decided months before the Clinton email scandal investigation was completed to exonerate the person he thought would be president.  It is also no surprise that the media did not hammer this story in the run up to the 2016 Election.

It should not surprise anyone that Mueller had it leaked to CNN that charges and an arrest [Manafort] were imminent in the “Russian Collusion” investigation.  All of the information I have just shared with new information coming out almost hourly required Mueller to direct the news away from him and his band, and the Clintons.  He did for now and certainly a complicit media will follow his lead.  On the bright side, there is some reporting from supposedly knowledgeable sources that the Podesta brothers – in the same business as Manafort – and with very deep Clinton ties – are in Mueller’s sights.  Only if it is true, would it restore a tad of confidence in the system.  But, I am a hopeless cynic and if the Podesta boys go down it’ll be for the purpose of taking one for the Clinton team ending with a sacrificial plea deal and a couple of years at a minimum security federal country club with adequate time to write their memoirs.

Twenty percent of our strategic uranium reserves are owned by Vladimir Putin.  The Clintons have added millions to their wealth.  There were no indictments of any of that.  The complete failure of our justice system is on full display as are the workings of the Washington establishment swamp.

That is one side of the pyramid.  The other side leads to the second Russian collusion story.  It is another serious threat to the republic from the Executive Branch, the Department of Justice and FBI, and our multiple intelligence agencies.

This story has been the story since the election that left Hillary Clinton wondering What Happened?  The story is kept so fresh that a blow by blow account is not necessary.  It is the Russian collusion story which stems from the so-called Trump dossier produced by former British MI-6 agent Christopher Steele.  The most damning revelations of this story once again point back toward a Clinton – Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The story pushed since election night was Trump collusion with Russians to influence the outcome of our Presidential election.  On top of untold number of Congressional hearings, there is zero evidence that such collusion occurred.  Then along comes the dossier.  A document produced we’re told at the behest of a never-Trump Republican donor.  We learned the Republican that hired Fusion GPS cut them loose once Trump became the candidate.  The Republican had no part of producing the dossier.  That came after the Democrat National Committee, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, and most recently Obama’s Organizing for America had Fusion GPS continue the Trump investigation.  Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele to investigate Russian connections.  Reportedly, Steele built the dossier from unverified information provided by paid Kremlin sources.

Where this gets serious and becomes a threat to our freedom is whether this phony dossier was used to get FISA warrants for surveillance of Americans – specifically those associated with the Trump campaign.  We know the intelligence reports were provided to the Obama Whitehouse and that Americans were unmasked – General Flynn who was the first sacrifice can tell you about that.  The scary part is that our national intelligence resources may have been turned against a political opponent sort of how the Russians and others do it.

Up and down each side of that pyramid you find the Clintons and associates, the Whitehouse, the intelligence agencies, and the Department of Justice.  It left me wondering if I could depend on any of them.

The last thing I have to say here although Lord knows there is tons more to come out unless this Special Counsel endless fishing expedition actually does end, is where are you Attorney General Sessions?  When you were appointed I thought things were getting better.  Illegal immigration is a big deal.  MS-13 is a big deal.  But this conflagration of people and events will destroy our country.  Many need to spend time in federal prison.  Pull the plug brother and drain the swamp.  Otherwise you are part of the problem.

© 2017 J. D. Pendry


One Corn Two Beans

By my recollection, I would have been 9 or 10 years old.  That would have made it around the spring of 1962.  My Dad had plowed and furrowed a small patch nearby the house.  I was playing with the dogs, watching and pretty much staying out of his way or else as he often reminded me, I might get hurt.  I watched him walk the length of those furrows, making a hole ever so often.  When he finished that, he called me away from the game of fetch that the dogs never seemed to tire of.  “Davidson”, he yelled out, “better come on over here!”  I don’t know why Dad liked to call me Davidson.  He never offered and I never asked.  I dropped my dog-slobbered stick and ran right over and the dogs ran after me.

Around my neck, he hung a bag of corn and a bag of beans.  Thankfully they weren’t too heavy.  Then he pointed to the furrows and the holes and told me matter of factly, “Each hole, one corn, two beans.”  Dad was a man of few words.  With my new responsibility, I felt almost grown up, although I did notice him checking behind me.  That was my first experience planting anything.  I would also learn to cut and plant seed potatoes, put out onion sets, plant lettuce, cucumbers and any number of other things that made it to the dinner table at our house.

We never had a farm as one might envision one, but we grew much of what we consumed as did most of our neighbors.  I reckon if we fell on hard times here in the land of the free, thanks to things my Dad taught me I could probably raise a fair amount of food.  I should’ve paid more attention to Mom’s side of the operation of canning what she could.  I did help her string beans on long pieces of twine, whenever she managed to capture me.  These “string” beans hung outside the house to dry.  Once dried, we called them leather britches because when dried and hanging they looked like a pair of brown leather britches.  As I recall, they were quite tasty when re-hydrated and cooked.

Hope I am not boring you with a piece of my raising.  Certainly a life of memories I would not trade for any other.  It is the reap what you sow story.  Fortunately, my Dad planted in me much that’s been helpful.  Such as a God and family first, a good work ethic, and self-reliance.  He also left me with those most basic farming skills that could, in today’s screwed up world, end up being the difference between survival and the alternative.

As we scan the American landscape, what seeds have been sown or are being sown now.  What will we reap?  According to a survey completed by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania only 36 percent of 1,416 adults surveyed could name the 3 branches of our government – something most from my generation learned in elementary school.  Maybe sadder still is that 35 percent could not name a single branch.  The numbers are as disheartening when it comes to being able to name a single right guaranteed by our Constitution.  It has also been shown that upwards of 75 percent of military aged youth are not qualified for military service academically and physically. We have sown seeds of ignorance of our history and our government.  We have raised generations of youth who do not understand our country and if pressed into service could not defend it or may not be motivated to defend what they do not understand.

Look at what is going on in Hollywood with all the claims of pedophilia, rape and other sexual abuse.  And their products these days look as though they were born of such a culture.  Look at Washington and episodes of pay for play and corruption that more resembles racketeering than a government of the people.

Are we reaping what we as a nation have sown – for generations?  The United States of America in not an empire, but history teaches that declining moral values and political corruption are prime contributors to fallen empires.  When you add to that a population ignorant of how our republic should function under its Constitution and generations of youth who are not fit to serve in her defense have we sown the seeds of our own demise?

© 2017 J. D. Pendry

The Web We Weave

The past few days’ news exposed the dark ugly side of America.  Coming to light, are things many assumed happened from rampant sexual abuse and immorality to crime and corruption at the highest levels of government and federal law enforcement.  Yes assumed happened, but kept silent even by the victims of it for the likely reasons of protecting their careers and by others who remained silent behind threats of imprisonment from their own government.  How interconnected are these people and events?  As the light brightens on them, how many from Hollywood and Washington past and present could be exposed.  Maybe the little prayer we often ask for God to shine His light across our land so that evil has no place to hide is being answered.

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.  – John 3:19-20 NIV

A Hollywood mogul and his harem, a billionaire pedophile, politicians past and present and government law enforcement, writers and journalists all trapped in the spider’s web.  It is a web of greed, immorality and deceit binding them together so tightly that if one breaks ranks it may drag them and many yet unnamed right into their black hole.  Wealth, fame, untold numbers of careers of the elite traded for shame and possible prison orange.  It brushes up against Washington’s and Hollywood’s darkest secrets.  It is the ugly side of America that the most common of us cannot comprehend.  That’s why you haven’t heard so much about these acts of debauchery and corruption.  We still may never get the complete story, unless we demand it.  While they scramble to cover up and hide, it is time for Attorney General Sessions and our Department of Justice to bring all of it to light including corruption in federal law enforcement.  Because, at the end of this is a national security threat.

Jeffery Epstein, by most accounts is a pedophile sex trafficker.  The product he traffics is children and his clientele the elite – VIPs.  It is likely due to the high profile clientele recorded in his little black book that he walked away from many years in prison with a slap on the wrist and sealed case records.  One of his frequent fliers, according to flight logs, was Bill Clinton for certain and reportedly others, but with records sealed we may never know.  Bill’s sexual predator history is well known.

Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz has retained former President Bill Clinton’s FBI director to help show Clinton was not present at alleged sex orgies thrown by his [Epstein] former client, a convicted pedophile and close Clinton friend. – Breitbart 2016

Virginia Roberts, known in a new lawsuit as Jane Doe #3, was the precious jewel of Jeffrey Epstein, who sexually abused her and pimped her to his friends. …Roberts said Epstein trafficked children to politicians, Wall Streeters and A- listers to curry favor, to advance his business, and for political influence.

According to some, pedophilia is the other dark Hollywood secret.

In 2011, former child star Corey Feldman warned that pedophilia in Hollywood was “the big secret” and “the number one problem.” Feldman alleged that he was abused and that his friend was raped on a movie set at the age of 11. But he didn’t just talk about instances of abuse. In a later interview, he described a system whereby young children were groomed by powerful older men who formed an organized network, with “publicists” providing cover. He would “love to name names,” but feared the legal risks, he said.

Harvey Weinstein of recent news alleging sexual assault and rape of an untold number of A-list stars is also tight with the Clintons.  Weinstein donated to Clinton’s legal fund back in the Monica days.  Hillary has chimed in that Weinstein’s conduct was intolerable, but she will keep the $250,000 he gave to the Clinton Foundation.  Bill being guilty of the same conduct as Harvey was apparently to Hillary not so intolerable.

Each time I read through these articles, directors and former directors of the FBI keep popping up as do past and present members of the Department of Justice.  It certainly causes you to wonder who the good guys are or if there are any left.  The Uranium One deal crafted and carried out by the Clintons is peppered with them including members of the Obama administration, FBI Director and current special prosecutor Mueller, and who knows who else…

The evidence was first gathered in 2009 and 2010, but Department of Justice officials waited until 2014 to bring any charges. In between that time, President Obama’s multi-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) gave approval to Russia’s Rosatom to buy a Canadian mining company called Uranium One that controlled 20 percent of America’s uranium deposits.

The committee’s members at the time included former Attorney General Eric Holder and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose husband, former President Bill Clinton, collected large speech fees and millions in charitable donations from Russia and other entities interested in the outcome of the decision. – The Hill

In a blockbuster revelation, Victoria Toensing, the attorney for an FBI confidential witness, alleged that the Obama Department of Justice blocked her client from informing Congress that Russian executives told him how they facilitated the Obama administration’s 2010 approval of the Uranium One deal and transferred millions of dollars in Russian nuclear funds to an entity assisting Bill Clinton’s foundation.

Bill Clinton accepted $500,000 in Russian speaking fees in 2010, as The New York Times reported in 2015; Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation.

Toensing said she has access to memos delineating how in 2016, the Justice Department threatened her client when he attempted to file a lawsuit. That suit would have illuminated the corruption that took place as well as aided her client in recovering funds the Russians stole from him through kickbacks during the FBI probe. – The Dailywire

We see the same names littered throughout all of these stories.  Some of them for many years, yet somehow they always seem to get away with it.  Corruption, immorality, greed sadly seems to be “the way.”

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”  – Edmund Burke

Where are the good men?  Who will come forward and break the hold this has on our country?  This web that seems to bind together the so-called elite of our country including high ranking members of government must be broken.  Otherwise, draining the swamp is little more than a fool’s errand.

Will The Jeffrey Epstein Pedophile Case Snare Clinton?

Bill Clinton caught up in fallout from Harvey Weinstein sexual-assault scandal

Senate Judiciary opens probe into Obama-era Russian nuclear bribery case

Obama DOJ Allegedly Threatened FBI Informant To Silence Him On Russian Nuclear Corruption

Not only the Clintons are implicated in a uranium deal with the Russians that compromised national-security interests.


© 2017 J. D. Pendry


The past few months have been enlightening for many Americans.  That is especially true for those of us gullible enough to believe anything coming from the mouths of politicians.  All of us are fallible humans, our priorities not always perfectly aligned with our supposed purpose.  Politicians are not immune to human imperfection.  To get our votes, politicians must be likable.  They must also build for themselves some barrier to breach or enemy to conquer before they can deliver on promises made.  This is how they convince us that our votes count for something.  For without our votes, the barrier standing between promise and deliverance cannot be broken and the straw man enemy standing in the way of progress cannot be vanquished.  The gullible, dutiful soldiers including the man staring back at me from the mirror, head for the ballot box to help them break through the barriers and vanquish those other fallible humans standing in the way of progress.

You told us to give you the House of Representatives and we will deliver.  So we gave it to you.  Promptly, you selected another establishment wonk as Speaker of the House.  Then you showed us that you could deliver by passing a weekly repeal of Obamacare.  But, you said, we cannot overcome the barrier of a Democrat led Senate.  So we gave you the Senate.  Then you told us there was no point in having the Senate take up repeal of Obamacare or anything else because the Democrat President would veto it.  You told us that you needed the Whitehouse and then by gosh you were finally going to get some stuff done.  You would put America back in order.  Life would be good.  So we gave you the Whitehouse.

We picked a new President, which to your chagrin is what we do.  We chose the guy who spoke to us rather than at us promising to do the things we the people wanted.  We gave your party the Whitehouse.  Then we learned what you really meant was that you wanted a Jeb!.  Someone who speaks well, sounds Presidential on cue, and who will toe the establishment line and maintain the Washington status quo.  You wanted an inside the box swamp guy.  Someone who communicates through the stratosphere of elite media and political consultants whose message skips across the country like bouncing radio waves never quite touching down where we sit.

So we delivered for you.  The complete shebang – the whole 9 yards.  You owned Washington baby, all of it.  From the Capitol down Pennsylvania Avenue there were no barriers or enemies left standing.  Good things were bound to happen.  For 8 long years we listened to all the good things you would do for us just as soon as you controlled Washington.  We were pumped about border security, a final fix to our broken immigration system, repeal of Obamacare that would take the long government nose out of our medical care, tax reform, infrastructure, and you name it.

Then we learned something about Republicans.  We discovered there was a hate the President caucus that overlapped the establishment caucus that detested the conservative caucus.  The conservative caucus could not abide them or the moderate caucus.  The moderate caucus in turn could not talk to them or the liberal caucus of your party.  No one wanted to listen to the libertarian caucus and then there was John McCain.

We also learned that as a party, you are not working for the people who delivered you into power.  Something you did better to hide when you were the minority party.  We know whose interests you serve and it is not ours.  It is those rolled up under the umbrella of corporate lobbyists and donors who turn you into wealthy men and women on a civil service salary.

We learned that you are not Republicans but rather Republican’ts.  You can’t fix anything, but next election WE can.  We can drop kick you through the goal posts of life giving you the time you’ve always needed to write your memoirs, get on the speaking circuit and maybe tip a few cocktails with Hillary.  Together you may be able to figure out What Happened.

© 2017 J. D. Pendry

True Colors

Some NFL teams are forcing players to stand for the national anthem.  I expect the owners are more concerned about the bottom line than respecting
the flag.  Whether players stand or not doesn’t matter to me.  From my perspective, this NFL season is lost maybe the next one also.  I can get along without the NFL, but they cannot get along without me – the fan.   It’s the same feeling I have for Hollywood actors whose films I don’t watch.  Now that Captain America (Chris Evans) has become Captain Resistance, I will likely pass on the next Avengers episode too. Thanks for ruining that one for me Cap.   Sadly, the problem I have is that I can’t forget what these people say and do.  Those memories take away the entertainment value of the sports event, the movie and even the music.  Once one of these “celebrities” shows their true colors I am unable to put them aside.  It taints all they do.  I am also growing tired of the politicization of practically every aspect of American Culture.

Forcing someone to stand is not honoring our nation nor does it change what’s in a person’s heart.  The anthem protesting players have already shown their true colors.   Forcing them to stand does not change that.  When in London players kneeled for our national anthem and then stood for the United Kingdom’s God Save the Queen, I was finished with them.  Ray Lewis of double murder trial fame said they were not protesting the anthem or flag but instead were praying.  Maybe it’s so, but praying works anytime Ray.  Reverence to God certainly outweighs reference to any symbol – even the symbol of the nation making the declaration of “In God We Trust.”  Scripture instructs us regarding prayer.  Maybe you should take a look at The playbook.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5: 6-18

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. – Matthew 6:5-6

No matter which posture you assume or gesture you make it doesn’t change what’s in your heart.  It does not change your true colors.  Having traveled far down that road, you have a difficult task ahead.  You have lost the trust of many fans that allow you to have more wealth than the other 99 percent of the world population.  It is a level of wealth beyond the imagination of most – and for playing a sport.  When I was a young Soldier, I looked forward to the rare opportunity when we could watch a live NFL game broadcast over American Forces Radio and Television Service.  Can you imagine a Soldier in Afghanistan enjoying a little down time to watch a game and before him are millionaire athletes taking a knee before the flag that has draped the coffins of his comrades?

Trust, like the soul, never returns once it is gone. – Publilius Syrus – 1st Century Philosopher

None of us got to choose our family, our race, the tone of our skin or our country of birth.  But, because of the freedoms celebrated by our flag and anthem we all are able to choose our own way.  Regardless of your lot in life, being born in the United States of America is a blessing.  Before you take a knee count your blessings.

© 2017 J. D. Pendry

We need answers

Three days in except for the casualty count the public knows little about the Las Vegas shooting or the shooter.  I suppose it is what we should
expect this early in an investigation.  Certainly there is much information being withheld that if released may jeopardize the investigation.  Already, conspiracy theories abound.  The longer it takes the investigators to come to some solid conclusions and inform the people the more the tin foil hats will speculate and facts intermingled with fiction will be lost to a public unable to separate what’s real from what’s not.  The people need to know.  With the level of detail and pre-planning needed it’s hard to accept that this was a one man operation.

Even so, rolling around in my head are unanswered questions:

  • For starters, why did a reported multimillionaire and Las Vegas high roller decide to commit such an atrocity? I am not buying the feeble excuse I heard that video poker drove him nuts.  His brother was adamant that he could never commit such an act.
  • In recent years, where has he traveled outside the country? I’ve seen some claims of travel, but not from any reliable source.
  • Who was he in contact with over the past year or longer?
  • At this stage, who is a reliable source? I do not trust the media, which is probably out there looking for Confederate flags, to provide good information.
  • What about his girl friend? She’s Pilipino.  What are her connections?  Her beliefs?  He’s wired a lot of money to the Philippines.  Who got it?  In the Philippines, there are active and violent Islamist groups.  Is there any connection?  It is understandable that our minds would go there first.
  • How does someone get that many weapons and that much ammunition into a hotel room and install surveillance cameras while going unnoticed?
  • Was the country music venue selected for the crowd size or was there another reason?
  • We are told that the shooting lasted 9 minutes. It took 72 minutes from the first 911 call before police entered the room to find the dead shooter.
  • Was he the only shooter? If so, why did he need to break out two windows when both provided a clear field of fire?
  • During the time lapse from the 911 call until the police breached the door other possible shooters could have exfiltrated and blended in with hotel guests reacting to an active shooter.
  • Is it certain that the shooter killed himself?

I believe our current surveillance state could probably answer many of those questions in a matter of minutes.

Aside from that, are there anymore stupid people out there who are going to say:  It’s country music so they are likely Trump supporters or they are just gun toting Republicans.  Sadder still are the politicians who use a tragedy for political gain.  That is the lowest form of life on this planet.  There are two big things a tyrannical government wants – to totally control healthcare and take guns from the citizens.

I know that an armed citizen could not have stopped this unless he was in the room before the shooting started.  But this took time to plan and prepare.  Someone somewhere witnessed something out of the ordinary.  Reporting that something is the only way we can stop these killers.

© 2017 J. D. Pendry