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Aren’t you supposed to sweat?

I am working on an article about John Forbes Kerry. As old anger welled up, it became difficult to remain objective and factual. I had to take a break from it lest I turn something that should be informative
into an epic rant. Fortunately, according to my training schedule, Friday mornings are gym mornings. At about half past 6:00 AM I arrived at the gym door. My membership allows me to enter the gym anytime between 4:00 AM and midnight. While I was fumbling with the key chain for the key fob that opens the gym door, I read the sign that said apologetically “we are working diligently to fix the air conditioning.” I thought that explains why the parking lot is empty. It has been an unusually warm and muggy week.

I had water. The lack of air conditioning was not going to hinder my exercise time. Aren’t you supposed to sweat? Isn’t that a part of exercise? My mind made it back to Fort McClellan, Alabama where I spent almost three years as an Army Drill Sergeant. In the summer my feet would get so hot moving troops on the hard ball that I’d think they were on fire. It was always refreshing to look out ahead and see the heat mirage rising from the road experienced with the ambience of a couple hundred sweating stinking trainees. It was almost worth it though to see the Senior Drill Sergeant pop a smelling salts cap in the nose of a chubby female Second Lieutenant right after she went belly up. “Get in the truck EL Tee. We can’t have you passing out in front of the troops. And no bangs hanging out the front of your headgear please.” I’ve been hot before, I didn’t need no stinkin’ air conditioning.

There was at least a half-dozen fans scattered around the weight room swirling thick air. Without air recirculation the stink was building up. It was not quite as bad as an outhouse. Imagine a several days-old sweat socks stuck to your face with just a hint of armpit.

I tossed my Army Retired ball-cap, keys and water bottle into one of the bins near the door. I pulled on my work out gloves. The ones that let my fingers stick out. It’s one of the accouterments that makes me look like I know what I’m doing. It also makes my pose in front of the mirrored wall look better. Figured I better water up before I got started so I grabbed my water bottle and took a bid swig. My eyes settled on the drink machine over by the door. There’s a sign on it that says no outside drinks please. I could buy their water for a dollar. There’s a big red sign on the wall just above the door advising me that I was under video surveillance. So, I posed, looked directly at the camera and took another drink. I felt rebellious.

I was alone in the sauna filled with weight machines. First things first. I grabbed the television remote and set all the TVs except one to the Fox News channel. I like to watch the liberals grimace and nearly injure themselves in their haste to plug in the ear buds. The other I put on the food channel. People can get anal about TVs in the weight room. There is this one OCD guy that comes in and picks up any weight room equipment someone may have left on the floor and puts it on the racks. Then he goes to the dumbbell rack and puts them all in order. After that, without asking anyone, he’ll put every TV on Good Morning America. He does inspire me to put a little more effort into my workout. Good Morning America? Really? Yes, when he’s there, I do intentionally put dumbbells back in the wrong place.

I must tell you about this one guy. Big dude. NFL tight end size. He does some intense weight training. He had a big beard and looked killer serious. One day he showed up without the beard. He had no chin. I asked why he shaved off the beard. Can you imagine how painful it was for me to not bust out laughing before a man that was foot taller than me and had arms as big as my waist when that girlish voice came out of his mouth.

Still alone as I was leaving the gym, I put one TV on the Hallmark channel and the other on C-Span.

Back to John Forbes Kerry.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry

 

Korea – what you need to know about the history and the players

Nigh on to 50 years I’ve had family ties to the Republic of Korea (South Korea). I try to keep up with current events so that when Suzie-Q says “that guy is a communist” I understand what she means. She’s a child of the Korean War era and grew up in farm country where indoor plumbing, electricity and even drivable roads were practically non-existent. Her worldview differs significantly from the newer generations of South Koreans who instead of experiencing war and the hard times that followed, they’ve only known the miraculous growth, economic boom, and western influenced popular culture that is South Korea today.

I’ve been reading a bit to bring my thinking current, because the Korea I first saw in the spring of 1972 no longer exists. Views have shifted from staunch anti-communist to dreams of unification with a belligerent and communist north. They’ve shifted from conservatism toward liberalism. Their politics look a lot like American politics with the parties at each other’s throats and presidential impeachment seems always on the menu. Popular culture displays a strong American/Western influence. Christianity has surpassed Buddhism to become the Country’s largest religion. High rise apartment buildings long ago replaced the single home compounds that made up the residential areas. They’ve maintained and modernized the traditional market areas, but they also have some spectacular modern shopping malls.

I am sharing some bits of information that may provide insight and understanding. For a little more understanding, you may want to read Fire and Fury. Additionally, I have supplied links to much of what I reviewed while writing this. Understanding the political landscape is important to grasping the possibilities, pitfalls and dangers of the upcoming summit.

A Brief History:

The Japanese colonized Korea from 1910 to 1945. Before that, it was ruled by the Koryo Dynasty, the origin of the western name Korea, followed by the Choson Dynasty. Colonization is a polite descriptor of what the Japanese did. Brutal occupation with attempted eradication of history, language, and culture is a more adequate description. The Japanese took over agriculture, industry, schools and government. Koreans were relegated to an underclass the Japanese intended to assimilate into their society. The Japanese intended to erase a distinct culture that existed since 400 BC. Animosity toward Japan still exists in the older generations.

There were Korean resistance fighters in the south and north. Those in the south were mostly destroyed by the Japanese. In the north, they were able to retreat to and resupply in Manchuria and Russia. One of the northern resistance fighters was Moscow schooled Kim Il Sung, future first premier of North Korea and Grandfather of the current premier Kim Jong-Un.

The Japanese colonial rule ended with their WWII surrender. Much like post war Germany, Korea was divided into a US backed South and a Soviet backed North. On June 25, 1950, Kim Il Sung led a Soviet backed North Korean invasion of South Korea to unify the peninsula under communist rule. In July 1953, a cease fire line was established leaving Korea divided along the 38th parallel where a Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) was established and still exists. The war never ended.

Over the years, the Republic of Korea (R.O.K, South Korea) has seen extensive economic growth and democratization. On the other hand, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K, North Korea) has become one of the world’s most isolated and controlled communist states.

Since 1948, it has not been a smooth road to democratic government and relative freedom for the South Korean people. During the country’s relatively short modern post war history, there have been at least five iterations of government. Arguably, the period most responsible for Korea’s rapid economic expansion was the 18-year rule of Park Chung Hee. On May 16, 1961, General Park led a military coup. For the following two years he was the country’s unelected leader. Afterwards he was elected to three terms until he was assassinated October 26, 1979 by the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency. Park’s reign included a period of martial law, restrictions on civil liberties, suppression of the press and opposition political parties and control over the judicial system and universities.

Fast forward to current history:

In 2013, Park Geun-hye, the daughter of Park Chung Hee, became Korea’s first female president. At age 22, after her mother was killed during a 1974 North Korean assassination attempt of her father, Park began fulfilling the role of Korea’s first lady. Later, she would become vice chairperson of the conservative Grand National Party (renamed the Saenuri Party and currently named the Liberty Korea Party) serving five consecutive terms. In a December 2012 election, she defeated liberal former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in to become Korea’s first female president. As president, reminiscent of her father, she was criticized for using power to silence opposition.

Impeachment Scandal:

Choi Soon-sil is the daughter of Choi Tae-min founder of a religious cult, the Church of Eternal Life. In 1974 following the death of her mother, Mr. Choi befriended Park, Geun-hye. He continued to mentor her and maintain their relationship following her father’s 1979 assassination. Korean media reports rumors of an improper relationship between Mr. Choi and Park. Others believe she was under strong influence of the cult. After Mr. Choi’s death, the relationship continued through friendship with his daughter, Choi Soon-sil. It is believed that Mr. Choi built substantial wealth through his relationship with President Park Chung-hee. Choi Soon-sil apparently continued to profit from the relationship while remaining President Park’s close confidante. It was discovered that she influenced policy, reviewed the President’s speeches, and had access to classified documents without a security clearance. She made millions of dollars selling influence to Korean corporations including Samsung and Lotte. President Park was impeached behind the scandal. Both women are currently serving prison sentences.

Election of Moon Jae-in:

Following impeachment of Park Guen-hye, Korea elected Moon Jae-in president ending nearly a decade of conservative rule. Moon is described as a left-leaning liberal. He is a former student activist and civil rights lawyer. Moon was also the Chief of Staff for liberal President Roh Moo-hyun known for meetings with North Korea during his presidency. In 2007, the Roh administration abstained from a United Nations vote on North Korea’s human rights record reportedly based on Moon’s coordination with North Korea. Roh favored the Sunshine Policy of former liberal President Kim Dae-jung on whose cabinet he served. Roh’s presidency was also embroiled in scandal resulting in his impeachment, which was later overturned by Korea’s Constitutional Court. In 2009, during investigations over alleged bribery, Roh committed suicide. Moon vowed to continue the Sunshine Policy emphasizing dialogue with North Korea. During North Korea’s ballistic missile threats, he opposed deployment of the American missile defense system citing environmental concerns. He agreed to have the North and South Korean Olympians march under a unified Korea flag. For many South Koreans, it was not a popular decision. There is no evidence indicating policies of Moon will differ from the liberal and communist friendly presidencies of Kim and Roh.

The Kim Clan:

The DPRK’s first leader was Kim Il-sung. He was born near current day Pyongyang, the DPRK capital. His family migrated to Manchuria during the Japanese occupation. During the 1930’s he was a Korean resistance fighter. He changed his name from Kim Song-ju to Kim Il-sung to honor a guerilla fighter. He relocated to the Soviet Union and joined the Communist party. During WWII he commanded the 1st Battalion of the Soviet 88th Brigade made up of Chinese and Korean exiles fighting the Japanese. He returned to Korea in 1945 and led the 1950 invasion of the South hoping to unify the peninsula under communist rule. He began the country’s work toward developing nuclear weapons. He died July 8, 1994.

Following the death of his father, Kim Jong-il took full control of the DPRK. In a communist regime, it was the first occurrence of a transfer of power between a father and son. He continued the oppressive dictatorship, maintained a military first approach during difficult economic times, and continued work toward development of nuclear weapons. Kim Jong-il died December 17, 2011.

As his father did, Kim Jong-un followed his father into power. As he assumed power, Kim reportedly executed or removed senior officials left over from his father’s regime. He also reportedly executed his uncle and allegedly members of his uncle’s family and ordered the assassination of his brother who was living in Malaysia. He has been the most aggressive and boisterous of the Kim clan in the development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

Since 1948, the Kim family has ruled the DPRK and by most accounts brutally. Amnesty International and others have documented the existence of prison camps holding political prisoners, some of them held for offenses committed by family members. Reports show that as many as 200,000 people are held in these camps and up to 400,000 have died in them.

America’s players:

The North Korea problem spanned the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations and continues into the Trump administration. Clinton’s legacy was the 1994 Agreed Framework, for Bush it was the Six-Party talks and removing North Korea from the list of State Sponsors of Terror after labeling it a member of the Axis of Evil, and for Obama it was the policy of Strategic Patience. None of these moved an inch toward denuclearization of the Korean peninsula or a lasting peace. During each of these administrations it is safe to repeat the well-used axiom kicked the can down the road. The Trump administration appears to be making some headway amid ratcheting up sanctions and intensifying pressure on China who is North Korea’s lifeline. Trump may succeed but remember that North Korea has continually lied and broken every agreement made.

Where to from here:

For decades, the Kim clan has brutalized the North Korean people. They have been winners in every failed negotiation receiving food stores, nuclear reactors, and fuel oil only to break every agreement reached. To entertain that the present Kim is going to swing open the borders and let the light shine on the atrocities committed there is naivete on steroids. To do so would be the end of the regime and North Korea. Kim has either had an epiphany or he is running the greatest con of our time. When the President shakes Kim’s right hand, he better ensure he knows what the left hand is doing. We cannot afford to get starry eyed over the prospect of peace and denuclearization and lose sight of the danger this regime poses to the world. Let’s pray the Trump administration can finally get it done, but let’s not have a peace in our time moment.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry J. D. Pendry’s American Journal.

Sources used for this article:
AsiaSociety.org Korean History and Political Geography
Park Geun-hye Biography, The Biography.com website
Moon Jae-in Biography, The Biography.com website
Britannica: Liberty Korea Party
New York Times: A Presidential Friendship Has Many South Koreans Crying Foul
Forbes.com: Five Things To Know About South Korea’s Presidential Scandal
The Korea Times: Is Park Geun-hye a cultist?
The Guardian: Who is Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s new president?
The Guardian: Inter-Korean summit’s key players: Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in
Britannica: Roh Moon-hyun Biography
Stanford.edu: Sunshine Policy of Kim Dae-jung
Yonhap News Agency: Controversy erupts over S. Korea’s abstention from U.N. Vote in 2007
Kim Il-sung Biography, The Biography.com website
Kim Jung-il Biography, The Biography.com website
Kim Jung-un Biography, The Biography.com website
Amnesty International: North Korea prison camps very much in working order
Business Insider: The stories from inside North Korea’s prison camps are horrifying
U. S. Department of State: Agreed Framework Between the United States of America and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – 1994
President Clinton Remarks on the Nuclear Agreement With North Korea
Heritage Foundation: The Clinton Nuclear Deal with Pyongyang: Road Map to Progress or Dead End Street
President George W. Bush Discusses North Korea June 2008

 

 

Just another day in the yard

For me, it was a typical yard work day. My first stop was getting the kinks out of my kink proof garden hose. I fought with it until I broke a sweat then left it there looking like a pile of spaghetti. I figured I’d get back to that next time I needed a water hose.

A squirrel was digging with a purpose in one of the flower beds. It appeared, from the potting dirt spread around the patio, the he’d stopped first at one of the large planters. I wondered if he was the one that left nut shells out on the front steps. Squirrels will play with their nuts almost anywhere, that is if they can remember where they are.

We have some feral cats in the neighborhood. They mostly hang around in front of my neighbor’s house. She does a lot of animal rescue. That’s a noble cause, but I wish she’d train the feral cats to crap in her flower beds. They seem to have an affection for mine until their grown over. Then they just find a spot in the tall grass. Not to worry, your nose will tell you when they’ve visited. Suffice it to say whatever it was they ate spoiled and rotted before they gifted it to me.

I made my inspection tour around the yard. The deer ate all the new leaves from one of the forsythia bushes. Never had them do that to a forsythia. Deer will eat about anything and they stop in every night. I try to avoid stepping in the evidence of their visits. A good friend of mine recommended a brand of deer repellant. It smells so bad you need a hazmat suit to spray it. It out stinks the cat crap by a long shot, but the cats win on linger.

I put it off as long as I could. That usually happens when Suzie-Q yells out the back door asking if I plan to be out there all day. So, I slid the chair back up under the patio table and headed for the lawn mower. I have one of those fancy all wheel drive walk behind mowers. It comes in handy since there is no level ground nearby. This is West Virginia after all. Level ground is rare. I think the high school football field has some hills on it.

The grass grows fast this time of the year. Especially if you fertilize it. I am not sure why we do that. It grows twice as fast and twice as thick as the neighbors. The neighbors weed patch doesn’t grow too tall anyway. This time of year, mowing the lawn often gets rained out. Mowing day can sometimes be pushed back several days, unless you are one of the lawn butchers the neighbors pay to cut their grass. They’ll do it in the pouring rain.

Mine was long, thick and still a little wet so I slapped the side shooter on it hoping that would keep me from clogging up too much. I didn’t help. I had to stop ever so often, flip the mower and clean out underneath. After the third or fourth time flipping it over it was getting to be bothersome. Then came the time about half way through. I sighed, disconnected the spark plug and flipped it up on its side. It was when I heard the snapping noise that I knew something was afoul. I forgot to take off the side shooter. After I turned it upright, I saw the mulch cover just flapping. I fooled with it a few minutes knowing it was broken and there was no way to reattach it. So, with a big hole in the side of the mower I tossed the cover aside and finished mowing.

The mower worked just fine. It never clogged once while I traveled the remainder of the yard in a cloud of grass clippings. When I finished, I was covered with grass. I had it in my ears, in my nose and most everywhere else. Suzie-Q was not pleased, and I was required to de-clothe in the garage.

I ordered a new mulch door cover. Just to be safe, I also ordered all the parts that go with it including a new torsion spring. After many failed attempts, I concluded it was not intended that any human should be able to replace that spring. You know how you can find a video for practically anything. For the hundreds of lawn mower repair videos from the how-to guys there was not even one showing a technique for replacing this particular spring. That’s because no one can do it. But I’ll keep trying, because I’m hard headed that way and I don’t like undressing in the garage.

If you happen to be driving through and see a cloud of grass clippings moving around, drop by. I’ll provide the cool beverage while you put that spring on for me.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry

The First Law of Nature is the Human Right to Self-Defense

At the Battle of Thermopylae, 480 BC, 300 Spartans stood in the gap facing a massive Persian Army. Persian King Xerxes wrote to Spartan King Leonidas demanding, “Hand over your arms.” Leonidas replied, “Molon Labe” meaning come and take them.

On April 19, 1775, British regulars marched on Lexington and Concord. One of their missions was seize and destroy the Colonists’ military stores of weapons and ammunition. Seventy-Seven Minutemen met them on Lexington Green and another 400 again at Concord’s North Bridge. An American Patriot militia stood their ground for a free state. This began the American Revolution. This began America.

“This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty . . .. The right to self-defence is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine the right within the narrowest limits possible.” St. George Tucker’s View of the Constitution of the United States

The basic human right to self-defense pre-exists man-made law. It is the first natural inalienable right followed closely by freedom which depends upon it. It extends from defense of the individual to defense of the body of people comprising the free state.

Reading legalize written about the second amendment, for that matter any of our rights, is a mind numbing, eye bleeding undertaking. However it is well worth your while and understanding of the second amendment to make your way through the Supreme Court decision on District of Columbia et al v. Heller. Justice Antione Scalia writing the Opinion of the Court thoroughly dissects dissenting opinions and provides excellent defense and explanation of our second amendment right. It should be required reading down at the high school house and in the halls of Congress.

Supreme Court Justices cannot seem to agree among themselves on the most basic understanding of our guaranteed rights. Supposedly that is the manner of its design. Recent history concludes however that they have, given an opportunity, a psychic ability to create new ones.

Learned men and women who are our country’s absolute authority on understanding and applying the United States Constitution, stand widely apart on understanding any right and most certainly the one most basic to protecting liberty. That always has us teetering on the verge of losing our inalienable right to self-defense and following that all others. Teetering just as we were when “conservative” Chief Justice Roberts rewrote the Obamacare mandate by calling it a tax. The difference is Obamacare is just the beginning of loss of liberty. Repealing the second Amendment ensures total loss of liberty.

We cannot trust that a Washington entrenched government removed from the people and becoming more so each passing day will not at some point need removing by a means other than voting.

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson’s quote is a truism, but if Americans are disarmed it will be patriot blood only. There will be no liberty. History past and present demonstrates the first thing an oppressive government wants is to disarm the people. The roll call of Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin, and others left in their wake millions of dead citizens disarmed and unable to resist. The British knew the essentiality of disarming the populace so we could be forcibly controlled by their standing army. Our founders also knew this when they added the second amendment to our Constitution.

“history showed that the way tyrants had eliminated a militia consisting of all the able bodied men was not by banning the militia but simply by taking away the people’s arms, enabling a select militia or standing army to suppress political opponents.” District of Columbia et al v. Heller.

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Bill of Rights:

II. A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

“The Amendment could be rephrased, “Because a well regulated Militia is necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”” District of Columbia et al v. Heller

A well regulated militia is not a militia organized by the government. It is not today’s National Guard. It is a citizen militia formed out of necessity to protect our freedom by standing ready to oppose an out of bounds government.

“It was understood across the political spectrum that the right helped to secure the ideal of a citizen militia, which might be necessary to oppose an oppressive military force if the constitutional order broke down.” District of Columbia et al v. Heller

Being necessary to the security of a free state:

Any Christian well tell you a church is not the structure. It is the body of believers just as a free state is neither the land, territory nor the government. It is instead the body of people. The right to keep and bear arms is essential to the security of the free people.

“Joseph Story wrote in his treatise on the Constitution that “the word ‘state’ is used in various senses [and in] its most enlarged sense, it means the people composing a particular nation or community.”” District of Columbia et al v. Heller

The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed:

We have the right to keep and bear arms. It is an individual right, but more importantly a necessity to the forming of, if needed, a citizen militia to defend the free state. Our right shall not be infringed meaning in any way limited in a manner actively breaking the terms of our Constitutionally guaranteed right.

The debate of the day centers around the types of weapons or arms we should be allowed to keep and bear. In the days of our founders, weapons were muskets, flintlock pistols and knives and swords. Arms in the possession of the people were the same as the military arms of the time. Over time, our society deemed it acceptable to infringe by banning civilian ownership of certain types of arms for example automatic weapons. Now only criminals possess such weapons. No one I know stands opposed to that, but admittedly it is the first inch toward a mile of infringement. That aside, the push now is to ban cosmetically modified semi-automatic rifles and to assign an age limit to a Constitutional right. Handguns we own are as capable as any military issued handguns, some more so. So where does infringement end? For some factions of our country, infringement ends with total weapons ban. Respectfully, it is a utopian view ignorant of human nature and history lacking understanding that someone else will always have a gun and not always with good intent.

“Some have made the argument, bordering on the frivolous, that only those arms in existence in the 18th century are protected by the Second Amendment. We do not interpret constitutional rights that way. Just as the First Amendment protects modern forms of communications, e.g., Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, 521 U. S. 844, 849 (1997), and the Fourth Amendment applies to modern forms of search, e.g., Kyllo v. United States, 533 U. S. 27, 35–36 (2001), the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding.” District of Columbia et al v. Heller

I cannot compose a better closing argument than that made by St. George Tucker:

“Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any colour or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.” St. George Tucker’s View of the Constitution of the United States

We must never forfeit our right to keep and bear arms because to quote President Reagan, “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.” If our government ever deems it necessary to attempt to take away our arms and our right to keep and bear them, we need to remember what Leonidas said to Xerxes. Molon Labe!

© 2018 J. D. Pendry

J. D. Pendry’s American Journal

 

 

Russian Collusion Investigation or Deep State Disinformation Campaign

With chants of Rudy! Rudy! as Giuliani joins the Trump defense team vowing to end this thing in a week or two and along with indications Mueller’s probe is unraveling at the seams as key players were referred for criminal investigation, I’d suggest everyone take a deep breath. Now let it out slowly and remember, according to Yogi Berra, “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” Communists never go quietly or easily. If they did, Havana would be bustling tourist hot spot and the sports cars on the streets wouldn’t be 55 Chevys. As Coach used to warn, keep your eye on the ball don’t be fooled by the head fake.

In March 2017, after reading about it in Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism Soviet defector and former spy chief Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa I wrote about Russian disinformation operations. Watching the Russian collusion tale unfold through the media and investigation leaks, I concluded maybe that’s what is happening with the Trump Russian collusion investigation.

“Simplistically and in a nutshell, according to the General, dezinformatsiya built a false history (a past) then leaked information to spur the media into a feeding frenzy in order characterize a perception of the target. Boy, does that not seem too familiar? Then just at the appropriate time the “real” bombshell proof finally emerges verifying what most people have been conditioned to believe. It is more complex than that involving many real players and dupes, but that is the general picture. We are seeing something very similar every day, from our media, “Intelligence Sources”, and politicians.” – Communists, Russians and Collusion – March 2017

Let’s see how well the collusion saga fits the pattern.

Build a false history:

It is well established through multiple sources the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) through the law firm Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research on presidential candidate Trump. Fusion GPS in turn hired former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele. Steele had established ties with the FBI and the U.S. Intelligence community.

The now infamous and yet unverified Steele Dossier was supposedly prepared using information provided by Russian sources from inside the Kremlin.

“Specifically, the idea is to fabricate a new past for enemy targets in order to change how the world perceives them.” Disinformation

Although Fusion GPS at the behest of the Clinton campaign and the DNC contracted Steele for opposition research on candidate Trump, the dossier found its way into the hands of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper, National Security Agency (NSA) Director Admiral Mike Rogers, Senator John McCain and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey. Who knows how many others got it.

It’s actually crafty, yet very basic. President Trump’s well-known persona is that of a brash billionaire international real estate mogul and playboy. Building on this perceived personality – a kernel of truth- the salacious and unverified false history was crafted.

Spur the media into a feeding frenzy:

“The truth is, The Western media are quite easily manipulated, for they often craft their stories from press releases and tend, on the whole, to be indiscriminate about the nature and reliability of their sources.” Disinformation

According to information in the recently released Comey Memos, the classified briefing given to Trump in 2017 provided the news hook CNN and others needed to begin reporting the story.

“The classified briefings last week were presented by four of the senior-most US intelligence chiefs — Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers.” CNN January 12, 2017

“According to a House Intelligence Committee report, Clapper leaked that Trump had been briefed by senior officials on the contents of the dossier and in effect, the briefing, “gave the dossier legs and news agencies began to publish its contents because it had now become official news” Sarah A. Carter

For more than a year later the story has dominated the liberal legacy news media. For some media outlets, it consumes their programming. As the adage proclaims, a lie can travel half way around the world before the truth can get its pants on. This lie has actually lapped the world a few times and the truth that may someday set us free is buried beneath Washington and legacy media noise. When we need him, where is Detective Joe Friday?

Follow the path to the real bombshell evidence:

Before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, fired FBI Director Comey admitted:

“I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter,” Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. “I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.” The Hill

Joe knows the deal:

“We could’ve piled up a hundred years of great policemen and great detectives: men with honor and brains and guts. You tore down every best part of them. The people who read it in the papers, they’re gonna overlook the fact that WE got you; that we washed our own laundry and we cleared this thing up. They’re gonna overlook all the good. They’ll overlook every last good cop in the country. But they’ll remember YOU. Because you’re a bad cop.” – Joe Friday

Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed within a couple of days of the leaked Comey memo. It seems, at least to my cynical view, that it was just another piece of a well laid disinformation operation. Mueller and his politically biased team fed by the politically biased inside the FBI, our intelligence agencies, and the Department of Justice embarked on an investigation in search of a crime. All though there are indictments, there is nothing related to the Trump campaign or to the President himself. There is certainly no evidence of Russian collusion.

Enter Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen. Cohen has worked years for Trump including his business dealings with Russia. So, the Mueller inspired FBI raid on Cohen’s home and offices, vacuumed up everything including records and computers much of it most likely protected by attorney-client privilege. Contained in those records or on those computers and cell phones are undoubtedly business dealings in Russia with Cohen representing Trump’s interests.

I’m just a country boy. Generally, I do not delve too deeply into conspiracy theories. However, when I see a clearly defined pattern and follow it to a logical end I am prone to try and figure out what that end might be. This is especially so when logically following the pattern leads me to a specific but not otherwise explainable point.

Ever since the DNC servers were hacked, we’ve been hearing how it was the Russians and how devious the Russians are. That is just underpinning for the larger operation. The FBI was not allowed to examine the DNC’s servers (or maybe they were, who knows), so we have to take the word of the DNC – the people who launched the whole shebang with the Steele dossier – that the Russians did it. How much of a challenge would it be for these so-called superstar Russian hackers to bury that last piece of “bombshell” evidence onto one of Cohen’s computers. To accept that, we must accept the premise the Russians were ever involved in the first place. I do not. At least not to the extent claimed.

A more likely scenario has our own intelligence agency deep staters, who are working tirelessly to take down a President, planting the bombshell and waiting for the right time to steer someone toward it. If there exists such evidence, it’s been sitting there for a while. A disinformation campaign starts with the end in mind. The evidence will verify what Americans have been conditioned to believe by the media’s yearlong misinformation campaign– that Trump colluded with the Russians. If there, it will be an ah ha discovery but not by the Special Counsel. As they scour Cohen’s records, it will be stumbled upon by the Southern District of New York Attorney General providing cover for the deep state. Over at CNN they may be hyperventilating.

Very clean is it not? I know that sounds too conspiratorial for most to accept, but one must accept that it all follows the pattern of a disinformation operation right up to Mr. Cohen’s doorstep. The Russians did not corner the market on disinformation. We’re pretty good at it too. The fat lady ain’t singing yet and until she does let’s not feel too good about it.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry

It certainly appears that briefing the unverified dossier to the President and then leaking it to the media was part of a plan to undermine an incoming President. It was a “news hook” that led to more than a years worth of stories that accused the President of alleged collusion with Russia and aided the Kremlin in what appears to be one of the greatest disinformation campaigns to sow chaos in the United States, according to numerous former and current U.S. intelligence officials.   Sara A. Carter This is CNN: Hiring of Suspected Leaker Clapper Raises Ethical Questions