Good Thursday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president meets with the secretary of State
- President Trump receives his intelligence briefing
- The president meets with the South Carolina delegation
- President Trump hosts a Make America Great Again rally in Missoula, Montana
Keep in mind we are getting much of our information about what happened to
journalist Muslim Brother and friend of Osama bin Laden Jamal Khashoggi from Turkey. Erdogan is a bad hombre so believe his security apparatus at your own intellectual peril. The political backdrop of this "scandal" is Iran/Turkey/Qatar vs U.S./Israel/Saudi Arabia. Guess which side the media is on? Ben Rhodes' echo chamber is alive and kickin'. Always remember how the media is helping this story along.
The WaPo, where Khashoggi was allowed to share his propaganda under a "respectable" banner, has published his last dispatch.
One major question I have is why would the Saudis execute this operation the way they did if indeed they did what the media is accusing them of doing. Obviously, the Turks are no friends of theirs and their Turkish embassy was bugged just like every embassy in the world is bugged by the host country, so why whack him in the embassy rather than just quietly "handling it"?
This story has become such a big deal, with so much media pressure to punish Saudi Arabia, get rid of MBS, etc., it's suspicious. Did the media and the smart people care this much when Obama drone-killed two American citizens overseas? I don't think so.
This freak was CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia. I wonder what he knows, right? John Brennan Claims The White House and Saudis are Working Together ‘To Concoct a Story’ about What Happened to Khashoggi
There is no deep state, Treasury Department version
Yesterday, a senior official in the Treasury Department was charged with leaking the private financial information of undesirable Trump associates.
A senior Treasury Department employee was arrested and charged with leaking sensitive documents about figures connected to the Russia investigation to a reporter, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior adviser at the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, known as FinCEN, was charged with disclosing "suspicious activity reports" (SARs) beginning in October 2017, the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York said.
Amazing. This is not getting nearly the same treatment from the media as it would get if the partisan interests were reversed.
"SARs, which are filed confidentially by banks and other financial institutions to alert law enforcement to potentially illegal transactions, are not public documents, and it is an independent federal crime to disclose them outside of one's official duties," U.S. Attorney Berman said.
Prosecutors said Edwards leaked documents related to Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, the Russian Embassy and Maria Butina, among others. The information was used in approximately 12 news stories, according to the indictment.
The accused leaker claimed that she was merely a whistleblower. Right.
Democrat fight club round-up
Historical picture of the day:
Your daily WTF:
I am screaming inside Divers swim through 90 feet of raw sewage to unclog giant, hairy ‘fatberg’
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!
My how times have changed:
This used to be what I said about the Democrats about 15 years ago. They were very good at playing the long game. They still are in some regards. For example, they pretty much use school boards as their farm system for grooming politicians. Identity politics are what has gotten the Democratic party where they are now. They spent 8 years in an orgiastic frenzy over Barack Obama, swooning so hard that they didn't notice any down-ticket problems. Then they nominated the least likable candidate on the planet in 2016 and just assumed she'd win because HISTORIC. Their long game now consists of largely infeasible rehashed Bernie Sanders promises of freebies. All of their money is now on having a big win next month and they just spent the last month waking up the slumbering Republican electoral beast. The good news for the GOP is that as long as they aren't honest with themselves about the real reasons why they lost in 2016 they are unlikely to fix any of their problems soon.
Your nine-millionth "Kelly might resign" story of 2018:
The MSM has been "reporting" on a possible Kelly resignation almost from the moment he got the job. It's more "wishcasting as journalism" and the kind of thing that makes half the country hate the news media. He will, of course, eventually leave the job, at which point the idiot media will proclaim, "See-we told you!" in unison to justify this partisan hack stuff.
About this Kashoggi case:
Small children may not realize this but Adnan Kashoggi -- "journalist" Jamal's uncle -- was one of the most notorious arms dealers in the world. A very shady character.
Also of possible interest:
Let's hope this is just the NYT making stuff up again.