Has dear olde Saint Obama engaged in wiretapping other times — before Trump?
“It’s important because there are people who are saying about President Trump’s claim, ‘Oh, it could never happen.’ Well, frankly, it happened to me,” Kucinich told Fox News on Friday. Also on Friday, the former congressman penned an article on Fox News describing the incident — a phone call in his congressional office from a foreign leader had been tapped in 2011, and he listened to a recording of it in 2015.
“Members of Congress ought to be aware that my experience was that my phone wasn’t safe in a congressional office,” Kucinich, who served in the House of Representatives from 1997 to 2013, said. “Now, if they can do that to a member of Congress, they can certainly do it to a presidential candidate, and they can do it to private citizens as well.”
The former congressman learned that he had been wiretapped two years after leaving office, when he was approached by The Washington Times. “The newspaper’s investigative reporters called me, saying they had obtained a tape of a sensitive telephone conversation that they wanted me to verify,” Kucinich wrote. “When I met them at a Chinese restaurant in Washington, they played back audio of a call I had taken in my D.C. congressional office four years earlier.”Kucinich recalled that the call had been from Saif el-Islam Qaddafi, a high-ranking official in Libya’s government and a son of the country’s ruler, Moammar Qaddafi. “At the time I was leading efforts in the House to challenge the Obama administration’s war against Libya,” the former congressman recalled. “The Qaddafi government reached out to me because its appeals to the White House and the State Department to forestall the escalating aggression had gone unanswered.”
Firenze Sage: Well so much for the most transparent govt in history.
Personal life of Valarie Jarrett: She married and divorced a doctor and has one daughter. In 1983 Jarrett married William Robert Jarrett, son of Chicago Sun-Times reporter Vernon Jarrett. She attributes her switch from a private to a public career to their daughter Laura’s birth and her own desire to do something that would make their daughter proud.
To one reporter’s emailed question about her divorce, she replied, “Married in 1983, separated in 1987, and divorced in 1988. Enough said.” In a Vogue profile, she further explained, “We grew up together. We were friends since childhood. In a sense, he was the boy next door. I married without really appreciating how hard divorce would be.” William Jarrett died in 1993 at age 40, and at the time of his death was director of obstetrics and gynecology at Jackson Park Hospital.
Lost in most of the coverage of President Trump’s decision to rescind the Obama administration’s transgender mandates is a fundamental legal reality: The Trump administration just relinquished authority over gender-identity policy in the nation’s federally funded schools and colleges.
In other words, Trump was less authoritarian than Obama. And that’s not the only case.
- Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, a man known not just for his intellect and integrity but also for his powerful legal argument against executive-branch overreach. Based on his previous legal writings, if Gorsuch had his way, the federal bureaucracy could well face the most dramatic check on its authority since the early days of the New Deal.
- Trump nominated H. R. McMaster to replace Michael Flynn as his national-security adviser. McMaster made his name on battlefields in the Gulf War and the Iraq War, but he made his name as a scholar by writing a book, “Dereliction of Duty,” that strongly condemned Vietnam-era generals for simply rolling over in the face of Johnson-administration blunders and excesses.
In his view, military leaders owe their civilian commander in chief honest and courageous counsel — even when a president may not want to hear their words.
- When the Ninth Circuit blocked Trump’s immigration executive order (which was certainly an aggressive assertion of presidential power), he responded differently from the Obama administration when it faced similar judicial setbacks.
Rather than race to the Supreme Court in the attempt to expand presidential authority, it told the Ninth Circuit that it intends to rewrite the order to address the most serious judicial concerns and roll back its scope.
Authoritarianism is defined by how a president exercises power, not by the rightness of his goals.
The above is from the National Review.
Monterey Bay Forum: So far, Trump’s bark is much louder than his bite. He certainly controls the news narrative of the day. What will come tomorrow?
As a final sop to his friends and fans in Communist Cuba, President Obama yesterday abruptly ended the two decade-old compassionate immigration policy that allowed any Cuban who made it to U.S. soil to remain in this country and become a legal resident.
Cubans remain desperate to escape their miserable, impoverished nation and get into the United States.
Since October 2012, more than 118,000 Cubans have shown up at border ports of entry, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The 118,000 figure includes more than 48,000 people who presented themselves at the border between October 2015 and November 2016.
Obama moved after reportedly reaching an agreement with Cuban officials Thursday.
Cuban officials praised Obama’s action, calling the new agreement “an important step in advancing relations” between the U.S. and Cuba that “aims to guarantee normal, safe and ordered migration.” Ordered migration is apparently a Cuban euphemism for no migration.
“For this to work, the Cubans had to agree to take people back,” said Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser who both lied about the loophole-ridden Iranian nuclear nonproliferation pact and worked with journalists to generate fake news stories about it to win support for it.
Firenze Sage: Ben Rhodes who famously lied about the Iran sellout is all over this too. The Cubans had to agree to take them back says Rhodes. Of course, but back to what — you swine?
Fleeing Cuba is a crime. Whether the Cubans sent back to Cuba under Obama’s new fiat will be tortured, jailed, or executed is an open question but not one that Obama cares about.
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A maudlin moment by Obama:
Latest who gets Medal of Freedom: Joe Biden
Matt Lauer (so we hear) was in tears when Barack Obama awarded Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a surprise ceremony Thursday.
“I’m glad there were no cameras in my apartment yesterday because I was just sitting there weeping,” Lauer said Friday morning on the “Today” show. “I just burst out crying when I saw that moment.”
” It was incredible.
Oh C’mon Matt buck up it’s only another cheap political move like Obama getting the Secy of Defense to give him an award. Little kids and merit badges huh?
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It was OK for the USA to pay its debts with cash.
In contrast, an episcopal church recently said that its not acceptable proof to run for church board for a member to give CASH as a means of donating to the corporate body.
So Obama can pay USA debts with cash but cash given to a church does not signify an acceptable ‘donation’.
The Junior Warden of this church stated [one of three Vestry persons on the Nomination Committee] said that it was the interim priest and senior warden who made the decision.
The Bylaws clearly state that it is the decision of the Nomination Committee as to who is on the list.
So, what’s wrong with CASH? If good enough for Obama to pay USA bills isn’t CASH good enough as a donation to a church?
See Section 2.A. of the Bylaws which state that the Vestry may establish a requisite minimum level of contribution to the Parish (no less than six (6) months prior to elections.
***** Per the Bylaws that were operating when the applicant applied, the Vestry of this church had not established any level of contribution.
Back to Obama and his CASH. So who counts Obama’s BILLIONS in CASH given to Iran? Nobody of course.
Back to the applicant for episcopal church board: Why not believe what other church members who say (and put in writing) that the board applicant for St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Aptos, CA regularly contributes money?
What did Trump say to millions? Trump said again and again that the system is rigged.
One way to ‘rig’ the system is to tell potential Episcopal church board applicants that CASH does not count and therefore you cannot stand for election from the floor. The Bylaws sent by email to the Parish do not say that identifiable money must be paid in order to run for Vestry.
In the past, there have been a number of issues that relate to communication. There have been allegations of spiritual abuse of both staff and volunteers. Issues concerning how church volunteers and staff have been poorly treated (and will anything be done?) was not discussed at the Sept. or Oct. 2016 meetings.
Looks like a lot of issues related to communication need to be addressed. Who and how to do that remains to be seen.
There are lots of committed, caring persons who care deeply about this church. Talking about issues can be a beginning for helpful changes.
St. John’s Episcopal Church in Aptos, CA operates under the auspices of Diocese of El Camino Real in Salinas, CA. http://www.realepiscopal.org/contact/
email: MaryBeth@realepiscopal.org 831 394-4465
written by Monterey Bay Forum, DrCameronJackson@gmail.com 831 688-6002
Obama admitted that several years later. There were no ‘shovel ready’ jobs that came from the $800 BILLION Obama spent. What a waste.
With all the economic woes of Obama’s first years in office Obama forgot jobs and instead he focused on ObamaCare.
Employers now hire more part time employees. People did not keep their doctors. Premiums went up drastically — not down as promised. Americans oppose ObamaCare — what Obama focused on during his first years in office.
So — by forgetting about ‘shovel ready’ jobs and wasting 800 BILLION dollars and, instead, focusing on ObamaCare which harms Americans — did Obama shoot himself in his foot? Americans went to the ballot box and overwhelmingly rejected Obama’s policies.
Obama protects Hilary to protect himself. Is it likely — it is possible — that Obama will fire Comey? We know that Obama used a fake name to communicate with Hilary via her private email server. We know now that it was Huma Abedin’s job to keep Obama informed as to Hilary’s email address.
Huma and her former husband Anthony Weiner both face possible criminal charges. Weiner has a son, Jordan, to protect. With their four near old daughter to protect, will Huma and Weiner “flip” and give evidence against Hilary?
This looks like an Italian mafia story. Who will face justice?
Hilary’s actions — collecting millions of dollars from foreign governments and businesses — undermines America. It’s criminal to sell out your country for personal enrichment. That’s what emerges so far from the investigation into Hillary’s emails. Read Peter Schweitzer’s book, Clinton Cash.
We now know: Hilary set up her private email server so that no Freedom of Information Act inquiries would reveal her actions, that Hilary sold US foreign policy to all sorts of foreign governments.
There were five (5) hacks by foreign governments into Hilary Clinton’s private email server. We also know that Hilary and Bill Clinton were “broke” (so they report) when they left the White House. We know that through The Clinton Foundation Hilary and Bill Clinton now have $350 MILLION.
Yes, Hilary got extremely rich selling out America via The Clinton Foundation.
Lewd and crude music. Performed in the White House. Part of Hilary’s team.
Michelle Obama’s response?
Michelle is “shocked” she says. About comments Trump made 11 years ago. Really?
How about much more recent stuff at the White House.
It’s OK for your husband Obama and your children to listen to lewd and crude Rapper Rick Ross — right there in the White House?
Read the rapper’s lyrics. Find out about Rick Ross’s rap sheet.
And now there’s hip hop Beyonce — who has been on Team Hillary for more than a year. She was photographed at a Clinton fundraiser in May 2015.
Hillary is a noted fan of the 35-year-old from Houston, saying at an event last year: ‘I want to be as good a president as Beyonce is a performer’.
Some of Beyonce’s ‘controversial’ lyrics:
– ‘When he f*** me good I take his a** to Red Lobster, cause I slay. If he hit it right, I might take him on a flight on my chopper.’ Formation, Lemonade.
– ‘You can watch my fat a** twist boy. As I bounce to the next d*** boy.’ Don’t Hurt Yourelf, Lemonade.
– ‘I don’t give a f***, chucking my deuces up. Suck on my b***s, pause, I had enough.’ Sorry, Lemonade.
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Raper Rick Ross performed at the White House with a ankle bracelet. In 2013, rapper Rick Ross apologized for using rap lyrics that seemed to endorse slipping a drug into another person’s drink.
Is this an example of lewd?
In his “U.O.E.N.O.” song, he sang, “Put molly all in her champagne/ She ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain’t even know it.” Later in 2013, he apologized for the song.
Because of the lyrics, shoemaker Reebok ended its endorsement deal with rapperRick Ross.
To Michelle Obama: Rather than ‘lewd and crude’ top on your mind, it’s time for serious discussion of the issues that can make or break this nation: the national debt, out of control immigration, a middle class that has lost real wages, ObamaCare which cannot sustain itself due to rising costs. These and many other issues. It’s time to assess the legacy of Obama at the polling booths.