Barr sends letter to Capitol Hill on Mueller report

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Comment by Jim Campbell

March 24th, 2019

I have serious concerns that this could play out like a segment from 60 minutes with 98% or more of the findings ending up on the cutting room floor.

We have seen 60 minutes do this in past by changing and individual’s word from a yes to a no.

This group has nothing to lose and every thing to gain by sabotaging the findings.

Sarah Sanders:

“The Special Counsel did not find any collusion and did not find any obstruction.

AG Barr and DAG Rosenstein further determined there was no obstruction.

The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States.”

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Omar Holding Secret Fundraisers With Islamic Groups Tied to Terror

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

This is no big surprise considering her past rhetoric and actions.

I bet the people of Minnesota are really proud of her.

Closed-door events spark further questions about anti-Semitic rhetoric

 

K Rations Included Chewing Gum for Several Reasons

H/T War History OnLine.

Napoleon Bonaparte said that an Army travels on its stomach.

As most military rations are barely discernible as food, the addition of the gum provided a highly desirable element of flavor.

An army marches on its stomach. Since man first went to war, he needed logistical support to fight. At the top of that logistical list was food, or at the very least something with calories that the human body could digest.

The logistics of war have nearly ruined campaigns and empires, for even into the twentieth century supplying an army proved just as difficult as raising one.

By the outbreak of World War II, the United States, at least, managed to properly supply and feed its soldiers regularly. To make sure the troops got fed no matter where they were deployed, the US military developed a system of rations based on where the soldiers were sent and how close they were to rear support.

An opened 1941 B unit with contents- cellophane wrapped chocolate fudge, 3 biscuits, 3 pressed sugar cubes, small tin of soluble (instant) coffee

A-rations were eaten straight from a field or garrison kitchen. Consequently, they were the rations most likely to taste like actual food. B-rations were the next best thing, being preserved kitchen rations meant to last a short time.

C-rations were canned, complete meals –the forerunner to the much-maligned but functional Meals, Ready to Eat. D-rations were essentially a chocolate bar meant for emergencies. In between the C and D were the K-rations.

 

A selection of United States military C-Ration cans from World War II with items displayed. Note that the Old Gold cigarettes and vanilla caramels were not part of the C-ration.

K-rations were originally designed for light infantry and paratroopers, intended to keep them fed until the rest of the army caught up with their spearhead. The K-ration experienced several modifications during World War II, but several mainstays were packed in them from start to finish.

Designed for breakfast, dinner, and supper (now more commonly known as breakfast, lunch, and dinner), the basics of the packs remained consistent from meal to meal, with minor changes.

K-ration breakfast

The breakfast ration contained coffee, biscuits, a fruit bar, three sugar tablets, and a can of something legally identifiable as meat. The lunch ration pack replaced the coffee with bouillon paste and a different type of technically meat. The dinner pack, like the others, contained biscuits, meat in can form, and also several cigarettes and some matches.

Each K-ration contained around 3,000 calories. Units operating in extreme climates noted the need for a higher calorie pack.

These packs were first developed in 1942, and, despite criticisms, they would see action throughout the remainder of the war.

K-ration supper.

One thing about the packs remained consistent: each K-ration pack, regardless of the meal, contained two pieces of chewing gum.

The gum was included for several reasons. Chewing gum releases saliva, helping to keep the mouth clean for soldiers who might not have time to brush their teeth twice a day as instructed by a dentist.

Chewing gum also releases tension, one reason why cigarettes were included as well.

Four flavors were used for the various ration packs: spearmint, peppermint, wintergreen, and cinnamon. These widely available flavors from a variety of brands were packed into K-rations and other ration packs as well.

Beeman’s, Dentyne, and Wrigley’s gum were packed into K-rations throughout the war. The gum came in both tablet and stick form, depending on the brand and flavor.

K-ration dinner.

As most military rations are barely discernible as food, the addition of the gum provided a highly desirable element of flavor. Able to keep their mouths relatively clean and to keep calm under pressure, K-rations served the soldiers well even if they didn’t taste very good.

 

A United States Airman’s Meal, Combat, Individual ration (also called a C-Ration). DaNang, Vietnam, circa 1966–1967. The canteen was not part of the ration. Note the foil wrapped accessory pack.

Though no substitute for home cooking, the rations kept the men fed, and that meant they could keep fighting. It took time for the United States to build up its logistics fully, but when it did, it made sure the men and women in uniform were properly and fully equipped to go to war.

Even if the meat was worse than Spam.

Trump has more women as top advisers than Obama, Bush, or Clinton

H/T The Washington Examiner.

Ho can this be according to the DemocRats President Trump is a sexist pig that only wants women for their bodies.

President Trump, often criticized for his stance toward women, employs more women as senior advisers than former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton did at the similar points in their presidencies.

Given the relative paucity of female senior presidential advisers prior to Clinton, Trump’s employment of women as key advisers at this early point in his presidency may be higher than any other president’s in history.

At the beginning of the third year of his first term as president, Trump has seven female top advisers, as compared to five for Obama, three for Bush, and five for Clinton at that point. He had eight as of December 2018, when United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley departed the administration.

The top advisers are White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway; CIA Director Gina Haspel, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, senior adviser Ivanka Trump, Director of Legislative Affairs Shahira Knight, and Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp.

Trump reportedly will also nominate more women to powerful positions soon, such as U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft for U.N. ambassador and U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie Liu for associate attorney general, a key post currently held by Rod Rosenstein.

The Examiner selected the women included in this comparison, both from the Trump White House and previous administrations, based not just on their formal titles, but on the power and influence with the president they have been understood to wield.

Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, for example, were not included.

Schlapp said the president “surrounds himself with very strong women with strong voices” who give him advice on a range of policy areas, such as the economy, education, and trade.

“We all have a seat at the table,” she told the Examiner.

A former senior White House official said Trump “always understood the value women bring” to the workplace and appreciated their perspectives.

“He treats people equally,” the official said. “He values merit and quality of work, regardless of any other attributes including gender.”

The former official said Trump seemed to let his guard down more with women than with men and that it seemed easier for him to operate around women and trust them.

Former White House Communications Director Mike Dubke called the president an “equal opportunity” listener who “did not discriminate based on gender” whether he was happy — or upset — with staff.

Tammy Vigil, a Boston University professor who specializes in the American presidency and gender in politics, found it “surprising” that Trump has hired as many women as he has, adding that “it’s a wonderful thing” when women are brought to the forefront in politics. But she argued that these high-profile women often have to “work around the truth” to cover for Trump’s erroneous statements.

“It compromises their integrity,” Vigil said. “They have to sort of give up their own honesty and integrity in order to serve the male president, which is not a good look for women, even if they are in positions of power.”

Vigil also said she thinks Trump views women in a transactional way, as “tools for his benefit.”

“Why is he hiring these women? He’s getting something out of it,” she said.

Trump has a history of misogynistic treatment of women. He has insulted their physical appearances and compared them to animals. Twenty-three women have accused him of sexual misconduct, including rape and other forms of sexual assault.

Schlapp thinks allegations of misogyny against Trump are “outrageous.”

“I have always felt respected by the president,” Schlapp said. “He is someone who values my opinion and my insight. Those of us who work with him get to see his compassion.”

Trump particularly valued the opinion of former Communications Director Hope Hicks, who departed the administration in February 2018. Hicks “was always in the room,” according to Dubke, and the president frequently asked for her thoughts on various matters.

Ivanka Trump has become one of his closest advisers, despite reported attempts by her father and former chief of staff John Kelly to push her and her husband Jared Kushner out of the White House. Conway and Sarah Sanders have stayed with Trump since his campaign, a feat few of either sex have accomplished in an administration infamous for high employee turnover.

Shahira Knight, though not frequently in the spotlight, has reportedly won the president’s confidence and respect, and Nielsen fought her way back into Trump’s inner circle despite nearly getting fired in November.

Alana Jeydel, an Allendale Columbia School professor who specializes in women in politics, said the appointment of qualified women to top positions is important.

“Any woman, from any walk of life, should be able to look to the government and see people like them, and know that is a job that they could hold if they wanted to,” Jeydel said.

Mary-Kate Lizotte, an Augusta University professor specializing in gender and politics, agreed but said this effect could be diminished by negative coverage of Trump’s sexist comments.

“I don’t think it’s gotten as much attention as the fact that he’s said things that are sexist,” Lizotte said. “It might not have as much of an effect because of negative coverage.”

 

Obama’s female advisers during the beginning of the third year of his first White House term included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Bush employed national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, Domestic Policy Council Director Margaret Spellings, and Staff Secretary Harriet Miers, and Clinton employed press secretary Dee Dee Myers, Attorney General Janet Reno, Council of Economic Affairs Chairwoman Laura D’Andrea Tyson, Director of the Administration Office Patsy Thomasson, and Domestic Policy Council Director Carol Rasco.

Did You Know Houdini Taught US Soldiers How to Survive a Torpedoed Ship

H/T War History OnLine.

This story lets us see a different side of Harry Houdini escape artist extraordinaire.

“My heart is in this work, for it is not a question of “Will we lose.” We must win, and that is all there is to it.”

Harry Houdini is one of the world’s best-known illusionists, escape artists, and magicians. He managed the incredible feat of making a full-grown Asian elephant disappear in front of a live audience of over 5,000 people in the Hippodrome of New York City on January 7, 1918. It was one of his most spectacular performances.

But first and foremost, Houdini was an American patriot. He loved his adopted country so much that he did all in his power to help in the war effort during WW1.

He instructed American soldiers on how to escape captivity by teaching them how to pick handcuffs. He was also an avid seller of US Liberty Bonds that funded the war effort, and he toured the country performing in military camps.

Houdini and Jennie, the Vanishing Elephant, January 7, 1918

Moreover, he used the Hippodrome in NYC as a staging post for his active support, as evidenced by the words of his letter to the then manager R. H. Burnside, convincing him of the merits of his free performances there:

“My heart is in this work, for it is not a question of “Will we lose.” We must win, and that is all there is to it.”

Houdini, c. 1900

Erik Weisz, aka Houdini, was born in Budapest, Hungry, as one of seven children on March 24, 1874. When he was four years old, the family moved to the USA where they first settled in Appleton, Wisconsin. In the US, his name was changed to the German spelling of Ehrich Weiss.

Name changes were a part of his life. Later, after the family moved to New York City, he became Harry Houdini after reading the biography of Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin, the French magician. It heralded the start of his career as a magician who would bedazzle audiences across the globe with amazing illusions and daring escapes.

Harry Houdini in chains.1899

When the United States declared war on Imperial Germany on April 6, 1917, Houdini was jolted into a fervor of industriousness

One of the first things he did was obtain unswerving allegiance from the members of the Society of American Magicians (SAM) which he had founded in 1902. One day after the American declaration of war, he introduced a resolution that stated the following:

“The members collectively and individually do hereby tender their loyalty to the President of the United States of America and express desire to render such service to the country as may be within their province.”

The resolution was sent to President Woodrow Wilson. Once he had the backing of his fellow magicians, he started getting them involved in the war effort. It is nothing short of spectacular that his call to action was taken up with patriotic zeal.

President Woodrow Wilson

Washington magician Archie Engel became a secret agent for the Treasury Department. Fellow member Dr. Charles Mendelsohn joined the cryptography department and helped decipher German codes. New York SAM member Dr. Maximilian Toch became the head of the US camouflage division.

These men, alongside other magicians, supported the development of the signature gray coloring of the US Navy vessels.

Chemist Maximilian Toch, President of The Chemists’ Club, 1907.Photo: Science History Institute CC BY-SA 3.0

Houdini the “Handcuff King” started touring the country and training soldiers

Houdini’s many years of practicing the arts of picking handcuffs and freeing himself while submerged and bound did not only make him wealthy and famous but also made him the perfect coach.

Eager young men who were due to be sent off to the carnage of the Western Front in France listened to Harry Houdini with respect, awe, and almost reverent attention.

“The reason people drown on a sinking vessel is because they lose all sense of direction,” explained Houdini to the group of soldiers in his audience on the promenade floor of the cavernous Hippodrome in New York.

Houdini in handcuffs, 1918

Part of the men’s rigorous training was a course on how to escape from a torpedoed ship. Who better to teach them than the master of escapology? His main message was that nobody should panic. He explained that when a person was submerged, they should slowly allow the body to rise up until they could touch the side, floor, or deck of the vessel.

When Houdini then asked for a volunteer, every hand was raised. A short while later, the hapless young man who had been chosen was all trussed up like a turkey. “I would venture to say that this gentleman is not going anywhere,” Houdini said, and everybody laughed.

Houdini prepares to do the overboard box escape c. 1912

In a final step, the wily magician produced a set of German handcuffs. To further mirth, he explained the shackle’s excellent quality and proceeded to demonstrate how to free oneself.

It did not take long for Houdini to realize that his new activity would take up much more of his time than he’d anticipated. So, without a second thought, he canceled all of his performances and dedicated his time to raising money for the war effort as well as entertaining the troops and the families they had left behind.

It was the beginning of a wild dash from theatre to theatre and camp to camp that would take more than a year.

Houdini performing the Chinese Water Torture Cell

He literally sold the shirt off of his back

The man’s efforts knew no limits. The moment the US Secretary of the Treasury, William McAdoo, started issuing war bonds, Houdini morphed into one of the most successful and enthusiastic fundraisers.

He even went so far as to sell the shirt off of his back when a man in the audience of one of his shows offered to buy $1,000 worth of bonds if Houdini could free himself from his shirt in less than 30 seconds. The man then offered another $1,000 to buy the shirt.

Heavyweight boxer Jack Dempsey mock-punching Houdini (held back by lightweight boxer Benny Leonard)

Houdini racked up Liberty Bond sales of over one million dollars within a year. At the same time, the show must go on. During his shows for the troops, he performed a simple disappearing coin trick using $5 gold pieces which he would then give to the young men heading to Europe as a token of his esteem.

In total, he gave away $7,000 in this manner — that is close to $130,000 in today’s money.

His charity was boundless. In total, the magician sacrificed $50,000 in lost salary over a year on top of his own expenditure for the war effort. It was his way of helping. It goes without saying that, had he been younger, he would have joined up and shipped off to Europe to fight the Germans in a heartbeat.

 

Exclusive: Joe Lieberman Thanks Trump for Call to Recognize Golan Heights as Israeli Territory

H/T Breitbart.

It is a great move as the Golan Heights are a part of the nation of Israel.

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman joined host Alex Marlow on Sirius XM’s Breitbart News Daily on Friday, stressing to listeners the “critically important” move President Donald Trump made in calling for the U.S. to recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

Lieberman praised the declaration the president made Thursday that it was “time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!”

“The fact that [the president is] unconventional enables him to do something that presidents before him, of both parties, probably thought was the right thing to do but never did it because it seemed unconventional, and that’s the way it is with the Golan Heights,” said Lieberman. 

“I’m sure this was on the president’s mind when he did this, is that Iran is establishing, really, a permanent foothold with troops of its own, let alone, the Hezbollah terrorist army that it supports there,” he emphasized, calling it “critically important.”

“It was a very significant thing to do for regional stability, let alone for Israel’s security,” said Lieberman, who thanked President Trump for the action.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called President Trump to thank him, acknowledging, “You made history.”

He added in a tweet, “At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Thank you President Trump!”

While President Trump’s tweet does not officially change U.S. policy, it does signal a greater possibility of seeing the policy changed either through Congress or an official presidential declaration. Haaretz pointed to President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem when indicating he could use the same method to officially change the U.S. position on the Golan Heights.

The remark comes the week after the State Department removed “occupied” from 2018 Human Rights report references to Israeli portions of the region. Breitbart News reportedthe changed references to those portions of the Golan Heights to say “Israeli-controlled territory.”

Report: Biden Being Asked to Consider One-Term Pledge

H/T Breitbart.

If Slow Joe decides to run I do not see him signing a pledge to only serve one term.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s advisers are reportedly asking him to consider pledging to just serve one term in office if he wins his party’s nomination and faces off against President Donald Trump in the general election.

According to a Thursday New York Times report, Biden’s advisers are discussing “a possible pledge to serve only one term” and framing Biden’s 2020 campaign “as a one-time rescue mission for a beleaguered country.”

Biden is reportedly “uneasy with the prospect of pledging up front not to seek re-election,” though, “believing that it would make him a lame-duck president before he even takes office and cripple his ability to get anything done.”

His advisers are reportedly also asking him to consider announcing failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams as his running mate when he announces his candidacy. But the Times notes that, by doing so, “Biden could appear presumptuous — even imperious — by choosing a running mate before the electorate has the chance to sift the field of candidates.”

A one-term pledge would highlight the fact that Biden would turn 80 in the White House. But in a poll of millennials organized by Chicago’s GenForward survey project that was released this week, Biden actually led “in all surveyed voting blocks–except for millennial Latinos.”

The poll found Biden, with 21 percent support among millennial voters, three percentage points ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Biden, who can be tedious on the stump with his long-winded and never-ending speeches, also led among young minority voters who were not born while Biden was calling school busing “racist” in the 1970s and do not remember the criticism he got from left-wing activists for not having Anita Hill’s back as much as they had hoped he would during the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 1991.

In the poll of millennials, Biden received “29 percent of Asian American millennials, 28 percent of African American millennials and 19 percent of millennial whites,” while Sanders led among young Latinos between the ages of 18-34 with 26 percent support.

In addition, as Gallup has noted, Biden has established himself as the clear national frontrunner and would enter the race at the head of the pack. Biden led the most recent CNN/Des Moines Register Iowa poll in addition to the most recent Monmouth national poll.

Announcing Abrams as his running mate would also pose risks to Biden and Abrams. It would remind black voters of Biden’s questionable record on social justice issues, his support for the infamous Crime Bill, and treatment of Hill when he chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee during Thomas’s confirmation hearings. In addition, it would also force Abrams, one of the party’s brightest rising stars, to defend someone who held positions and beliefs that went against everything Abrams has been fighting against as an activist.

If Biden enters the race, he will be asked about a 1975 interview that the Washington Postrecently unearthed in which Biden told the paper that he thought school busing policies were “racist.”

“The new integration plans being offered are really just quota systems to assure a certain number of blacks, Chicanos, or whatever in each school. That, to me, is the most racist concept you can come up with,” Biden said in that interview. “What it says is, ‘In order for your child with curly black hair, brown eyes, and dark skin to be able to learn anything, he needs to sit next to my blond-haired, blue-eyed son.’ That’s racist! Who the hell do we think we are, that the only way a black man or woman can learn is if they rub shoulders with my white child?”

In an election cycle in which black voters are demanding that Democrats talk about reparations for the descendants of slaves, Biden will also have to explain why he believed then that he did “not buy the concept” that “in order to even the score, we must now give the black man a heads start, or even hold the white man back, to even the race.”

“I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather. I feel responsible for what the situation is today, for the sins of my own generation,” Biden said in that interview. “And I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.”

Though Biden is reportedly “95%” sure that he will run for president, he is also reportedly “uneasy” about the “potential attacks on his son Hunter, who was a subject of Breitbart News Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer’s blockbuster book, Secret Empires, which highlighted the ‘new corruption’ associated with the Bidens.”

In Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends, Schweizer revealed that in 2013 “Hunter Biden’s firm signed a billion-dollar deal with a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China just 10 days after Joe and Hunter Biden flew to China aboard Air Force Two.”

Still, all signs indicate that Biden is likely to run for president for a third time and formally announce his candidacy in April. Last week, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell asked Biden: “Why wouldn’t you run Mr. Vice President?”

Biden responded: “I can’t think of any reason.”