You have to ask yourself, “What is it that I want?”

Extreme Pro-Lifers are funny. We evolved to do a lot of lying, about everything, and mostly to ourselves. That’s what it means to be a social ape with an, for all we know, accidental capacity for abstraction.

Pro-Lifers are ostensibly waging legal war over abortion rights and the reason they give for it is a belief in the sanctity of human life, and the perceived right of a fetus to be considered a “person”, with the legal ramifications of that designation.

That sounds convincing, doesn’t it? But in fact, it’s a lie. Political fights (and fights in general) are often not about what they are about. What do I mean?

The empirical, objective evidence is overwhelming, and it is available. There is no embargo. If a person wanted to know how to reduce abortion rates, they would look to the available data. The available data say, overwhelmingly, that the countries with the most liberal abortion laws also have the lowest abortion rates. It’s right there for anyone who cares to see it. Conversely, the highest abortion rates are in countries with oppressive, conservative anti-abortion laws.

So, you have to stop and ask yourself, if you are Pro-Life AND have a brain AND are honest: What is it that you actually want?

RIP Stanton Friedman

I understand that he would do speaking engagements on short notice and wouldn’t try to empty your bank account. Plus, he was a model for how in the modern era, we don’t need professional clerics. Clerics can’t give you the samadhi experience (being Born Again, or resurrected, in Christian terms), but they can stimulate you toward the experience if it is already in your character to go there. Friedman demonstrated that you can participate in that work while still being a normal person with a normal job. No frock-wearing required. He showed how you can preserve mystery and stay with the facts at the same time. The original Jewish scheme was to rationalize their populations by sucking out the mythical back stories for their practices and replacing them with historical (non-magical) bases. The religion was at its peak as a mechanism for chasing out magical thinking. Contrast with most modern churches, mosques, and synagogues, where mystification and an insistence on magical thinking is the norm just to follow the theology.

The inheritors of the Sons of Zadok’s legacy are normal people and not clerics. Clerics are people who may or may not experience samadhi for themselves, but in any case, seek to wring a paycheck and an enhanced social status from it. That makes them disgusting, superfluous, and obsolete. Friedman shows what tomorrow’s cleric looks like.

How Middle-Class, White-Collar Professionals Became Disposable And Discarded

If you’d like to read an article with such an asinine title, go here:

I’m just referencing to say, “Good.” They did “everything they were supposed to do according to social norms”. I have no sympathy for that, whatsoever. Those norms are designed to weed out those whom the Good Boys and Girls would like to think are beneath them. So fuck you all. Your participation in a system designed to discard as many Americans as possible does not make you a hero. Yeah, I know. You only did all of those things because you were indoctrinated at a young age into believing that being obedient and following those norms was the way to deserve love, or apparently, the right to live. So, again, fuck you all. I hope you lose it all. You were never better than blue-collar workers anywhere, or anyone at all for that matter. You managed to get away with a gross, exclusionary, self-aggrandizing fantasy for most of your lives, and now I’m supposed to feel badly for you because your bubble popped and the measures you endorsed against others was turned on you? Did I mention fuck you? Well, fuck you, then.

The Christchurch Call

Because you are a Pollyanna if you actually just take any government at their word that they would not deploy the technology used to suppress any uploaded video in real time, from multiple nodes, against political enemies. Hell, that’s what the call is for up front – a political response to violent extremism. There is no science supporting their call. There is only emotionalism, and this disgusting, ever-present, assumed moral superiority on the part of professionals everywhere, including government. Government is only ever going to ask for more power. There have to be limits. Facial recognition? The ability to target and suppress dissident speech, perhaps even covertly? Really? You go ahead and be okay with that, but in that case fuck you, your opinion no longer matters to me and all I know is that you ought be resisted.

Bias in the news

Does no one think it strange that the mainstream (Liberal) news media still avoids articulating the facts surrounding the FISA warrant obtained to spy on Carter Page? Conservative-leaning outlets have been articulating the concerns for months – and we’re talking about concerns regarding matters which are factual and part of the public record. Being factual and part of the record, there is no actual justification for refusing to articulate the specifics of it all, apart from simply not wanting to generate “Brady Material”, or evidence that aids the opposition. But wait – the mainstream news outlets still want you to believe they are neutral, non-partisan, dispassionate, and objective. If they were all of that, they would simply articulate the facts regarding the FBI misleading the FISA warrant magistrate by withholding Brady Material that discounted the very document they used as a basis for the warrant. This is all on the record. I listened this morning, hoping NPR would break the information embargo, but when they brought up the subject of a GOP investigation into this thing, they managed to do a whole segment on it without ever articulating even as much as I have articulated here, and, in addition, they brought on a sympathetic expert to help them discount or deflect attention away from the nut of the thing.

Tell the truth or die in a fire. Either everyone in the NPR newsroom is a liar, or incompetent, or some mixture of the two, apparently. But this is the case at ABC, CBS, NBC, etc, etc…

Also, today, the same group managed to frame the intelligence reports referenced by the White House as justification for sending the aircraft carrier and bomber wing into the ME as misleading and in need of some applied skepticism. It’s strange to me that this wasn’t the response when the same intelligence community asserted to the news media (in the form of illegal leaks) that Trump colluded with Russia. Why skepticism in one case, and none at all in the other? Again, a fatal lack of self-honesty on the part of the people who are the “professionals”. Hiding the truth from yourself doesn’t hide it from other people, yo. I see you. You can have your bias, but own it. Don’t lie to yourself and everyone else, and then have the gall to complain that your viewers/listeners/readers are losing faith in your whole profession because of demagogues. You ARE the demagogues, and your assumed moral superiority is obvious, but not justified.

But I digress. The concerns about the FBI being manned by unelected officials who fancy themselves Tha Guardian Class who may even undo the results of an election, such is their natural moral superiority, is a legit concern, and everyone should share it. It is nothing more or less than Warrior Culture Corruption with a white collar on it. Warrior Culture Corruption, or WCC, for short, is a really tough problem when it emerges in law enforcement forces, but we usually associate it with cops on the beat rather than federal employees of prestigious institutions. Yeah, there’s a lot of bullshit going on in this area of our culture that we never seem to be honest or mature enough to sort out. A shorthand that works for me is, if you’re dealing with a profession that adorns itself with words like “honor” and “service”, you’re already dealing with cultures set up to indulge some of the most needful of recognition for just being Good Boys and Girls (thumotic) among us, apart from performers and politicians. When you have a culture that thinks of itself as set apart and special, well, then you get a culture that thinks it is set apart and special. Funny how those one thing go together, huh?

How else would one explain the mass reluctance on the part of the American news media to simply articulate the charges that have been leveled against Comey, et al? If it is neither incompetence nor dishonesty, then what is it? You know, I’m not trapped in a binary worldview. At all. Binarism is a reflex toward simplification that we lean on far too often, early in life, perhaps prior to higher education. On the other hand, some propositions simply are binary. True/false, black/white, you get the picture. If there is an alternative explanation for the embargo on articulating the specific charges alleged by the GOP and getting into those weeds, I have not seen it. Obviously, I get my news from a lot of different sources.

FBI’s Steele story falls apart: False intel and media contacts were flagged before FISA

The FBI’s sworn story to a federal court about its asset, Christopher Steele, is fraying faster than a $5 souvenir T-shirt bought at a tourist trap.

Newly unearthed memos show a high-ranking government official who met with Steele in October 2016 determined some of the Donald Trumpdirt that Steele was simultaneously digging up for the FBI and for Hillary Clinton’s campaign was inaccurate, and likely leaked to the media.

The concerns were flagged in a typed memo and in handwritten notes taken by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec on Oct. 11, 2016.

Her observations were recorded exactly 10 days before the FBI used Steele and his infamous dossier to justify securing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and the campaign’s contacts with Russia in search of a now debunked collusion theory.

It is important to note that the FBI swore on Oct. 21, 2016, to the FISA judges that Steele’s “reporting has been corroborated and used in criminal proceedings” and the FBI has determined him to be “reliable” and was “unaware of any derogatory information pertaining” to their informant, who simultaneously worked for Fusion GPS, the firm paid bythe Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Clinton campaign to find Russian dirt on Trump.

That’s a pretty remarkable declaration in Footnote 5 on Page 15 of the FISA application, since Kavalec apparently needed just a single encounter with Steele at State to find one of his key claims about Trump-Russia collusion was blatantly false.

In her typed summary, Kavalec wrotethat Steele told her the Russians had constructed a “technical/human operation run out of Moscow targeting the election” that recruited emigres in the United States to “do hacking and recruiting.”

She quoted Steele as saying, “Payments to those recruited are made out of the Russian Consulate in Miami,” according to a copy of her summary memo obtained under open records litigation by the conservative group Citizens United. Kavalec bluntly debunked that assertion in a bracketed comment: “It is important to note that there is no Russian consulate in Miami.”

Kavalec, two days later and well before the FISA warrant was issued, forwarded her typed summary to other government officials. The State Department has redacted the names and agencies of everyone she alerted. It is unlikely that her concerns failed to reach the FBI.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee and ranking member of its Subcommittee on Government Operations, told me late Thursday he had confirmed with U.S. officials that Kavalec’s memo was forwarded to the FBI in the Oct. 13, 2016, email.

 “This once again shows officials at the FBI and (Department of Justice) DOJ were well aware the dossier was a lie — from very early on in the process all the way to when they made the conscious decision to include it in a FISA application,” he said. “The fact that Christopher Steele and his partisan research document were treated in any way seriously by our Intelligence Community leaders amounts to malpractice.”

FBI and DOJ officials did not respond to a request for comment.

But it is almost certain the FBI knew of Steele’s contact with State and his partisan motive. That’s because former Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland says she instructed her staff to send the information they got from Steele to the bureau immediately and to cease contact with the informer because “this is about U.S. politics, and not the work of — not the business of the State Department, and certainly not the business of a career employee who is subject to the Hatch Act.”

Even if the FBI didn’t get Kavalec’s memo, it is just as implausible that the bureau couldn’t figure out, during the many hours that its agents spent with Steele, what Kavalec divined in a few short minutes: He was political, inaccurate, spinning wild theories and talking to the media.

All those concerns would weigh against Steele’s credibility and should have been disclosed to the judges under the honor system that governs the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, experts say.

Kavalec’s handwritten notes clearly flagged in multiple places that Steele might be talking to the media.

“June — reporting started,” she wrote. “NYT and WP have,” she added, in an apparent reference to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Later she quoted Steele as suggesting he was “managing” four priorities — “Client needs, FBI, WashPo/NYT, source protection,” her handwritten notes show.

Those same notes suggest Steele spun some wild theories to State, including one that the Russians had a “plant in DNC” and had assembled an “HRC dossier,” apparent references to the Democratic National Committee and Clinton.

She expounded in her typed memo. “The Russians have succeeded in placing an agent inside the DNC,” she quoted Steele as saying.

Steele offered Kavalec other wild information that easily could have been debunked before the FISA application — and eventually was, in many cases, after the media reported the allegations — including that:

  • Trump lawyer Michael Cohen traveled to Prague to meet with Russians;
  • Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort owed the Russians $100 million and was the “go-between” from Russian President Vladimir Putin to Trump;
  • Trump adviser Carter Page met with a senior Russian businessman tied to Putin;
  • The Russians secretly communicated with Trump through a computer system.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, released last month, dispelled all those wild theories while hardly mentioning Steele, except for a passing reference to his dossier being “unverified.” That’s significant, because the FISA request from October 2016 that rested heavily on Steele’s information was marked “verified application” before the FBI submitted it to the court.

And, as I reported earlier this week, Kavalec’s memo clearly warned that Steele had admitted his client was “keen” to get his information out before Election Day. In other words, he had a political, rather than an intelligence, deadline.

David Bossie, head of Citizens United, called on State and the FBI to release the rest of Kavalec’s information they redacted: “Christopher Steele was a political operative. The American people have a right to know why the FBI took this garbage to the FISA court.”

Kavalec’s notes aren’t the only red flag that should have caught the FBI’s attention before the bureau vouched for Steele’s credibility.

Notes and testimony from senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr make clear Steele admitted early on that he was “desperate” to get Trump defeated in the election, was working in some capacity for the GOP candidate’s opponent, and considered his intelligence raw and untested. Ohr testified that he alerted FBI and other senior Justice officials to these concerns in August 2016.

Steele eventually was fired by the FBI for leaking to the press — in violation of his source agreement with the bureau — and lying about it. But that did not happen until Nov. 1, 2016 — after the FISA warrant was secured. And, even then, the court wasn’t notified until a few months later, well after Election Day.

Steele’s admission of media contacts on Oct. 11, 2016, and the mere existence of his meeting at the State Department likewise violated his confidentiality agreement with the bureau and clearly were discoverable well before the FISA warrant was secured Oct. 21, 2016.

If the State Department and Ohr could figure out that Steele was a partisan, paid by a political client and facing an Election Day deadline to broadcast raw intelligence that in some cases probably was false, the FBI should have done the same before it ever envisioned taking his evidence to a FISA court.

John Solomon is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work over the years has exposed U.S. and FBI intelligence failures before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal scientists’ misuse of foster children and veterans in drug experiments, and numerous cases of political corruption. He serves as an investigative columnist and executive vice president for video at The Hill. Follow him on Twitter @jsolomonReports.

Note: This article was updated from the original version to include information from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.).

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  1. 1.the temporary disregarding of strict tempo to allow an expressive quickening or slackening, usually without altering the overall pace.


  1. 1.performed rubato.”a rubato phrase”

I just learned this term and it’s wonderful, and what makes it so is its versatility. It is immediately clear that this term can be used outside of music. The idea is to always maintain the pulse of the piece, but use the quickening or slackening of pace to smudge the smaller subdivisions of time for interest and expression.

As a modest example of the concept I rehash Gillian Welch’s The Revelator and draw your attention to the last verse, wherein, in beautiful harmony, Welch and Rawlings sing the line

“And watch the waves, and move … the … fader. Time’s a revelator…”

Note the intentional slackening of pace when they sing “move the fader”. Now, the sentiment expressed in the lyric at that point is one of seeking to head back home, or to some place where one can live life at a slower pace, and so the intentional slowing or slurring of tempo in the vocals is also an example of another favorite concept and word, prosody.

I used to not believe in the death penalty

Those days are over. In fact, there are many cases where there is no doubt the suspect did the deed, and the deed is so heinous that it defies logic to spend any money on warehousing the criminal.  Emmanuel Aranda, for example. I would gladly open his skull, and I see no compelling reason to warehouse him. Home invaders? Summary execution. So many kinds of cases. The Charlotte cop who just killed a man who complied with her orders? Shoot her in the heart with the same gun. All of those who would initiate violence unjustly. Death is a fitting reward.

Build the 3rd Temple AND annex Palestinian territories. Do it.

It’s the only fucking way to actually give Palestinians back some power. Make their ghetto, no-man’s-land a part of Israel proper, and then give them voting rights they never had, before, as a consequence.

That’s the actual gambit. It’s meant to dazzle and explode the brains of idiotic and/or opportunistic Jews who break the law cuz “Gawd told me it’s mine.” Give them EXACTLY what they want, and correctly calculate that, even if they see what the logical implications are for the actual improvement in the situation of Palestinians over time through civic engagement, they cannot not take the bait. They can’t not do it. They’ve been fighting to do it for years and years and years and that train won’t be turned around.

Welp, their book does say “by way of deception”, and so it is. And the 3rd Temple? NOT having it is the only thing that empowers pre-tribulation Christian horseshit. Pre-tribulation interpretation of the Bible is erroneous theology, but holy shit, there’s also no stopping that train. All you can do is pull the trigger on their End Times machine and watch as absolutely nothing happens. What could they possibly do about it, then? Well, like the Jewish settlers, nothing.

It is the only way to end this stupidity. Pull the trigger on it and watch as hilarity ensues, and not supernatural warfare.