In Context – Claim… Russian Hacks DNC

29 Dec 2016

Haven’t done one of these in a while – below is a list of source articles regarding the the claim that Russia hacked and affected the outcome of the election.

12/29/2016 – President Obama just took unprecedented steps to punish Russia for its cyberattacks – Vox

12/29/2016 – Statement by the President on Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment – White House

12/29/2016 – Executive Order — Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities – White House

12/28/2016 – Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on new threats of sanctions from the United States – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

12/15/2016 – Russia’s attempts to hack the Republican Party reportedly failed because of a spam filter – Business Insider

10/19/2016 – Russian man accused of hacking U.S. targets arrested in Prague – CNN

10/7/2016 – U.S. Says Russia Directed Hacks to Influence Elections – NY Times

9/14/2016 – Hackers steal medical data of US Olympic stars – CNN

7/26/2016 – Spy Agency Consensus Grows That Russia Hacked D.N.C. – NY Times

7/25/2016 – Experts: Hard to prove Russians behind DNC hack – USA Today

6/15/2016 – DNC Hacker Releases Trump Oppo Report – The Smoking Gun

6/15/2016 – Donald Trump claims DNC itself, not Russians, masterminded hack – The Guardian

6/15/2016 – Russia denies DNC hack and says maybe someone ‘forgot the password’ – Washington Post

6/15/2016 – Bears in the Midst: Intrusion into the Democratic National Committee – Crowdstrike

6/14/2016 – Russian government hackers steal DNC files on Donald Trump – The Guardian

6/14/2016 – Russian government hackers penetrated DNC, stole opposition research on Trump – Washington Post

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NY Judge Benefits From Unlimited Sick Time

29 Dec 2016

Manhattan judge reaps benefits of unlimited sick time policy for three years, collects $193G salary

No-show Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Daniel McCullough disappeared with an unspecified illness in April 2014.

“Don’t tell them anything!” McCullough snapped at a friend who tried to put him on the phone this week with a Daily News reporter.


McCullough, 65, has instead reaped the benefits of New York’s unlimited sick time policy for its judges across the last 32 months to the lucrative tune of $482,500.


McCullough’s appointment runs for nine years. He was appointed to the bench by ex-Gov. David Paterson in 2010.

His colleagues are now left to pick up the judicial slack as McCullough collects his full compensation — roughly $50,000-a-year over what he would receive if he retired now.

This is the kind of behavior that puts municipalities in deep debt.


14 Year Old With Sack Full of Bombs Seized in Belgium

29 Dec 2016

Belgium terror fears: Boy, 14, found with rucksack full of bombs marked ‘Allah Akbar’

Four teenagers were discovered inside, one of whom was allegedly carrying a deadly cargo of homemade bombs in his back pack.

The 14-year-old was also in possession of a bottle with the words “Allah Akbar” engraved into it, according to police.


He allegedly told police that he wanted to make a bomb because he is interested in video games and chemistry.

Does anyone think the games and chemistry line will work?


Budget Cuts for the SEIU

29 Dec 2016

SEIU plans 30 percent budget cut during Trump admin

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is planning to cut 30 percent of its budget by Jan. 1, 2018, the end of President-elect Donald Trump’s first year in office.

“Because the far right will control all three branches of the federal government, we will face serious threats to the ability of working people to join together in unions,” President Mary Kay Henry wrote in an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg Businessweek.

The SEIU will begin with a 10 percent budget cut immediately at the start of 2017. The union’s current annual budget is $300 million.

It is simply amazing the shock waves resulting from the election.


US Tops Global Arms Market in 2015

27 Dec 2016

US Sold $40 Billion in Weapons in 2015, Tops Global Arms Market

With decades of imperialist meddling around the world and a culture defined by hyper-militarism, it’s no surprise the United States yet again topped the list of global weapons sales last year, signing deals worth about US$40 billion, according to a new congressional study.


The largest buyers of arms in 2015, the report found, were largely U.S. allies in the Gulf region, with Qatar buying more than US$17 billion in weapons last year, followed by Egypt, which bought almost US$12 billion in arms, and Saudi Arabia, with over US$8 billion in weapons purchases.

Nothing like war and conflict to prop up the economy.

Here’s the moral dilemma – Is it OK to feed ourselves through the sales of weapons, assuming that some of these weapons could be used in random acts of terror or war against ourselves?

The Congressional report is here.

Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2008-2015


Thomas Sowell Retiring

27 Dec 2016

One of my all time favorite column writers is setting down the pen… or the keyboard… whatever.

A Farewell Note

During a stay in Yosemite National Park last May, taking photos with a couple of my buddies, there were four consecutive days without seeing a newspaper or a television news program — and it felt wonderful. With the political news being so awful this year, it felt especially wonderful.

This made me decide to spend less time following politics and more time on my photography, adding more pictures to my website (www.tsowell.com).

This is what life should be about. People following their interests without worrying about what government is doing… and government operating in the best interest of the citizens so we don’t have to pay attention to what they are doing.

As a fellow black American male and conservative realist – well done, sir.


Obama Signs “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act”

26 Dec 2016

So, we had a crisis created by the government claiming that Russia tampered with the election by hacking into email accounts (which has not been proven). This law was already in the works – probably waiting for an opportunity (real or fake) to add this into law.

Official Press Release – President Signs Portman-Murphy Counter-Propaganda Bill into Law

Obama Quietly Signs The “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act” Into Law

Long before the “fake news” meme became a daily topic of extensive conversation on such discredited mainstream portals as CNN and WaPo, H.R. 5181 would task the Secretary of State with coordinating the Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Broadcasting Board of Governors to “establish a Center for Information Analysis and Response,” which will pinpoint sources of disinformation, analyze data, and — in true dystopic manner — ‘develop and disseminate’ “fact-based narratives” to counter effrontery propaganda.

In short, long before “fake news” became a major media topic, the US government was already planning its legally-backed crackdown on anything it would eventually label “fake news.”

Fast forward to December 8, when the “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act” passed in the Senate, quietly inserted inside the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report.

And now, following Friday’s Obama signing of the NDAA on Friday evening, the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act is now law.


And so, with the likes of WaPo having already primed the general public to equate “Russian Propaganda” with “fake news” (despite admitting after the fact their own report was essentially “fake”), while the US media has indoctrinated the public to assume that any information which is not in compliance with the official government narrative, or dares to criticize the establishment, is also “fake news” and thus falls under the “Russian propaganda” umbrella, the scene is now set for the US government to legally crack down on every media outlet that the government deems to be “foreign propaganda.”

Just like that, the US Ministry of Truth is officially born.