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Author: Raine    Date: 01/30/2017 13:51:12

I am sure that by now you have heard that a white supremacist now has a seat at the National Security Council.
President Trump has reorganized the National Security Council by elevating his chief strategist Steve Bannon and demoting the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Now, Bannon will join the NSC's principals committee, the top inter-agency group for discussing national security. The National Security Council is the staff inside the White House that coordinates decision making by the president on such matters, in coordination with outside departments including the State Department and the Pentagon.


Other news that surfaced yesterday (amid the horrific Muslim ban news) was this:
One American commando was killed and three others were wounded in a fierce firefight early Sunday with Qaeda militants in central Yemen, the military said on Sunday. It was the first counterterrorism operation authorized by President Trump since he took office, and the commando was the first United States service member to die in the yearslong shadow war against Al Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate.

Members of the Navy’s SEAL Team 6 carried out the surprise dawn attack, and the military said that about 14 Qaeda fighters were killed during a nearly hourlong battle. A Qaeda leader — a brother-in-law of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born cleric and top Qaeda leader in Yemen, who died in a drone strike in 2011 — was believed to have been killed.

After initially denying that there were any civilian casualties, American officials said they were assessing reports that women and children had died in the attack.
Bold face mine. The question I have is who made the call? Flynn? Bannon, Mattis? The Joint Chiefs Of Staff? The National Security Director? This could be a big story going forward; a Navy Seal died in Yemen and civilians are dead. The confusion of this story and its possible impacts on our active military are really bothersome.

Speaking of confusion, the White House didn't talk to anyone that would have been involved with the immigration ban signed over the weekend. The head of DHS found out about the executive order by watching television. (I will find the link and double-confirm what I read earlier)

The order, signed on Friday at the Pentagon, in front of General Mattis, is still not posted on the White House website.

There is no communication in this administration and that is a very dangerous thing for our country and our allies.

Vigilance!

Raine

73 comments (Latest Comment: 01/30/2017 23:25:58 by TriSec)
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Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 14:05:50
Comment by TriSec on 01/30/2017 14:10:48
Good Morning.

Did you see that one of the last survivors (if not THE last survivor) of the Fuhrerbunker died yesterday at age 106?

I wonder who she was able to possess in the Trump administration?

Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 14:12:13
Quote by TriSec:
Good Morning.

Did you see that one of the last survivors (if not THE last survivor) of the Fuhrerbunker died yesterday at age 106?

I wonder who she was able to possess in the Trump administration?

yes, I saw the interview of her a few years ago and I found her to be less than sorry for what had happened.

Comment by Scoopster on 01/30/2017 14:19:37
Mornin' all! Not feeling too good today..

So now that Bannon is supposedly on the NSC, isn't he required to undergo appointment & Senate confirmation by law?

Comment by wickedpam on 01/30/2017 14:25:01
Morning

So yeah, all that happened over the weekend. I really don't see how people still stand by this stuff. Sadly I have a friend who is an extra-crispy Christian who is a-ok with it. Posting stuff on FB that Obama picked the countries and that Obama wanted a wall. All this crazy crap. When you point out facts to her on anything she says she likes the sentiment and doesn't correct the bad info. I've become good an sub-posting on FB to try and at least make a dent in her skull. But deep down I know it won't cause she, like tRump, just doesn't care.

Comment by Scoopster on 01/30/2017 14:27:05
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/50/3021

Yes, it is indeed illegal. It's also illegal to shut out the Joint Chiefs Chairman and DNI.

Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 14:31:25
Quote by Scoopster:
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/50/3021

Yes, it is indeed illegal. It's also illegal to shut out the Joint Chiefs Chairman and DNI.
that's been my understanding as well.

I am sick about all of it.


Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 14:32:04
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning

So yeah, all that happened over the weekend. I really don't see how people still stand by this stuff. Sadly I have a friend who is an extra-crispy Christian who is a-ok with it. Posting stuff on FB that Obama picked the countries and that Obama wanted a wall. All this crazy crap. When you point out facts to her on anything she says she likes the sentiment and doesn't correct the bad info. I've become good an sub-posting on FB to try and at least make a dent in her skull. But deep down I know it won't cause she, like tRump, just doesn't care.
.


Comment by AuntAzalea on 01/30/2017 14:35:45
I can't believe we are only starting on week two. I wish the news could re-interview a few of those Trump supporters that always said they didn't think he was really serious about the Muslim ban... "you should take him seriously not literally" they would say over and over- I want to hear what they think now.
And in terms of "Obama did it, Obama did it"- since when do they care or like what Obama did.

Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 14:36:36
What the hell?
The discovery came soon after judges dealt a blow to Donald Trump's "Muslim ban", a decision that put the White House in conflict with the judicial branch.

Now the page that used to describe the judiciary's role in the governing of the US only reads: "Thank you for your interest in this subject".

Otherwise, the page on the US Government is unchanged, suggesting that the removal was done on purpose.




Comment by AuntAzalea on 01/30/2017 14:36:44
Oh and Good Morning everyone.. great writing Raine

Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 14:37:26
Quote by AuntAzalea:
I can't believe we are only starting on week two. I wish the news could re-interview a few of those Trump supporters that always said they didn't think he was really serious about the Muslim ban... "you should take him seriously not literally" they would say over and over- I want to hear what they think now.
And in terms of "Obama did it, Obama did it"- since when do they care or like what Obama did.

HI AA -- I can't believe it either.

This is a nightmare!

Comment by Scoopster on 01/30/2017 14:38:41
Quote by Raine:
What the hell?
The discovery came soon after judges dealt a blow to Donald Trump's "Muslim ban", a decision that put the White House in conflict with the judicial branch.

Now the page that used to describe the judiciary's role in the governing of the US only reads: "Thank you for your interest in this subject".

Otherwise, the page on the US Government is unchanged, suggesting that the removal was done on purpose.

This page was down before that EO came out, around the same time some of the other pages went dark for 'reevaluation'

Comment by Scoopster on 01/30/2017 14:47:30
Just doubled up my ACLU membership donation. They've really been doling work this past week.

Comment by TriSec on 01/30/2017 14:54:41
I heard this morning on WBZ that Iraq has just authored a "reciprocity agreement" that bans entry of US nationals on their side. I doubt it will have any impact, but I wouldn't be surprised to see some other nations follow suit.

Hell, I'd love to see Canada say "enough". That might get some attention.


Comment by Scoopster on 01/30/2017 14:56:23
Quote by TriSec:
I heard this morning on WBZ that Iraq has just authored a "reciprocity agreement" that bans entry of US nationals on their side. I doubt it will have any impact, but I wouldn't be surprised to see some other nations follow suit.

Hell, I'd love to see Canada say "enough". That might get some attention.

Yea I saw that too. They weren't the first - Iran was of course. And there are most definitely more to come.

Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 14:58:53
Quote by Scoopster:
Quote by Raine:
What the hell?
The discovery came soon after judges dealt a blow to Donald Trump's "Muslim ban", a decision that put the White House in conflict with the judicial branch.

Now the page that used to describe the judiciary's role in the governing of the US only reads: "Thank you for your interest in this subject".

Otherwise, the page on the US Government is unchanged, suggesting that the removal was done on purpose.

This page was down before that EO came out, around the same time some of the other pages went dark for 'reevaluation'
Ah ok. Thanks.


Comment by trojanrabbit on 01/30/2017 15:04:51
Quote by TriSec:
I heard this morning on WBZ that Iraq has just authored a "reciprocity agreement" that bans entry of US nationals on their side. I doubt it will have any impact, but I wouldn't be surprised to see some other nations follow suit.

Hell, I'd love to see Canada say "enough". That might get some attention.


They (and Mexico) could stop allowing US nationals with the passcard (not the passport) to enter.


Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 15:07:15



Comment by Mondobubba on 01/30/2017 15:08:37
Have you heard the WH's ludicrous defense of putting Bannon on the Principals Committee? He was in the Navy for 8 years! Did a little digging and found out he was a surface weapons officer and then in his last tour, was an assistant to the Director of Navel operations. This was between 1976 and 1983. I don't think that is terribly relevant service.

Comment by BobR on 01/30/2017 15:10:23
Quote by Mondobubba:
Have you heard the WH's ludicrous defense of putting Bannon on the Principals Committee? He was in the Navy for 8 years! Did a little digging and found out he was a surface weapons officer and then in his last tour, was an assistant to the Director of Navel operations. This was between 1976 and 1983. I don't think that is terribly relevant service.

My brother was in the Navy for 16 years. That makes him more qualified.

Comment by Scoopster on 01/30/2017 15:10:29
Quote by Mondobubba:
Have you heard the WH's ludicrous defense of putting Bannon on the Principals Committee? He was in the Navy for 8 years! Did a little digging and found out he was a surface weapons officer and then in his last tour, was an assistant to the Director of Navel operations. This was between 1976 and 1983. I don't think that is terribly relevant service.

So he's qualified to be a member of the Village People.

Comment by TriSec on 01/30/2017 15:12:00
OK, I have worked on my resume and have submitted my minimum required daily application in order to satisfy Unemployment. The rest of the day is mine now.



Comment by Scoopster on 01/30/2017 15:17:08
Comment by Mondobubba on 01/30/2017 15:49:40
Quote by Scoopster:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Have you heard the WH's ludicrous defense of putting Bannon on the Principals Committee? He was in the Navy for 8 years! Did a little digging and found out he was a surface weapons officer and then in his last tour, was an assistant to the Director of Navel operations. This was between 1976 and 1983. I don't think that is terribly relevant service.

So he's qualified to be a member of the Village People.


I don't know if he can dance or sing. He might be qualified to be part of McHale's Navy.

Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 15:50:58
He just signed another EO. Something about lifting regulations for small and big Biz.

Comment by Mondobubba on 01/30/2017 15:53:31



Speaking of Cheetolini's state visit to the UK, a petition in the UK to cancel his state visit. From what I heard on the BBC World Service last night, any petition that hits 500K signatures has to be debated in Parliament.

After the debacle on Friday with May's visit, I hope Cheetolini gets the snub.

Comment by Mondobubba on 01/30/2017 15:54:53
Quote by Raine:
He just signed another EO. Something about lifting regulations for small and big Biz.



he does understand there are two other branches of government, right?

who am I kidding! no, he doesn't!


Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 16:01:23
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
He just signed another EO. Something about lifting regulations for small and big Biz.



he does understand there are two other branches of government, right?

who am I kidding! no, he doesn't!
This is all just astounding.

When the hell are the repubs on the hill going to see that they are considered his enemy?


Comment by TriSec on 01/30/2017 16:05:42
Aand my headhunter friend, who is doing a pro-bono rewrite of my resume, has just given me a clean bill of health and an "Excellent" rating on what I've provided for him to work with. Lookin' good!

Comment by Scoopster on 01/30/2017 16:49:45
Right now the Dow is down close to 200 points (it was below that earlier), Nasdaq is down almost 70 and the S&P is down 18.

Comment by Mondobubba on 01/30/2017 17:05:31
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
He just signed another EO. Something about lifting regulations for small and big Biz.



he does understand there are two other branches of government, right?

who am I kidding! no, he doesn't!
This is all just astounding.

When the hell are the repubs on the hill going to see that they are considered his enemy?


Well since they are moral cowards who are more interested in maintaining their power than rather than good governance, I would say never.

Comment by Scoopster on 01/30/2017 17:33:02
Just saw a report that James O'Keefe & his gang of brownshirts just physically assaulted two activists who had infiltrated one of their meetings. Both are in the hospital now.

Comment by wickedpam on 01/30/2017 17:34:14
Quote by Scoopster:
Just saw a report that James O'Keefe & his gang of brownshirts just physically assaulted two activists who had infiltrated one of their meetings. Both are in the hospital now.



Holy shit, I hope the victims press charges.

Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 17:47:49
Quote by Scoopster:
Just saw a report that James O'Keefe & his gang of brownshirts just physically assaulted two activists who had infiltrated one of their meetings. Both are in the hospital now.

What?!

Comment by Scoopster on 01/30/2017 17:48:34
Comment by wickedpam on 01/30/2017 17:50:13



Seriously, is that even legal?

Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 17:50:23
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Just saw a report that James O'Keefe & his gang of brownshirts just physically assaulted two activists who had infiltrated one of their meetings. Both are in the hospital now.

What?!




Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 18:00:39



Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 18:04:37



Comment by wickedpam on 01/30/2017 18:09:57




I am skeptical of this account but they do seem to know a lot, or they talk a really good game.

Comment by livingonli on 01/30/2017 18:11:22
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Just saw a report that James O'Keefe & his gang of brownshirts just physically assaulted two activists who had infiltrated one of their meetings. Both are in the hospital now.

What?!



I hope they press charges and finally put that rat bastard in jail. He has dodged the bullet for his criminal activities for too long.

Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 18:11:34
Quote by wickedpam:




I am skeptical of this account but they do seem to know a lot, or they talk a really good game.
Always be skeptical, there are things there that seem really legit.


Comment by wickedpam on 01/30/2017 18:14:19
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:




I am skeptical of this account but they do seem to know a lot, or they talk a really good game.
Always be skeptical, there are things there that seem really legit.



That's kind of what I thought too.

Now watch they rip the mask off and its Spicer or something.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 01/30/2017 18:16:14
Hello, bloggers!! I hope that everyone is as well as we can be considering the situation.

Members of the executive branch are ignoring part of the judicial stays on the immigration order and are thus provoking a Constitutional crisis.

I am joining my rabbi tonight to protest these abuses.

Tomorrow evening clergy and lay leaders of the Islamic Center of Highland IN will gather at Munster Town Hall at 6 PM for a vigil of solidarity and unity for peace and justice in light of the recent travel ban. We invite you to bring a candle or flashlight as we bring light against darkness. We ask you to bring signs that celebrate our mission of solidarity and unity. Then we ask that you act by contacting elected officials to let them know that we gathered in solidarity and in peace. This is our message and our eternal hope for our country.

Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 18:22:03
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:




I am skeptical of this account but they do seem to know a lot, or they talk a really good game.
Always be skeptical, there are things there that seem really legit.



That's kind of what I thought too.

Now watch they rip the mask off and its Spicer or something.
could be pence....




Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 18:22:36
Quote by Will in Chicago:
Hello, bloggers!! I hope that everyone is as well as we can be considering the situation.

Members of the executive branch are ignoring part of the judicial stays on the immigration order and are thus provoking a Constitutional crisis.

I am joining my rabbi tonight to protest these abuses.

Tomorrow evening clergy and lay leaders of the Islamic Center of Highland IN will gather at Munster Town Hall at 6 PM for a vigil of solidarity and unity for peace and justice in light of the recent travel ban. We invite you to bring a candle or flashlight as we bring light against darkness. We ask you to bring signs that celebrate our mission of solidarity and unity. Then we ask that you act by contacting elected officials to let them know that we gathered in solidarity and in peace. This is our message and our eternal hope for our country.
This is good stuff!


Comment by wickedpam on 01/30/2017 18:29:25
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:




I am skeptical of this account but they do seem to know a lot, or they talk a really good game.
Always be skeptical, there are things there that seem really legit.



That's kind of what I thought too.

Now watch they rip the mask off and its Spicer or something.
could be pence....





We're being tenderized to think Pence is swell I guess.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 01/30/2017 18:37:36
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:




I am skeptical of this account but they do seem to know a lot, or they talk a really good game.
Always be skeptical, there are things there that seem really legit.



That's kind of what I thought too.

Now watch they rip the mask off and its Spicer or something.
could be pence....





We're being tenderized to think Pence is swell I guess.


Pence is no better than Trump, only smarter and more ideologically consistent. We need to oppose both.


Comment by Will in Chicago on 01/30/2017 18:40:44
We have border agents defying judicial orders, according to lawyers and members of Congress.

We must not be afraid.

Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 18:45:27
With Trump prepared to announce his nominee on Tuesday evening, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said in an interview on Monday morning that he will filibuster any pick that is not Merrick Garland and that the vast majority of his caucus will oppose Trump’s nomination. That means Trump's nominee will need 60 votes to be confirmed by the Senate.

.

It's damn time to fuck this shit up/

Comment by wickedpam on 01/30/2017 18:47:59
Quote by Will in Chicago:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:




I am skeptical of this account but they do seem to know a lot, or they talk a really good game.
Always be skeptical, there are things there that seem really legit.



That's kind of what I thought too.

Now watch they rip the mask off and its Spicer or something.
could be pence....





We're being tenderized to think Pence is swell I guess.


Pence is no better than Trump, only smarter and more ideologically consistent. We need to oppose both.



But then we get stuck with Ryan and after that crappy Cabinet members. What's worse then what we have?

Comment by AuntAzalea on 01/30/2017 18:49:16
Comment by BobR on 01/30/2017 18:53:18
Quote by Will in Chicago:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:




I am skeptical of this account but they do seem to know a lot, or they talk a really good game.
Always be skeptical, there are things there that seem really legit.



That's kind of what I thought too.

Now watch they rip the mask off and its Spicer or something.
could be pence....





We're being tenderized to think Pence is swell I guess.


Pence is no better than Trump, only smarter and more ideologically consistent. We need to oppose both.

Yes, but we know how to deal with a politically smart partisan. He's not driven by an overblown sense of of pride and self. He's not going to tweet us into WWIII.


Comment by Will in Chicago on 01/30/2017 19:00:02
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Will in Chicago:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:




I am skeptical of this account but they do seem to know a lot, or they talk a really good game.
Always be skeptical, there are things there that seem really legit.



That's kind of what I thought too.

Now watch they rip the mask off and its Spicer or something.
could be pence....





We're being tenderized to think Pence is swell I guess.


Pence is no better than Trump, only smarter and more ideologically consistent. We need to oppose both.

Yes, but we know how to deal with a politically smart partisan. He's not driven by an overblown sense of of pride and self. He's not going to tweet us into WWIII.


I doubt that Pence would tweet us into anything dangerous. However, he seems more than willing to sell his soul for the Trump agenda. If Trump is impeached, I would expect Mike Pence or Paul Ryan to continue many of the same policies.


Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 19:00:17
Quote by AuntAzalea:
Holy Shit

This cannot sustain.

This is really bad stuff.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 01/30/2017 19:04:12
Quote by Raine:
Quote by AuntAzalea:
Holy Shit

This cannot sustain.

This is really bad stuff.


If this is true, then we are in deep trouble.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 01/30/2017 19:07:33
Quote by Raine:
Quote by AuntAzalea:
Holy Shit

This cannot sustain.

This is really bad stuff.


I am not familiar with the source of the article, so can someone tell me more about him. This does seem very plausible.


Comment by TriSec on 01/30/2017 19:08:28
So, Javi has a touch of the ol' bronchitis. We schlepped off to see his doctor not long ago.

This was prominently posted throughout the office.



Comment by wickedpam on 01/30/2017 19:17:12
Quote by Raine:
Quote by AuntAzalea:
Holy Shit

This cannot sustain.

This is really bad stuff.



So, yeah, we're gonna be dead in 4 years aren't we. I am really scared.

Comment by Mondobubba on 01/30/2017 19:17:41
Quote by Raine:
Quote by AuntAzalea:
Holy Shit

This cannot sustain.

This is really bad stuff.


I still think this speaks more to their incredible incompetence than anything else.

Comment by BobR on 01/30/2017 19:23:31
Quote by TriSec:
So, Javi has a touch of the ol' bronchitis. We schlepped off to see his doctor not long ago.

This was prominently posted throughout the office.




Comment by livingonli on 01/30/2017 20:08:40
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by AuntAzalea:
Holy Shit

This cannot sustain.

This is really bad stuff.



So, yeah, we're gonna be dead in 4 years aren't we. I am really scared.

The only hope is that he gets removed from office by either impeachment or the 25th Amendment. Of course, since his replacement(s) won't be much better, hopefully the movement will stay strong and not go silent simply because Trump is out.

Comment by Scoopster on 01/30/2017 20:09:11



Comment by Mondobubba on 01/30/2017 20:36:58
Comment by livingonli on 01/30/2017 21:18:43
Comment by wickedpam on 01/30/2017 21:27:07
Quote by livingonli:
Well, that didn't take long.



If that's true then - 1) what a big fucking baby; and 2) I bet its to get away with Bannon and Flynn to plan out more of the destruction on the country.

Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 21:39:24
This is getting out of hand,


Comment by Raine on 01/30/2017 22:00:50
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by livingonli:
Well, that didn't take long.



If that's true then - 1) what a big fucking baby; and 2) I bet its to get away with Bannon and Flynn to plan out more of the destruction on the country.

He's not a strong person.
he can't take the heat.

Comment by TriSec on 01/30/2017 23:25:58
Mar-A-Largo is isolated and defensible. A Marine detachment could come ashore on the oceanside, while guys from Andrews AFB and Fort Belvoir "Preserve, Protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies....domestic."

Unless somewhere along the way, Mr. Trump has made them take a personal oath to HIM.