Saturday, August 19, 2017

Seek Peace Through Violence

How a CNN headline describes Antifa:
Unmasking the leftist Antifa movement: Activists seek peace through violence

Even stalwarts of America's Leftist intellectual elites come under fire for daring to warn of the dangers of the Left's new Antifa darlings.

Many jump to embrace Antifa cuz Antifa says it's anti-fascist.

The rub comes when you see how wide and deep Antifa's definition of fascism goes.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Media's all in with the Alt-Left

Stopped by Twitter lately?

Here's a deputy editor from Esquire (a Hearst publication):

Editor in Chief of The Atlantic:

A CNN contributor, and former spokesman for Hillary Clinton:

It's been a while, but I've seen self-proclaimed anti-fascist rock and bottle throwers up close. It's sheer madness to dismiss or defend their actions.

And down-right defamatory to our heroes of World War II to make linkage between them and Antifa. These media elite morons can't see the differences between a World War and supposedly civil domestic protest?

Perhaps open war in our streets is what the Alt-Left cheering media is pushing for.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Trading constitutional protections for mob rule

Screw rule of law, screw constitutional protections. Marco Rubio sides with vigilantism, and says white supremacists deserve whatever vengance a mob wants to unleash.
"They are adherents of an evil ideology which argues certain people are inferior because of race, ethnicity or nation of origin," Rubio added. "When entire movement built on anger & hatred towards people different than you, it justifies & ultimately leads to violence against them." 
If this story is accurate, it would seem Sen. Rubio fails to abide by his oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Guys like Rubio seem pretty damn smug has they trade away the fabric that once made us the greatest nation on earth.

Democrats set the stage

"When you spend enough time accusing everyone who doesn’t share your politics or even your race of racism, you make the term meaningless. That’s what the left did over eight years of Obama. By the time the election rolled around, Hillary was defining all Trump voters as racists and sexists. When you spend enough time crying wolf, eventually a real wolf appears. A real wolf showed up in Charlottesville." - Daniel Greenfield

How'd we get here?

"What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun." - Ecclesiastes 1:9.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."- George Santayana

Trump train cartoon triggers trauma for media

Via Twitter. Kyle Griffin is a producer at MSNBC
Over the past century and a half, media's dished out countless cartoons of presidents running over (or about to run over) this or that with a locomotive.

But let Trump retweet a cartoon with a Trump train and a CNN figure?

Media freaks.


Do those expressing shock, horror, or other condemnation not realize trains can't randomly target stuff? Trains can only hit what gets in their way.

The meme of a president running a locomotive toward obstructions or obstructionists is one of the oldest and most used in political cartoonery.

I seriously doubt anybody freaked when Grover Cleveland was shown barreling through legislators with one.

Get beyond the sanitized messaging

Understand how the radical Left portrays itself for internal consumption.



Plenty more out there too. Most on this list seem legit.

Don't let the facts get in the way of story

The CNN story may predate the victim's mother's statement. But still, who vetted the guest, and why does CNN still have the story up on its website without correction or update (I checked).

Via Twitter:

Thoughts in the later hours of a Monday evening

I wish I had the school books my mom and uncles had in the 1930s. I read them as a teen spending summers on my grandma's farm in rural Kentucky.

What struck me most about them is how wrong the most learned scholars can be in interpreting current events or history in the short term. For instance, these text I read from the mid-1930s gave much praise to the fascists and communists of Europe for their progress in modernization of their countries.

Mussolini got the trains to run on time. Germany advanced public works, tamed hyper inflation. But less than a decade after those texts were written, the touted fascists had plunged the globe into world war.

I also read a set of encyclopedias from around 1911 pretty much from cover to cover. The idealism of America in the blossoming "progressive" age was fascinating. But the views, presented as current for the era, often conflicted or contrasted with the views of the era in which I read them, the late 1960s.

In reading such things, I formed opinions that have stayed with me. Among them: Societies that build on tradition, respect their past, and move forward in a measured direction tend to do well. Those that jump headlong into rapid change or that trust in revolutionary leaders who promote Utopian radical change often soon realize they've made deals with devils who take them down a destructive road.

Monday, August 14, 2017

More alike than different

Saw this. Grabbed it. Apparently the author is a Brit writer.

Capital of Resistance

Charlottesville's mayor wanted his city to be recognized as a "Capital of Resistance" to the Trump presidency. 

Did Mayor Signer, Gov. McAuliffe,  and perhaps other political higher ups let political ideology overrule any duty to provide public safety when they withheld police protection in Charlottesville on Saturday?

Via the Daily Caller:

Law enforcement was on hand at the dueling demonstrations on Saturday, decked out in riot gear and looking prepared for the worst. Except they weren’t allowed to do their job. Police on the scene were reported to have been ordered to “not intervene until given command to do so,” according to the ACLU. That kept them from suppressing the numerous scuffles that broke out. 
When police were ordered to disperse the alt-right rally, that act directed the white nationalists into the antifa demonstrators, leading to further street brawls. Police didn’t seem to try to get in between the two groups or suppress the fights. 
As ProPublica reported, state police and National Guardsmen mostly stood aside and watched as the violence grew worse. 
This appears to be a direct result of what appears to be a stand down order from higher-ups.
It is entirely plausible the political structure in Charlottesville, a city declared a "capital of resistance" to the Trump administration, wanted to cement its reputation with clashes in the streets. Political power structure also likely knew that media would dutifully report any violence that transpired could and would be blamed on "white nationalists."

When a mayor preaches doctrines of political extremism, no one should be surprised if opposing extremists eventually clash under his watch.

From earlier this year:

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Katie's a Brit columnist.

Coup by Christmas?

Things are plenty nutty this weekend.

Seems the Washington Post blames Trump for White Supremacists in Charlottesville this weekend.

Doesn't have to make sense. Little makes sense these days. MSM still seems unwilling to admit Antifa or BLM had a presence in Charlottesville.

Here's another gem: The New York Times claims women living under Soviet style socialism had more orgasms. Waiting in line for toilet paper is good for your sex life, ladies. Yes, the Times really does advance the claim.

This would be the same New York Times that, in the 1930s, looked the other way as Stalin carried out genocide by starvation in Ukraine.

America's  political Left is going full-blown unhinged. And it seems to get plenty of back-up from many a so-called Republican.

Is there any chance whatsoever the madness can be reversed? No one wants to roll it back. The political establishment assumes Trump gets the blame as things go from bad to worse.

Don't let yourself get caught with an empty pantry if things go to hell real quick.

Some history and some uncanny similarities.

Germany, 1932.

Some headlines from the New York Times:

REDS AND NAZIS CLASH.; One Killed, One Dying, Score Hurt, German Police Arrest 100.
100 arrested in police raids on Nazis and Reds
February 19, 1932  
TWO GERMANS DIE IN NAZI-RED CLASH; Shot Near Koenigsberg as the Police Intervene -- Fights in Essen and the Saar. NAZIS APPEAL FOR VOTES Headquarters Hails Hitler as the Reich's Savior -- Calls Socialists "Traitorous Knaves."
2 killed, many hurt in Communist attack on Natl Socialists (Nazis); latter issue election appeal
March 03, 1932 
THREE DIE IN REICH CLASHES; Policeman, Nazi and Republican Slain and Many Wounded.
3 dead, many hurt in Nazi-Communist clashes
July 11, 1932  
THREE DIE IN CLASHES; 20 HURT IN GERMANY; Communists Fight Nationalists and Police at Essen, Neurappin and Eschwege.
3 killed, many hurt in Nazi-Communist clashes
July 04, 1932 
Sounds pretty darn close to what happened in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday. Right down the numbers involved in the protests, the clashing ideologies, and the number of casualties.

Kaine the hypocrite

Damn if this isn't the same Sen. Kaine who previously cheered and promoted the idea of Democrats "fighting in the streets."


Trump best watch his back

More strange ramblings on CNN. This time it's a warning. The deep state wants Trump dead. 

Via The Hill
CNN counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd warned that President Trump is agitating the government, saying during a Thursday afternoon interview with CNN anchor Jake Tapper that the U.S. government "is going to kill this guy." 
Mudd, who served as deputy director to former FBI Director Robert Mueller, said Trump's defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin has compelled federal employees "at Langley, Foggy Bottom, CIA and State" to try to take Trump down. 
"Let me give you one bottom line as a former government official. Government is going to kill this guy," Mudd, a staunch critic of Trump, said on "The Lead."

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Outing Hitler's socialist side

Via Twitter:

Friday, August 11, 2017

Nuclear attack preps messaging then and now

One one hand, today's MSM seems to want to tell us a North Korean nuclear attack won't happen.

On the other hand, it seems willing to hype the potential to gain some ratings.

Anyone besides me remember the way old school American civil defense approached the idea of nuclear attack?

Monday, August 7, 2017

More establishment treachery

Guys like Kristol are as much a threat to the nation as the far left. They see DC as the domain of an exclusive inner circle.

While still calling himself a conservative, Kristol goes running to the NY Times to tout plans to thwart chances of a Trump second term.

Gunfight at the DC Corral

DBD is sometimes NSFW, but this particular one leans to some clean shootin' showdown.

What happens to you if government chokes?

Time may be fast approaching when basic skills may be necessary to navigate through extraordinary times.

Don and I last week talked about making this the theme of our next podcast.

Seems we're not alone in this line of thinking.

BTW, here's another data point showcasing what seems to be a rising appetite to embrace totalitarianism by the political Left.

More signs of soft coup antics

Increasingly, DC seems to embrace the idea elections don't count, it's bureaucracy that matters. 

Understand the nature of the establishment beast

"On the home front, Russia paranoia is at the center of Robert Mueller’s intensifying probe of Trump and his political associates as he calls a federal grand jury to hear testimony — which implies that he some lined up. This opens up all kinds of opportunities for prosecutorial mischief, for instance going after every business transaction Trump made as a private citizen before he ran for president, and coercing Trump intimates into immunization deals in exchange for testimony, real or cooked-up, to enable the establishment’s ultimate goal of shoving Trump out." - James Howard Kunstler, who is in no way a Trump fan.

Here's another voice, from the political right, who sees potential for abuse by/of the Mueller grand jury.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Two-fer from Twitter

Uncharted waters

If the political establishment indeed goes to the extreme of using tortured legal trappings as pretext to undo a constitutional election, there indeed will be hell to pay. Congress and others in DC would have done well to pay heed to the message voters sent last November, but DC seems so entrenched in its oligarchy and arrogance, it seems to be searching for off-the-scale ways to ignite full rebellion across the nation.

"So you've got a political establishment, mostly Democratic, but there are some Republicans, who would like to see him taken out of office. That would be a catastrophic mistake. It would cause a rupture in the country..." - Charles Krauthammer on Fox News

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Update on self-defeating retailers

Number of retail stores closing this year tops 6,300, according to Business Insider. 

Online alternatives are hurting brick and mortar. But retailers are also hurting themselves by increasingly failing to carry in stores what people want or need.

A recent example: I went looking for gas grill last weekend to put on a new deck. Walmart was already in season close-out mode, with some  gas models in the dwindling inventory selling for half what they had when the spring season opened.

Does Walmart seriously think people stop grilling by the first of August, that no one would shop for a replacement grill as late as Labor Day?

If on-site retailers only keep "seasonal merchandise" in their stores for half the actual season, it's like telling customers their business isn't wanted, and it forces consumers to turn to online alternatives.

Senate isn't turning it's back on Trump, it never had his back in the first place

The Associated Press is trying to pull my leg with this one:
There wasn’t a dramatic public break or an exact moment it happened. But step by step, Senate Republicans are turning their backs on President Donald Trump.
I don't see a shift. I just see GOPe's phony facade of support crumbling. It never had his back.

People voted for Trump because they'ew fed up with Washington games, and most the Trump support (not all) came from the GOP voter  ranks.

So what do Senate Republicans expect to gain by turning their backs on Trump, and refusing to follow the agenda he (and many senate Republicans) promised?

It appears Republicans on Capitol Hill are so arrogant they can't see disaster ahead. Or maybe, they want disaster, figuring if they sacrifice some members in the midterms,  it means less work for those who survive being part of a perpetual minority Republican Party.

Classic coffee

Some coffee still comes in steel cans.

Ingles has Chase and Sanborn, 23 ounce size, on sale this week for less than six bucks.

And tasting it, it conjures up memories of what coffee tasted like when I was first introduced to coffee drinking.  Plus I get a nifty can to store stuff in.

Compared to a 12 ounce bag of Starbucks going for close to $10, it seems a no-brainer choice to me.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Proctor and Gamble's odd video

Proctor and Gamble sure has a strange way of trying to position its corporate image and products. 

Does P&G really believe traffic cops are the primary perpetrators of violence in the black community today?

Does P&G really believe it's whites, not those in the gangsta rap ghetto culture, who are today's primary users of the n-word? 

Proctor and Gamble's video, as shared on Twitter:

The P&G video is so one sided, and steeped in perpetuating stereotypes, that I have to wonder if it's not the product of corporate blackmail or some other threatened action against the company if it didn't show itself to be on the side of so-called social justice

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Fungus among us

Mushrooms as seen on my mountain walks. Or would these be toadstools?

Trump's Scout speech

The political Left tried attacking the president for portions of his address to the Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.

Here's a take on of Mr. Trump's speech, and a portion of the address I've not heard in MSM:

My Daily Kona: President Trump speaks

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Russian sanctions

The House of Representatives this week overwhelmingly passed a Russia sanctions bill this week.

U.S. allies in Europe are extremely critical of the jingoistic move.

Our Congress seems hell bent on reigniting full scale cold war, and maybe even kicking off a hot one.

I suspect U.S. relations with Russia could be quickly and easily improved, but the DC establishment doesn't want that.

DC's establishment works to make Russia seem a bigger and bigger villain, perhaps to distract from its own escalating malfeasance.

Improper spying on Americans

"The National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama years by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies’ ability to obey their own rules." - as reported at 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Trying to spin obvious insanity

I can't read the Washington Post, it's stories are now secured behind a subscription firewall.

But a Post headline makes me chuckle.
Republicans Are In Full Control of Government - But Losing Control of Their Party
Does this really come as a surprise to the disingenuous Republicans in DC?

They've spent years making promises they never intended to keep. And yet they seem shell shocked to  see the party's voter base now seeks to hold them to the standards and policies they claimed to champion.

Voters will not continue to support serial liars.

Yet elected Republicans in Congress seem more inclined to lose power to the Democrats than they are in making amends with the GOP voter base by delivering what they've promised.

They needed a study to see this?

It appears some progressives have begun waking up to the notion that calling opponents "racist" only entrenches opposition. 

Retail's twisted calendar

Home Depot has what's left of its patio and outdoor furniture on close-out. And the one near me doesn't have much left. And it's not just Home Depot that's dumping or already dumped summer product lines.

With two months of summer like weather still to come across the south, and in resort areas like the North Georgia mountains, where people use their decks and outdoor areas year 'round, how much sense do these early close-outs seasonal closeouts make?

Seems to me, it's just another area were retailers are alienating customers... and yet the cookie-cutter MBAs running retail today can't seem to figure out why customers are abandoning their stores and moving to online alternatives.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Only in an idiocracy...

There are apparently Democrats pushing the idea of a Maxine Waters bid for the presidency.

Seriously. is among those floating an apparent trial balloon.

And there's this - this weekend in New Hampshire:

Surely Democrats know Waters is a nut-case. Maybe that's why they locked the media out this weekend.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Russia isn't our biggest problem

Via Twitter:

Thought worth contemplating

"The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything." - author unknown

Friday, July 14, 2017

More buzz, but too many holes

NBC News claims to have yet another blockbuster story relating to Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with the Russian lawyer. NBC breathlessly reports a former Soviet  counter-intelligence officer was in on the meeting.

The Russian lawyer who met with the Trump team after a promise of compromising material on Hillary Clinton was accompanied by a Russian-American lobbyist — a former Soviet counterintelligence officer who is suspected by some U.S. officials of having ongoing ties to Russian intelligence, NBC News has learned.

But dig deeper down in the story.

The guy NBC seeks to raise suspicions over is now a U.S. citizen. We tend not to grant American citizenship to persons suspected of being foreign spies.

And why is NBC withholding the individual's name? Is there a legal reason, or is the intent to create a deeper sense of mystery and intrigue? NBC also identifies the guy as a lobbyist, but doesn't tell us who he lobbies for. Knowing something about the lobbyist's clients might tell us more about the present status of this individual.

Sorry, the NBC story has too many holes. Is it that NBC didn't bother getting the facts to fill them in, or were the facts intentionally left out to make the story seem more intriguing.

Once upon a time under the old rules of journalism, a story written like this would never have gotten past an editor.

Update: Soon after posting this, I saw an AP story filled in one gap, while also reporting a denial to part of NBC's story.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Stuck on stupid

Nancy Pelosi again refers to the sitting president as "President Bush." She even pauses before she makes the blunder as if she's double checking herself.

Bush has been gone more than eight years.

Maybe these are Freudian slips showing Pelosi too knows she should have bowed out of office years ago. She's long past her prime, seemingly past lucidity. It's time for her to go.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Is "protest" an accurate description

Media reports the G20 conference in Hamburg, Germany was targeted with protests.

Yes, there were likely legit protests taking place. But the rioting, looting, and willful destruction of property (both private and public) in Hamburg look more akin to acts of war than what a sane and reasonable person would tag with the more docile sounding term protest.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Understanding MSM mindset

"Media companies, and the journalists they employ, have one overriding responsibility: to catch the big story. But when it came to Trump being elected president, they missed the story. And, oddly enough, instead of this error making them more humble, it’s only made some of them more arrogant and less willing to admit they were wrong. They’ve chosen instead to try to destroy the Trump presidency and thus erase any evidence of their mistake. And in their exuberance, some of them are being sloppy and cutting corners." - Ruben Navarrette

Giving in to Islam

In Sweden, another sign Islam is winning.

Islam favors segregation by sexes. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Max speaks

SNL had an exceptional skit last March, though I didn't see it for the first time until today.

Pretty darn accurate assessment how many on the Left view Trump supporters.

Your patience may be needed, however. SNL/YouTube may make you sit through a commercial before the skit plays).

From bad to worse for CNN

CNN keeps stepping in it, adding fuel to a fire, failing to think outside the bubble.

Things might have gone better if CNN hadn't been so easily baited, become so totally consumed by a gag video retweeted Sunday by President Trump. As things stand, whether it played out this way or not, CNN  appears it may have coerced an apology from the video originator in exchange for withholding his name.

The silly GIF would likely have been forgotten by now had CNNers not gone nuts about being threatened with "violence."

But look at some of the headlines greeting them this Wednesday morning:

CNN’s ‘#CNNBlackMail’ hashtag of shame

CNN is under fire for threatening to identify the creator of the Trump wrestling video

Conservative blogs have also taken up the story, some perhaps stretching facts more than others.

But it's more than just right-leaning media taking note.

This is from the BBC:

CNN accused of 'blackmailing' Trump gif maker

Progressive Chicago holiday tally

Sixty people shot, eight of them dead (as of Tuesday afternoon, final count may be higher) over the July 4th holiday weekend, despite weeks of police effort intended to make the weekend a less violent one.

When government promises to keep you safe, it can't always deliver.

Unknown at this time: If the guns stolen along with an FBI agent's car were used in any of the long weekend's shootings.

Update (9:48 pm 07/05/2017): Appears Chicago's four day shooting tally topped 100 before all was said and done.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Trump upset the media again this weekend

So what?

"Now, we’re watching a president of the United States tweet things at 2 in the morning that make him sound like a 14-year-old girl. But guess what? Nobody who voted for him cares. And all you coifed, made-up, well-spoken talking heads in the media are just gonna have to suck it up and deal with it for the next three and half years. Because all the people you thought were ignorant and devoid of public policy knowledge, just going to ball games and politely raising their kids and going to church on Sundays and being the salt of the earth, have been insulted by you for so many years, they’ve turned into those zombies you thought you knew …who are now coming to eat you (not literally. No one is coming to physically eat anyone. This is called a metaphor)." - Regie Hamm

The FBI arms another criminal in Chicago

Four guns reportedly go missing after a sloppy and stupid FBI agent leaves his Bureau vehicle running at a gas station.

 Three pistols and an M-4 were inside, says Second City Cop.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The irony of Trump's latest shock tweet

CNN plays the role of being shocked by President Donald Trump's wrestling video tweet.

CNN was quick to respond:
"It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters."
The clip, before having a CNN superimposed, has some history.

NPR reported last year:
Trump's stint in the pro wrestling world dates back to 2007 when NBC wanted to cross-promote Trump's show, The Apprentice, on its other properties. He appeared on Wrestlemania XXIII in what was billed as the Hair vs. Hair match and the Battle of the Billionaires against Vince McMahon, the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment.
Who was running NBC-Universal in 2007?

Jeff Zucker, the guy who now runs CNN. I wonder if CNN PR realized this when it was so quick to blast Trump's show of  "violence."

2007's silly (presumably Zucker approved) NBC-Universal cross promotion stunt is the root of today's angst by CNN and others in MSM that they're being targeted with violence.

Gimme a break.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Anger Games

"Good anger gets you a gig as a CNN commentator. Bad anger gets you hounded out of your job. Good anger isn’t described as anger at all. Instead it’s linguistically whitewashed as “passionate” or “courageous”. Bad anger however is “worrying” or “dangerous”. Angry left-wing protesters “call out”, angry right-wing protesters “threaten”. Good anger is left-wing. Bad anger is right-wing." - Daniel Greenfield, writing at Sultan Knish

Double standard journalists now seem a bit paranoid

It seems journalists now fret that they may become targets of violence. Of course, they're already assessing blame if it happens.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer cites what he calls a potentially dangerous environment.

Others in media are going much farther:
The Atlantic’s Editor In Chief, Jeffrey Goldberg, on Wednesday said that he suspects that someone who listens to President Trump will see journalists as enemies of the state and carry out a violent attack against them. He said Trump would be responsible for such an attack.
The Trump White House may consider some of these journalists to be "enemies" of the people. But how many times have MSM "journalists" drummed up stories with allegations of Trump committing "treason"tried to get others to say it , or repeated baseless allegations to that affect (often based on now discredited allegations of Trump-Russia collusion)?

If, as Goldberg says, Trump's accountable for future attacks on journalists, shouldn't Democrats (and media) be held accountable for violence targeting Republican members of Congress. After all, Democrats have said Republicans will kill Americans by undoing Obamacare .

Also, by Goldberg's logic, shouldn't those in media, who've labeled or tried to label Trump as treasonous, be culpable if some takes a shot at Trump?

2nd Battle of Gettysburg may be taking shape

It would seem lines are forming once again at the historic Civil War battlefield site:
Reports that the anti-fascist group Antifa plans to burn Confederate flags and desecrate graves have prompted calls on social media for other groups to gather in Gettysburg to counter those protesters.
Kills me how seems to give credence to the notion that Antifa is "anti-fascist."

Antifa looks and acts the part of fascism,  using behaviors and tactics ripped from fascist play books. Perhaps Anfita thinks you won't notice because it self-labels as anti-fascist.

Breitbart has more on Gettysburg goings-on.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

More hard hitting CNN political reporting...

Obama wore blue jeans on vacation.


Full analysis on the ex-president's denim here, on the CNN Political page.

Self-inflicted wounds

"In the sixth month of Donald Trump’s presidency, we are witnessing an unprecedented meltdown of much of the media. Standards have been tossed overboard in a frenzy to bring down the president." - Michael Goodwin at the NY Post

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The end may be near

From Wikipedia 
"Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." - Proverbs 16:18

When bureaucrats assure you something can't happen, what they say can't happen may be just around the corner.
Yellen: Banks 'very much stronger'; another financial crisis not likely 'in our lifetime'
I put Yellen's sentiments right up there with "God himself could not sink this ship."

More busted than trusted

Not been a good week or two for CNN.

But to be fair, it's not just CNN that seems willing to destroy its credibility to keep dishing outlandish (and provably false) story lines about the alleged workings of some evil Russia menace.

And it's not just right-wingers willing to call out the recent instances of media bungling.

Actually, I'm not sure bungling is the right word. It's more than bungling when organisations disregard their own standards and practices, and repeatedly make mistakes so blatant that it's impossible not to see there's a multitude of systemic problems on-set and behind the scenes contributing to these very public failings.

It would appear the Democrats, who got much of the Russia hysteria rolling, have begun wising up, and are publicly distancing from anti-Russia story lines.

But the media?

Media seems hell bent to remain on its self destructive path.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Those bastards at the Fed

The Fed worked overtime to make Obama's economic disasters look like success.

Now it appears the Fed works overtime to undercut the Trump economy.

The Swamp is much wider, and the muck of it much deeper, than most realize.

The lunacy of Democrats

Via Twitter:

It's stupid stuff like this that excites a core of what's left of the Democrat base. But this stupid talk is also a key reason why the Democrat base continues to shrink. The Democratic Party has intentionally morphed itself into a small (and getting smaller) and marginalized resistance movement, and seems to have no aspirations to return to being a true broad-based national party.

Update: Speaking of Maxine Waters, here's something you probably wont see her tweet:
Black Unemployment At Lowest Level in 17 Years

Friday, June 23, 2017

Who said what, and when...

Did Grassley's comments make the cable news channels?

If not, why not?

BTW, I've yet to see anyone dispute the accuracy of Grassley's comments.

Sketchy goings on

From: TV Newser
I dunno.

Almost brings on a certain nostalgia for an era when TV news reporting didn't rely so much on cheap on-camera "gotcha" gimmicks.
CNN Sent a Sketch Artist to Today's White House Briefing

Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate...

It would appear last week's attempt at assassinating Republicans have not deterred additional talk of political violence. It would appear there are those on the left clamoring for more such things.

NBC News is among those reporting some comments from actor Johnny Depp:
“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” he asked a cheering crowd at the Glastonbury music festival in the U.K. on Thursday night. “Now I want to clarify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it’s been awhile and maybe it’s time.”

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Gotta love the hastag here

Via Twitter:

Gun control failed again

It would appear some of the toughest gun control laws on the books, laws more stringent than Democrats profess to want on a national basis, failed to deter last week's would-be assassin targeting Republican members of Congress. 

Black hoodies are the new brown shirts

Strikes me, it's the self-labeled anti-fascists who have embraced the fascist model and tactics.

And violence is a big part of their game.

Dems still don't get it

Why is it so many Democrats can't accept their candidate lost. Why do so many Democrats insist on vilifying and attacking anyone who doesn't embrace their so-called progressive doctrine?

Democrats draw ever tighter exclusionary circles of who they accept as acceptable, and seemingly attack anyone outside those circles.

And then they get befuddled that they can't seem to win elections.

Go figure.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Easy target

Anybody still running Windows 7? 

If you are, you may rethink it after reading about the major hack at Hollywood's Larson Studios.

Via Variety:
They eventually pieced together how the attack had unfolded. The Dark Overlord had been scanning the internet for PCs running older versions of Windows that it could easily break into, and happened to stumble across an old computer at Larson Studios that was still running Windows 7. “They were basically just trolling around to see if they could find a computer that they could open,” Dondorf explained. “It wasn’t aimed at us.”

Monday, June 19, 2017

Duck and cover

It would appear the Young Democratic Socialists group at the University of Georgia have chosen to reorganize outside to the university framework, according to campus media. The move appears to follow the group coming under scrutiny by the university.

Something to think about

"A military that gives us Reality Winner and Chelsea Manning may not be as trustworthy as we think" - Joe Rosen, in a reader comment at Gates of Vienna

Friday, June 9, 2017


"James Comey’s reputation is shattered, and all by his own doing. And there is a certain sweetness in knowing that the man Comey hated, despised, and considered his moral and intellectual inferior, is the one who broke him." - Kurt Schlichter, at Townhall

Comey fizzles. Apparently not what MSM expected

Former FBI Director James Comey outed himself as a leaker, labeled himself a coward in testimony before a Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday.  A guy like that had no business being left in charge of the FBI. To his credit, Comey did debunk a big chunk of the MSM's anti-Trump reporting. But the reality of Thursday's  testimony will likely do little to stem the TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) affecting many in DC.

I did enjoy listening to NPR Thursday afternoon as the hosts inserted plenty of "what-ifs" and spun more potential conspiracy theory in attempts to make Comey's testimony look like a winner for the anti-Trump movement.  The usual NPR smuggness seemed to be missing, however.  I guess it's hard to sound smug when you're deliberately stretching as hard as they were.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Think Different

Consider the Trump presidency in light of an old Apple ad campaign.

It's the forces of political status quo that keep insisting Trump's the crazy one.

London jihadist was once an EU darling

Breitbart picks up on a report in Swedish media:

The Algerian suspected jihadist Farid Ikken, 40, was given the award in 2009 by the European Commission, the EU’s unelected executive branch, for a report about asylum seekers claiming healthcare in Sweden, Expressen reports.  
The “EU Commission’s National Journalist Prize Against Discrimination” was awarded to him for an article dealing with “asylum seekers who are not entitled to medical care and who are therefore forced to seek medical care, as well as healthcare staff and others who still provide health care to asylum seekers,” the Commission wrote in a statement. 

Most likely, those who bestowed the award were sure they were giving it to a "moderate" Muslim.

Also note that this London attacker is 40 years old. He's not some young impressionable. He's not someone who just walked in from Syria.

He looks more like part of a deeply entrenched 5th column.

He's not a lone wolf. Describing him as part of an emerging and escalating insurgency seems far more accurate.

Europe's days are numbered if present circumstances continue.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

I seldom sort laundry by color, but my wife does.

Found this in the lint trap today.

Layer of red and a layer of white topped by a layer of blue.
Or was it the other way around?

Reality Bites

It appears the recently indicted NSA contract worker accused of leaking a secret doc was a Bernie Sanders supporter. It's also reported she claimed to have a 30 minute private meeting with U.S. Sen. David Perdue earlier this year. 

I'm still curious about her name. Reality Winner. Was this given at birth, or something she adopted for herself somewhere later in life?

"Shoot them yourselves"

The Czech Republican advocates an armed citizenry to counter Europe's growing problem with Islamic terrorists.

EU officialdom, however, abhors the idea of citizens having guns within reach to defend themselves.

From the Washington Post earlier this year.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Understanding politicized/weaponized "science"

Bill Whittle does an excellent take-down of Bill Nye - the (psuedo) science guy, and other social tinkers hiding behind a veil of so-called science.

Whittle also dishes scientific data that clearly seems to out the Left's current man-made global warming hysteria as fraud, or at the very least, unproven and unlikely conjecture.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Spell checkers

It appears CNN misspelled "Chief" during a segment intended to make fun of Donald Trump's spelling abilities.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Nigel Farage, person of interest

This FBI probe into "Russian influence" gets nuttier.

No proof of criminal wrongdoing, but the UK Guardian reports the FBI fingers former UKIP leader Nigel Farage as a "person of interest" in its Trump/Russia probe.

Strikes me more as an attempt at political smear than a step forward in pursuing potential criminality.

Maybe the UK can now claim the US government is trying to influence UK politics.

Oh, wait.  Obama openly and personally try to sway the UK's BREXIT vote last year.

A progressive bubble dweller

"Imagine living in a bubble so impermeable it didn’t occur to you that retailing a photograph of a decapitated president’s head would be a horrendous career move.... That is the world Kathy Griffin lives in." - John Podhoretz in the NY Post

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

This is why Rahm loves and welcomes any and all immigrants

Chicago needs warm bodies to beef up its upcoming Census numbers.

Immigrants are an expedient fix when huge numbers of a city's population are fed up with the place to the point they're bailing out and moving on.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Up around Chicago...

It would appear an armed teen robber came up on the short end of things after a gun fight with a concealed carry permit holder. 

Describing the state of today's Democratic Party

"Today’s Democratic party is the world’s most successful hate group. It attracts poor people who hate rich people, black people who hate white people, gay people who hate straight people, feminists who hate men, environmentalists who hate the internal combustion engine and a lot of bratty snowflake college kids who hate their parents but take their money. The real secret of the Democrats’ success is that it attracts fake news journalists who hate Republicans and work tirelessly to convince us to vote Democrat." - Lede to a "Sound Off" opinion piece in The Saratogian, a daily chain-owned newspaper in Saratoga Springs, NY.

The anti-Muslim stabbing suspect in Portland...

There were those on the Left who were down near giddy that it was a white guy who stabbed three others after they attempted to intervene as the guy was harassing Muslim women on public transit.

For the record, it doesn't appear the stabbing suspect was a "right winger" after all (despite having the last name of "Christian." Apparently not even a Trump voter.

Social media forensics appears to have outted Jeremy Christian as a Bernie voter.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Fallen and falling trees

Seems everytime I go out, I notice yet another fallen or falling tree I'd not noticed before.

The storm of just over two weeks ago downed some of the biggest trees we have in our neck of the woods, and a bunch of the smaller ones as well.

While some of the downed trees cracked from the winds, others remained intact as they tumbled over, exposing huge root balls.

If you look closely as you hike or drive the area, you'll see others partially uprooted and leaning heavily.

They may have not completely toppled in the last storm, but they appear at risk to complete their fall come the next round of high winds. Or maybe, with time, gravity will finish what the storm started.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Trump vilification

The agenda Trump presented during the campaign seems at best bogged down in the DC swamp.

Yet Democrats (and some Republicans) show no sign of letting up in their increasingly shrill and mostly manufactured attacks on the president.

Why's that?

They still fear the damage Trump may inflict on their dreams of an America fundamentally transformed into the progressive one Obama promised.
– the Dems must get rid of Trump before he can appoint another Supreme Court Justice. Their fear of that cannot be overemphasized.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Some things take time

Tomorrow is a day short of two weeks ago that a storm ripped the power lines from one of our mountain cabins. Tomorrow may also be the day power to the cabin is finally restored.

No damage the the cabin whatsoever except that the powerlines, when they came down, bent the cabin's connection post and ripped the guts out of the meter box.

To the point

"Colleges are totalitarian states. And they are the blueprints of the left’s plan for the entire country." - Daniel Greenfield

Old school tattle tale

We've had a bunch of power outages at the cabin recently. The big one of two weeks ago as well as some blips that only lasted a few seconds but were enough to mess up the digital clocks or triggered the PF (power failure) notation on appliance read-outs.

So, I've resurrected the old school way to estimate how long the power's been out for those times I'm not home or asleep when the outages happen.

I picked up an old analog plug-in clock.

It stops when the power goes out, restarts when the power comes back on.

I can now take actual time, subtract the time on the plug-in clock, and have some idea how long an outage (or outages) have been.

Yes, if I'm gone for a while, I can't tell if there's been a single outage or multiple ones. And things get complicated as well if an outage is more than 12 hours, but those are the very rare exception.

Most the power outages are of short duration. But now I have a way to determine if they've run longer, helping to determine if refrigerated food might need to be checked, or if I might want to consider beefier battery back-up power supplies for stuff like Internet or my cell phone booster.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bears sighting season has begun

When in bear country, best to keep your car locked and refrain from leaving snacks or other food inside.

BTW, had my first bear sighting of the season in north Georgia. Young black bear was sitting by the road along SR 183 just inside the Dawson County line after I crossed over from Gilmer. Thought for sec he might like me take his picture, but once we made eye contact, he skedaddled back into the woods.

Caught my eye

If things were as bad as MSM claims, I seriously doubt MSM would squander time and effort to report Trump got an extra scoop of ice cream.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Lights out

Freak storm knocked down hundreds of trees in my region of the North Georgia mountains Thursday, and plenty of power lines came down with the trees.

Electic power was out at my cabin nearly 12 hours. And even now, power supply seems to be having burps and grunts as crews work to get the lights back on in other nearby communities.

For all the down side, there are some positives.

I now know for sure that the UPS (uninterruptible power supply) on my Internet modem and cell phone repeater provide back up for only about four to five hours here at the cabin (I have much deeper battery reserves and a small solar array at our main home, but have not yet ventured to install such things here in the woods).

I'll also have to go through the refrigerator and cull food that's likely spoiled. Not so much of a problem, as I tend to keep relatively few refrigerated perishables on hand here on the mountain, knowing that storms tend to cause power outages (though typically not lasting more than four hours).

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May Day

May Day 2017 seemed to have brought out Leftist crazies in the typical places.

But outside the Left's limited zones of influence, did anyone else seem to notice?

I'll admit, there was some effort to create buzz online. But I kinda doubt it lured any new followers to the socialist, leftist, or anarchist ways of thinking. The continued displays of radicalism may actually be a turn-off to most Americans.

A freind sent me this cutesy GIF. Says it's from
International Women's Strike NYC

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The NRA's fetish for blacklisting

Meant to post this last week, prior to the start of the big NRA show in Atlanta.

But I got distracted.

Taking some time to read other blogs this morning, I see others managed to stay on-point.

Hattip to Mr. Zachary's blog for the reminder.

Here's the article from David Codrea I had intended to post.

Government shutdown

Disregard the chatterings of so-called mainstream media. Ann Coulter redefines "government shutdown."

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Simpsons take on SJWs

A friend sent me this YouTube link to a clip from The Simpsons.

Silly me. I had no idea The Simpsons were still on TV.

It's not an official link, and while it's been up for several weeks, it may vanish at any time should Fox or some other entity claim copyright infringement.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What did you read as a child?

What did your mom or dad read to you before you could read?

Consider what's being passed off as children's books today:

Communism for Kids 
Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature 
A Rule is to Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy (Wee Rebels) 
ABCs of Anarchy

Some reviewers say these books have positive communty-oriented messages.

Seems more likely the intent is to ingrain anarchy at a young age, leaving a door open for the more sinister side to seem quite natural later in life.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Some see through the madness

It appears not everyone buys the blatant efforts by so-called MSM to create a Democrat political hero in Chelsea Clinton.

"What comes across with Chelsea, for lack of a gentler word, is self-regard of an unusual intensity. And the effect is stronger on paper. Unkind as it is to say, reading anything by Chelsea Clinton—tweets, interviews, books—is best compared to taking in spoonfuls of plain oatmeal that, periodically, conceal a toenail clipping." - Sal Loeb, as published at Vanity Fair

Another voice heard from in describing Chelsea C.:

"She is Bill Clinton without the charm, Hillary Clinton without the ruthlessness, and full Billary in her bottomless well of inflated entitlement and ideological hackery." - Michelle Malkin, at National Review

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Why the light posting?

Been renovating a property in mountains where cell phone service is spotty, and until this week, I didn't have hard Internet connectivity.

Should be wrapping up the lion's share of the renovation by the weekend.

More regular posting should resume when my present 12 to 14 hour work days lighten up a bit.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

More range, more firepower

If reports are accurate, it appears the U.S. military is no longer satisfied with its rifles shooting 5.56 ammo. Apparently Afghans toting old school rifles like the Mosin Nagant have revived the notion that size does matter:
According to multiple sources, what started out as a directed requirement for a 7.62 NATO Designated Marksmanship Rifle for issue to Infantry Rifle Squads has grown in scope to increase the Basis of Issue to all personnel in Brigade Combat Teams and perhaps beyond. The genesis of this requirement is overmatch. The troops feel like they’re in a street fight with a guy with longer arms. The 7.62x54R cartridge gives the enemy those longer arms.
Coincidently (or maybe not), I'm seeing more gun retailers increasingly pitching similar rifles in .308 or 7.62x51 to the U.S. civilian market. Just yesterday, I got an email ad flyer suggesting "Now is the time to build that .308 AR Rifle you have always wanted."

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Woolsey's beating the drum again

Opinion piece at
According to the Congressional EMP Commission, a single warhead delivered by North Korean satellite could blackout the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures for over a year—killing 9 of 10 Americans by starvation and societal collapse. 
Two North Korean satellites, the KMS-3 and KMS-4, presently orbit over the U.S. on trajectories consistent with surprise EMP attack.
Every time I read about our EMP vulnerability, I can help but think how many "smart people" in the late 1930s into 1941 dismissed the idea of a major carrier based assault on naval forces, more specifically, a Japanese air assault on America's Pacific naval hub at Pearl Harbor.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Market jitters

Rough start on Wall Street this morning.

Dow falls triple digits as optimism on Trump agenda diminishes; financials lag

Before anti-Trumpers get giddy over this, consider the impact on public and private pension funds, 401Ks and IRAs as the stock market takes a dive.

Is this just a blip? Or a signal that anti-Trump politics may turn our long (and tired) bull market into a bearish one.

Less democratic Democrats

"After losing Congress, the left consolidated its authority in the White House. After losing the White House, the left shifted its center of authority to Federal judges and unelected government officials. Each defeat led the radicalized Democrats to relocate from more democratic to less democratic institutions." - Daniel Greenfield, writing at Front Page Mag

"Gun-Totin' Left-wingers"

Out in Arizona.

Yes, there's pictures to go along with the story. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Paging Speaker Ryan...

Sent by a friend regarding last week's ugly health care bill debacle in the House of Representatives:
"Mr. Ryan, you continue with your mantra, that the GOP is now a governing party not an opposition party. These are words that apply to you. You failed to develop a plan that embraced market capitalism and you did not involve the GOP conservatives in the early phases of drafting your plan. You tried to force this plan through, adopted a few changes, but mostly continued with big-government ideas and much of Obamacare's essential elements. The failure to govern is on the GOP leadership. And the failure to uphold the repeal promise with an actual repeal of most of Obamacare is also on the GOP leadership. These troubling circumstances could have been avoided."
~ Mark Levin, 3/24/17 
I personally suspect many in the GOP establishment, perhaps Speaker Ryan himself, is pleased to have thrown a stumbling block in front of President Trump and his agenda.

GOP momentum has been crushed by internal division, by Ryan's exclusionary games within House Republicans.  Stalemate, both within the Republican Party, and with the Democrats, becomes order of the day.

Status quo is here to stay unless President Trump finds the means and will to blast things wide open like he did on the campaign trail last year.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cash strapped consumers

People today have been so propagandized with consumerism, many are no longer able to determine the difference between needs and wants.

Spending on frivolity is likely a key reason why so many consumers would have trouble raising cash to deal with a real emergency.
About a third of consumers say they would have trouble coming up with an emergency $2,000, according to a new study released Monday.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Deep state, Trump trends, and crashing firearms pricing...

A regular listener says this week's Don and Doug was one of our better shows.

Don offers perspective on how the so-called deep state has come to lean hard to the left.

Last 45 minutes of the program, we get into the hows and whys behind the rapid drop in some modern retail firearm prices - and what some of the ramifications may be of an apparent gun glut.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The age old question...

How much ammo is enough ammo?

Ol' Remus shares some ciphering:
Is 1,000 rounds for your battle rifle enough for a Mad Max collapse? Let's do some fifth grade arithmetic. Twenty rounds a week is 1,040 rounds a year. Or say a hundred rounds a month, which is 1,200 rounds a year. About the same. Figure three years and it comes to 3,120 to 3,600 rounds. Call it 3,000 rounds. So, 1,000 rounds seems low. If it's too much you end up with a surplus and bragging rights. If it's not enough you end up dead. Or you may end up dead with a surplus. 
Look at it another way, a Mad Max collapse with extra Mad. One firefight a month using 160 rounds each, which is 8 twenty-round magazines, comes to 1,920 rounds per year. Let's be optimistic and assume you can survive thirty six gun battles—thirty five sure, but thirty six? Figuring three years it totals 5,760 rounds. 
If the premises are reasonable, and who knows if they are, a stash of 3,000 to 6,000 rounds would be about right. More than you have? Cheer up, it's a near certainty something other than gunfire will get you anyway.

The "leak" that played well for Trump

Tuesday was a strange night for MSNBC.

The cable news channel likely had a ratings bonanza, reporting it had a copy of a Trump tax return.

But the "leak" seems to have worked in Trump's favor, showing he paid a higher tax rate in '05 than Barack Obama in 2015.

There's also this I saw on Twitter:

Also likely working in Trump's favor, the "leak" likely threw audience that might nornmally watch CNN into MSNBC's pocket. CNN's the cable news outfit that's seems to be trying hardest to be a deliberate thorn in Trump's side.

It may be a couple days before we know how much of a hit CNN took Tuesday night, it seems Neilsen's fast-turn ratings system has had issues in recent days.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Tread wear

Had trouble scaling a hillside the other day. Next day, same hillside seemed much less challenging in a new pair of hiking shoes. 

In suburbia, I can wear a pair of shoes until the soles are about slick. 

In the mountains, I notice I sometimes have trouble keeping sure footing once soles are only 50 percent gone.

Saturday, March 11, 2017


Says here folks in places like NYC are paying up to $90k a year to make sure they have an escape boat waiting if civilization goes into collapse mode.

What are the chances the assets will still be in place - or in the same hands - in a collapse situation?

What means will be available to enforce such contracts.

Lawyers? Courts?

Gimme a break.

Friday, March 10, 2017

LIght posting

I guess you could say I'v been busy further immersing myself in the local economy and community.

Thoroughly enjoying the many things the mountains have to offer.

May even end up building a new business up here.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Bear Box

My first attempt at a "bear box."

You don't put a bear in it. It's where you put the trash can so bears don't make a mess of things.

Lumber's gotten expensive. Took about $75 worth to put this together, plus another fifteen bucks for a "wet wood" saw blade. Screws, another seven or eight bucks, plus another half box I had on hand.

Still, it comes in about $60 less than I've seen pre-assembled similar sized boxes.

And by building it myself, I could take in pieces to where I needed to place it. These things are a bear to move around once put together.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Marches, blood, even death

Ever hear a former U.S. attorney general talk like this?

Loretta Lynch: “It has been people, individuals who have banded together, ordinary people who simply saw what needed to be done and came together and supported those ideals who have made the difference. They’ve marched, they’ve bled and yes, some of them died. This is hard. Every good thing is. We have done this before. We can do this again.”

Is Lynch beseeching lawful portest in a effort to confront government policies and a presidential administration she does not like? Or has she, and the Senate Democrats who published her video, crossed the line into attempting to incite insurrection?

Reports of Trump wiretaps hiding in plain sight?

When President Trump tweet on Saturday the idea that he or Trump Tower were wiretapped by the Obama administration, most media reported he did so "without offering any evidence."

In reality, the idea of Trump or his team being wiretapped or being subject to some other kind of electronic surveillance has received significant coverage in so-called mainstream media. 

In January, the New York Times suggested FISA warrants targeting the Trump team were likely, part of a "sophisticated investigation" targeting the Trump organization.

The Times wasn't alone. 

The UK Guardian, which now says Trump cited no evidence,  previously reported of possible FISA warrants targeting the Trump organization.

The Guardian has learned that the FBI applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials. The Fisa court turned down the application asking FBI counter-intelligence investigators to narrow its focus. According to one report, the FBI was finally granted a warrant in October, but that has not been confirmed, and it is not clear whether any warrant led to a full investigation.

HeatStreet reported FISA warrants targeting the Trump camp in November.

Two separate sources with links to the counter-intelligence community have confirmed to Heat Street that the FBI sought, and was granted, a FISA court warrant in October, giving counter-intelligence permission to examine the activities of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia.

National Review, leaning right, has also expressed concern national security assets were used to play political games, specifically raising the issue or FISA warrants.

For Trump to raise the allegation of being "wiretapped" now isn't what's suspicious. It's that he's waite so long to make it an issue. 

Gotta wonder what new information the Trump team has turned up after being in the White House a month and a half to supplement these media reports.

The possibility of the Obama administation wiretapping Trump has been hiding in plain sight ever since Obama, Biden, Clinton and others said intelligence agencies had evidence of Russia "interference."