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Off-duty Seattle cop rescues woman from burning pickup

Even off-duty they are there to serve and protect, not that this matters to the BLM crowd.

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From Seattle Times: An off-duty Seattle police officer pulled a woman from a burning truck Monday night after a crash near Snoqualmie.

Officer JD Smith was driving home on Interstate 90 when he got caught in a traffic backup, according to a post on the department’s online SPD Blotter.

“I’m in the far left lane and see the back of this pickup truck in the air,” Smith said. “And boom it’s on fire. I just happened to be right there.” Smith said he ran over to the truck and spotted a woman lying in the front seat as the truck burst into flames.

“I couldn’t get the door open. I just pulled 10 — I dunno how many times,” he said. Smith says he managed to pulled the door open when “that superhuman strength kicked in.” With the help of a bystander, Smith was able to get the woman out just before the truck exploded.

Smith credits a reserve firefighter, a retired Seattle Fire Department firefighter, a doctor from Harborview Medical Center and another bystander for their help in rescuing and stabilizing the woman at the scene.

Eastside Fire and Rescue crews got the fire under control and treated two other injured people. The injured woman’s condition was not immediately known.

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After 58 years of marriage, high school sweethearts die holding hands

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Ora Lee and George Rodriguez

From Fox News:  This is the story of two high school sweethearts who left the world the same way they lived in it: together.  It is a love story that spans nearly six decades.

“I just can’t believe something like this would ever happen, you hear this on the movies … like ‘The Notebook’,” said Corina Martinez, one of their three daughters.

George and Ora Lee Rodriguez celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on June 1st. The two met in San Antonio, and it was a love that never faded.

“He was working as a butcher, at Tony’s meat market on Culebra,” Martinez said. “He met her there.” George became a Marine and married her sweetheart after serving.

Eventually both developed dementia and a few months ago George suffered a stroke. “They were both here, we had them here at the house, in their hospital beds, right beside each other, they were holding hands,” said Martinez.

On Tuesday, George passed away in his sleep. Just three hours later Ora Lee passed as well, surrounded by their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

“My mother would always say that she was going to take my father or vice versa, and it did happen, we didn’t think it would, but it did,” said Georgia Perez, another daughter.

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DCG

State Dept. Seals Clinton Foundation Emails Until 2018

Yet another reason to vote for Trump on November 8.

And if you have family, friends or acquaintances who will still vote for Hillary, shun them.

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AG Lynch in Secret Meeting with Bubba Two Days Prior

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Just yesterday, June 29, this was the News: Judge Expands email investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

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A federal judge on June 29 ordered the State Department to produce the e-mail records of Hillary Clinton’s scheduler during her tenure as secretary of state, expanding an 
investigation being pursued by conservative nonprofit Citizens United into the overlap between Clinton’s official travel and her meetings with foreign Clinton Foundation donors. This is a FELONY.

Additional information delving into that story is available here.

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NY Police Commissioner Bratton slams pro-gun lawmakers as ‘political prostitutes’

Obviously the liberal narrative has been set: Do not blame the shooter, a radical ideology (Islam), the wife who didn’t report the shooter’s intended actions, or the FBI. Gotta blame the NRA, of course.

Bill Bratton

Via NY Post: Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Tuesday blasted Congress’s failure to restrict access to assault weapons like the ones used in the Orlando massacre, saying pro-gun lawmakers are political prostitutes who put the NRA ahead of the American people.

“Shame on them,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“They are totally beholden — they prostitute themselves in front of the NRA. They are putting the interest of their own political careers and that of the NRA ahead of the American people.”

The harsh comments came when Bratton was asked about a bill rejected by the Senate shortly after the killing of 14 people last December in San Bernardino that would have prohibited people on terrorist watch lists from buying assault weapons.

“If you’re on a terrorist watch list, you can go buy a gun. If you’re on a no-fly list, you can go buy a gun. Or as they are now proposing in Congress … if you are under investigation by the FBI for potential terrorist-related activity, that you might be precluded from getting a gun,” he said. (Mateen wasn’t under any current investigation by the FBI. In fact, the FBI found no sufficient evidence to continue with their investigations. As a result, Mateen was not under investigation or surveillance when he committed the massacre.)

“With this Congress, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for any meaningful action.”

The commissioner defended the FBI from criticism that the agency made a mistake by removing Orlando shooter Omar Mateen from a terror watch list after monitoring him for 10 months beginning in 2013.

“The individual responsible for these murders here was interviewed by the FBI two or three times several years ago and was deemed at that time not to be a person that would warrant full-time surveillance going forward…,” Bratton said.

We have limited resources to work with. The [FBI] is stretched very thin. In New York, I’m fortunate that I’ve got almost 1,000 police officers assigned to counterterrorism along with over 100 assigned to the FBI to work on these cases.”

He added that surveillance of one individual can involve the efforts of anywhere from 18 to 24 officers per day. “If you are dealing with hundreds [of people], who has that type of manpower and resources to be able to do that type of closed surveillance?”

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63% of Americans don’t have $500 in savings for an emergency

Despite financial advisers’ oft-repeated advice that we should have in savings an amount that’s the equivalent of at least 3 months’ income/salary, Americans simply refuse to save.

I’ve posted on this again and again on FOTM. See:

Here I am, once again sounding the alarm like Cassandra, with the latest shocking statistics on the financially dangerous and irresponsible way most Americans choose to live.

precipiceMaggie McGrath reports for Forbes, Jan, 6, 2016:

  1. A new Bankrate.com survey found that 63% of Americans do not have enough savings to pay for a $500 emergency, such as a car repair, veterinary or medical bill. Only 37% of Americans have at least $500 in savings! For the other 63%, to pay for a $500 emergency they would have to resort to measures like cutting back spending in other areas (23%), charging to a credit card (15%), or borrowing funds from friends and family (15%) in order to meet the cost of the unexpected event. Bankrate senior investing analyst Sheyna Steiner asks: “I did wonder what would happen if it was $10,000, what would the answer have been then?”
  2. Magnify Money released the results of a study that found that 56.3% of people have less than $1,000 in their checking and savings accounts combined.

  3. Pew Charitable Trusts reported that 1 in 3 or 33% of American families have no savings at all.

H/t FOTM‘s josephbc69

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~Eowyn

The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, CIA, and America’s deep-state secret government

The term “deep state” refers to a secret government that operates as a state within a state.

There are some who say the United States actually is ruled by a deep state, aka The Powers That Be (TPTB). One of them is Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer and currently the executive director of the Council for the National Interest.

In a July 30, 2015 article for The American Conservative, Giraldi writes that the deep state is a post-World War II creation, the end result of the “military industrial complex” that Dwight Eisenhower warned about. But the infrastructure of the deep state most likely had been put in place through the passage of the Federal Reserve Act prior to the First World War. As evidence, Giraldi reminds us:

Consider for a moment how Washington operates. There is gridlock in Congress and the legislature opposes nearly everything that the White House supports. Nevertheless, certain things happen seemingly without any discussion: Banks are bailed out and corporate interests are protected by law. Huge multi-year defense contracts are approved. Citizens are assassinated by drones, the public is routinely surveilled, people are imprisoned without be charged, military action against “rogue” regimes is authorized, and whistleblowers are punished with prison.

The Powers That Be - deep stateDavid Talbot is a journalist, founder of Salon.com, and author of Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years. His latest book is The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government (October, 2015), recommended by a Kirkus review:

“Washington, D.C., regulars may know some of this information, and foreign nations certainly do, but all engaged American citizens should read this book and have their eyes opened.”

Below is a book review of Talbot’s The Devil’s Chessboard, by Catherin Austin Fitts, March 20, 2016:

Power in America is gathered and distributed by covert means.

The public perception of American power promotes a mythic picture of how things work with stories and policies that make us look and feel good. The real power lines – like the third rail in a subway system where the electricity runs – drive the real decisions that control and allocate prestige and resources, often in life-and-death struggles.

America is run by what former diplomat and professor Peter Dale Scott describes as “the deep state” – a complex web of public and private enterprises, societies, investors and networks that operate in the shadows and act above the law with impunity.

If we liken America’s deep state to a runaway train, the conductor lost control as a result of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the success of the subsequent cover-up. Successive rounds of assassination, invisible weaponry (including the implementation of surveillance and control systems) and extraordinary amounts of financial fraud have continuously emboldened the deep state ever since.

In The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America’s Secret Government, David Talbot writes about the life of Allen Dulles, the first civilian and longest serving Director of the CIA. The book chronicles Dulles’ work in the American intelligence apparatus through WWII into the creation and growth of the CIA and the amassing of unaccountable domestic and global power by the deep state.

The Devil’s Chessboard doesn’t explain the deep state. But readers glimpse some of its aspects and one of the most important avenues through which it has become so powerful today. […]

Beautifully written, Talbot carries us through Dulles’ personal life and career, building a careful picture of the nature, behavior, experience and networks of the man. In the process, he describes some but not all of the many dark corners that marked the CIA while Dulles served as DCI:

  • The coordination between US corporations with the Nazis during WWII and the subsequent integration of Nazi scientists into American universities, government programs and investments networks;
  • The authority given to the CIA following WWII to manage the hidden system of finance created from assets seized by the Americans and to create a black budget with funds siphoned off from the accounts of federal agencies;
  • The development of MK-Ultra and mind control and biological warfare experiments on American citizens;
  • The growth of narcotics trafficking by CIA affiliates in the 1950’s and 1960’s and the resulting growth in money-laundering leadership by US financial institutions.

Talbot slowly and carefully builds an in-depth portrait of Allen Dulles. We visit dark corners as they inform the man, the agency and the operations he created. The reasons for doing so become apparent to the reader as the threads Talbot weaves come together in the final third of the book.

To develop a credible theory describing the assassination of President Kennedy, one must envision the creation and execution of a conspiracy involving a substantial number of powerful establishment players.

You would need a leader with a deep resume – someone to persuade and coordinate between the CIA and their covert capacities, the Secretary of State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (who were responsible for the President’s security in Dallas) and their intelligence services, the Secretary of the Treasury (who controls the Secret Service), the FBI and other parts of the Department of Justice, the Washington press corp, the Federal Reserve and the banking and investment community (particularly in New York and Boston), and various groups which coordinate policy between such as the Council of Foreign Relations in New York.

Such a leader would have the ability to work full-time for many years without anyone noticing (Dulles was retired with time on his hands) while keeping the conspiracy a secret and dealing forcefully with those who did not. Such a leader would determine who would be “dealt with” in the cover-up. He would work with covert operations to implement the subsequent flow of payoffs, threats and assassinations.

Did Dulles “project manage” the Kennedy Assassination? Talbot leaves it to the reader to decide. Most readers would say, “yes.”

Dulles was the man with the motivation, the networks, the relationships and the time who was in a position to coordinate with the CIA and their assets. From the evidence that Talbot lays out, it is likely that Dulles was essential to designing and organizing the initial conspiracy which, after the approval of much more powerful members of the growing deep state, was then turned over to paid professionals in the intelligence, military and enforcement bureaucracy. With his appointment to the Warren Commission, Dulles had a major hand in covering up the truth.

That was the real coup – getting away with it. What I remember best is how the success of the cover-up created an unstoppable arrogance.

Why should we revisit this history? It is invaluable to understand the pathology and ambition for absolute power that was birthed during this time and institutionalized in portions of the American government.

Yes, things have changed. Subsequent to 1981, a great deal of this capacity has moved into private corporations and enterprises which now run a majority of the US government from behind the scenes — as well as the media, telecommunications and social media that increasingly run the “surveillance capitalism” economy.

See “Facebook eavesdrops on your phone conversations & even tracks non-FB users

The pathology, however, has remained and blossomed. We are facing the continued growth of an inhuman culture. If we are going to understand how to restore and revitalize a human culture and human enlightenment, it will help to understand what we are dealing with and how it became so powerful.

-End of book review-

~Eowyn

Hillary Clinton did not have a password on her email account

Not only did Hillary Clinton violate the law when she was Obama’s secretary of state by using a private email server to conduct official business — including matters pertaining to state secrets and names of CIA spies — this woman was so cavalier about it, holding herself above the law, that she didn’t even bother to have a password on her email account.

Let that sink in: She did not have a password for her email account . . . .

That means not just sophisticated Russian or Chinese or ISIS hackers could have hacked her email, ANYONE could have read her email.

That’s the sworn testimony of U.S. Ambassador Lewis Lukens on May 16, 2016. Lukens was deposed as part of the discovery granted to the DC-based citizens’ watchdog group, Judicial Watch (JW), by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in response to JW’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit involving Hillary’s unsecured, non-government email system — Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363).

Lewis LukensOn May 26, 2016, Judicial Watch released the deposition transcript of Ambassador Lewis Lukens, former deputy assistant secretary of state and executive director of the State Department’s executive secretariat. The transcript is available here.

Lukens is the first of seven depositions of former Clinton top aides and State Department officials that Judicial Watch has scheduled over the next four weeks. Also to be deposed are Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin — Hillary’s deputy chief of staff, rumored lesbian lover, and wife of disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner — as well as top State Department official Patrick Kennedy, and former State IT employee Bryan Pagliano.

A foreign service officer for 27 years, Lukens had served in Southern China; the Ivory Coast; Sydney, Australia; Dublin, Ireland; Baghdad, Iraq; Vancouver, Canada; Dakar, Senegal; and three tours in Washington, D.C. He is currently serving in San Francisco.

While Clinton was Secretary of State, Lukens’ role was head of logistics and management support, supervising some 110 employees, and in that capacity had accompanied Hillary on all of her foreign travels.

Some highlights from Lukens’ 124-page testimony (his words are between quotation marks):

(1) The computers of most State Department employees are connected through the State Department’s OpenNet e-mail system.

(2) For that, an employee would need an email address from the State Department. For that matter, the State Department was “required” to assign an email address to Hillary as secretary of state, but she did not ask for one, nor did the State Department assign one to her.

(3) But Hillary was clueless about computers: From the start of her term as secretary of state in January 2009, State Department officials grappled with Hillary’s ignorance of the use of basic computers. In a January 24, 2009 email to the department’s Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy, Lukens said Hillary didn’t know how to use a computer for emails; she knew “only Blackberry”.

(4) That created a problem as to how Hillary could check her emails, which led to her request for a private Blackberry, which the State Department granted. As late as 2011, State Department officials were still trying to get Hillary to use a government-issued Blackberry, but Huma shot it down, saying in an August 30, 2011 email that a government-issued Blackberry “doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.”

(5) Lukens testified that to the best of his knowledge Hillary had never received a waiver to use the Blackberry in the State Department highly-secured headquarters: “I’m not aware of any waivers that were made.”

(6) Ever helpful, Lukens had proposed and helped set up a standalone computer on Hillary’s desk in the State Department, which was not part of the State Department’s system, so that she could “access the Internet to check her e-mails.” But Hillary’s agent insisted that a private computer be set up in a separate room “adjacent” to Hillary’s highly-secured office in the State Department “for her to check her BlackBerry”. Hillary rarely used the room set up for her. Instead, she would go into a hallway to use her private Blackberry. Lukens said he saw Hillary using her Blackberry in the hall “maybe a half dozen times.”

(7) All of that — using a private unsecured Blackberry and a private email account and server with the domain “clintonemail.com” to access her emails on the premises of the State Department — violated National Security Agency (NSA) regulations.

(8) Lukens said that he thought Hillary wanted to use the Blackberry “to stay in touch with family and friends.” He said he didn’t know if she was conducting official business on a private server or with a non-governmental email address.

(9) Lukens defended Hillary having a computer and Blackberry account separate from the State Department’s OpenNet e-mail system, arguing that it was for her “ease of access” because there would be “fewer passwords.”

(10) Worse still, Lukens testified that he eliminated Hillary’s need for any passwords:

Lukens: “She wouldn’t have had a password.”
Judicial Watch attorney Bekesha: “So the computer would have just been open and be able to use without going through any security features?”
Lukens: “Correct.”

(11) Not only was Lukens unconcerned about the security of Hillary’s email, he did not notice Huma Abedin was also using a private email account at the State Department, although he regularly exchanged email with Abedin.

H/t ZeroHedge and Daily Caller.

grinding HillaryMeanwhile, Hillary’s supporters, i.e., Democrats, are just as lawless as she is. According to a Rasmussen national phone and online survey on May 29-30, 2016, although most Americans believe likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is a lawbreaker, half of all voters and 71% of Democrat voters say a felony indictment shouldn’t stop her campaign for the presidency

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~Eowyn