Mullen’s profundities

  • Also: security clearance – the coin of the realm
  • Make that “the coin of the swamp”
  • Lou Dobbs holds forth


“I am concerned about the whole issue of free speech. And as long as John is not revealing classified information that he shouldn’t, then I certainly think he has a right to speak,” Mike Mullen, retired US Navy admiral and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Fox News on Sunday.


You all remember Chairman Mullen and his eloquence in the aftermath of the Ft. Hood massacre, don’t you?

In a speech another Obama genius, Marie Harf, could have written for him, Mullen opined that the real problem with Islamic extremism is some really “uneducated” mullahs!

He added that besides educating those Mullahs in the real meaning of the Quran, teaching young Muslims to read will pretty much prevent “the despair that “leads a child…into the arms of Al Qaeda and the Taliban”.

The erudite Admiral Mullen suggested the solution even before Marie Harf did…the lack of jobs is the real cause of terrorism. (You can do your own interpretation of Chairman Mueller’s remarks as presented below.)

At any rate, Mike Mullen is obviously not the “go to guy” intellectually on any issue.

“The harder you chase leaks, the more leaks there will be,”

Once again, Mullen just repeats what he’s heard from some of his leftist friends (thinking about this guy as Chairman of the JCOS is really disheartening): “I am concerned about the whole issue of free speech. I certainly think ..(Brennan).. has the right to speak.”

Hey Mike! Sounds very patriotic. However, Who, when, or how has anyone prevented daffy John Brennan from speaking, even though he has nothing true or of value to say!

Again, I say, guys like this were leading our military…and Intelligence services??!! I wish you were kidding!!!!!     DLH

Referencing article:

“”Brennan received some support on Sunday from Mike Mullen, a retired U.S. Navy admiral and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said Trump’s threat to revoke the security clearances of those who have been critical of him is a sign that the president is “creating a list of political enemies.”

Mullen said that while Trump has the authority to pull the security clearances of former national intelligence and other officials, his doing so is “incredibly problematic.”

“It immediately brings back the whole concept of the ‘enemies list’ under President (Richard) Nixon,” Mullen said in an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” adding that it was also reminiscent of the anti-communist crusade led by Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s.

“Mullen said that he does not support Brennan being as critical of Trump as he has been but believes that the former CIA director and others should not have to fear that they will be stripped of their security clearances because of their criticism.

“I am concerned about the whole issue of free speech. And as long as John is not revealing classified information that he shouldn’t, then I certainly think he has a right to speak,” Mullen said.

2010 article by Bridget Johnson writing at The Hill

Mullen: Broadly tackling extremism will undermine ‘uneducated’ mullahs (excerpt)

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday that new ways of deterrence that address those factors that make individuals vulnerable to coercion were essential in tackling the threats of the 21st century.

Adm. Mike Mullen, in a speech at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, said Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban and al-Qaida can be deterred by the threat of retaliation, but efforts to attack the basis of extremism were essential through support of education and development.

“Attacking the humiliation, the hopelessness, the illiteracy and abject poverty which lie at the core of the attraction to extremist thought will do more to turn the tide against terrorism than anything else,” the chairman said. “We can continue to hunt and kill their leaders, and we will. But when a person learns to read, he enters a gateway toward independent education and thought. He becomes more capable, more employable, and enjoys a sense of purpose in his life.

“He will understand the Quran for what it is and not merely what his mullah tells him it is, who is equally uneducated,” Mullen continued. “He can raise his children to a higher standard of living than the one he knew, an aspiration shared by parents around the world. And his wife will help him prevent the despair that might lead a child of theirs into the arms of al-Qaida or the Taliban.”

Lou Dobbs holds forth:


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Remember Porter Goss . . . of the “intelligence community” . . .

  • He came form the right stuff  primordial ooze for the swamp, he should be listened to
  • Old bud of Dennis Hastert


Even before Chuckie Schumer named THE PROCESS for us, Porter Goss had learned most of the ‘SIX WAYS FROM SUNDAY’ the “Intelligence” folks can getcha !

Nothing much surprises anymore but in reading the names of the 12 “former intelligence chiefs” who signed the public letter protesting the persecution of former CIA Director James Brennan, I was mildly struck by the inclusion of another “former” CIA Director.

Now I’m guessing but if there are many folks who remember Mr. Goss, they too might be “mildly”, or, greatly struck by his apparent enthusiasm to be counted among Mr. Brennan’s defenders.

For those of you who may not remember him, Porter Goss was named in September, 2004 by G W Bush to head the CIA after the departure of George Tenet.

Goss was brought in to “rebuild” the CIA, to “shake things up” over at Langley following what some described as “a lot of intelligence failures” regarding 9/11 and the Iraqi WMD’s. Also, according to news reports at the time, there were many damaging leaks coming out of the CIA (remember “Mary McCarthy” and the WaPo story about “secret CIA prisons”?).

As a former CIA agent himself, Goss surely had a pretty good grip on the task that he faced. He undoubtedly knew there would be fierce opposition to an effort to restore effectiveness and respect for an agency which had pretty much lost both. Among other actions Goss undertook to ‘rebuild’ the agency, he got rid of the ‘bureaucratic ‘red tape’ that existed, tried to improve intelligence gathering and sharing with other agencies. He also initiated a number of probes to ferret out the leakers. It was thought by many that a lot of leaks were aimed at undermining Goss.

Democrat strategist, and later Fox News contributor and later former Fox News contributor, Bob Beckel was noting that, under Goss, there was a lot of “disarray” over at Langley. In perhaps one of his relatively sober moments, Bob was telling news organizations that, because Goss was such an “obvious Republican partisan”, his appointment as director caused “a lot of rancor, apparently causing some “veteran agents” to leave.’

At any rate, Mr. Goss lasted about 13 months, which would seem to indicate it takes about two months for each “way from Sunday” to finally take down a critic of our vaunted top Intelligence agency:


(Looks like Chuckie called it accurately.)

To underscore a point, John Negroponte was the director of the then newly created National Intelligence Agency to whom Goss reported. It was well known around Washington that Negroponte “was not happy with Goss”.

Interestingly, there seemed to be no such tension between Obama’s NIA director, James Clapper and his CIA chief Brennan. And for Brennan, there were no leaks…and Sunday never came.

And, it’s all one big happy ‘family’…Democrats and Republicans Bush appointees and Obama-ites; Just one happy Establishment!

Free Speech For All!                 DLH

Referencing this information in an article in The Blaze  

Twelve former intelligence chiefs signed and released a public letter protesting the decision by President Donald Trump to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, who has been very critical of the president

“We feel compelled to respond in the wake of the ill-considered and unprecedented remarks and actions by the White House,” the letter said. “We know John to be an enormously talented, capable and patriotic individual who devoted his entire adult life to the service of this nation.”

“Insinuations and allegations of wrongdoing on the part of Brennan while in office are baseless,” it continued. “Since leaving government service, John has chosen to speak out sharply regarding what he sees as threats to our national security.”
“[W]e all agree that the president’s action regarding John Brennan and the threats of similar action against other former officials has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearance — and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech,” they added. . . .

The contention that Trump was shutting down free speech mirrored that of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who said Wednesday that the decision violated Brennan’s First Amendment right of free speech. Clapper was also one of the signatories.

More on Porter Goss via Wikipedia

Education and early CIA career 

Goss was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, the son of Virginia Holland (née Johnston) and Richard Wayne Goss, who was an executive of the Scovill Manufacturing Company (a corporation controlled by the Goss family).[2][3][4][5] He attended Camp Timanous in Raymond, Maine and was educated at the Fessenden School. In 1956, he graduated from the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut.

Goss graduated from Yale University in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts in ancient Greek.[6] (Goss also speaks Spanish and French). At Yale, he was a member of Book and Snake, a secret society at Yale.[7] He was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity alongside William H. T. Bush, the uncle of President George W. Bush, and John Negroponte, who served as an ambassador for George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, and as Goss’s superior in the post of Director of National Intelligence from 2005 to 2006.[8] Negroponte solicited Goss’s assistance, while Goss was Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, to get the position as US ambassador to the United Nations in the first term of the second Bush administration.

. . .


Goss is an active speaker on the lecture circuit.[31] The retired CIA Director registered in April 2015 as a lobbyist representing Turkey.[32]

On February 16, 2016, Goss expressed his support for former Speaker Dennis Hastert in a letter to Judge Thomas Durkin.[33]

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Hoping to hear from Brennan’s other peers

What are their peers afraid of?


Again, where’s a public statement from all those dedicated fellow “agency” patriots who are ‘appalled’ by Obama’s corruption of their agencies?

12 ex-intel officials slam Trump for ‘ill-considered and unprecedented’ action against Brennan

“As individuals who have cherished and helped preserve the right of Americans to free speech — even when that right has been used to criticize us — that signal is inappropriate and deeply regrettable.”

The dozen stressed that while they don’t necessarily agree with comments made by Brennan, who’s become a frequent guest on liberal news channels, they believe he has the right to voice them.

The statement came just a day after the White House revoked Brennan’s security clearance following a review of access granted to several top Obama-era intelligence and law enforcement officials.

The Trump administration said Brennan “has a history that calls his credibility into question,” and accused him of “leveraging” the clearance to make “wild outbursts” and claims about the administration.

“The president has a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information and who has access to it, and that’s what he’s doing is fulfilling that responsibility in this action,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.


The “Dirty Dozen” (or is it 13 now?) former intelligence “officials” who are unconsolably distraught over President Trump revoking the top security clearance of James Brennan confirms for me that our entire Intelligence apparatus is a frighteningly corrupt system.

We’ve addressed this in previous posts but every day, in various ways, it becomes more obvious and more troubling.

At one level, these dozen signatories expose an unbelievable ignorance of our basic Constitutional guarantee of “free speech”. Either that or they have chosen the most cynical and insulting approach imaginable to try to protect what they see as a personal ‘entitlement’.

For example, how does it impede John Brennan’s ability to continue to speak out, to insult the president of the United States, on national television, on a cable network dedicated to the destruction of this presidency?

Obviously, it doesn’t. However, when John Brennan has a top secret security clearance, he is perceived by not just the relatively uninformed audience for that network, but our allies and enemies throughout the world, as “having the “goods”…knowing ‘secrets’ no one else knows and therefore must be believed above anyone else.

When Brennan says Trump is guilty of “treason”, he is trading on his perceived ‘insider top secret knowledge’!

We believe it is a fair question to ask: “Exactly why does a government official keep his ‘top secret clearance’ when he leaves government service? And why is the “Dirty Dozen” so inflamed over President Trump threatening to end the practice?

We believe the answer to that question is ridiculously obvious. As suggested in the preceding, the secret clearance has a monetary value to the individual as Mr. Brennan is illustrating… in the extreme.

Perhaps more important, though, than these 12 or 13 former “intelligence officials” coming out in the most public way to defend Brennan and criticize Trump is what it reveals about their respective organizations.

These people have at various times, headed agencies and bureaus in the intelligence service. They have selected the people who report directly to them and greatly influence selections of the people who will in turn report to that level. And so on throughout the process.

These former officials have with this imprudent action revealed a very important truth. We are constantly told that the despicable actions of the most recent former top levels of our Intelligence, Justice, and law enforcement organizations should not be used to tar those lower level operatives in those organizations… those “hard working, patriotic, non-partisan, dedicated folks who put it all on the line to protect us ordinary citizens.” An illustrative example comes to mind. Peter Strzok was a 27 year employee of the FBI. He rose through the ranks to a high level, critical position within the bureau.

He has, now, at last, unequivocally been exposed as an extreme partisan, a dedicated ideologue, willing to personally take extraordinary action to defeat the legally expressed will of the American people!

So how did this guy rise through the ranks with this kind of temperament and political attitude? Or, did he just suddenly become a political activist when he attained a high level of responsibility?

I don’t think so. More importantly, are today’s ranks of our Intelligence, Justice, and law enforcement organizations rife with Peter Strzoks, recruited and promoted by the choices made by those among the “Dirty Dozen”?

If not, explain to me how the ‘most honorable’ Bob Gates rushes to defend the likes of a James Brennan. Doesn’t Gates anymore pay attention to recent events…what with his own “top secret clearance”?

What the “Dirty Dozen” have done, in my judgement may be even worse than what the detestable Brennan has done to our national intelligence apparatus with his proven lies to congress and the American people, and his public accusations against the duly elected President of the United States. Brennan and his buddy Clapper (one who always tries to be the “least dishonest” as he can) have even strongly suggested that ‘maybe Putin has something on Trump’!

And Bob Gates wants these two to keep their top secret clearances?!

Anf, finally, sprinkled throughout our nation’s highest Intelligence, Justice, and law enforcement organizations, who knows how many of those ‘hardworking’ folks , having been recruited, hired, and promoted share the partisan views and troubling ideology of these former highest level guys who cling jealously to their privileged status as secretly well-informed guardians of our Constitutional freedoms?

But, that’s just the opinion of one who doesn’t have ‘top secret clearance.     DLH

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Gotta R.E.S.P. E. C.T her talent


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“TRIBUTE to OUR FALLEN” today – (see notice below)

Patriot Guards (generic photo)

The Patriot Guard Riders, ALR and CVMA have been invited to participate in the “TRIBUTE to OUR FALLEN” ceremonies to be held in Davenport, IA on Saturday, August 18th, 2018. Our task will be to escort the “Lest They be Forgotten” flag to the field, provide flag line tunnels for movements of the Colors and the “Lest They Be Forgotten” flag, and surround the field with flags following those movements.

Tribute To Our Fallen Ceremony: Saturday, 18 AUG 18, 1900 hrs.
RALLY POINT: Runge’s Mortuary & Crematory, 838 E. Kimberly Rd., Davenport, IA MAP
RALLY TIME: 1745 hrs., PRB 1800-1820 hrs. KSU 1855 hrs. for escort of “Lest They be Forgotten” flag to the Field and establishing our flag lines.

NOTE: This year’s Key Note Speaker is SSg Bobby Henline, US Army (ret), WIA during OIF. SSg Henline served 4 tours in Iraq and received burns over 40% of his body in an IED explosion. He now relays his story through comedy. This will be one fantastic event. Please invite all of your friends to attend.

NOTE: All Active Duty, Reserve or National Guard and Retired personnel in attendance (whether in uniform or not) are being asked to sign in on arrival for participation in Roll Call during the Battlefield Cross portion of our Ceremony. When your names are read, stand and loudly report, “Here Sir.” Much Thanks in Advance.

Thanks to TN for forward

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A real Thermopylae moment for newspaper editors

300 join slimy hands to condemn Trump (for telling the truth about them)

Pathetic little gossip mongers can’t take being called out

Then there is Trump Voter Derangement Syndrome


Heilemann: ‘Virtually Certain’ 10 Percent of the GOP Would Be OK with Trump Killing Their Parents, Grandparents 

Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” NBC analyst John Heilemann posed the scenario of a pollster asking members of the GOP that think it would be OK for President Donald Trump to kill their parents or grandparents, saying he is “virtually certain” 10 percent would be fine with the president killing . . .

Sgt. Hulka Has A Message For The Newsrooms Of America: ‘Lighten up, Francis’  (excerpt)

You may remember Sgt. Hulka as the man who whipped Pvt. Bill Murray into fine, fighting form in the movie “Stripes.” Murray played a self-absorbed, lazy smart-ass with a chip on his shoulder. In other words, he would have fit right in at CNN.

Yesterday we saw the latest display of newsroom onanism when some 300 newspapers led by The Boston Globe published editorials attacking President Trump over his anti-press rhetoric. You probably didn’t notice this massive, nationwide, coast-to-coast protest because, well, when are these newsrooms not attacking Trump?

. . .

Uh, no. I won’t be “thanking the media” for their “service.” This may be news to the kids down at The Boston Globe, but sitting at your laptop sipping skinny vanilla lattes and sending snarky tweets about Donald Trump’s kids is hardly the same as storming the beaches at Normandy or fighting the battle of Fallujah.

If the military were like the media, every base would be in a five-star hotel, the guns would have no ammo and they would spend all day giving each other medals.

. . .

After decades of water-carrying for the Clintons and bending the knee before Obama, the media want to be seen as defenders of objectivity. The same “reporters” who tried to explain how Obama wasn’t lying when he said “If you like your doctor …” The same “journalists” who fed us Hillary Clinton’s talking points about her Bleach-Bitten email server. These same partisan apparatchiks are now angry that they’re seen as part of the political fight, rather than above it.

Full article here

And of course the “Social Media Masters of the Universe”, Google Twitter Facebook, no bias there

Prager U unfit!?

Shadow Ban: PragerU Reveals Immediate 99.9999% Drop in Facebook Reach

Conservative non-profit group PragerU appears to be facing Facebook censorship, as many recent posts from group are suffering from a 99.9999 percent drop in engagement based on Facebook’s own dashboard. The Social Media Masters of the Universe also pulled down two PragerU videos, which it labeled “hate speech.”

DLH and R Mall

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Inconvenient Truth about abortionists and their enablers

  • How many Bishops and parish priests will discuss the movie with the flock, give it the Inconvenient Truth reverence (how many Protestant pastors as well)?

From the trailer and accompanying explanation, the movie, “Gosnell”, is a powerful expose not just of what a smug, vicious killer Gosnell was, but an indictment of the entire pro-abortion movement.  Click on video to watch trailer.

(ed note  Sooo Youtube has made the trailer unavailable.  No doubt in service to the producers who would probably benefit from the repetition. Funny they were so quick to  do this. Wonder why?   You can view it here    )

It will be a real test of the Catholic Church says it stands for, what the ‘modern’ church stands for, by how aggressively this movie is promoted in parishes across America. (I don’t look for Pope Francis to do much, out of fear he might offend his progressive media promoters).

I also, in part, expect the Church “leaders” (the Holy Bishops) to be fearful of being too aggressive on this issue when they are likely to feel they don’t want to rile the few liberals who may not have been motivated by the “Pennsylvania Report”.

Against the background of Pennsylvania and Pope Francis’ primary interests in climate change, wealth redistribution, and the glories of Marxism, these are very dark days for the Catholic Church.

(Incidentally, wasn’t Cardinal Wuerl a favorite of Pope Francis?)        DLH

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Democrats must think America is fundamentally unjust . . . evil

  • What other reason to approve such a “kneeling” posture?
  • Hillary says taking a knee is a display of courage,
  • Does she have “the courage”
  • Call it the Democrat sign of the cross, a gesture in solidarity acknowledging that America is fundamentally unjust . . .  evil

If, by their own words and actions which clearly convey their animosity toward America as it was founded and its values and traditions, is not enough, by itself, for voters to banish for all time the left, today’s Democratic party, and specific individuals (Clinton, B. Sanders, C. Cuomo, K. Ellison, the Obama family, N. Pelosi, C. Schumer, (fill in your own nominees), then the Republic, the “Great Experiment”, the beacon of freedom for the world, really is lost… FOREVER!

Explain that to your descendants…leave them a letter, stained with your tears of shame. DLH

Hillary Clinton backs kid who knelt during Pledge of Allegiance: ‘Keep up the good work’  (via Fox News)

Hillary Clinton offered another endorsement on Wednesday — to an 11-year-old student who made headlines for kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Clinton tweeted in response to a NowThis report on Mariana Taylor, a Maryland sixth-grader who refused to stand for her classroom’s recitation of the pledge, instead adopting the form of protest used by NFL players.

“It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you’re 11! Keep up the good work Mariana,” Clinton tweeted.

It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you’re 11! Keep up the good work Mariana.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 15, 2018

. . .

Clinton, with her tweet, was doing more than weighing in on a local school dispute. Speaking in support of kneeling puts her at odds with her political nemisis and 2016 foe, President Trump, who has waged a war of words against football players who kneel during the national anthem.

She also weighed in last year, when promoting her campaign post-mortem “What Happened.”

“Actually, kneeling is a reverent position,” she claimed at the time. “It was to demonstrate in a peaceful way against racism and injustice in our criminal system.”

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A lot of Trump voters voted for Democrats in previous years . . .

. . . Will they be that stupid again?

 From Gary Bauer

Clinton & Collusion

From time to time, we have pointed out that the only evidence of collusion in 2016 was Hillary Clinton paying a foreign spy to get dirt on Donald Trump from Russian sources. 
There has been new reporting in recent days showing that the Obama Justice Department (through Bruce Ohr) continued talking to ex-British spy Christopher Steele even after the FBI fired him for lying. 
Here are some key points to keep in mind:  

  • Bruce Ohr was the associate deputy attorney general in the Obama Justice Department.  (He is still employed at the Justice Department.)
  • His wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS, the firm hired by the Clinton campaign to contract with Christopher Steele who produced the Trump-Russia dossier.
  • Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Putin-connected lawyer at the center of the infamous Trump Tower meeting, had also contracted to work with Fusion GPS.   

As investigative reporter Lee Smith lays out, this is either the most improbable set of coincidences or the entire Trump/Russia collusion scenario was a setup from the very beginning.
Again, as I have argued before, there is mounting evidence that the law enforcement and intelligence agencies of this country were weaponized by the Obama Administration in an attempt to spy on the Trump campaign and destroy the Trump presidency. 
That prospect should outrage every American committed to the rule of law. 
This Republic has and will survive many things.  But what it cannot tolerate is a rogue bureaucracy that operates contrary to and without the consent of the governed.
The immediate solution, my friends, is to vote this November. 
If you voted for Donald Trump in 2016, you must vote for his allies in Congress — that means for Republican candidates. 
If you voted against Hillary Clinton in 2016, you must vote against the radical Democrat socialists in 2018.
But if Schumer and Pelosi take control of Congress next year, the investigations into the deep state will be shut down, and we may never learn the truth.

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Omarosa’s “distinguished” career in White House service

At lunch at a local fast food restaurant yesterday they had CNN on and the hosts were interviewing  Obamarosa Barbarossa Omarosa.  She was plugging her book.  I could only watch a moment, and there was a defender of Trump on during the back and forth, but I doubt there was any questions to Ms Omarosa about this:

FLASHBACK: That Time Omarosa Was Fired from the Clinton White House

DLH with R Mall

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