“Et tu, Brute?”

We are witnessing the unraveling of a conspiracy the likes of which Shakespeare in his day delighted in memorializing in verse. “The Goodfellas” would have been a grand third leg of a “Julius Caesar” and “Macbeth” tragic trilogy … on steroids!

I’m not a school trained profiler or interrogator. However, during the course of  FBI, Special Forces and Criminal Justice activities, I’ve learned to catch the subtle nuances of speech and gesture that mirror a person’s character and attitude.

With classic Justice Department, FBI, and other Senior Level, bureaucratic demonstrations of hubris, Peter Strzok’s smirk and his snide “happy to indulge you” comment from the following video clip is all telling.  Strzok, contemptuous of Congress and superior to the rule of law, is a poster child for the Goodfellas of the Deep State’s Swamp.

“The best defense is a good offense” is an adage that has been applied to many fields of endeavor, including games and military combat. It is also known as the strategic offensive principle of war.  What Strzok has to offer is offensive in the least and there is indeed a war underway.

With our most sincere appreciation for technology, we the lowly publicans, common sinners and “groundlings” have a ring side video view from the penny seats in our homes and offices.

Strzok highlights here …

Fair Use

$21 trillion of tax money vanished.

How $21 Trillion in U.S. Tax Money Disappeared. “Full Scope Audit” of the Pentagon

(Our note here about David DeGraw … He’s a warrior and a patriot.)

 

How can this be possible?

We outlined the “Unaccountable System of Global War Profiteers” in detail here.

For further understanding, we are featuring another mind-blowing Department of Defense Inspector General (DOD IG) report.

The following are highlights from the DOD IG “Summary of DOD Office of the Inspector General Audits of Financial Management”:

  • The financial management systems DOD has put in place to control and monitor the money flow don’t facilitate but actually “prevent DOD from collecting and reporting financial information… that is accurate, reliable, and timely.” (p. 4)
  • DOD frequently enters “unsupported” (i.e. imaginary) amounts in its books (p. 13) and uses those figures to make the books balance. (p. 14)
  • Inventory records are not reviewed and adjusted; unreliable and inaccurate data are used to report inventories, and purchases are made based on those distorted inventory reports. (p. 7)
  • DOD managers do not know how much money is in their accounts at the Treasury, or when they spend more than Congress appropriates to them. (p. 5)18
  • Nor does DOD “record, report, collect, and reconcile” funds received from other agencies or the public (p. 6),
  • DOD tracks neither buyer nor seller amounts when conducting transactions with other agencies. (p. 12)
  • “The cost and depreciation of the DOD general property, plant, and equipment are not reliably reported….” (p. 8);
  • “… the value of DOD property and material in the possession of contractors is not reliably reported.” (p. 9)
  • DOD does not know who owes it money, nor how much. (p. 10.)
It gets worse; overall:
  • “audit trails” are not kept “in sufficient detail,” which means no one can track the money;
  • DOD’s “Internal Controls,” intended to track the money, are inoperative. Thus, DOD cost reports and financial statements are inaccurate, and the size, even the direction (in plus or minus values), of the errors cannot be identified, and
  • DOD does not observe many of the laws that govern all this.

It is as if the accountability and appropriations clauses of the U.S. Constitution were just window dressing, behind which this mind-numbing malfeasance thrives.

Technically, this is a violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act, a statute carrying felony sanctions of fines and imprisonment.

Congress and the Pentagon annually report and hold hearings on DOD’s lack of financial accountability and sometimes enact new laws, but many of the new laws simply permit the Pentagon to ignore the previous ones; others are eyewash.

If you have a system that does not accurately know what its spending history is, and does not know what it is now (and does not care to redress the matter), how can you expect it to make a competent, honest estimate of future costs?

It is self-evident that an operation that tolerates inaccurate, unverifiable data cannot be soundly managed; it exempts itself from any reasonable standard of efficiency.

Recall, also that the errors in cost, schedule and performance that result are not random: actual costs always turn out to be much higher than, sometimes even multiples of, early estimates; the schedule is always optimistic, and the performance is always inflated.

The Pentagon, defense industry and their congressional operatives want – need – to increase the money flow into the system to pretend to improve it.

Supported by a psychology of excessive secrecy, generated fear and the ideological belief that there is no alternative to high cost, high complexity weapons, higher budgets are easier to justify, especially if no one can sort out how the Pentagon actually spends its money.

The key to the DOD spending problem is to initiate financial accountability. No failed system can be understood or fixed if it cannot be accurately measured.

And yet, there is no sense of urgency in the Pentagon to do anything about it.

Indeed, in the 1990s, we were promised the accountability problem would be solved by 1997. In the early 2000s, we were promised it would be solved by 2007; then by 2016; then by 2017….

The question must be asked: if nothing has been done by the Pentagon to end the accountability problem after more than 20 years of promises, is top management simply incompetent, or is this the intended result of obfuscation to avert accountability?

A spending system that effectively audits its weapon programs and offices would also be one that systemically uncovers incompetent and crooked managers, false promises and those who made them.

It would also necessarily reveal reasons to dramatically alter, if not cease, funding for some programs, which of course would make lots of people in industry, Congress, and the executive branch unhappy.

The current system and its out of control finances mortally harm our defenses, defraud taxpayers, and bloat the Pentagon and federal budgets.

Any reform that fails to address this most fundamental problem is merely another doomed attempt that will only serve to perpetuate a system that thrives on falsehoods and deception.

William Hartung, Director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, summed up the accountability crisis at the Pentagon by saying:

“Call it irony or call it symptomatic of the department’s way of life, but an analysis by the Project on Government Oversight notes the Pentagon has so far spent roughly $6 billion on ‘fixing’ the audit problem — with no solution in sight.

If anything, the Defense Department’s accounting practices have been getting worse.”

The above post was an excerpt from The Pentagon Labyrinth, 10 Short Essays to Help You Through It. It was written by, “10 Pentagon Insiders, Retired Military Officers and Specialists With Over 400 Years of Defense Experience.” The section we featured is from Essay #8, Decoding the Defense Budget: The Ultimate in Cooked Numbers, by Winslow T. WheelerReport Full PDF Here *  This article was originally published on Changemaker.media.  The original source of this article is Changemaker Media and Global Research  Copyright © David DeGraw, Changemaker Media and Global Research , 2018

Fair Use

We Declare and Reverence our Republic! Ideally … we are to be governed by the “Rule of Law.”

The following 10 minute video has shaped our thinking and serves as a “nexus” for the work that we do on the “Buzzard’s Blog.”

We believe Robert Mueller to be one of the most significant and dangerous of all the “Goodfellas” … a “Deus ex Machina ,” a modern Rasputin and Machiavelli wrapped in one, a Judas Goat and “Step n’ Fetch it” par excellence for the Oligarchs who reign.  As matters unfold in the next days and weeks, we hope to demonstrate this.

As a matter of fact, we dedicated a posting to him, “Robert Mueller … poster child for the “Pot calling the Kettle Black.”  See also the following chart here.  When you have arrived at this chart , each time your mouse turns into a hand, you can click and access underlying information.  The chart is a work in progress and draft to be refined along the way.

Mueller Link Analysis

Have a look at the “Left of Center” as AXIOS reports the Mueller investigation.

We expect our friends to be eclectic in their thinking and dispassionately review what those on the “Left of Center” are thinking.   Are there indicators of the “Black Arts” in play here?

Here you go ….

1 big thing … Mueller’s map: What 35 indictments tell us

Wait! A Russian military intelligence agency leased server space in Arizona and a computer in Illinois?

  • Wait! The Russian military used bitcoin to buy servers, register domains and pay for other election-hacking activity?
  • Wait! The Russian military used screenshots and keystroke-capture to monitor dozens of DCCC and DNC employees as they typed?
  • Wait! The Russian military tried to trick more than 30 Hillary Clinton campaign employees into clicking on a document titled “hillary-clinton-favorable-rating.xlsx” (that actually went to a Russian website)?
  • Wait! The Russian military extracted opposition research on Republican candidates in bulk from the DNC, as part of a multi-gigabyte haul?
  • Wait! A lieutenant captain in the Russian military named Nikolay Yuryevich Kozachek (Козачек Николай Юрьевич) disguised himself online as “blablabla1234565″?

That’s what I kept thinking as I read special counsel Robert Mueller’s 29-page indictment yesterday of a dozen Russian intelligence officers (from Boris and Ivan to Sergey and Viktor).

And none of that is even the most alarming, damning news in the filing in U.S. District Court in D.C. Mueller, who personally signed the document, saved that for page 25:

  • Two of the officers conspired “to hack into the computers of U.S. persons and entities responsible for the administration of 2016 U.S. elections, such as state boards of elections, secretaries of state, and U.S. companies that supplied software and other technology related to the administration of U.S. elections.”
  • And they actually pulled it off: “In or around July 2016, [Russian military officer Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev] and his co-conspirators hacked the website of [an unnamed] state board of elections … and stole information related to approximately 500,000 voters, including names, addresses, partial social security numbers, dates of birth, and driver’s license numbers.”

Mueller has now indicted or secured guilty pleas from 32 people and three Russian companies.

  • Vox’s tally“four former Trump advisers, 26 Russian nationals, three Russian companies, one California man, and one London-based lawyer. Five of these people (including three former Trump aides) have already pleaded guilty.”

All of the documents are on one page on Mueller’s official Justice Department website. I curled up and read them all. What I learned:

Known knowns about Mueller:

  • He has keystroke-by-keystroke reconstructions of online activities by the Russian “Conspirators,” as the indictment calls them — down to their web searches.
  • He’s going broader, deeper, wider than people realize — following the money, following the keystrokes, following the concentric circles of characters.
  • His indictments and plea agreements are providing a serial narrative of what Sen. John McCain has called an “act of war” perpetrated during one of the closest elections in American history.

Known knowns about Russia:

  • Yesterday’s indictment was so significant because its scope went far beyond propaganda efforts and into a physical attack on America’s state-by-state machinery of democracy.
  • This wasn’t an attempt — the Russians actually succeeded in some of their incursions.
  • The attack was more sophisticated and involved vastly more resources than most U.S. politicians realized.

Be smart: David Kris, founder of Culper Partners consulting firm and head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division under President Obama, told me that Mueller is following traditional prosecutorial practice by starting at the outer ring.

  • “His next steps may include moving in closer to the center of things.”
  • One possible shot to drop … Russian blackmail or threats targeting Americans who took things of value: “That’s a traditional element of Russian tradecraft.”

Go deeper … “Mueller’s web: Everyone caught up in the Russia investigation.”

Mueller’s web: Everyone caught up in the Russia investigation

There’s been such a flood of stories about who Robert Mueller has interviewed for his Russia investigation — and who’s been charged in connection with it — that it can be easy to lose track. Here’s a map to help you keep every move straight.

How it works: The map starts with the people who participated in key events and the ones who have been charged. Expand this story and you’ll see the rest, including current and former Trump administration officials and the people with more distant connections.

z

Diagram: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The key events:

The hacking:

  • 12 Russian military officers were indicted for hacking and releasing the emails of Democratic campaign organizations, including the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, in an effort to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

Who’s not on the list:

  • Michael Cohen. Trump’s personal lawyer has been raided by the FBI, and Mueller is looking into his activities, but there have been no reports that Mueller’s team has questioned him directly.
  • Donald Trump Jr. The bigger intrigue is about why there have been no reports that Mueller’s team has questioned Trump Jr., given that he is a key player in one of the biggest events: the Trump Tower meeting with Manafort and Kushner. (He did testify before a Senate committee.)
  • President Trump. And, of course, Mueller hasn’t questioned the president — yet.

This story has been updated to include the indictments of the 12 Russian military intelligence officers.

Editor’s note: Axios’ David Nather, Lauren Meier, Haley Britzky, Lazaro Gamino and Andrew Witherspoon contributed to this story.

Now compare and contrast the foregoing with the following.  What do you think?

Jeff Carlson has set out to list Resignations and Firings.

We have abstracted the following from the 35 pages of Carlson’s work in progress.

Resignations/Firings – FBI:

  • James Comey – FBI Director – fired May 9, 2017. Oversaw all FBI operations – including exoneration of Clinton and Trump-Russia Investigation. Reported to AG Lynch.
  • Andrew McCabe – Deputy FBI Director – on December 23, 2017 announcedretirement effective March 22, 2018. Forced to resign active position on January 29, 2018. Fired on March 16, 2018. Involved in all aspects. Subject of IG Report – will be featured in future ones. Reported to Comey.
  • Peter Strzok – Deputy Assistant Director of FBI’s Counterintelligence – forced off Mueller’s team – demoted August 16, 2017 to FBI’s Human Resources. IG Horowitz discovered texts July 27, 2017. Strzok involved in all facets of Clinton exoneration. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group.
  • Lisa Page – FBI/DOJ Lawyer – forced off Mueller’s team – demoted August 16, 2017. IG Horowitz discovered texts July 27, 2017. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group. Page resigned/fired May 4, 2018.
  • James Baker – FBI General Counsel – demoted and reassigned on December 20, 2017. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group. Senior-most legal counsel at FBI. Baker resigned/fired May 4, 2018. Took position at Lawfare.
  • James Rybicki – Chief of Staff to FBI Director James Comey & successor Chris Wray – resigned/forced out January 23, 2018. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group.
  • Josh Campbell – Special Assistant to James Comey – resigned on February 2, 2018. Writes op-ed in New York Times on why he is leaving but does not disclose in op-ed that he was Special Assistant to Comey – or that he had been offered lucrative CNN job. Takes job with CNN on February 5, 2018.
  • Michael Kortan – FBI Asst. Director Public Affairs – resigned on February 8, 2018 – effective February 15, 2018. Kortan served as assistant director for public affairs, an influential job that controlled media access.
  • Greg Brower (FBI) – Assistant Director for the Office of Congressional Affairs. FBI’s liaison with Congress. Listed by Devin Nunes as one of the individuals he wants to interview. Resigned suddenly on March 30, 2018.
  • James Turgal (FBI) – Executive Assistant Director for Information and Technology Branch. Retired from FBI sometime prior to January 9, 2018.
  • Michael B. Steinbach (FBI) – Executive Assistant Director for the National Security Branch. Was FBI’s top national security official. Some reports state Steinbach replaced John Giacalone who quit over frustration with Clinton Investigation. Other reports say it was McCabe who replaced Giacalone. Steinbach claims to have personally handled the Clinton Email Investigation. Retired from FBI in February 2017.
  • Bill Priestap – Assistant Director – Head of FBI Counterintelligence – Holds same position. Strzok’s boss – reported directly to McCabe. More herehere and here.

Resignations/Firings – Department of Justice (Non-FBI):

  • John Carlin – Assistant Attorney General – Head of DOJ’s National Security Division – announced resignation on September 27, 2016 after filing the Government’s proposed 2016 Section 702 certifications on September 26, 2016. The filing does not disclose known FISA Abuses. Carlin is aware NSA Rogers is conducting a compliance review which will uncover the FISA Abuse. The 2016 certifications are scheduled for Court approval on October 26, 2016. Trump surveillance originated under Carlin’s tenure.
  • Sally Yates – Deputy Attorney General & Acting Attorney General (replacing Loretta Lynch – 10 days) – fired January 30, 2017. Complicit in Flynn Surveillance and surveillance of Trump Campaign.
  • Mary McCord – Acting Assistant Attorney General – Acting Head of DOJ’s National Security Division (replacing John Carlin) – announced resignation on April 17, 2017 – Left on May 11, 2017. Complicit in Flynn Surveillance and surveillance of Trump Campaign.
  • Peter Kadzik – Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs. Resigned January 2017. On May 19, 2015, Kadzik sent Podesta an email appearing to tip off Clinton Campaign about the Justice Department’s review of Clinton’s emails.
  • Bruce Ohr – Associate Deputy Attorney General – demoted twice. Stripped of Associate Deputy Attorney General title on December 6, 2017. Removed as head of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force January 8, 2018. Unofficial liaison between Fusion GPS and FBI/DOJ. Wife worked at Fusion. Long-standing ties to both Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson/Fusion GPS.
  • David Laufman – DOJ National Security Division, Deputy Asst. Attorney General in charge of counterintelligence – resigned on February 7, 2018. Laufman “played a leading role in the Clinton email server and Russian hacking investigations.”
  • Rachel Brand – Associate Attorney General – number three official behind Deputy AG Rosenstein – resigned February 9, 2018. Takes top legal position at Walmart. Brand “played a critical role in Congress’ re-authorization” of section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
  • Matthew Axelrod – Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General. May have been individual who had phone call with Deputy FBI Director McCabe re: Clinton Foundation. From IG McCabe Report: “A senior Justice Department official called Mr. McCabe to voice his displeasure at finding that New York FBI agents were still openly pursuing the Clinton Foundation probe during the election season. The Justice Department official was “very pissed off,” according to one person close to McCabe, and pressed him to explain why the FBI was still chasing a matter the department considered dormant…” Axelrod resigned on January 30, 2017 when AG Sally Yates was fired.
  • Preet Bharara – U.S. District Attorney. Involved in Prevezon Case. Used as threat by AG Lynch re: Weiner email/Clinton email case. Fired by President Trump on March 11, 2017.

FBI/DOJ Watch List:

  • David Bowditch (FBI) – Replaced Andrew McCabe as Acting Deputy FBI Director. Bowditch’s name is featured in emails and Strzok texts.
  • Trisha Anderson (DOJ) – adviser in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, was previously an attorney at Attorney General Eric Holder’s former firm, Covington & Burling. Attended two April 25, 2016 White House meetings with FBI Counsel James Baker and several DOJ FISA lawyers – Tashina Guahar, Christopher Hardee, Brad Wiegmann. Anderson’s name appears in Strzok/Page texts.
  • Sally Moyer (FBI) – Attorney. Listed by Devin Nunes as one of the individuals he wants to interview.
  • Dana Boente (DOJ/FBI) – FBI General Counsel – Appointed on January 23, 2018 – replacing James Baker who was demoted and reassigned. Acting Head of DOJ’s National Security Division until January 23, 2018 and the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Replaced Mary McCord in NSD Role. Was briefly Acting Deputy Attorney General until Rosenstein appointed. Likely White Hat.
  • Edward O’Callaghan (DOJ) – became Acting Assistant Attorney General and Acting Head of DOJ’s National Security Division on January 27, 2018, replacing Dana Boente.
  • Jonathan Moffa (FBI) – Copied on Comey’s Draft Statement exonerating Clinton of Email Scandal. Mentioned in Strzok/Page texts. Surprisingly hard to find any information on Moffa.
  • Michael Gaeta (FBI) – Ran FBI’s Eurasian organized crime unit in New York. Has known Steele previously. Led the 2013 FBI investigation of Russian mafia boss, Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov. For two years ending in 2013, the FBI had a court-approved warrant to eavesdrop on Tokhtakhounov’s money-laundering network that operated out of unit 63A in Trump Tower. Gaeta was the FBI Agent sent to London to meet with Christopher Steele and obtain first copy of Dossier. Gaeta’s trip approved by State’s Victoria Nuland. Gaeta may have given copy of Dossier to Nuland before anyone else.
  • Joe Pientka – FBI Agent – Counterintelligence Division. Pientka potentially identifiedby Grassley as second FBI Agent (Strzok the other) present at Flynn Interview.
  • George Toscas – (DOJ) – Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the National Security Division. Toscas contacted by NY Prosecutors (possibly Preet Bharara) about Weiner investigation re: HRC/Huma emails on Weiner computer. Toscas contacts FBI, forcing McCabe to tell Comey of emails.
  • Randy Coleman (FBI) – Executive Assistant Director, oversight of all FBI domestic and international cyber operations and investigations concerning cyber matters.
  • Brian Brooks (FBI) – Assistant Director of the Operational Technology Division. Recently promoted by FBI Director Chris Wray.
  • Tashina Guahar (DOJ) – Deputy Assistant Attorney General. National Security Division. FISA lawyer. Appears in Strzok Texts as “Tash”.
  • Norman “Christopher” Hardee (DOJ) – Chief Counsel for Policy, National Security Division. FISA lawyer.
  • Brad Wiegmann (DOJ) – Deputy Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division – Office of Law and Policy. FISA lawyer.
  • John T. Lynch (DOJ) – Chief, Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section – Criminal Division.
  • Alan Rozenshtein (DOJ) – Attorney Advisor with the Office of Law and Policy in the National Security Division. Resigned April 2017. Visiting professor. Writes for Lawfare.
  • Iris Lan (DOJ) – Associate Deputy Attorney General. Previously U.S. Attorney at Southern District of New York.
  • James Tranor (FBI) – Assistant Director of the Cyber Division. Mentioned in Strzok Texts. Retired October 2016.

FBI – Assignments Away from FBI Headquarters:

  • Stephen Laycock – Special Agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division for the Washington Field Office. Previously Section Chief of the Eurasia Section in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters.
  • Charles McGonigal – Special Agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division for the New York Field Office. Previously Section Chief of the Cyber-Counterintelligence Coordination Section at FBI Headquarters.
  • Gerald Roberts – Special Agent in charge of the Intelligence Division of the Washington Field Office. Previously Section Chief of the Terrorist Financing Operations Section in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters.
  • Charles Kable – Special Agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division at the Washington Field Office. Previously Section Chief of the Counterespionage Section at FBI Headquarters.
  • Louis Bladel – Special Agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division of the New York Field Office. Previously Section Chief of the Counter-Proliferation Center at FBI Headquarters. Retired 2016.

The individuals listed above had been Section Chiefs at FBI Headquarters. Comey transferred each to field offices.

Fair Use

Dancing with the Devil

devil

The duplicitous nature of politics demands doing a dance with the Devil … a dance that but a few would ever recognize, understand, or be privy to.  Ready or not, on this very day if awake and aware, we were privy to a bizarre, duplicitous, political event unfolding in the Congress and choreographed as if out of a Hitchcock horror movie.   It is a dance, however, that began decades ago.

One could go back as far as Cain and Able to illustrate but Hooverwe choose to begin with J. Edgar Hoover’s era 1924-72 fast forwarding until today.  Hoover danced with the Devil on any number of occasions and spoke of conspiracies with enough conviction and proof to secure his place in history, but for this posting we’ll report few of his shortcomings and do so conservatively.  Unfortunately, in today’s World the Bard was right when he wrote, “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” – William Shakespeare

My service as an FBI Agent spans 1970-76.  My father, a Union man, hated Hoover and the FBI and ranted about how FBI Agents were Union busters.  When I became an agent, he disowned me.  Mother, on the other hand, worshiped the Director.  As a staunch Southern Baptist, she believed that lipstick, smoking, dancing, going to movies, drinking beer, and chasing women were akin to the original sins.  Except for the lipstick, I was cousin to Cain for engaging in the foregoing with vigor.  Even worse than my bad behavior was the event of my later conversion to the Mormon Church.  That basically ended our relationship.

The only time mother ever traveled from Washington State to visit Sheri and the children in Utah was when I graduated from the University … an event she wouldn’t believe unless she saw it in person.  The next and last time she visited with us was shortly after I had received a letter of commendation from Director Hoover for single-handedly catching a bank robber after a high speed car and foot chase through and into the ghettos of Los Angeles.

Upon hearing the news, Mother flew immediately from Oregon to California.  She deplaned and the first words out of her mouth were, “Let me see the letter!”  It was at home.  All suffered an hour’s long ride to Newbury Park with mother sitting in silence.  No more than moments out of the car, mother demanded to see the letter again.  We retrieved it and she took it in one hand, read it and spit on the index finger of her other hand swiping a gob onto Hoover’s signature.  Yes … the now runny ink was original, smeared in spit and that seemed to satisfy Mother.  Flashing forward to the present, Hoover’s signature is barely visible today.  Could it be the acid in the spit?

The point we make with both of these short, personal notes about my father and mother is that Hoover was despised and vilified and worshiped and revered by many.  He had a choke hold, a WrestlersJapanese Death Lock, a Leg-trap camel clutch, a Chickenwing over-the-shoulder crossface, a Mandible claw and any number of other holds and grips on the hearts, minds, and souls of my Mother’s generation and other generations to follow.   Where, when, and how did the FBI begin to dance with the Devil?

It wasn’t a solo tap dance.  It was more like one after the other of the Goodfellas joining the old “Do the Hucklebuck,” 1950s, group, line dance thing.  These were the originals … all Goodfellas inhabiting an ever deepening Swamp.hucklebuck

More to follow ………………………..

Fair Use

 

 

All Hail to Renaissance Men and Women!

images

Click on the link and then sit back and relax as you take a deep dive beneath the ocean in this cool submarine video filmed from the exploration vessel M/V Alucia. 

What does the foregoing diversion from our usual political “dust ups” have to do with “Justice4All” and “The Buzzard’s Roost?”  Absolutely nothing on the face of it but everything thereafter.  May we all crawl out of any rut we are in and go above and beyond (or below in this instance) where we are “stuck” as mere “pedestrians.”  May we expand our personal powers and horizons by becoming Renaissance Men and Women who explore, examine and embrace the broadest possible panorama of human existence, experience and endeavor. 

The New Renaissance Man/Woman by Birdman

This blog (foregoing link) is dedicated to the original Renaissance Man, Leonardo da Vinci. It is open to a new Renaissance Generation who explore the world as Creative Seekers. If you have ever been called creative, or perhaps you have been described as a “Renaissance Man”, you are in the right place to share and explore your creativity!

TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2009

What is a Renaissance Man/Woman?

A Renaissance person is skilled in many fields of disciplines. They have a broad base of knowledge. Although the term was used to define artists and scholars of the European Renaissance period (around 1450 CE) we find the ultimate Renaissance Man of this period was Leonardo da Vinci. He was a master of the arts, an engineer, expert in anatomy as well as many other disciplines.

It seems in modern society we have placed an emphasis on becoming specialized. The “expert” is highly revered. I remember a funny example of what is an expert; the expert studies in a particular field, then continues to narrow it down until he knows more and more about less and less, until he knows absolutely everything about nothing!

I once heard a child psychologist talk about the underappreciated value of a “well rounded” student. Our students are praised for specialized academic success. Parents are proud to say, “Johnny is really good at math” or “Sally is best at reading”. If you were trapped on a deserted island, who would you value most, a person who knows absolutely everything about your big toe, or a person who knows a little bit about everything?

The Renaissance Man views the world with a curiosity about everything. Everything has possibilities. The renaissance person has so much more at their disposal. As artists we can bring together the possibilities of “what if” in a way that the specialist can’t.

The challenge: Try stepping out of your comfort zone. Push yourself to learn a new discipline. Start small, if you only paint with watercolors, switch to oils, or acrylics. Later move way out of your field and explore something as diverse as ceramics, or poetry. The guarantee is you will not be able to return to your watercolors as the same person you were before your explorations. This is a great way to stay fresh and evolve as an artist. Who knows, you might even stand a better chance to survive the deserted island experience!

Fair Use

Start your day by …

Finding Something Beautiful To Notice

Lisa Beamer’s comments on Good Morning AmericaBeamer

If you remember, she’s the wife of Todd Beamer who said ‘Let’s Roll!’ and helped take down the plane over Pennsylvania that was heading for Washington, DC back on 9/11.

She said it’s the little things that she misses most about Todd, such as hearing the garage door open as he came home, and her children running to meet him.

Lisa recalled this story: “I had a very special teacher in high school many years ago whose husband died suddenly of a heart attack. About a week after his death, she shared some of her insight with a classroom of students.

As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the classroom windows and the class was nearly over, she moved a few things a side on the edge of her desk and sat down there. With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused and said, ‘Class is over. I would like to share with all of you, a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel is very important. Each of us is put here on earth to learn, share, love, appreciate and give of ourselves. None of us knows when this fantastic experience will end. It can be taken away at any moment.

Perhaps this is God’s way of telling us that we must make the most out of every single day. Her eyes, beginning to water, she went on, ‘So I would like you all to make me a promise. From now on, on your way to school, or on your way home, find something beautiful to notice.

It doesn’t have to be something you see; it could be a scent, perhaps of freshly baked bread wafting out of someone’s house, or it could be the sound of the breeze slightly rustling the leaves in the trees, or the way the morning light catches one autumn leaf as it falls gently to the ground. Please look for these things, and cherish them. For, although it may sound trite to some, these things are the “stuff” of life. The little things we are put here on earth to enjoy. The things we often take for granted.

The class was completely quiet. We all picked up our books and filed out of the room silently. That afternoon, I noticed more things on my way home from school than I had that whole semester. Every once in a while, I think of that teacher and remember what an impression she made on all of us, and I try to appreciate all of those things that sometimes we all overlook.

Take notice of something special you see on your lunch hour today. Go barefoot. Or walk double dipon the beach at sunset. Stop off on the way home tonight to get a double dip ice cream cone. For as we get older, it is not the things we did that we often regret, but the things we didn’t do.

Uncle Bill, thank you for sharing this posting.

Uncle Bill Samuels  is our dear friend and retired USMC Master Sergeant … Vietnam Veteran.

Happy News!

Notice how often the media in concert with Goodfellas manipulate to publish and push out events, accomplishments, announcements, and happy news about the Deep State’s elite.   Simply put, it’s all about self congratulatory politics that encourage and promote a mutual, ritual back scratching and face kissing.

hatch trump
Almost a kiss and a curtsy.
Bears Ears Goodfellas
Goodfellas drooling over the Bears Ears Happy News!  Notice Zinke’s strategic placement looming and leering at top center?

Every tragicomedy like “Bears Ears” needs a “heavy” … an enforcer … someone to take a “lickin’ stick” to the lowly publicans, sinners and the “groundlings” in the penny seats.  That would be Mr. Navy Seal Secretary Zinke the big, buff, bully, bad ass, Bluto of the Badlands.

bluto
“I’m a SEAL … I’ve Gotta’ keep them’ crazy damn Injuns’ on the reservation … folks!”

“Psychological Operations and Black Arts” tools include artifice, design, and scheme to conceal, defraud, and deflect.  The “Bears Ears” brouhaha, no matter the expressed will of the people, is a prime example.  See the “Westwise” article President Trump opens 2 million acres inside national monuments to mining

In order to stay “tuned up” and raise one’s awareness levels, we suggest a re-visit to the following posting …  As for the Black Arts, “Since when is anything about what it’s about?”

This coming week we’ll begin to unravel a web of intrigue and subterfuge that has ensnared even the President.  It’s all about the “Black Arts and Psychological Operations.”

Finale:

The foregoing focus on the reprehensible Republican Goodfellas deserves more “balance.”   We see in their conduct for profit and plunder, the arrogant hijack of a pristine wilderness.  With glee and gusto they celebrate their booty.   Never-the-less, they are NOT the only Goodfella denizens of the Deep State’s Swamp.  It is, therefore, our obligation to shed more light on the despicable Democrats.

There’s nothing like being “fair and balanced,” so long as we’re talking about kissing … here goes something … it’s weird but accurately reflective of the desperately, despicable “Dems” … truly Goodfellas all.  Maryland State Sen. Richard Madaleno began airing an ad that shows all the ways the Montgomery County Democrat has supported policies that President Trump opposes. He ends the ad by asking: “And what’s the No. 1 way I piss off Donald Trump and the Republicans?” He then kisses his husband.

kissing
YUK!

Not only does Madaleno get the dumb ass award for using gender preference as his main talking point for “standing up” to President Trump, he’s bucking an insurmountable odd.  (Wow what a pundit could do with that last phrase, “… bucking an insurmountable odd.“)  Regarding the “odds,” here’s the skinny from Gallup ….

PRINCETON, N.J. — The American public estimates on average that 23% of Americans are gay or lesbian, little changed from Americans’ 25% estimate in 2011, and only slightly higher than separate 2002 estimates of the gay and lesbian population. These estimates are many times higher than the 3.8% of the adult population who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in Gallup Daily tracking in the first four months of this year.  (Who is driving the buss here?)

Ok … Despicable Dem, brain child Madaleno … you “empty suit” … you Daffy Duck … you may have at least 3.8% of the vote but count how many pissed off(s) there are among the remaining 96.2%.  Now who’s going to be driving the buss for you?  Daffy Duck … of course!

Duck

So there you have it with HAPPY News” and “GAY Looney Tunes.” 

“Bluto the Bully Zinke” and “Daffy Duck Madaleno are starring.”  

It’s a “HAPPY,” rowdy, rollicking and GAY dust-up.  “Ya hoo” for American politics!!

thats all

For now ….

Fair Use