Protesters Force GOP Rep Out Of Town Hall With Police Escort (VIDEO)

It’s getting scary out there, folks.

Hundreds of anti-Trump protesters flooded the streets outside of Tower Theater, in Roseville, California.

Republican Representative Tom McClintock attempted to quiet down protesters, by sympathizing with their positions, while also defending Trump.

“I understand you do not like Donald Trump,” McClintock said, according to the report.

“I sympathize with you. There have been elections where our side has lost… Just a word of friendly advice: Remember that there were many people in America who disagreed and feared Barack Obama just as vigorously as you disagree with and fear Donald Trump.”

They weren’t having it.

Demonstrators outside sported signs with messages including “Resist,” “Dump Tom McTrump” and “Climate change is real,” pushing the GOP lawmaker to denounce his party’s plans to repeal ObamaCare, according to the report.

Your basic, cafeteria-styled, leftwing protest.

Ultimately, McClintock had to be escorted out of the town hall meeting by police, for his protection.

Be careful out there, people.

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Touré Ponders a Better World… Without America in Mind-Boggling Tweet

Some people are taking Donald Trump’s win harder than others. Leave it to a liberal activist to ponder a world without America… and imagine it to be a better place. Former Touré MSNBC host and self styled journalist sent a tweet out Saturday, that really just has to be seen to be believed.

But don’t you dare question his patriotism.

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BREAKING. Secretary Of the Army Nominee Is Out But Is There More To the Story?

Don’t know what to make of this. This is the story:

Vincent Viola, a billionaire Wall Street trader and President Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Army, abruptly withdrew his name for the post on Friday night after concluding it would be too difficult to untangle himself from his business ties, two government officials said.

Mr. Viola is an owner of the Florida Panthers hockey club and a majority shareholder in Virtu Financial and Eastern Air Lines, among a number of other business interests. This week The New York Times reported that Mr. Viola had been negotiating to swap his stake in Eastern Air Lines for a stake in Swift Air, an airline with government subcontracts.

A former Pentagon official and close friend said Mr. Viola was devastated over having to withdraw from what he described as a lifelong dream job. But the former official said Mr. Viola felt he was unable to sell his interest in some of his holdings because doing so could have destroyed those companies. His decision followed weeks of negotiations between his lawyers and the government as they sought to find a solution.

Having someone with an actual love of the Army as Secretary of the Army would be great. Historically, however, that has not been the case. I don’t know Viola but his pedigree seemed to me to be picture perfect for bringing pride back to an organization that has been battered and abused by the SJWs that ruled the roost in Obama’s Pentagon.

The real question I have is whether he jumped or he was pushed.

One of the things we think we know is that there has been friction between Secretary of Defense James Mattis and the Trump transition, and now White House, people who have been trying to foist hires off on him. (I say “we think” because I just noted that this article, Mattis clashing with Trump transition team over Pentagon staffing, is by Josh Rogin who, of late, has had two scoops proven to be total bullsh**. One of them today.)

But the arrangement started going south only two weeks later when Mattis had to learn from the news media that Trump had selected Vincent Viola, a billionaire Army veteran, to be secretary of the Army, one source close to the transition said.

“Mattis was furious,” said the source. “It made him suspicious of the transition team, and things devolved from there.”

Service secretaries represent potential alternate power centers inside the Defense Department, and Mattis as defense secretary has an interest in having secretaries who are loyal to him and don’t have independent relationships with the White House.

Perhaps the story is correct. Perhaps Viola was simply unable to unwind himself from his business affairs in a way that didn’t harm a lot of investors and employees. Perhaps the Pentagon lawyers had no reason to try all that hard because the SecDef wasn’t all that crazy about the pick to begin with.

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Trump’s Putin Fan Boys Are Upset At US Army Deployments To Poland

So yesterday morning I checked the Drudge Report to see what non-Trump-worship articles might be trending there and I saw this one

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It links to an article in ZeroHedge by (hahahahaha) Paul Craig Roberts (yeah, I know, right?) titled Is Trump Being Sabotaged By The Pentagon?

If you’ve been blogging (or in journalism, to the extent that the two are really separable today) you’ve come across Betteridge’s law of headlines. This says:

“Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.”

The reason being “The reason why journalists use that style of headline is that they know the story is probably bullsh**, and don’t actually have the sources and facts to back it up, but still want to run it.”

Surprisingly, this story repudiates that law.

President Trump says he wants the US to have better relations with Russia and to halt military operations against Muslim countries. But he is being undermined by the Pentagon.

The commander of US forces in Europe, General Ben Hodges, has lined up tanks on Poland’s border with Russia and fired salvos that the general says are a message to Russia, not a training exercise.

How is Trump going to normalize relations with Russia when the commander of US forces in Europe is threatening Russia with words and deeds?

As it turns out, I know Ben Hodges. He’s stayed at my house. He’s a superb leader and soldier. His taste in whiskey and cigars is impeccable. You won’t find a guy anywhere with more respect for civil-military relations and less likely to freelance against the desires of the US government. His major flaw, other than being a West Point grad, is that he’s a Seminoles fan.

This is the exercise that has that blogger so, well, exercised. Notice that it is distributed on the NATO YouTube Channel, a place no one would ever think to find recording such a subversive act.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that the brigade in this video is from Fort Carson, CO. No general in Europe wakes up in the morning and calls Fort Carson and tells them to get their asses on a plane and fly to Poland. That is not the way any of this works. Large deployments like this are planned a couple of years in advance because they have to be funded by Congress.

I think all of us would like a better relationship with Russia. It may be a Third World sh**hole kleptocracy with delusions of adequacy but it has lots of nukes and for that reason alone we should attempt to get along with them. On the other hand, Poland — and Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia — are NATO allies and we have a treaty obligation to protect them. The worst thing we could do would be to let Russia think that we would not uphold our obligations and lure the Russians into doing something really stupid, something for which they have a well established genetic propensity. Letting them see what an actual Army looks like as opposed to the incompetent, poorly trained and terminally alcoholic rabble Russia calls an army is good for stability in Europe.

What is more important to note is that is the Trump administration is not demonstrating the Putin love that many of Trump’s fans had hoped. Not only has US Ambassador Nikki Haley called out Russian aggression in Ukraine, on Friday she announced that US sanctions imposed over the annexation of Crimea will remain in place until Crimea is returned to Ukraine. It seems to have passed unnoticed to Roberts, who assures us he has attended the very best universities, that the UN Ambassador doesn’t make policy pronouncements like that without being directed to do so by the White House.

I expect we are going to see the love affair between guys like Roberts who look to Putin to make Russia into some kind of white and Christian bulwark against Islam and China come to an abrupt end, because the one thing that we know for sure about Trump is that nothing is more disposable that someone he no longer needs.

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Katie Couric Explains to Ellen How Female Fetuses Can ‘Feel’ That They Are Male

Will Planned Parenthood make Katie Couric appear in a hostage video after this?

The chirpy Yahoo News anchor was delivering a biology dissertation on the Ellen show about how unpredictable gender can be. (It’s apparently a total crap shoot and genetics don’t matter.) Over the course of the discussion Katie explains how a female fetus can feel male.

Wait, fetuses can feel stuff? Have you told your pals at Planned Parenthood? I thought that was just a myth created by superstitious religionists and uptight people opposed to female sexuality or something.

Newsbusters has the video:

Katie Couric sympathizes with the abortion industry and Planned Parenthood. But when it comes to gender, she admits that the unborn can “feel.”

Last week, Ellen DeGeneres invited Yahoo anchor Katie Couric on her show to discuss her “incredible” upcoming National Geographic documentary, Gender Revolution, which confronts “gender identity in this country.” And, according to her, even the unborn can feel a different gender.

So since we’re supposed to believe that it is better for a baby to be killed than to be born “unplanned” or into a

“In the later stages of development, it’s when your brain is wired, and sometimes a surge of testosterone can make… a female fetus feel as if that baby is male or that person is male,” she said. “And the opposite, if there’s not enough testosterone.”

“It’s so interesting,” she concluded. “But it’s really about biology and people don’t realize that.”

Isn’t Science! amazing? Especially the part where you don’t have to pollute your ideology with results that suggest you’re wrong.

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Is Donald Trump Trying to Create an Anti-Terror Partnership with a Terrorist?

David Satter at National Review asks whether Donald Trump is preparing to partner with a terrorist responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians. The suspected terrorist? Vladimir Putin:

As President Trump apparently prepares for a U.S.–Russian partnership against terror, it is critical that the CIA reveal what it knows about the September 1999 Russian apartment bombings that propelled Vladimir Putin to power.

. . . .

I was in Moscow when the buildings were blown up killing 300 persons and I was immediately suspicious of the explosions. They were too convenient for Yeltsin and his corrupt entourage. Moscow had also been awash with rumors that a massive provocation was coming. But I became convinced that the bombings were a false-flag attack when a fifth, unexploded bomb was discovered September 22 in the basement of a building in Ryazan, southeast of Moscow, and local police arrested three persons who turned out to be not Chechens but agents of the Federal Security Service (FSB).

. . . .

The 1999 bombings, 18 years after they occurred, however, are not a peripheral issue. They pose the question of whether Putin is a terrorist. This is a question that the U.S. is in no position to ignore, particularly insofar as we are on the verge of joining Putin in a partnership against terrorism.

I detailed some of the evidence of FSB and Putin’s involvement in the bombings when I reviewed Garry Kasparov’s book Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped:

In 1999, when Putin was Yeltsin’s prime minister, a series of bombings in Russia had been attributed to Chechen separatists. In the town of Ryazan, a resident of an apartment building saw men carrying large sugar bags filled with white powder into the apartment basement. The resident called the police, who found the bags connected to a detonator. Chemical tests at the scene revealed the presence of the same type of explosive used in the previous bombings thought to be carried about by the Chechens. Putin praised the police and the alert citizen.

But then something weird happened. The director of the FSB announced that the planting of the bags was simply a training exercise by the FSB to test the public’s vigilance. There had been no explosives in the bags, he claimed, just sugar. Why announce this, after Putin himself had treated the discovery as a foiled terror plot? Because local police had already developed evidence tying the planting of the bags to FSB agents. Left unexplained: why the initial tests of mere sugar had revealed explosives. Suspicions increased with reports of soldiers having previously discovered sugar bags at a nearby military base with a “strange substance” that turned to be the explosive in question.

The bottom line is that there is evidence that Putin and the FSB were actually behind some of the bombings that were attributed to the Chechens.

This provides useful background for Satter’s article, in which he says he recently received a response to a FOIA request he sent to the State Department for documents relating to the bombings. Satter says that, among the documents he received in November was the ominous cable he describes here:

According to a cable on the Ryazan incident from the U.S. embassy in Moscow, on March 24, 2000, a former member of the Russian intelligence services told an embassy political officer that the real story of the Ryazan incident would never be known because “the truth would destroy the country.” He said that the FSB “does indeed have a specially trained team of men whose mission is to carry out this type of urban warfare.” He said that Viktor Cherkesov, the first deputy director of the FSB and a former interrogator of Soviet dissidents, was “exactly the right person to order and carry out such actions.”

But many of the documents Satter received were no heavily redacted as to be useless. The CIA knows something, he believes. Satter concludes:

Many years have gone by, but no Chechen has ever been convicted of participating in the apartment bombings, whereas the evidence of FSB involvement is overwhelming.

Imagine if President Trump were considering a partnership with Osama bin Laden to fight terrorism. If Putin is responsible for “Russia’s 9/11,” then a partnership with Putin would be different, not in kind, but only in terms of the scale of lives lost.

Satter is right: the CIA needs to reveal what it knows. I hope he takes this fight to court.

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Watercooler 2/4 Open Thread: Week in History; HELP WANTED (again)

#NotInMYNamewatercoolerWelcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got…

This Week In History

  • Sunday, Jan. 29: Clay introduces Compromise of 1850; Kansas statehood, 1861; Battle of Khafji, 1991
  • Monday, Jan. 30: USS Terry makes first air-sea rescue, 1911; “The Great Raid” on Cabanatuan POW camp, 1945; first PC virus, 1982
  • Tuesday, Jan. 31: Juneautown and Kilbourntown merge into Milwaukee, WI, 1846; Scotch Tape introduced, 1930; Apollo 14 launched, 1971
  • Wednesday, Feb. 1: Edison builds first movie studio, 1893; Voice of America starts broadcasting, 1942; Columbia shuttle disaster, 2003
  • Thursday, Feb. 2: First Groundhog Day, 1887; NY Grand Central Terminal opens, 1913; ABSCAM story breaks, 1980
  • Friday, Feb.3: Last of Shays’ Rebellion crushed, 1787; 15th and 16th Amendments ratified, 1870 and 1913; beginning of 24/7 “Looking Glass” airborne command post ops, 1961
  • Saturday, Feb. 4: Washington elected first POTUS, 1789; Mormon exodus begins, 1846; Yalta Conference, 1945; Chicago Loop Derailment disaster, 1977

Today’s Birthdays: Aviator Charles Lindbergh, 1902; astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, 1906; zombie-movie king George Romero, 1940; VP Dan Quayle, 1947; singer Clint Black, 1962

Holidays Around the World: It’s world Cancer Day. California and Missouri observe Rosa Parks Day, Angola commemorates their Day of the Armed Struggle and Sri Lanka celebrates their Independence Day.

This Week In History is compiled with assistance from History.com and Wikipedia. Something interesting not listed here? Please share in the Comments section–this is an Audience Participation Encouraged featurette.

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HELP WANTED!

The Watercooler has a job to do and maybe a job for YOU! It’s nothing really complicated, just about 400-600 words on whatever’s caught your attention that day; doesn’t have to be anything big, just maybe summarize and link a few things that grabbed your eye and add a dash of your own commentary. We’re pretty open about letting individual contributors develop their own individual styles; no AP or SPJ Style Manual horse-puckey here, just write whatever you have inside you bursting to get out that day. Right now The Watercooler is being mostly carried on ONE contributor’s back, and with her having to crank out four a week at the moment this cannot be maintained.

Please direct inquiries into the Comment Thread.

 

Quote of the Day

Regarding the Seattle BLM schmuck who openly advocated for race war recently…

Lets hope that the “spokesperson” … is of catfish stock… All mouth and full of sh*t!–Northwest Firearms forum member “AndyInEverson”

As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. Something on your mind? Sound Off here!

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