Friday Top News Executive Summary

Media Editors:  Above the Fold

WILD, INDEED: loose lips liar-Joe Biden worked with whistleblower when he was vice president, officials reveal (Washington Examiner)

JUST TAKE MY WORD FOR IT: “Lawyers for the CIA officer whose whistleblower complaint helped ignite an impeachment inquiry into President Trump have asked Congress whether their client could submit testimony in writing instead of appearing in person.” (The Wall Street Journal)

Culture & Heartland

FELON VOTES: The Hill reports that 22,000 felony convicts have had their voting rights restored by Gov. Ralph Northam, which Democrats hope will turn the state supremely blue.

MORE PLANNED PARENTHOOD DECEPTION: “An arson attack on a Planned Parenthood facility that was reported as a hate crime inspired by undercover videos was actually an incident of domestic violence, a senior executive of the organization has been forced to admit in a San Francisco court room.” (The Daily Wire)

PRIORITIES: California Gov. scumbag-Gavin Newsom signs ban on small plastic bottles in hotels — as  blackouts batter that state’s economy (National Review)TEXAS SHOOTER DEFIANT: Suspected assailant in El Paso Walmart shooting pleads not guilty to attack that killed 22 (NBC News)


MIDDLE EAST AGGRESSION: Iranian oil tanker near Saudi Arabia coast hit by missiles (Fox News)

NANNY-STATE COURTS — COMING SOON TO AMERICA? Canadian court strips father of rights, allowing teen to transition against his wishes (The Daily Signal)

Other Notables

“NEXT!” “Democratic House committee chairmen scumbag-Elijah Cummings, scumbag-Eliot Engel, and scumbag-Adam Schiff sent a letter Thursday to Energy Secretary Rick Perry alerting him to a subpoena demanding documents related to their impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s dealings in Ukraine — the ninth subpoena issued so far.” (National Review)

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Ronan Farrow book claims scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton pressured Farrow to drop Harvey Weinstein investigation (The Daily Wire)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: The electric grid in the digital age (National Review)

POLICY: Preparing for the next economic recession (InsideSources)

HUMOR: Nike updates Kaepernick slogan: “Believe in something, unless it upsets the Chinese government” (Genesius Times)  

~The Patriot Post     

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Muting Turkey’s Attacks in Syria

By John Grady

{ } ~ A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Wednesday that would impose economic sanctions on Ankara for its military incursion into Syria as Turkey seeks to create a buffer against the Syrian Defense Forces… a key American ally in the fight against the Islamic State. The bill proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) specifically singles out Turkish leaders – from the president down to a host of ministers, including defense and foreign affairs – for penalties; cuts off assistance and supplies, including ammunition, to its land, sea and air services despite Ankara being a member of NATO; and slaps sanctions on anyone from outside Turkey doing business with its energy sector. Graham has been quoted as saying he expects “our bill will have bipartisan, bicameral support.” It also asks for even more penalties to be put into place for Turkey’s earlier decision to buy the Russian S400 air defense system. The United States already has pushed Ankara out of the F-35 manufacturing and purchasing program. The Russian system is “incompatible” with existing NATO systems, Pentagon officials have said, and the fear was that Moscow would use data and intelligence gained from Turkey on the development and operations of the F-35 to deter its effectiveness in combat. Events have moved swiftly in northeast Syria since President Donald Trump announced Sunday he was pulling American forces back. How many of the estimated 1,000 service members serving with the SDF are affected by the decision is unclear. But what is clear is the decision – the second such pullback Trump has announced – again surprised Congress, other members of the administration and the former combatant commander in the Middle East and raised new questions of how trustworthy the United States is as a military partner… 

Iranian oil tanker near Saudi Arabia coast hit by missiles, officials say

By Lucia I. Suarez Sang 

{ } ~ An Iranian oil tanker cruising 60 miles off the coast of Saudi Arabia was rocked by a pair of missiles Friday, briefly causing an oil leak and more broadly threatening to further inflame… fraught regional tensions between the two heavyweight Muslim nations. Iranian state television reported the explosions damaged two storerooms aboard the oil tanker – which is owned by the National Iranian Oil Company – and caused an oil leak into the Red Sea near the Saudi port city of Jeddah. The leak was later plugged, IRNA reported. “This latest incident, if confirmed to be an act of aggression, is highly likely to be part of the wider narrative of deteriorating relations between Saudi and the U.S. and Iran,” according to an assessment provided to the Associated Press by private maritime security firm Dryad Maritime. “It is likely that the region, having been stable for the last month, will face another period of increasing maritime threats, as the Iranian and Saudi geopolitical stand-off continues.” The stricken vessel, identified by IRNA as the Sibiti, was carrying about 1 million barrels of crude oil when it was struck, an analysis from data firm Refinitiv showed. The news agency did not say whom Iranian officials suspect may be responsible for launching the missiles. Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi described the incident as an “attack” carried out by those committing “dangerous adventurism.” In a statement, Mousavi said the Sabiti was struck twice in the span of a half-hour and an investigation was underway. Images taken from the ship’s bridge that have been released by Iran’s Petroleum Ministry did not appear to show any damage to the Sabiti, though the view did not show the ship’s sides. Satellite images of the area did not show any visible smoke. There has been no word from Saudi Arabia about the reported attack. Oil prices jumped by two percent after the news broke. According to the AP, the Sabiti turned on its tracking devices late Friday morning in the Red Sea. The last time the vessel had turned on its tracking devices was in August near the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas…  


Justice Department to Question scumbag/commie-Brennan in ‘Spygate’ Inquiry


{ } ~ The special prosecutor investigating the spy operation against the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump will question former CIA Director scumbag/commie-John Brennan…   according to scumbag/commie-Brennan’s remarks aired on Oct. 2. “I am supposedly going to be interviewed by Mr. Durham as part of this non-investigation,” scumbag/commie-Brennan said on MSNBC, referring to U.S. Attorney John Durham. Attorney General William Barr assigned Durham, a career prosecutor, to investigate whether scumbag/liar-nObama administration officials who surveilled Trump’s campaign did so legitimately.  scumbag/commie-Brennan made the comments as news surfaced that Barr and Durham expanded their investigation overseas to Italy, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Roughly a week prior to scumbag/commie-Brennan’s comments, Barr and Durham spoke to senior Italian intelligence officials. “I don’t understand the predication of this worldwide effort to try to uncover dirt, either real or imagined, that would discredit that investigation in 2016 into Russian interference,” scumbag/commie-Brennan said. The Department of Justice didn’t respond to a request for additional information. The FBI secured a secret court surveillance warrant in October 2016 to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page. While the extent of the surveillance granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is still classified, the warrant may have granted the FBI access to the records and communications of virtually every Trump campaign official…   

Turkey’s Assault on KurdsThe Silence of the Islamists

by John Rossomando

{ } ~ A stateless people comprised of a large number of Sunni Muslims is being bombarded by a country with an overwhelming military advantage. It’s the kind of thing that normally has American Islamist groups organizing protests and lighting up social media feeds… But this time the aggressor is Turkey’s authoritarian leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a man who has positioned himself as a defender of violent Palestinian terrorists like Hamas, and as a patron for Muslim Brotherhood leaders who sought refuge from Egypt’s military rulers. He is bombing Kurdish targets in northern Syrian and has sent his troops into the country. The Kurdish Red Crescent claims there have been at least 11 civilian deaths, including an 11-year-old girl, and 28 wounded. Erdogan’s invasion displaced at least 60,000 people, many of whom have nowhere to go. American Islamists, normally not shy about Middle East conflicts, are largely silent about Turkey’s unprovoked bombing of Kurds, Syriac Christians and Arabs. When Israel has launched defensive operations to stop Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorists from raining rockets on civilians in southern Israel, the same groups are quick to condemn, organize protests, demand U.S. government action and organize social media campaigns. Kurdish victims fail to generate similar concern. Images on social media show Turkish bombing and shelling of civilians all along Syria’s northern border. Civilians in the town of Kobane, who withstood a 2014 ISIS onslaught, found themselves under attack Thursday by Turkish artillery… .

loose lips liar-Joe Biden Had Working Relationship With ‘Whistle-blower”

by sundance

{ } ~ This makes sense on many levels. As a member of the scumbag/liar-nObama National Security Council, the CIA “whistle-blower” would have held a working relationship with Vice-President loose lips liar-Biden… who was given the primary authority to oversee Ukraine effort within the scumbag/liar-nObama administration. The 2020 Democratic candidate with whom the CIA whistleblower had a “professional” tie is loose lips liar-Joe Biden, according to intelligence officers and former White House officials. Lawyers for the whistleblower said he had worked only “in the executive branch.” The Washington Examiner has established that he is a career CIA analyst who was detailed to the National Security Council at the White House and has since left. On Sept. 26, the New York Times  reported that he was a CIA officer. On Oct. 4, the newspaper  added that he “was detailed to the National Security Council at one point.” Michael Atkinson, the Intelligence Community’s inspector general, told members of Congress that the whistleblower had a “professional tie” to a 2020 Democratic candidate. He had written earlier that while the whistleblower’s complaint was credible, he had shown “some indicia of an arguable political bias … in favor of a rival political candidate.”  A retired CIA officer told the Washington Examiner: “From everything we know about the whistleblower and his work in the executive branch then, there is absolutely no doubt he would have been working with loose lips liar-Biden when he was vice president.” As an experienced CIA official on the NSC with the deep knowledge of Ukraine that he demonstrated in his complaint, it is probable that the whistleblower briefed loose lips liar-Biden and likely that he accompanied him on Air Force Two during at least one of the six visits the 2020 candidate made to the country…  

If Accurate, The Impeachment Game is Over – Fake Whistleblower Lawyers Now Retreat From Testimonial Appearance

by sundance

{ } ~ A report from the Wall Street Journal outlines a request by lawyers for the fake CIA ‘whistleblower’ that ultimately spells doom for the entire phony construct of the impeachment construction by anonymous complaint… Lawyers for the CIA officer whose whistleblower complaint helped ignite an impeachment inquiry into President Trump have asked Congress whether their client could submit testimony in writing instead of appearing in person, according to people familiar with the matter. The request reflects concerns about whether the whistleblower could testify to Democrats and Republicans  without revealing his identity, and fears that doing so would lead to it being publicly leaked, jeopardizing his personal safety. The intelligence committees haven’t yet responded to the inquiry about potential written testimony, the people said.  Spokeswomen for the House and Senate intelligence committees didn’t respond to requests to comment… 

.Trouble Comes After Trump’s Syria Move

Nate Jackson:  Few moves by President Donald Trump have been as universally condemned as his abandonment of our decades-long Kurdish allies in Syria. In fact, many of the loudest criticisms have come from Trump’s supporters. After pulling out a small number of U.S. troops from northern Syria, Turkey no longer had any deterrent from an incursion into the region. Predictably, it happened almost immediately.

“The Turkish military began an offensive in Syria to seize territory held by U.S.-backed Kurdish forces,” reports The Wall Street Journal. “Turkish authorities kicked off the operation on Wednesday despite U.S. warnings that it would punish Turkey if it attacked the Kurdish militants, Washington’s partner in the fight against Islamic State in northeastern Syria.” The Journal then explains, “Turkish officials said their twin goals in the offensive, Turkey’s third in Syria since 2016, were to drive armed Kurdish groups it views as terrorists back from its border and to create a safe zone to relocate millions of Syrians who have fled the eight-year conflict.”Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the European Union, “If you try to frame our operation there as an invasion, our task is simple: We will open the doors and send 3.6 million migrants to you.”For his part, President Trump offered, well, indefensible comments. While he called Turkey’s incursion “a bad idea,” he didn’t threaten much more than “tougher sanctions.” Regarding the Kurds, he says they “are fighting for their land,” but “they didn’t help us in the second World War, they didn’t help us with Normandy as an example.” That’s after he explained we didn’t owe the Kurds any continued alliance because we have previously paid them and will continue to help them financially and with weapons. His transactional view of alliances is problematic to say the least, and it will cause other U.S. allies to rethink how much partnership they’re willing to offer. That’s especially true given how critical the Kurds were in defeating the Islamic State — and they gave 11,000 lives to do it. Now, it seems Trump got what he wanted, so he’s dropped the Kurds like… well, fill in your own analogy from Trump’s previous dealings.Memo to the president: Normandy wasn’t our land either. And notably, the only land we’ve taken in foreign wars over the last century was that needed to bury our dead.Because of the way Trump speaks about his decisions, they seem impetuous. We’re not convinced that was the case here. After all, the U.S. has been debating troop presence in Syria for the better part of the last decade. And it was disagreement over strategy there that led to the departure of former Secretary of Defense James Mattis in December. Trump obviously hasn’t listened to his advisers, but that doesn’t mean he’s acted impetuously.We’ll reiterate a strategic point we made Tuesday: The U.S. is not withdrawing from Syria entirely. The shift of a relative handful of U.S. troops from one part of northeastern Syria is nowhere near as significant a move as Barack scumbag/liar-nObama’s total abandonment of Iraq also a campaign promise, which led directly to the creation of the Islamic State.But that also leads to another problem with Trump’s move. The Kurds currently hold about 12,000 ISIS fighters and 70,000 members of their families, but are redirecting personnel toward fighting Turkey, prompting concerns over what happens to those prisoners. Trump bizarrely argued, “They’re going to be escaping to Europe. That’s where they want to go. They want to go back to their homes.” He also says those detainees are Turkey’s responsibility. Maybe he should review Erdogan’s threat about refugees to see how seriously Turkey will take that responsibility — particularly given Turkey’s ties to ISIS.  ~The Patriot Post  


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