12/17/17

Trapper’s Quote Of The Week

By: Trapper Pettit

Artificial Intelligence is anything but artificial. Its origin is man-made. And as the artifice is integrated with its creator, the results will be real. Posthuman and all that the term implies. Think about it.

12/17/17

Anti-Americanism: The Official Policy of the NFL

By: Thomas Wigand | New Zeal

For months now we’ve endured the spectacle of NFL players taking a knee (or hiding in the locker room) during the national anthem. Receiving blowback, some tried to claim that they weren’t intending to insult our country, but to raise consciousness about the plight of Blacks in the United States of America. BULLONEY.

It’s called the national anthem for a reason – it is symbolic of, and is representative of, the totality of our country and, by that very nature and the ceremonial reverence attendant to it, is intended to honor our country. The players’ actions were intended to, did, and continue to dishonor our country (most egregiously at the hands of those who did so on foreign soil). In particular, they’re (proverbially) not just kneeling on, but pissing on the graves of those who have fallen in defending our great nation (more on this later).

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12/15/17

The Truth About Profiling is That Everyone Does it.

By: Lloyd Marcus

My black brother who lives in Baltimore said something that has stuck with me. He said, “I am tired of having to show people (whites) that I am not like them (black thugs).” His comment was made to convince me that NFL players have valid reasons for protesting our country.

I told my brother it is not white America’s fault that blacks commit more crimes than any other race except whites. http://bit.ly/2iwp1CO Blacks are only 13% of the population.

White Americans did not burden my brother with having to constantly show he is not a thug, blacks did. Like our dad, Dr. Rev. Lloyd E. Marcus, my brother is highly respected in his community; awarded for his service as commissioner of his county’s youth football league. However, my brother does dress urban style; causal attire typical of inner city blacks. No, he does not wear his pants below his butt.

I am a black artisan; singer, songwriter, fine artist and writer. My signature black hat and attire reflect my artistic nature. Nine times out of ten, a white person would be correct in assuming I am a liberal democrat. I am a Christian conservative Republican activist. Seeing my artistic appearance and the fact that most blacks are democrats, it is reasonable for people to assume I am a liberal democrat. Therefore, it is silly for me to be offended when people read my visual message incorrectly.

Years ago when I moved to Florida, I went to join the local Republican club. When I walked into the meeting room a sweet elderly white woman said, “The democrats meet down the hall.” I laughed and told her I was in the right place. Did her assumption make her a racist? No. That Republican club was extremely excited to have its second black member. The local democrat club was 90% black and Hispanic.

Leftists news media and despicable race-baiting democrat politicians have made everyone hypersensitive regarding race. Leftists demand that we abandon common sense.

For example. A middle-eastern neighbor was infuriated and in tears because her two brothers who are in their twenties were screened by TSA at the airport. She ranted about how America is riddled with racism. Well, given that 99.9% of terrorist attacks have been committed by middle-eastern men between the ages of 18-35, TSA did its job. Her brothers were not abused in any way.

Leftists call us evil racist “profilers” for using common sense, our life experiences and reading the message people send in the way they choose to dress. So much of Liberalism is emotion-driven idiocy.

A Hispanic buddy was mugged on the streets of Baltimore. He saw the group of thuggish dressed black guys approaching him. Typically, using his street smarts (profiling), he would have crossed to the other side of the street before the muggers got to him. Unfortunately, his mind was preoccupied elsewhere.

The idea that profiling is evil is absurd. The dirty little secret is we all profile because it is common sense. If you judged a person incorrectly based on their appearance, you are pleasantly surprised when proven wrong. I don’t see anything wrong with that.

Since moving to West Virginia, two of my new neighbors looked like Central Casting gun toting racist rednecks. Both are great guys who helped me on home projects. Giving their appearance, it was wise for me to deal with them with caution before getting to know them.

Remember the book, “Dress For Success”? That book could be re-titled, “How to be Profiled a Winner”. Hookers dress to be profiled as women open for business.

Years ago in Maryland, a white resident saw two suspicious looking black guys walking around her upscale neighborhood. She did not call security for fear of being thought a racist profiler. The two thugs hijacked a white woman’s car and threw her toddler out the window.

I was raised in an all black suburban community. Whenever we saw white youths walking around, we knew they were there to buy drugs. Did that make us racist profilers or were we simply using common sense and our life experiences? Leftists refuse to allow people to tell the truth or use their brains.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
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12/15/17

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12/15/17

Alabama Marxists ‘look forward to organizing for progress together’ with Doug Jones

By: Renee Nal | New Zeal

Alabama’s Marxists are happy. Southern socialists are fired up.

Mobile Democratic Socialists of America added this to their Facebook page last night, only minutes after Democrat Doug Jones was declared the winner of the Alabama Senate election.

This comes on top of the victory of Birmingham Democratic Socialists of America endorsed Randall Woodfin in the November 7 Birmingham Mayoralty race.

Republicans need to wake up fast, Democratic Socialists of America, their allies Freedom Road Socialists Organization and other pro-Democrat Marxist groups are signing up hundreds of thousands of new Black, Latino, Muslim and low income voters across the South.

They are pouring people and millions of Foundation/union/government money into North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Georgia and Arizona. They aim to destrop the GOP base in the South starting with Florida, North Narolina and Georgia, then completely finishing the Republican Party by taking Arizona and even Texas.

The left are targeting the South with huge voter registration and get out the vote efforts. Doug Jones was an unexpected bonus for them, and can only encourage their efforts.

The GOP and the Trump Administration needs to wake up fast or they will be badly damaged in 2018, and wiped out in 2020.

Republicans think they are safe in the South. They are not. They are extremely vulnerable in Georgia, Florida, Arizona and North Carolina and their enemies are working overtime to exploit that weakness.

See the embedded post by the Birmingham chapter of DSA

12/14/17

Turning Red States Marxist Red

By: Cliff Kincaid

The Alabama win for Barack Obama’s candidate Doug Jones  confirms our thesis that Obama is running the Democratic Party and the anti-Trump resistance. Obama, who recently compared President Trump to Hitler,  recorded a robocall in support of the Alabama Democrat, calling him a “fighter for equality, for progress.” His notion of progress means suppressing the white vote and inciting black voters, who now believe by a margin of 72 percent that Trump should be impeached.

Reports indicate that Jones’ win was the result of a surge of Democrat voters statewide, “and specifically in African-American strongholds.” The grassroots of the Tea Party, evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics in Alabama couldn’t match the “Brown is the New White” strategy of Obama’s political strategist and operative Steve Phillips. Analyst Trevor Loudon discussed Phillips’ leftist background and association with Obama during his talk at our November 10 conference about Obama’s plan for a one-party socialist state.

We have studied Obama’s background, including his grooming by a hard-core communist, and his future plans, in our books, Comrade Obama Unmasked and Red Star Rising.

As America’s first Marxist president, his job isn’t done and he will not rest until a complete Marxist takeover is complete. His mentor, communist Frank Marshall Davis, taught Obama that blacks have a “reason to hate” white people. But other minorities and constituency groups will also have to be mobilized.  Looking at what happened in both Virginia and Alabama, where the Republicans were defeated with Obama’s help, the former president’s return to Marxist power politics has to be seen as a development that could not only result in the Democratic Party taking control of Congress, but impeaching Trump.

Going forward, two black Democrats, Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, have to be considered as presidential possibilities in 2020. Booker campaigned for Doug Jones and has praised the Phillips’s strategy of “increasing racial and cultural diversity” as the means to power. That means diluting and diminishing the white vote. What this entails, as conservative writer Vic Biorseth documents, is the socially-destructive political agenda of identity politics, in order to destroy the “original identity” of America, based on what used to be shared values and assimilation.

Booker has the added feature of appealing to the pothead vote, since he favors drug legalization on a nationwide basis. Sadly, there are literally millions of potheads in the U.S. today as  a result of Obama’s pro-marijuana policies. He ordered his Attorney General Eric Holder to let the states legalize and market drugs in defiance of federal anti-drug laws.

According to government statistics, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. The estimate is that 22.2 million people have used it in the past month. Assuming they can be mobilized and directed to the polls, the stoners are a potential major voting bloc.

As ridiculous as it may seem, the use of drugs in the “fundamental transformaton” of America cannot be downplayed. Obama, a member of the marijuana-smoking “Choom Gang,” was the perfect politician to carry out the plan of hedge fund billionaire George Soros to turn America into a virtual narco-state. The next step, as Tina Trent outlined at our November 10 conference, is access to LSD and other mind-bending drugs, marketed as “medicine.” Heroin injection centers are being planned for liberal Seattle.

Many of the stoned voters are “progressive whites,” products of the Marxist Madrassas called colleges and universities. They damage their brains with drugs, graduate with useless degrees and big debt, and become cannon fodder for the revolution. The University of Maryland’s upcoming  “Trans(form)ing Queer” conference is another example of this trend. One topic, “Sex work and sexual economies,” suggests another constituency group for the Democratic Party – prostitutes. There is really no end to mobilizing disaffected and alienated groups of people for special recognition and benefits.

Having conquered Alabama, they are targeting Georgia and Texas. In fact, left-wing journalist John Nichols has written an article, “Can Our Revolution Build a Blue Texas?,” explaining how a “Revolutionize Texas” campaign can change the political nature of this Republican state.

On college campuses, not surprisingly, the brainwashing is well underway. The University of Texas in 2016 held its first annual international Black Studies conference, “Black Matters: The Futures of Black Scholarship and Activism,” featuring communist Angela Davis. Earlier this year Texas State University also hosted Davis. Houston Style Magazine said her audience consisted of “adoring students.”

If students at major Texas universities are giving a black communist a sympathetic or adoring reception, you know that “Red State” Texas may be turning not only blue but into a kind of “red” that conservative Republicans may not anticipate.

Remember that Trump won Texas in the 2016 presidential race by only nine points. He had won Alabama by about 28 points.

It seems clear that since Trump’s amazing victory, Obama has outsmarted Stephen Bannon and the Republican Party every step of the way.

Alarmed by political developments, former Republican House Speaker and Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich says the GOP is on the “edge of disaster” and that avoiding a Democratic wave election in 2018 “requires action now.”

But it may be too late for a strategy to derail Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s campaign to impeach Trump by charging him with obstruction of justice. Gingrich had praised Mueller’s appointment but now questions his fairness.

The new Gingrich book is titled Understanding Trump.It’s too bad he didn’t understand what Mueller was up to. Obama and his comrades in the Department of Justice surely do.

12/14/17

Christmas Appeal for KeyWiki from Trevor Loudon

By: Trevor Loudon | New Zeal

May 2018 be the best year America has seen this millennium.

My KeyWiki website, a 95,000 file database of leftists, Antifa, communists, security risk congressmen, Muslim Brotherhood fronters and other covert activists, is more needed now than ever before.

Please help keep KeyWiki expanding into the crucial 2018 election season. The radical left is striking back with victories in Virginia and now Alabama. Please help us gather data on these  activists, so it can be used to roll back their influence over your government.

If you are able to make a one off donation, or pledge a monthly amount you can use PayPal or your credit/debit card to make a one time or monthly gift by clicking here: http://keywiki.org/Donate.

Please chip in to expose those who seek to destroy your Constitution.

KeyWiki is used by journalists, candidates, opposition researchers and concerned citizens to expose the covert side of US politics. Our information has been used in countless books, articles and of course my documentary The Enemies Within.

Please help us carry on this valuable work.

Trevor Loudon for Keywiki.

12/13/17

Quinton Jefferson, Another Nail in the NFL Coffin

By: Lloyd Marcus

I caught video of NFL player Quinton Jefferson trying to climb into the stands to attack a fan who threw food at him. Jefferson was so enraged that it took 3 huge security guys to restrain him. http://bit.ly/2C80Ra0 Obviously, the fan is an idiot and should suffer consequences for his action.

Regarding Jefferson, I thought, dude you’re a millionaire pro-athlete. Why would you risk throwing away your career over the stupid act of a nobody? Jefferson came across like an out-of-control brainless beast. Jefferson kept yelling, “You don’t disrespect me!” “You don’t disrespect me!”

Jefferson’s intolerance with anyone “dissing” him comes from the gang culture mindset embraced more and more by pro-athletes over the years; particularly black pro-athletes. Jefferson behaved like a common street thug. Thank God security restrained Jefferson, preventing him from stupidly possibly ending his football career or worse over something so trivial.

Jefferson’s unprofessional thuggish behavior was another nail in the coffin with growing disrespect and repulsion for the NFL. Folks, I love pro football. But these guys’ arrogant lack of respect for fans, our military, our police and the country which has made them millionaires turns my stomach.

Even more disgusting is watching Leftists media and power-brokers lining up to kiss NFL players’ derrieres who give America and football fans their middle finger. Colin Kaepernick who started pro-athletes kneeling during our National Anthem was named GQ magazine’s Citizen of the year. http://bit.ly/2krbXPx

NFL player Michael Bennett is also being rewarded for kneeling during the National Anthem, expressing his disdain for his country. Bennett has been nominated for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award. http://bit.ly/2C6czSL

NFL Hall of Fame superstar Walter Payton’s bravery and integrity made him a profile in courage. Payton lost his battle with a rare liver disease, dying at age 45. Gifting Mr Payton’s Man of the Year award to Bennett for simply disrespecting our country, behaving like an anti-American Leftist operative is a disgraceful insult to Mr Payton’s legacy. Leftists find a way to urinate on and politicize every good and decent thing we hold dear in our country.

Clearly, if you want rock-star status and be promoted as a hero by the American Left, simply say, “Screw you America!” You’ll receive extra credit; overwhelmingly favorable press if you include saying, “Screw you Trump!”

Make no mistake about it folks. Leftists showering anti-American millionaire NFL players with praise and awards is the American Left’s way of giving us the finger.

Leftist media portrays Trump voters as mostly minority-hating white supremacists. In reality, we are America-loving hard-working everyday people who have been shackled in chains by political correctness; locked up in the deep dark dungeon of tyrannical Liberalism for the past 8 years.

But here is the good news. Trump opened the heavy door, liberating us. As we slowly emerged from our dark imprisonment, we shielded our eyes; sensitive to the beautiful bright sunlight of freedom. Emboldened by our new leader, Americans have begun no longer putting up with Leftists’ attacks on who we are as a people; our principles, values and Godly traditions.

Though under-reported, the NFL is paying a huge price for coddling players who behavior like criminals, anti-American activists and street thugs. Fans are tuning out the NFL on TV and not using their tickets for the games. http://bit.ly/2l3NgNc During Monday Night football, announcer Jon Gruden unintentionally exposed the truth when he said there was not a lot of people in the stadium.

Sadly, it is becoming increasingly challenging to find NFL players parents can point their finger at and tell their kids to be like him.

In my day, I loved Baltimore Orioles shortstop, Cal Ripken; a super class act on and off the field. I even wrote a song about him titled, “Ironman”. http://bit.ly/2iUda1i

One thing about Leftists is they never retreat. Despite the destruction of the NFL as a business, NFL management will continue allowing its employees to dis fans, cops and America until the NFL, in essence, dies. I pray I am wrong because I love pro-football.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
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12/13/17

Russia Plans Alternate Internet, Condemns the West

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Primer: Capping off months of controversy, espionage claims and international intrigue, the U.S. government ban on Kaspersky Lab software has been signed into law. The ban, wedged into the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), would preclude all federal computers and connected networks from using antivirus software made by the Russian cybersecurity firm.

The Kaspersky ban, which appears in Section 1634 of the 2018 NDAA, reads as follows:

“No department, agency, organization, or other element of the Federal Government may use, whether directly or through work with or on behalf of another department, agency, organization, or element of the Federal Government, any hardware, software, or services developed or provided, in whole or in part, by—

(1) Kaspersky Lab (or any successor entity);

(2) any entity that controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with Kaspersky Lab; or

(3) any entity of which Kaspersky Lab has majority ownership.”

Last week, Kaspersky Lab announced that it would close its Washington, D.C. offices, which it stated were “no longer viable.”

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Since the founding of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in 2009, Russian and Chinese officials have frequently discussed joint cybersecurity initiatives. A relatively substantial degree of collaboration was formalized in the context of heightened Russo-Chinese cooperation in 2014 and 2015, with both countries signing an agreement that included cybersecurity cooperation provisions in May of last year. In the words of the agreement’s signatories, its purpose was to limit the use of informational technology designed “to interfere in the internal affairs of states; undermine sovereignty, political, economic and social stability; [and] disturb public order.”

Digital Sovereignty

This emphasis on digital sovereignty remains a central tenet of both countries’ cyber policies, even as cooperation on the issue has ebbed and flowed. The non-aggression elements of the 2015 agreement floundered in the implementation stage, in part due to ambiguous language but largely as a result of continued Chinese cyberespionage. This activity rose to unprecedented levels in 2016, with Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Labs reporting 194 Chinese cyberattacks in the first seven months of the year alone—compared to just 72 in 2015. These attacks targeted Russian government agencies, the defense and aerospace industries, and nuclear technology companies. And they’re probably underreported: A Kaspersky Labs spokesperson told Bloomberg that only around 10% of their corporate clients exchange data related to hacks with their security network. More here.

Russia Seeks to Build Alternative Internet

TJF: Numerous Russian sources report that efforts are underway to produce a new and independent internet that would align Russia more closely with the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India China and South Africa) while giving Russian political authorities greater control over what they refer to as “digital sovereignty.” In late November, the RBK news agency reported on the proceedings of a recent meeting of the Security Council of the Russian Federation (SCRF), which underscored the national security threats posed by the increasing vulnerability of the global Internet (RBK, November 28). The publicly available SCRF website confirms that a high-level meeting on cyber security did take place, but it does not expand upon it in detail (Scrf.gov.ru, October 25). Russia’s state-managed propaganda mouthpiece RT, however, cited “members of the Security Council” as stating that “the increased capabilities of Western nations to conduct offensive operations in the informational space as well as the increased readiness to exercise these capabilities pose a serious threat to Russia’s security” (RT, November 28). RT also noted that President Vladimir Putin set August 1, 2018, as the deadline for creating an alternative to the Internet.

The creation of an alternative internet—which would allow the governments of Russia and the BRICS countries to control the addressing and routing of electronic communications within their territory—raises many complex questions. For one thing, the establishment of a disjointed and competitive sphere of cyberspace threatens to disrupt and potentially fragment the existing conventions of global Internet practice. Moreover, the creation a “counter-net” would necessitate the establishment of an alternative system of identification, addressing and routing information through a new information network operating in a new “domain name system,” a new DNS. The existing DNS is based on a unique number associated with each originating and terminating point for every Internet transmission, coded in the form of a packet of digital information. The idea of the “RU NET” has long been discussed in post-Communist countries. But until now, this idea has only referred to the Russian-language-speaking Internet activities originating from servers in Russia or in other post-Soviet countries where Russian is recognized as an official language—not to a separate internet architecture (APN, December 14, 2016).

The global Internet is already a network of networks, consisting of a broad common space but with some segmented spheres of activity. Gaining complete control over a specific domain in the cyber-sphere, however, would require gaining autonomy. Full control over the Internet (or any segment therein) could only be achieved by creating “the ability to set policies for naming, addressing and routing” transmissions (Milton Mueller, Will the Internet Fragment?, 2017, p. 22). That, in turn, would require establishing control over the domain name system.

Earlier attempts by Russian authorities to gain control over the digital sphere focused on taking charge of the physical hardware of the Internet, such as transmission facilities, and asserting authority over the places where data resides, particularly web servers. In 2014, Russia’s Ministry of Communications and Mass Media specified data localization requirements in the federal communications legislation (Federal Law No. 242) (Minsvyaz.ru, accessed December 13). The law requires data operators in Russia to store all personal data of citizens of the Russian Federation in databases located inside Russia. This legislation was further extended in December 2016 by a set of measures by President Putin to establish a “digital economy” in Russia (Kremlin.ru, December 1, 2016). The most recent Law on “Security of Critical Infrastructure” was passed in July 2017, and is scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2018 (Pravo.gov.ru, July 27).

In order to control the flow of information not in compliance with the legislation, the idea of blocking transmission through physical facilities located on the territory of the Russian Federation led to the establishment of a single register of websites, maintained by the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor). In an effort to conduct this “filtering,” Roskomnadzor developed and implemented a so-called “blacklist” (Rkn.gov.ru, accessed December 13). But while the blacklist succeeded in blocking some websites it identified as unwanted, it also had the effect of blocking websites linked to those, effectively creating a self-censoring network. Roskomnadzor has now stepped back from this practice, correcting many of those problems of excessive blockage but has nonetheless reasserted the intention to more vigorously pursue the policing of websites (Rkn.gov.ru, December 8). Creating the establishment of a separate domain naming system goes considerably further than efforts to “filter” websites, even though Igor Shchyogolev, the staff member of the President’s Office assigned to mass communications, has insisted the idea is not to fragment the Internet (TASS, March 27, 2017)

The robustness of the current Internet naming conventions probably can be attributed to the fact that the Internet emerged in its early days more as a computer science experiment than as an effort to create a new format for global communication, commerce and governance. The identification of parties communicating on the Internet was established through naming protocols established for convenience and by convention, not for control. But the Internet grew so quickly that management responsibility was turned over to a new body, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in September 1998, which, on October 1, 2016, was re-chartered as a fully independent, non-governmental organization.

The functions of ICANN quickly attracted international competition. Some governments sought to promote a government-centric framework for addressing and naming conventions, while other parties sought to maintain a multiple-stakeholders approach. The failure of the Russian government and others to prevail in winning greater control for states is what has led to Moscow’s intention to create a “counter-net.” The question of whether an autonomous and detachable “segment” of cyberspace could be fashioned by the Kremlin without resulting in self-imposed isolation is an issue with far-reaching implications.

–Gregory Gleason

12/13/17

Our Countless Federal Investigative Committees – Where Scandals Goes to Die

By: Denise Simon | Political Vanguard

Congressional “oversight” is nearly as old as our Constitution. It started with James Madison, our fourth President.  In 1816, while he was President, the House of Representatives established a committee to oversee parts of the Federal government. Its focus was where and how money was spent.

That committee is still around today. Since 1927, the committee has had several names and mandates. In 1952, it became known as the Committee on Government Operations. At that time, its mission was to communicate and determine government economy and efficiency.

Today, the committee is officially known as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – no small task. Oversight of the cesspool that is the Federal government requires behind the door testimonies, swearing in and often subpoenas. When it comes to the ‘reform’ part…well that part is a lot harder to find.

The wide and deep responsibility of that committee includes oversight of the Post Office, Civil Service, FEMA, NASA, Obamacare, EPA, National Security, Benefits…heck all agencies and hundreds of which you have never heard.

Swell huh?

It doesn’t stop there. There are numerous sub-committees – each with its own chairperson.  They are each  supposed to shine a light on such things as waste, fraud and abuse.  It is all part of the “checks and balances” of which you have heard so much. For that Committee to truly work, it requires transparency. That transparency, however, doesn’t really exist.

Beyond that Committee, both chambers of Congress have ‘ethics’ rules and associated committees to provide guidance, rules of behavior and a ‘don’t do that’ check list. However, there are no consequences or listed punishments for violations. Without consequences, what good are those rules?

Each and every government agency is also required to have an office and a toll-free number to provide tips on activities that may be deemed questionable especially when it comes to wasteful spending and other workplace violations. Meanwhile, every major agency has a team of lawyers where conditions are checked for legality and where language of documents is carefully drafted for legal compliance.

Alright, now let’s trot over to the Department of Justice that has an annual operating budget of around $34 billion. There are more than 110,000 employees at the Justice Department where there are more than 100 offices worldwide and 10,000 attorneys just within the United States. The largest office is the Executive Office for Immigration Review with just twelve percent of the issues and cases at Justice relating to legal and policy matters.

Reporting directly to the Office of the Deputy Attorney General is the Office of Legislative Affairs, Office of Legal Counsel and the Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison. You would think that with all these lawyers, agencies, offices and experience, there would be no graft, fraud, abuse or even bad behavior, right?

Remember reading that earlier part about the Oversight and Government Reform Committee that ensures efficiency and maintains caution of expending taxpayer dollars? Well, we are over $20 trillion in debt and that does not include the unfunded mandated expenses.

Wonder how we got here? Wonder where these reviews and investigations will reform?

Due to recent scandals regarding sexual harassment, the House has called for training and prevention. Questions abound. Who is doing the training and what are the standards of prevention? And why isn’t that training mandatory by the way.

The people within elected office and in government roles are civil servants and are indeed held to a higher standard much less behaving as statesmen. However, outside of elections, we can’t fire them for violations. Indeed, we can barely shame them.

Then we have the American Federation of Government Employees representing almost 1.0 million employees on the payroll. They are clearly protected. The most common violations of government employees and elected officials center on promoting an outside service or product and improper use of government property.

There is yet an office for that too – it is entitled the Office of Special Counsel Prohibited Personnel Practices. Oh, there is a toll-free number for ‘whistleblowers’ where it is noted to be a ‘hotline’ and those calls go to the Office of Inspector General.

Great, but then we needed a Whistleblower Protection Act to protect those making the complaints. Hah, well then the Department of Justice had to step in and define the program of whistleblowing for contractors, subcontractors, grantees, employees and managers to ensure there are no reprisals for filing complaints. Perhaps, this particular whistleblowing program needs lawyers to provide guidance and advocacy. Nah instead, there is a website and a video.

Surely whistleblowers are successful with viable complaints that include tangible proven evidence. Well not so much. For how the whole system has failed with the checks and balances, oversight and reform, check out this video from a hearing held in 2015.

Today we have computers, software, smart-phones, tablets, aides, staff, history, television, radio, social media, apps and 24 hour news operations. All should be a well-oiled machine in the Federal government and yet voters know little and question operations where answers are fleeting.

200 years later, trillions of dollars, subpoenas, investigations, lawyers, offices, rules, oversight and more is hardly any accomplishment in a well-oiled machine and a far departure from the days of James Madison.