Iran to Hit Infrastructure with Cyber Attack

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Primer: (Reuters) – Iran has built a factory that can produce rotors for up to 60 centrifuges a day, the head of its atomic agency said on Wednesday, upping the stakes in a confrontation with Washington over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear work.

Under the terms of the 2015 agreement, which was also signed by Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

The other signatories have been scrambling to save the accord, arguing it offers the best way to stop Iran developing a nuclear bomb.

*** At the Aspen Security Summit on Iran

In part:

ASPEN, Colo. — Iranian hackers have laid the groundwork to carry out extensive cyberattacks on U.S. and European infrastructure and private companies, and the U.S. is warning allies, hardening its defenses and weighing a counterattack, say multiple senior U.S. officials.

Despite Iran having positioned cyber weapons to carry out attacks, there is no suggestion an offensive operation is imminent, according to the officials, who requested anonymity in order to speak.

Cyber threats have been a major theme of the 2018 Aspen Security Forum, with administration officials from Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, FBI Director Chris Wray, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein all warning of the pervasive danger from Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea.

In Aspen Thursday, DNI Coats said that Russia was a more active cyber foe than Iran or China — “by far” the most aggressive, he said.

While Russia may be the most aggressive, the U.S. officials said Iran is making preparations that would enable denial-of-service attacks against thousands of electric grids, water plants, and health care and technology companies in the U.S., Germany, the U.K. and other countries in Europe and the Middle East.

“Iran has a penchant for using such tools against the West,” said Ben Taleblu. “The cyber domain permits the Islamic Republic to engage in graduated escalation, a hallmark of Iranian security policy.”

U.S. officials have alerted America’s allies in Europe and the Middle East to the potential Iranian threat and have begun preparing a menu of possible responses, according to both current and former US officials. It’s unclear if the options include a preemptive cyberattack to deter Iran from launching one.

Senior U.S. officials remain divided over the use of a preemptive cyberattack. More here.

Perhaps it is almost important to be reminded about the bomb plot last month in Paris. For a full summary of events at the #FreeIran event in Paris, go here.

Israel’s Mossad spy agency thwarted a terror attack in a Paris suburb last month, giving authorities in France, Germany, and Belgium crucial intelligence that led to arrests of a cell headed by an Iranian diplomat, Hebrew media reported Thursday.

The cell, headed by an Iranian diplomat at the Austrian embassy in Vienna, also consisted of  two Belgian nationals and an alleged accomplice in France. They planned to bomb a June 30 conference organized by an Iranian dissident group, the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran.

The operation included tracking the suspects and eavesdropping on them,  Hadashot said.

The Belgian nationals, a husband and wife identified as Amir S. and Nasimeh N., were charged earlier this month with their role in the plot.

The couple, described by Belgian prosecutors as being “of Iranian origin,” carried 500 grams (about a pound) of the volatile explosive TATP along with a detonation device when an elite police squad stopped them in a residential district of Brussels.

The arrests came days before Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif met with European nations to try to shore up the 2015 nuclear accord, after US President Donald Trump walked away from the deal.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alluded to the operation ahead of the meeting.

“There is a meeting this week by the P4 without the United States…” and “the P4 invited Iran’s President Rouhani to attend,” Netanyahu said derisively at an event to mark US Independence Day. More here.

Also see: Iran has laid groundwork for extensive cyberattacks on U.S., say officials


Elections’ Voter Registration System and the Russian Investor

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Remember the outrage when sites all over the Internet published items that Soros owned the voting machines? Remember that same outrage when Soros invested heavily in the states’ secretaries that were responsible for the respective elections process?

Remember the outrage that a Russian investor was able to buy American uranium in a deal concocted by Hillary? We learned then about the Committee for United States Foreign Investment.

Remember the outrage when Obama deferred the ‘red-line’ chemical weapons removal in Syria to Moscow that killed thousands? Anyone remember the anger when Russia shot down MH17, a civilian airliner, killing everyone on board?

Remember that we have lost regard for the top ranks of the FBI due to the Russian investigation and the Hillary investigation?

Remember the horror and vote rigging reported across various states in the recent elections?

Our votes are the most sacrosanct privilege Americans have. Okay, so how about the very under-reported matter in Maryland?

See, it was not until AFTER the Justice Department announced the indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers for computer hacking that Maryland officials reached out to Rod Rosenstein. FBI officials in the Maryland office held a briefing with the Maryland officials and did not want to make the information public… that is due to a wider investigation on the matter. What matter is that?


Vladimir Potanin – Getty Images

In part:

Four FBI agents informed state officials Thursday that a vendor Maryland has contracted with — ByteGrid LLC — to host data for statewide elections has ties to a Russian oligarch, Miller and Busch said.

Potanin acquired his wealth notably through the controversial loans-for-shares program in Russia in the early to mid-1990s.

He is one of the wealthiest men in Russia, with an estimated net worth of $15.9 billion, ranking 83rd on the 2018 Forbes The World’s Billionaires list, and 6th in Russia. His long-term business partner was Mikhail Prokhorov until they decided to split in 2007. Subsequently, they put their mutual assets in a holding company, Folletina Trading, until their asset division was agreed upon.

In January 2018, Potanin appeared on the US Treasury’s “Putin list” of 210 individuals closely associated with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

ByteGrid LLC owns the servers that hold the data for voter registration, candidacy, election management, and election night results, state elections officials said. An ownership stake in the company was purchased by AltPoint Capital Partners, whose largest investor is a Russian oligarch named Vladimir Potanin, the election officials said.

Busch said that Potanin is “very close” to Russian Pesident Vladimir Putin and that Altpoint’s managing partner is Gerald T. Banks, a Russian millionaire who changed his name from Guerman Aliev.

But Busch said the state has no evidence that Potanin or Banks had done anything untoward.

“We don’t have any idea whether they meddled in any elections at all,” Busch said.

Attempts to reach the companies were unsuccessful.

The Maryland officials also said they had no indication the Russian-linked firm had anything to do with the problems that arose shortly before June’s primary election in which more than 80,000 voters’ change of address and party affiliation requests were never forwarded from the Motor Vehicle Administration to election officials.

The Maryland news came hours after the Department of Justice indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers, charging that they hacked the computer networks of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.The 11-count indictment alleges that the Russian agents infiltrated the networks, implanting malicious computer code and stealing documents on field operations, opposition research and campaign analytics as a way of interfering with the election.

The charges include conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S., aggravated identity theft and money laundering.

According to the indictment, the Russians posted stolen documents online and worked with an organization — unnamed but believed to be WikiLeaks — to spread them further, and take advantage of continuing tensions between supporters of Clinton and primary opponent Bernie Sanders.

The federal indictment charging 12 Russian includes an allegation that a Twitter account, @BaltimoreIsWhr, was set up to invite people to join a “flash mob” and to post images using the hashtag “#BlacksAgainstHillary.”

It is the latest revelation of how social media were used locally and nationally in an attempt to influence the election. Cyber security analysts in September told The Baltimore Sun that a Facebook ad that referred to the Black Lives Matter movement and targeted Baltimore users in the months following the 2015 riots was likely part of a broader effort by Russia to sow discontent and deepen racial tension.

In response to such ads, the General Assembly in April passed a bill requiring social media platforms and websites with significant traffic to track all political ads and record which users are being targeted. In May, Hogan expressed reservations that the law could be found unconstitutional and allowed the bill to become law without his signature.

The @BaltimoreIsWhr account has been suspended.  Read more here.

Election officials in Maryland along with Governor Hogan have asked the Department of Homeland Security for technical assistance to evaluate the network used by the state elections board. ByteGrid, interesting name, was bought by the Russian investor in 2015 without the knowledge of Maryland officials. ByteGrid hosts the entire state system including registration, online ballot delivery systems and unofficial election night results.

Oh yeah, one last item, Maryland was one of the states that had very suspicious online activity in the 2016 election according to DHS and the FBI. That suspicious activity was for online registration and in the ballot request system.

According to the ByteGrid website, they offer: “With ByteGrid’s Compliant Hosting Solutions you get security, compliance and control over your business-critical data. Our CISA and CRISC certified experts have you covered. Industry sectors include: Life Sciences, Health IT, Financial and Government.”


Webinar Podcast: Rick Green and Catherine Engelbrecht Support Patrick Colbeck for Governor of Michigan

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He is strong on Constitutional values, has the background needed to manage a state, and  is NOT afraid to address issues that undermine his state!   He is a proven leader, no matter what names he is called!  Unafraid, strong in the face of adversity, and willing to take on very difficult issues!

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Pork Still Lives in the Swamp

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code


On January 17, 2018, Rep. Rooney stated, “you can’t do jack s— for your constituents” without earmarks. Perhaps Rep. Rooney’s successor will find a way to do his or her job without resorting to the most wasteful and corrupt practice in congressional history.

$11,000,000 for the aquatic plant control program, an increase of 22.2 percent from the $9 million earmarked in FY 2017, and the largest amount ever earmarked for this program.

Since 1994, there have been 24 earmarks worth a total of $58.1 million for aquatic plant control projects, including three by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and one each by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).

Watchdog exposes $14.7B of pork-barrel spending, including ‘brown tree snake eradication’ project

FNC: The federal government is spending millions to save Pacific Coast salmon. And it’s doling out more than $600,000 to kill brown tree snakes in Guam.

A watchdog group, Citizens Against Government Waste, on Wednesday released its annual Congressional Pig Book of what it considers the most egregious examples of pork-barrel spending in Congress, drawn this time from fiscal year 2018 appropriations bills.

According to the group, earmarks in 2018 totaled $14.7 billion, an increase of 116.2 percent from $6.8 billion in 2017.

Among the most blatant examples of pork flagged by the group:

— $65 million for “Pacific coastal salmon recovery.” According to its website, the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund “was established by Congress in 2000 to reverse the declines of Pacific salmon and steelhead, supporting conservation efforts in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.”

— $11 million for an “aquatic plant control program.” The group said that since 1994, there have been 24 earmarks worth $58.1 million for aquatic plant control projects.

— $663,000 for a “brown tree snake eradication program.” According to Citizens Against Government Waste, the snakes are “native to northern Australia, Indonesia and many islands in Melanesia, and have caused damage to the ecosystem of Guam, where they were likely introduced by the U.S. military following World War II.”

— $10 million for “high-energy cost grants” within the Rural Utilities Service.

– $2.8 million for the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs grant program, which funds arts and cultural institutions in Washington, D.C.

A number of Republican lawmakers attended Wednesday’s press conference on the list, including Sens. Jeff Flake, Ted Cruz and Joni Ernst, of Arizona, Texas and Iowa, respectively.

To be considered for listing in the group’s annual book, an earmark must meet at least one criterion, including whether it was requested by only one chamber of Congress; if it was not specifically authorized; if it was not competitively awarded; if it was not requested by the president; if it greatly exceeds the president’s budget request or the previous year’s funding; if it was not the subject of congressional hearings; or if it serves only a local or special interest.


Russia’s Operations Against the US Explained at Aspen Security Forum

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Associated Press

Published on Jul 18, 2018

(19 Jul 2018) FBI Director Christopher Wray says Russia is trying to influence opinions and sow discord and divisiveness in the U.S. Wray spoke at the opening event of the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. (July 19)

Meanwhile, there has been substantial theories and responses due to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of the 13 Russians from February.

Add in the second round of 12 Russians that SC Mueller indicted just this month. So, we are currently at 25. Now, consider Ms. Maria Butina who was arrested last Sunday.

Butina, 29, was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on charges she served in the United States as an agent of the Russian government without notifying the Justice Department. In the court filing Wednesday, prosecutors said Butina maintained constant contact with Russian intelligence officials and “loyally” carried out a years-long conspiracy to advance the Kremlin’s interests. They described her plan as “calculated, patient” and directed by a Russian official believed to be Alexander Torshin, who was sanctioned by the Treasury Department earlier this year.

Perhaps, one should consider that Mueller is for sure simply trying to clean up a Russian mess left behind by the Obama administration. All of this happened during his administration. For an exceptional summary on the matter of Butina and what FBi Director is referring to at the Aspen Security Forum, click this link.

Security agency professionals are in attendance at the Aspen Security Forum to include DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence, Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General and Christopher Wray, Director of the FBI.

Further, there are real concerns that the federal and state governments are not doing enough to protect whole election architecture and systems. That is a false assertion by the Democrats as there have been hearings on the Hill explaining the work/collaboration between DHS and individual states. Admittedly, there are issues at the state level where databases, computers, voter rolls and more all take place. The bell first rang on state vulnerabilities beginning in the 2016 general election, where the cyber professionals at the FBl were placed in states known to be under brute force cyber attacks. State officials were warned then and provided advice on how to harden their respective systems going forward.

Those discussions and activities continue today including at the Aspen Security Forum.  A specific session is dedicated to this issue as noted:

Defending Democratic Institutions: Election 2018 and Beyond

Though the motivation and the effects are disputed, nearly everyone agrees that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, and security experts agree that it is already interfering in this year’s mid-terms. Though efforts are underway to stop them, what more can be done to put an end to Russia’s interference in our elections and democratic institutions?

Monika Bickert, Head of Product Policy and Counterterrorism, Facebook
Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President for Customer Security and Trust , Microsoft
Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary of Homeland Security
Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Cybersecurity and
Kim Wyman, Secretary of State, Washington State
Moderator: Michael Isikoff, Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News

Meanwhile, Senator Rubio introduced legislation last year to further add sanctions on Russia due to Russian interference. Due to the most recent political scandals, some noted above, Rubio’s bill is getting renewed attention and support in Congress.

Briefly from the Miami Herald:

Rubio and Van Hollen’s bill, called the Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines (DETER) Act, is the first bill since the 2016 presidential election that sets specific punishments for the Russian government and other countries that interfere in U.S. political campaigns.

“Congress has already taken various steps when it comes to Russia and its interference in 2016, this will just be one moving forward that hopefully would deter future attacks, which I believe is the real threat here ultimately,” Rubio said on Tuesday. “It’s not what happened, but what could happen in the future. Hopefully we’ll get to a critical mass and momentum that we can get going on it and get it passed.”

Rubio’s bill, if passed, codifies specific penalties for the Russians that must be implemented within 10 days if the Director of National Intelligence determines that interference took place.

The penalties include “sanctions on major sectors of the Russian economy, including finance, energy, defense, and metals and mining” and blacklisting every senior Russian political figure or oligarch identified in the Russian sanctions bill that became law in 2017 over the initial objections of Trump after a supermajority in Congress approved it.

The bill lays out specific acts by foreign governments that constitute election interference. Foreign governments are forbidden from purchasing advertisements to influence elections, using social and traditional media to spread “significant amounts” of false information, hacking election or campaign infrastructure such as voter registration databases and campaign emails, and blocking access to elections infrastructure such as websites that provide information on polling locations. Read more here.


Socialists Unite! Bolshevik Bernie And Ocasio-Cortez Campaign Together In Kansas

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Just as I predicted, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, fresh off her win in New York against Democratic incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley, has hit the campaign trail with big name leftists. This time it’s in Kansas with Bolshevik Bernie Sanders. It’s a socialist dream come true. Ocasio-Cortez may not be able to tell you the difference between socialists and Democratic Socialists of America (there really is none), and she may be math challenged when nonsensically dissing Trump’s low unemployment rate, but she’s got her socialist creds in with Bernie.

No one knew who Ocasio-Cortez was a few weeks ago. Now, she’s the fresh, young, communist millennial face of the Democratic Party. From bartender to brunette Evita… a Marxist Cinderella is born. On one hand, you have a cult-of-personality geriatric figure such as Bernie Sanders, born in 1941, and on the other, you have the telegenic and propagandic Ocasio-Cortez, born in 1989. Quite the spring/winter pairing there. “This week, I am traveling to Kansas with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to rally in support of James Thompson’s and Brett Welder’s campaigns for Congress — two great progressive candidates who will prove our message can win anywhere,” Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote in an email to supporters. Hopefully not… Kansas is conservative Trump country, I hope it still is.

Sanders waxed socialist in his email:

If Democrats want to win elections up and down the ballot in 2018, 2020 and beyond, we have to run progressive candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez everywhere, even in states Donald Trump and the Republicans won in 2016.

Because the issues Alexandria campaigned on — Medicare for all, a $15/hour living wage, free college tuition at public colleges and universities, fighting climate change and promoting racial, social and environmental justice — are not just popular in Vermont, Queens and the Bronx, they are popular everywhere. At a time of massive income and wealth inequality, and when real wages for ordinary workers continue to decline, these are the issues working families feel strongly about.

In a statement, Sanders said, “All across this country people understand that we need a government that represents all of us, and not just billionaire campaign contributors. We need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage, we need health care for all, we need to make public colleges and universities tuition-free and we need to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. These are popular ideas in Vermont, in the Bronx, in Kansas and in every state in the country. Candidates who run on a progressive agenda can and will win.”

Ocasio-Cortez followed by saying, “The political revolution is alive and well in Kansas. James Thompson and Brent Welder know that policies like Medicare for All, Tuition-free College and Trade School, and a living wage can win across the country — including the Midwest. They have committed the organizing power to show that if Democrats run on a clear, committed platform for working class Americans, while rejecting dark money, we can win. I am proud to join Senator Sanders to let voters in Kansas know they have this option here at home.”

Then came the obligatory asking for money… they always do. Bernie is struggling with the rest of us you know. It’s a burden having to care for three homes and never work a day in your life. America can relate… not. No doubt, Ocasio-Cortez, who paints herself as one with the working class, but who in reality isn’t, will soon get her own lakefront mansion, so she can suffer in luxury, like all good socialist elitists do.

Progressives smell blood in the political waters of Kansas these days:

But Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders have more expansive aims than turning the 3rd [Congressional District] blue. They want to prove their theory of the progressive case.

On Friday, they will rally for Brent Welder, a former labor lawyer running on a platform of “Medicare for All,” a $15 an hour minimum wage, tuition-free public college, and reducing big money’s influence in politics. “Brent can win, he can win,” Ocasio-Cortez said on The Dig, a podcast from Jacobin magazine. “And he can not only win his primary, but he can win in a red-to-blue district on a progressive vision. And I think that’s so exciting.”

Indeed, a February poll of the district gave Welder a 7-point lead against Yoder, with broad support for many of Welder’s ideas. “People say, ‘How can you win in Kansas on progressive policies?’” Welder told The Intercept in an interview. “I’ve learned that the only way to win in Kansas is on progressive policies.”


Kansas holds a special place in the hearts of progressives, and running and winning there on an unapologetic platform has long been a goal. The love affair goes back to “bleeding Kansas,” when abolitionists such as John Brown moved west to Kansas to do battle with slave owners in an effort to turn Kansas into a free state. The bloodshed there was a forerunner to the Civil War. Later, Democrats running as prairie populists dominated the state. Modern progressivism could be said to date to a speech delivered by Teddy Roosevelt in 1910 in Osawatomie, Kansas. Just over a century later, Barack Obama returned there at the height of the Occupy Wall Street protests to deliver his own version.

Hello Kansas? You have socialists in your midst.

For the socialists to overcome though they’ll have to get past EMILY’s List first. It’s a commie face-off. Last week, the group’s Super PAC Women Vote! dropped $400,000 on an ad to support Sharice Davids, a lesbian, Native American, amateur mixed martial arts fighter who was a fellow in the Obama administration. The ad plays on Davids’ MMA background: “She never backs down; not in the ring, not to the NRA, or Trump and the Republicans in Washington. … She’s fierce, she’s progressive, and she’s a fighter.” This will get bloody. Hopefully, the conservative candidates will let them beat each other to a pulp and step over them to win the race.

Ocasio-Cortez is a political climber. There are whispers in the Democratic Party that Bernie Sanders will run again with her as his vice presidential running mate. But make no mistake, Ocasio-Cortez wants to be president herself and makes no bones about it. Her proud mom told the New York Post, “Her aspiration is to be the president.”

This is their schedule for tomorrow in Kansas:

  • 1:00 p.m. Rally with Ocasio-Cortez and James Thompson, Orpheum Theatre, 200 N Broadway St., Wichita, Kansas. Information for the public: Doors open at noon. This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged.
  • 6:00 p.m. Rally with Ocasio-Cortez and Brent Welder, The Reardon Convention Center, 520 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Information for the public: Doors open at 5:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged.

Tickets are sold out for the events. I would go anyway. Kansas, you need to take a stand against these socialists and vote in those on the Republicans ticket. Your freedom is at stake here… don’t answer the siren call of freebies and the lying utopia of socialism.


The Return Of Ludditism Via Universal Basic Income

By: Kent Engelke | Capitol Securities

I believe the mid-term elections will soon become the focus of the markets. I am certain the vitriol will rise to near unprecedented levels. The question at hand… will people listen outside of a concentrated group? Historically, the electorate votes their pocket books and if their pocket books are light, attention is then also focused upon social/cultural issues.

I would like to comment briefly upon President Obama’s remarks in South Africa. The President tentatively endorsed the idea of universal basic income (UBI). This is not the first time he’s spoken of such an initiative. UBI is a potential platform issue with some Democratic candidates.

Simplistically speaking, UBI is the government sending a check to its citizens to “provide dignity and structure and a sense of place and a sense of purpose in life,” according to Obama.

Obama, as with several others, has commented about the potential job losses because of increased technology. This is not the first time leaders focused upon technology and possible job losses in an election.

For example and perhaps most famous is the anti-technology movement led by Ned Ludd in the early 1800’s. His party was called the “Luddities” who believed technology… aka the cotton gin… was destroying jobs. The Luddites destroyed technology in an attempt to protect jobs under the simple premise that the ends justifies the means.

There are several billionaire tech barons who support UBI including Amazon’s Bezos and Facebook’s Zuckerburg. The irony is Amazon did not pay any federal taxes last year and it has been good at minimizing tax payments in Europe. Recently, Amazon vehemently fought Seattle’s employee head count tax, a tax that was deemed as a possible solution to Seattle’s growing homeless problem.

Those endorsing UBI point to Norway as a potential UBI model. The issue at hand, according to Bloomberg, is to have a fund similar to that of Norway, the US would need one totaling $33 trillion. The total net worth of all US households is $100 trillion. The wealthiest 0.1% of Americans holds 22% of the nation’s wealth according to UC Berkley.

Simplistically speaking, even a mass scale expropriation, which would be undesirable and unpopular at best, would not be enough.

Some supporters of the UBI have suggested a “Robot Tax” to pay for workers that are dislocated via technology. To write the obvious, this “robot tax” would predominately fall upon tech companies, some of which pay little or no taxes.

As noted, Amazon vehemently fought Seattle’s head count tax just as Facebook and others fought the Bay Area’s version of its head count tax.

As commented above, workers first vote their pocket book and social/cultural issues only become a primary issue if the pocket book becomes an issue.

A question at hand… will Silicon Valley’s unwavering support for progressive causes wane because of pocket book issues, aka increased taxes to pay for the causes they support vocally, but not financially?

Wow! If this does materialize, today’s tectonic change will take upon an entirely new dimension.

Radically changing topics, the markets were mixed led by gains in financials and industrials. The second day of FRB Chair’s testimony had little impact. Oil ended about 1.2% higher on conflicting interpretations of the inventory data. The 10-year was essentially unchanged.

Last night the foreign markets were down. London was up 0.17%, Paris was down 0.47% and Frankfurt was down 0.41%. China was down 0.53%, Japan was down 0.13% and Hang Sang was down 0.38%.

The Dow should open moderately lower. Some are pointing to trade concerns, others to the strengthening dollar, while others to mixed earnings reports and a strengthening economy, which signals higher interest rates. In my view, it is a combination of all the above. The 10-year is off 4/32 to yield 2.89%.


Alleged Russian Agent Maria Butina Infiltrates U.S. Political Organizations

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Frankly, when this first came to my attention a few days ago, I didn’t believe it. I should have because it looks very credible. A 29 year-old Russian woman named Maria Butina is now being formally accused of working as a foreign agent — read Kremlin spy — while living and going to school here in the United States. She also allegedly offered to have sex with an unnamed person in return for a job in the U.S. according to prosecutors. That’s called a ‘honey pot’ trap.

U.S. officials claim that Maria Butina’s ties with Russian intelligence make her a “grave” flight risk. She was packing to flee either to South Dakota or to Russia when she was arrested. Bail how now been denied in this case for that reason, not to mention national security issues. Her lawyer says she has been cooperating with the U.S. government for several months. This infiltration is not related to the alleged Russian election meddling either. Butina was arrested Sunday and appeared today in a U.S. court in Washington, D.C. That kind of adds some doubt to her attorney’s claim that she has been cooperating with authorities.

“Her last tie to the District of Columbia — her apartment lease — ends on July 31, 2018, and there were boxes packed in her apartment consistent with a move at the time of her arrest on July 15, 2018,” U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu wrote. “All of Butina’s known personal ties, save for those U.S. persons she attempted to exploit and influence, reside in the Russian Federation.” Butina has been in contact with Russia’s FSB intelligence agency “throughout her entire time” in the United States, according to court papers.

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Democrats Spend Heavy On Lie-Filled Ads Early

By: Lloyd Marcus

In the House and Senate races, Democrats are stealthily pouring in tons of money early to demonize Republican candidates before our supporters become engaged. Once our candidate has been branded, the spawn-of-Satan before campaigning really begins and it is extremely challenging to change voter’s perception of them.

My wife Mary and I are in Montana with the Conservative Campaign Committee working to elect strong conservative Republican Matt Rosendale to the US Senate. We’ve been having trouble getting our side engaged because this is only July. Trump is doing well and the general election is months away in November.

Here is why we are spreading the truth about Rosendale so early. Democrats have flooded the airwaves with lies, portraying Rosendale as an evil outsider developer who wants to build Walmarts all over Montana where people hunt and fish. Since when do Democrats have anything but disdain for gun-owners and hunters? Democrats’ ultimate dream is to disarm every American by repealing our Second Amendment right to bear arms. https://bit.ly/2uqmekF

Folks, we all know how Democrats despise and relentlessly demonize law abiding gun owners and hunters. And yet, Democrats used a hunter toting a gun in their ad which spreads deceitful lies about Rosendale.

Remember when gun-hating Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry tried to deceive voters? Dressed like a hunter, Kerry staged himself walking into a grocery store. Kerry asked, “Can I get me a hunting license here?” https://bit.ly/2uC8xhV Democrats have no shame. Their campaign strategy is always deception and lies while instilling fear and hate. Disgusting.

The real bad guy in the Montana Senate race is Democrat Jon Tester. He voted for Obamacare and voted against Trump’s efforts to fix it. Tester voted against Trump’s tax cuts which has our economy booming. How can Tester still oppose a tax cut which has created 3.7 million new jobs with 601,000 more Americans entering the labor force? The June jobs report was better than expected adding 213,000 new jobs. https://bit.ly/2LaQ6bo Tester is a part of the Democrats’ deranged resistance against Trump that treasonously wants to see our nation fail and Americans suffer to get rid of Trump.

Tester voted against a law cracking down on sanctuary cities which illegally roll out the red carpet to illegals; giving them freebies unavailable to US citizens. Sanctuary cities arrogantly help illegals hide from ICE and protect them from deportation when they are caught committing violent crimes against Americans. https://fxn.ws/2GKuvUh It is totally outrageous folks. Tester boldly supports this crap.

Remember young, beautiful Kate Steinle who was shot and killed on a lazy Sunday while strolling with her dad on a San Francisco pier? Steinle’s killer was a sanctuary city protected illegal alien with a long criminal record. He had been deported numerous times and kept coming back. Adding insult to injury, a San Francisco jury outrageously acquitted Kate’s killer – declaring him not guilty. https://fxn.ws/2kh0t4U

Tester voted against “Kate’s Law” which would make it tougher on illegals who keep invading our country after being deported. Clearly, Tester does not have Montanans’ or Americans’ best interests at heart. Tester’s twisted thinking of placing the best interests of illegals above what is best for Americans dominates the Democratic Party.

Contrast the Democrats’ anti-America and anti-Trump candidate Jon Tester with pro-America rock-solid conservative candidate Matt Rosendale. When Montana voted to give their politicians a pay raise, Rosendale turned it down. Who does that folks? As state auditor, Rosendale cut his operating budget by 23%. https://bit.ly/2KWjWnS Rosendale is passionately committed to helping Trump Make America Great Again.

Our Conservative Campaign Committee team with Montanans waved signs for Rosendale at busy intersections in Billings, Montana. While most people honked their horns in favor of Rosendale, motorists who are Tester supporters passionately expressed their disdain for Rosendale. I suspect they believe the Democrats’ lying ads.

As I said, the Democrats’ strategy is to falsely smear conservative/Republican candidates early in the race. We cannot afford to allow them to get away with it.

Folks, I believe God is on our side and we are winning in spite of the American left’s 24/7 lies and deceptions about Trump. However, it is extremely unwise for us to sit back and chill while Democrats spend mega-bucks destroying our candidates early in the midterm election races. The Bible says, “Faith without works is dead.” This means while we trust God, He still requires us to do our part – counter the Democrats’ lying ads by spreading the truth about our candidates. The battle for blocking Democrats from ending Trump’s amazing achievements is on NOW! Please get engaged. https://bit.ly/2zAskUD

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
Help Lloyd spread the Truth: http://bit.ly/2kZqmUk


Weekly Featured Profile – Kurt Stand


Kurt Stand

Kurt Stand, is a former convicted East German spy, now active in the leadership of Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America. He was introduced to the Stasi (East German intelligence), in 1972 by his father Mille Stand, a longtime Communist Party USA member and a young refugee from Nazi Germany.

In 1970, at a university in Milwaukee, Stand joined the Communist Party USA youth organization, the Young Workers Liberation League. In Milwaukee, Stand also met Theresa Squillacote and James Clark, both YWLL comrades. Stand recruited Clark to espionage in 1976 and Squillacote about the time the couple was married in 1980.

An FBI affidavit said East Germany’s relationship with the Stand family goes back to Stand’s father, who recruited his son as a communist agent. In a secretly recorded conversation, Squillacote said the family relationship was even deeper.

Between my husband and myself we go back in this work to 1918… she told an undercover FBI agent..

Kurt Stand was for many years part of the trade union movement as a rank-and-file member, staff worker and officer. He was the elected North American Regional Secretary of the Geneva-based International Union of Food and Allied Workers. During the 1980s, he was active in the DC-area local Rainbow Coalition labor committee, in labor anti-apartheid campaigns, in El Salvador and Guatemalan labor solidarity committees and in the Democratic Socialists of America. He joined DSA in 1983 and served in its local and national leadership up through 1997.

Despite being a member of the Communist Party USA spin-off Committees of Correspondence, Theresa Squillacote got a job at the Pentagon. Previously, she was employed by the National Labor Relations Board and, later, the House Armed Services Committee. Reportedly, Squillacote’s father, a Milwaukee-based NLRB official, was friendly with the late far-left Wisconsin Democratic congressman Les Aspin, the committee’s chairman.

Theresa Squillacote

Theresa Squillacote sent numerous sensitive photographs to her German handlers. Squillacote told an undercover FBI agent that she turned to spying to support the progressive anti-imperialist movement. She first came to the attention of the FBI in 1995, when she offered to be a spy in a letter to a South African government minister who was a leader of the South African Communist Party.

Kurt Stand, then 42, a regional labor union representative along with his wife, Theresa Squillacote, (39), a former senior staff lawyer in the office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, and friend James Clark, (49), a private investigator, were arrested October 4, 1997 on charges of spying for East Germany and the Russian Federation.

Stand and Squillacote had frequently traveled to Mexico, Germany and Canada, during which time Stand would meet with their East German handlers. When the two Germanys united in 1990, Stand’s controllers tried to recruit him to spy for the Soviet Union and then for the Russian Federation. Although he never gained access to classified material, Stand’s role in the operation was to recruit agents and to provide information about the non-governmental groups with which he worked. Stand allegedly received $24,650 for his recruiting and coordinating efforts.

On October 23, 1998, he and Squillacote were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage, attempted espionage and illegally obtaining national defense documents. On Jan. 22, 1999, a U.S. District Judge sentenced Squillacote to 21 years and 10 months in prison and Stand to a sentence of 17 years and six months.

James Clark

Clark was convicted on June 3, 1998, on a charge of conspiracy to commit espionage and on December 4th was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison. This reduced sentence was a result of his testimony at the trial of Stand and Squillacote that aided in their conviction

In June 2008, Kurt Stand wrote an essay in prison entitled Supporting “Barack Obama: A Prison-Eye View of the Presidential Campaign.”

It ended; In sum, radicals and progressives ought to join those—including those in prison—who have already decided to back Obama, see where the campaign can take us, see what can then be accomplished.

Since his release in 2012, Stand has become active in Progressive Cheverly (in Maryland) and as an office holder in the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America. He also serves on the steering committee of DC Jobs with Justice and is a participant in the National Homecomers Academy (a local DC organization of community activists comprised of people returning home from prison).

Stand has also been active in the Bernie Sanders movement. He now works in a bookstore associated with radical restaurant chain Busboys and Poets.

Kurt Stand ( in black), tabling for Bernie Sanders, with Metro DC DSA, 2015

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