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Wars, migrants, money woes: Crises pile up on Biden’s watch
                                        
President Joe Biden arrives for a speech about supply chain issues in the Indian Treaty Room on the White House complex in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Inflation hit its worst mark in four decades. The southern border situation is the worst it has been in modern history. And the U.S. is now entangled in two wars.

For a man who vowed to bring stability to the White House after four years of Trumpian tumult, President Biden is facing a staggering number of crises, testing his ability to deliver on the quiet competence he promised.

Supporters say Mr. Biden has been unfathomably unlucky, buffeted by global events that would have challenged anyone in office. Opponents blame foreign and domestic policy blunders he could have avoided.




Comer: Biden Deposition First, Then Hearing

                                                    

House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer, R-Ky., told Newsmax on Tuesday night that the investigation into Biden family corruption will be conducted like "every other congressional investigation in history" — deposition first, then a public hearing.

First, Hunter Biden's deposition will be recorded and released publicly. And second, Hunter Biden will be held in contempt of Congress if he doesn't show up for his deposition on Dec. 13.

"I'm glad he's willing to testify publicly," Comer told Bolling. "But as you know, throughout the course of congressional history investigations, you bring people in, and you depose them first. That's what the subpoena was for, a sit-down deposition. We expect Hunter Biden to come in on December 13th and answer questions."

Comer, who earlier in the day accused Biden of trying to "play by his own rules," said he sees through the grandstanding. Biden wants a public hearing so that Democrats on the committee can rush to his defense in an attempt to drown out the hundreds of questions that have to get asked.


Israel’s top general says troops ready to resume fighting in Gaza after cease-fire

Military commander acknowledges intel failures in Hamas Oct. 7 attack, vows probe after war ends
                                                        This handout photo provided by the IDF on Monday Nov. 27, 2023, released Israeli hostages Tal Goldstein Almog, 9, left, and his brother Gal, 11 are seen as they return to Israel in an IAF helicopter, after being held hostage by militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. (IDF via AP)

Israel’s top military commander this week told his troops that their sacrifices on the battlefield set the stage for a temporary operational pause in Gaza that has allowed for the release of more than 70 hostages abducted by Hamas militants.

While each released hostage brings great relief to the nation, Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi, the Israel Defense Force chief of staff, said hundreds of innocent Israelis, including women and children, remain in captivity.

“There is no ounce of relief in the fact that more remain [inside Gaza]. We will operate to bring them all back,” Gen. Halevi said Tuesday. “The return of the hostages is a bright light for us. It is also further evidence of the results of significant military pressure and resolute ground operations, which created the conditions for the return of our civilians.”



North Korea Claims Spy Satellite Took Photos of White House


North Korea claimed its first spy satellite put into space, which was launched into orbit last week, has taken photos of the White House, Pentagon and nearby US naval stations.

The prominent US sites add to a list of areas North Korea claims to have photographed using its reconnaissance probe that was launched on Nov. 21. The state’s official media said leader Kim Jong Un has seen the latest images along with previous photos of Rome, Anderson Air Force Base in Guam, Pearl Harbor and the US Navy’s Carl Vinson aircraft carrier.

South Korea salvaged one of North Korea’s spy satellites after a failed launch earlier this year and concluded the technology had little value as a reconnaissance probe. While Seoul believes any North Korean satellite would be rudimentary at best, such technology could help Kim’s regime in its targeting as it steps up its ability to deliver a nuclear strike.



Blinken: 'No Sense of Fatigue' With Ukraine Support

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that there was "no sense of fatigue" among NATO allies when it came to helping Ukraine.

Kyiv has been concerned that the Israel-Hamas war could divert international attention away from its efforts to defeat Russia, which invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba urged the West earlier on Wednesday to ramp up arms production.

The European Union has delivered about 300,000 of its promised 1 million artillery shells to Ukraine so far, he said.


Biden’s battle on climate and social programs escalates red tape


President Biden’s “whole of government” climate and equity mandates are partly to blame for adding federal regulations that cost the U.S. economy more than $1.9 trillion a year, according to a new analysis.

Rules on everything from new safety measures for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic to new standards for grades of canned baked beans have escalated the pace of government red tape far beyond the Trump era, the Competitive Enterprise Institute said Wednesday in its annual report.

The annual regulatory burden of $1.939 trillion amounts to nearly 7.4% of U.S. gross domestic product, which was $26.14 trillion in 2022. When adding regulatory costs to the annual federal spending of $6.27 trillion, Washington’s share of the U.S. economy totals 31.4%, the report said.



America needs a better president to remain a superpower

Resolve, power, and the will to use it are required

America is in grave peril.

Lawlessness reigns in San Francisco, Chicago, New York and other cities.

Our southern border hemorrhages with illegal arrivals.

The Border Patrol is using unmarked buses to dump thousands of asylum-seekers on the streets, at bus stops and in train stations in San Diego.

The United Auto Workers, embracing anti-capitalist ideology, have forced wage increases that torpedo the opportunity offered by the Inflation Reduction Act to catch the Detroit Three up with China’s electric vehicle industry. Pandering for votes, President Biden and former President Donald Trump walked the picket line.



Trading terrorists for hostages: Israel agrees to a bad deal for a good reason


“Swaps of captives resume after brief protest by Hamas,” read the top headline in Sunday’s Washington Post.

But the “captives” set free by Israel had all been arrested or already convicted of such crimes as stabbings, shootings and attempted suicide bombings, while the “captives” released by Hamas are all innocent women and children dragged from their homes in flagrant violation of international law.

In what legal or moral universe is there any equivalence between the two?

The Israelis are releasing three terrorists for every civilian hostage returned. Other components of the deal include Israelis allowing hundreds of truckloads of fuel and other supplies into Gaza, knowing full well that Hamas will steal as much as possible from the Palestinian civilians for whom the aid is intended.



Medal of Honor
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THOMAS JEROME HUDNER JR.

RANK: LIEUTENANT, J.G.
CONFLICT/ERA: KOREAN WAR

MILITARY SERVICE BRANCH: U.S. NAVY
MEDAL OF HONOR ACTION DATE: DECEMBER 4, 1950

MEDAL OF HONOR ACTION PLACE: CHOSIN RESERVOIR, KOREA
CITATION

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a pilot in Fighter Squadron 32, while attempting to rescue a squadron mate whose plane, struck by antiaircraft fire and trailing smoke, was forced down behind enemy lines. Quickly maneuvering to circle the downed pilot and protect him from enemy troops infesting the area, Lt. (j.g.) Hudner risked his life to save the injured flier who was trapped alive in the burning wreckage. Fully aware of the extreme danger in landing on the rough mountainous terrain, and the scant hope of escape or survival in subzero temperature, he put his plane down skillfully in a deliberate wheels-up landing in the presence of enemy troops. With his bare hands, he packed the fuselage with snow to keep the flames away from the pilot and struggled to pull him free. Unsuccessful in this he returned to his crashed aircraft and radioed other airborne planes, requesting that a helicopter be dispatched with an ax and fire extinguisher. He then remained on the spot despite the continuing danger from enemy action and, with the assistance of the rescue pilot, renewed a desperate but unavailing battle against time, cold, and flames. Lt. (j.g.) Hudner's exceptionally valiant action and selfless devotion to a shipmate sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.


From the Archive....

            TO KILL OR FEED A MOCKINGBIRD
                 By Geoff Metcalf
                 July 29, 2002

            Two mutually exclusive and under reported stories have been troubling me.

               *   The apparent penchant for political operatives to leak classified information that jeopardizes national security.
               *   The generational control of information dissemination by powerful controllers.

            So we have another ‘Catch-22’.

            The complicity of the mainstream media to spin, cover, and obfuscate government abuse of power under the color of authority was not unique to the Clinton administration.  It may have been more ubiquitous, and at times even clumsy, but it was not unique.

            It has been reported that in June 1991 David Rockefeller allegedly told a Bilderberg meeting in Baden Baden German, "We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years." He went on to explain: "It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supernational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries."

            Some argue that quote is apocryphal urban legend.  However, although I have never been able to find three corroborating independent sources for it, it IS consistent in content and tone with other Bilderberg quotes I HAVE been able to confirm.

            “If we had been subjected to the light of publicity….” Indicates the one world, globalist, wannabe controllers were/are successful in managing the message.

            Operation ‘Mockingbird’ was a program supposedly conceived by a brilliant Machiavellian State Department official, Frank Wisner.  Wisner selected Philip Graham, then publisher of the Washington Post to manage the program.  According to Deborah Davis, author of ‘Katharine the Great’, "By the early 1950s, Wisner 'owned' respected members of the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles, plus stringers, four to six hundred in all, according to a former CIA analyst."

            Over twenty five major newspapers and wire services became willing house organs for the CIA media manipulation.

            Investigators digging into MOCKINGBIRD have been flabbergasted to discover FOIA documents in which agents boast (in CIA office memos) of  pride in having placed "important assets" inside every major news publication in the country.

            I know, this is the stuff of Ludlum novels conspiracy wackos, but not until 1982 did the ‘Company’ finally concede that reporters on the CIA payroll have been case officers to field agents.

            I have too often observed, “Some people don’t like to be confused with facts that contradict their preconceived opinions.”  I have also noted (and struggle to maintain) “It is not WHO is right or wrong…but WHAT is right or wrong.”

            Anyone with almost ‘any’ military experience has no doubt seen the once ubiquitous posters cautioning “Loose Lips Sink Ships”.  It is a left over phrase from WWII and among “lessons learned”.

            In the complex world of intelligence loose lips can and have cost lives.

            Once upon a time, not so long ago, Senator Patrick Leahy (currently the Senate Judiciary committee’s lead obstructionist) used to be the Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the mid 80s.  Leahy allegedly ‘inadvertently’ exposed a top-secret intercept of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak that led to the capture of the Achille Lauro terrorists.  That supposed slip of the tongue “cost the life of at least one Egyptian operative.” http://www.newsmax.com/showinside.shtml?a=2001/1/31/85757

            Loose Lip Leahy was forced to resign in disgrace 14 years ago in the wake of having to acknowledge he leaked secret intelligence to the press.   However today he lords his power over the Senate Judiciary committee.  Congress’ institutional memory must be as short as some of Jennifer Flowers former paramours.

            In our contemporary environment in which whistleblowers have become in many cases heroes it is important to make the distinctions between the appropriateness of corporate and political whistleblowers and the idiot or miscreant who leaks information with genuine national security implications.

            Currently the FBI is investigating national security leaks from specifically the House and Senate Select Intelligence committees.  This is serious stuff.

            Defenders of the indefensible will argue it is a political witch-hunt by politicians in a heavy C.Y.A. mode.  That is not true but a convenient political spin job.

            Sure it is true the white house is p.o.-ed over media reports that the National Security Agency had received but not acted on two early warning messages to 9/11.  Dick Cheney reportedly went ballistic and ripped congressional leaders.  Both House and Senate Select Intelligence committees asked the Attorney General to conduct an investigation (and no doubt quietly prayed it would be botched).

            Justice said in a statement, “…the appropriate department officials will expeditiously review this matter and take any appropriate action.”  Not if congress has anything to say about it.  Don’t expect anything fast.  Remember Leahy resigned in disgrace 14 years ago and today has the chutzpah to pontificate ad nauseum to the Judiciary committee and stall any and all Bush judicial appointments.

            More on Operation Mockingbird http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/

            MOCK/mockingbird.html 

            http://www.grandconspiracy.com/library.html#operation

            2002 Geoff Metcalf - All Rights Reserved

            Geoff is a veteran media performer. He has had an eclectic professional background covering a wide spectrum of radio, television, magazine, and newspapers.  A former Green Beret and retired Army officer he is in great demand as a speaker. Metcalf has hosted his radio talk show on the ABC/Disney owned and operated KSFO and in worldwide syndication. www.geoffmetcalf.com


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