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Threescore And Ten More Or Less
by Tom McLaughlin
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Trump Finally Weighs in on Moore
by Political Editors:  “We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat,” President Trump said about Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s race. Moore’s opponent is former federal prosecutor Doug Jones. “I’ve looked at his record,” Trump added. “It’s terrible on crime. It’s terrible on the border. It’s terrible on military.” Trump’s right. Jones is also rabidly pro-abortion and supports the radical transgender agenda. In other words, he doesn’t reflect Alabama. But, if the allegations against Moore are true, does Moore represent Alabama?
          Trump’s remarks were his first comments on the race since allegations of Moore’s sexual misconduct emerged nearly two weeks ago. Well, unless you count Press Secretary Sarah Sanders saying, “If these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside.” Moore’s subsequent lame defense and added accusations have hurt him badly, and Jones is leading in some polls. Now Trump says, “Roy Moore denies it. That’s all I can say. He denies it. And by the way, he totally denies it.” Perhaps Trump’s effective endorsement will help Moore.
          By the way, that’s an endorsement — or at least a shrug and a diversion — that completely disregards the comments of one of his most trusted advisers, daughter Ivanka. She declared, “There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children.”
          We think Hot Air’s Allahpundit has the right take on the situation: “Moore won’t quit and the state GOP won’t remove him as nominee. Alabama Republicans are hanging with him for the most part but he’s lost enough of them to give Jones a credible chance of taking the seat. It’s now a binary choice, just as it was last November. And given a binary choice, the tribe always sides with its own, no matter what its representative is accused of. Moore calculated that as long as he stands firm, no matter how bad the scandal gets, the belief that anything is better than a Democrat will keep most of the party with him. He was right.”
          Or at least we’re going to find out on Dec. 12.  
Gorsuch's early reviews: 
What right hoped for, left feared
by MARK SHERMAN
{post-gazette.com} ~ More than 2,000 conservatives in tuxedos and gowns recently filled Union Station’s main hall for a steak dinner and the chance to cheer... the man who saved the Supreme Court from liberal control. Justice Neil Gorsuch didn’t disappoint them, just as he hasn’t in his first seven months on the Supreme Court. “Tonight I can report that a person can be both a publicly committed originalist and textualist and be confirmed to the Supreme Court,” Justice Gorsuch said to sustained applause from members of the Federalist Society, using terms by which conservatives often seek to distinguish themselves from more liberal judges... http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2017/11/25/Gorsuch-s-early-...
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Top liar-nObama ally launches broadside
against BOTH liar-Clintons for liar-Bill's conduct
by NIKKI SCHWAB
{dailymail.co.uk} ~ President liar-nObama's Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius doled out blame to both liar-Bill and liar-Hillary Clinton... for their treatment of the ex-president's alleged victims who accused the Democrat of sexual misdeeds. 'Not only did people look the other way, but they went after the women who came forward and accused him,' Sebelius pointed out to David Axelrod, also liar-nObama administration alumni. 'And so it doubled down on not only bad behavior, but abusive behavior, and then people attacked the victims.' Axelrod, in an interview with Sebelius for his podcast, the Axe Files, then asked Sebelius a so-called delicate question: 'Was that fair criticism of liar-Hillary that she participated in that effort?'...  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5109247/Obama-ally-launches...
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Al Franken claims no memory of sexual 
assault, but will 'learn from my mistakes'
by Anna Giaritelli
{washingtonexaminer.com} ~ Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said Monday he still does not recall sexually harassing and assaulting four women who have made allegations against him... but promised at the same time that he would work harder to make sure it doesn't happen again. He said in the case of radio host Leeann Tweeden, he remembers being on a USO tour with her in 2006, but doesn't remember forcing her to kiss him as they rehearsed a skit. He said he apologized for that incident because he respects her memory of what happened, even though he doesn't remember it that way. "I said that I recall that differently from Leeanne, but I feel that you have to respect women's experience," Franken told reporters outside his Senate office in a five-minute press conference...  http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/al-franken-claims-no-memory-of-se...
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Alabama Senate Race – 
Dinesh D’Souza is 100% Correct
{theconservativetreehouse.com} ~ War is ugly.  Political war against the swamp, while accepting their one-sided rules of engagement, is exponential hell... In order to gain victory, you have to be prepared to advance into the fire at all costs. Andrew Breitbart, Donald Trump and apparently Dinesh D’Souza understand this modern political truth.The Democrats and UniParty Republicans will cede no ground.  There is only one majority political ideology within Washington DC, and it is based on financial interest. Their rules of engagement are entirely self-serving.  They will fight against any entity, for any reason, on any issue, even reversing their own individual policy positions, if they view that entity as an existential risk to their power structure and decades-long financial constructs. For those who live within the institutions, nothing is out-of-bounds; therefore, in order to defeat the systemic and institutional rot, we must fight as an insurgent opposition...  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/11/26/alabama-senate-race...
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All Hell Broke Loose When Trump 
Dropped This Bombshell About Roy Moore
{greatamericandaily.com} ~ Establishment Republicans and the media left Roy Moore’s Senate candidacy for dead... They figured the smears and gossip would doom his bid to help Donald Trump drain the swamp. And all hell broke loose when Trump dropped this bombshell about Judge Moore. Trump’s base cheered his support for Moore. They saw the establishment as pulling dirty tricks to try and undo the results of an election. So Trump stood with the people who elected him and ditched a corrupt establishment that was willing to go to any lengths to protect their grip on power...  http://greatamericandaily.com/all-hell-broke-loose-when-trump-dropp...
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Threescore And Ten More Or Less
by Tom McLaughlin
{tommclaughlin.blogspot.com} ~ “The years of our life are threescore and ten,” wrote King David three thousand years ago in Psalm 90. People in their sixties who are approaching that milestone often review their past lives. That’s what a friend who is a psychotherapist told me recently. Thoughts, feelings, images, smells, sounds from our past all come unbidden into our consciousness — some pleasant, some painful. We can push them away or we can entertain them — watch them and feel them as they play out.
Ma's house in Lovell
 
Triggers include old songs or passing by places where something significant occurred long ago. Sometimes it’s just a smell. It’s all those for me but lately it’s old photographs too. I thought I was done sorting through boxes of old pictures from my mother’s house in Lovell. Two years ago “Ma,” as everyone calls her, decided to go into assisted living and my nephew was invited to take over her place. We moved only the contents of her bedroom into her new facility, then children and grandchildren were invited to take whatever was meaningful to them. That made only a small dent in the house’s contents and my nephew was told he could keep or dispose of whatever was left. Last month he dropped off still another box of old photos we had overlooked.
Tewksbury neighborhood 1959 or so
 
One envelope from the box contained wallet-sized photos of more than seventy children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Those little pictures used to cover the entire front and one side of Ma’s refrigerator because her thirty-plus grandchildren sent her school pictures for every grade. I sorted those into envelopes for myself and my siblings now that each of us heads a three-generation extended family of our own. Most live in Greater Boston and all came up to bucolic Lovell, Maine for summers and vacations with Ma. Widowed at 52, she bought an old farmhouse here and lived in it for more than thirty years. Back in the twenties and thirties, Ma’s own grandmother brought her grandchildren for extended stays “out in the country” of Cochituate, now part of a Boston suburb called Wayland. Ma had such fond memories of those days, she wanted to repeat the process.
Kate Carney, Ma's grandmother 1890?
 
Also in the box were more pictures of myself and my siblings as we were growing up in the forties, fifties and sixties, some of which I had never seen. There were also more shots of my mother and her siblings from nearly a hundred years ago. There were photos of her and my father after they had eloped during World War II and before all us children came along in the baby boom. Some of those I’d never seen either.
My mother and father 1940s
 
Then one of my daughters gave me a photo album she retrieved from my late mother-in-law’s condominium with shots my immediate family from thirty and forty years ago. I spent two days at my computer scanning hundreds of these formerly one-of-a-kind keepsakes. Now they’re re-produceable with only a keystroke thanks to the wonders of digital imaging.
Daughter Annie and wife Roseann 1978
 
I’d forgotten much of what I was seeing as I sorted through all this, including just how beautiful my wife looked as a young mother. She is still stunning as a grandmother and I have many, more recent images of her which I see regularly thanks to digital photo frames I bought for us and our children. They have motion detectors and turn on when someone walks by, then turn off after five or ten minutes. Now I’m compiling hundreds of selected family photos from 2017 and this year’s collection will contain extended-family shots from forty, fifty, and sixty years ago as well.
Some of the grandchildren around 1985
 
I also gave a digital frame to my mother who turned 93 in September. Soon I’ll bring her a thumb drive with our 2017 images so she can plug it in and see what my branch of the family has been up to. She has only a tiny refrigerator in her studio apartment at the facility but many of her grandchildren are still begatting great-grandchildren. Today each branch can bring her a thumb drive too. There are always new names to learn as more babies are born and she prays for all of them every day.
At fourscore and thirteen, Ma is the last of her generation. When she passes my siblings and I will be the elders and younger ones will look to us. Continuing what David wrote in Psalm 90:

The years of our life are threescore and ten,
    or even by reason of strength fourscore;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
    they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Ma in 1948?
 
But they’re not all toil and trouble. There’s plenty of happiness along the way too as Ma keeps reminding us before that day comes when she, too, flies away.
 

 

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‘WikiLeaks Can’t Protect Their Sources’
Is The CIA About To Reveal Names Of DNC Leakers

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The saga surrounding who leaked sensitive DNC documents to WikiLeaks may take an interesting turn, hints former CIA officer Fred Rustmann.

WND reports:

The Central Intelligence Agency knows the identities of the people who leaked DNC emails to the whistleblower organization WikiLeaks during the heat of the 2016 presidential campaign, a former CIA officer contends.

Fred Rustmann, who served as an operations officer in the CIA’s National Clandestine Service for 24 years and was a member of the agency’s elite Senior Intelligence Service, said in an interview with WND that WikiLeaks’ ongoing release of classified information is “disgusting.” 

“WikiLeaks says they want to protect their sources – Julian Assange said that he wouldn’t reveal his sources, but he would say that it wasn’t the Russians,” Rustmann said. “But the agency knows a lot of the information. I suspect they may have a pretty good idea of who provided that information to WikiLeaks.”

Rustmann’s comments raise questions about potential plans for the CIA to reveal the names of those who allegedly leaked DNC documents to WikiLeaks.

Recently, the CIA made a veiled threat to WikiLeaks in respect to protecting their sources.

“WikiLeaks may think they are protecting those who provide them with classified information & other secrets, but they should not be certain of that,” the CIA statement said. 

In a statement to WND, Robert L. Deitz, a former advisor to CIA head Michael Hayden, called the threat “unprecedented.”

“It’s pretty unusual for the CIA to make a threat to WikiLeaks so publicly. It’s pretty unprecedented; one ought to be skeptical about this. That is not the way that CIA officials should operate,” Deitz said.

“This is the kind of thing, if somebody were to make this kind of threat it would come out of a different organization, DOD, State or maybe the White House. Traditionally it would certainly not come out of the CIA,” Deitz added.

WikiLeaks is in the news after both CNN and CBS falsely reported the group granted Donald Trump Jr. access to future leaks.

However, WikiLeaks had tweeted a link to the information days before the email reached Trump Jr.’s inbox. The fake news media claim this was stone cold proof of collusion, as WikiLeaks has long been smeared as a Kremlin puppet.

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