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What's Under There?
Tom McLaughlin
Hearing Highlights – Jordan, Stefanik and 
Ratcliffe Deconstruct Impeachment Narrative
by sundance
{ } ~ Day One of the liar-Pelosi, scumbag/liar-Schiff and Lawfare effort to publicly construct support for the impeachment of President Trump ends... Within the questioning of State Department officials George Kent and Bill Taylor the value of adding Jim Jordan to the hearings became clear. Jim Jordan, Elise Stefanik and John Ratcliffe methodically deconstructed the false premise advanced by the impeachment crew. It became clear that both Kent and Taylor held no specific and direct knowledge of the substance behind the claims made by the democrats leading the effort. Here’s a few highlights starting with Jim Jordan: Jordan pressed Taylor on how he came to have a “clear understanding” that the U.S. aid to Ukraine was dependent on opening an investigation into Trump’s political rivals. Jordan said there was no “linkage” and Ambassador Taylor said he came to his “clear conclusion” based on what other people said about what other people heard about conversations with other people...
What the ...? scumbag-Schiff claims 
NOT to know identity of whistleblower
by ~ Even the left-leaning says Rep. scumbag-Adam Schiff lied when he "implied" the House Intelligence Committee had had no contact with the anti-Trump, career CIA whistleblower... whose complaint triggered the current impeachment inquiry. scumbag-Schiff claimed, "We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower."But the whistleblower had reached out to a committee aide and might even have received guidance from Democrats before filing his complaint against the president. Now, scumbag-Schiff has claimed he doesn't know the identity of the whistleblower, reported to be Eric Ciaramella, a career CIA employee who was assigned to the scumb ag/liar-nObama White House and worked on Ukraine issues before he was returned to the CIA during the Trump administration. scumbag-Schiff made the denial Wednesday during the first public impeachment-inquiry hearing after Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, pointed out that scumbag-Schiff is the only member of Congress who knows the whistleblower's identity. Jordan asked when the rest of Congress will be afforded that right."Do you anticipate when we might vote on the ability to have the whistleblower in front of us. ... Out of the 435 members of Congress, you are the only member who knows who that individual is," Jordan said. "And your staff is the only staff of any member of Congress who's had a chance to talk with that individual. We would like that opportunity. When might that happen in this proceeding today?" scumbag-Schiff claimed Jordan's statement is "false." "I do not know the identity of the whistleblower, and I'm determined to make sure that identity is protected," he said. Fox News reported  Republicans in the room "laughed and sneered" when scumbag-Schiff made the statement. His claim seems to clash with past statements he made about his staff having contact with the whistleblower and his admission that he should have been more transparent about the private encounter...  
Jordan on fire, real star of impeachment
hearing ‘I’ve seen church prayer chains
easier to understand’
by Zachary Leeman
{ } ~ Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan expressed the same shock at Wednesday’s impeachment inquiry hearing that no doubt many Americans are feeling as they watch this political theater play out... The first public hearing in the inquiry included witnesses William B. Taylor Jr., the former top diplomat in Ukraine, and George P. Kent, a senior State Department official, two men who were unable to provide anything of substance to the inquiry. Taylor even admitted multiple times during his testimony that he was merely there to pass along information he had heard secondhand. Jordan got a little tired of the rumors being passed off as evidence and he broke down the entire sham process as only he can. He, like many others, was confused how Taylor could argue he had a “clear understanding” of the alleged quid pro quo at the center of this impeachment inquiry when he had no new substantial information to provide. “You’re their Democrats’ star witness,” Jordan said in awe after having Taylor admit he had no firsthand knowledge of any phone calls between President Trump and the Ukraine president and also that in multiple meetings with the Ukraine president, a potential investigation was never once brought up. “I’ve seen church prayer chains that are easier to understand than this,” Jordan continued. As Jordan then started breaking down the fact that Taylor’s information was all secondhand and contained no real substance, scumbag-Adam Schiff swooped in to save the day and gave Taylor a chance to respond. “Let me just say, I don’t consider myself a star witness for anything,” he eventually said...
Shady sumbag-Schiff Claims he Doesn’t
 Know Identity of “Whistleblower”
by  ~ Despite his office’s coordination with the Ukraine “whistleblower,” Russian collusion hoaxer scumbag-Adam Schiff (D-CA) claims he does not know their identity... At today’s impeachment hearing, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) asked when lawmakers might have the ability to question the “whistleblower.”  “Of the 435 members of Congress, you are the only member who knows who that individual is. Your staff is the only staff of any member of Congress that’s had a chance to talk with that individual,” Jordan said. “We would like that opportunity. When might that happen in this proceeding?” “That’s a false statement,” scumbag-Schiff responded. “I do not know the identity of the whistleblower. I’m determined to make sure that identity is protected … You will have an opportunity after the witnesses testify to make a motion to subpoena any witness and compel a vote.” Last month, it was revealed that the “whistleblower” sought “informal guidance” from scumbag-Schiff’s Intelligence Committee before filing their complaint with an inspector general. scumbag-Schiff had previously stated that his office had  “not spoken directly to the whistleblower,” however,  he was forced to clarify his remarks in an October appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I should have been much more clear and I said so the minute it was brought to my attention,” scumbag-Schiff told CBS. “I was referring to the fact that when the whistleblower filed the complaint, we had not heard from the whistleblower. We wanted to bring the whistleblower in at that time. But I should’ve been much more clear about that.”
At Least 72,000 Meals for Homeless 
Veterans Stolen on Veterans Day Weekend
By Bradley Evans 
{ } ~ A nonprofit group in the greater Kansas City, Missouri, area discovered Monday that its trailer filled with thousands of meals for veterans had been stolen... Paul Chapa, the founder and president of Friends in Service of Heroes, had spent Veterans Day putting on celebrations for those who have served, KSHB-TV reported. When he returned later that day to his organization’s office in the Kansas City suburb of Lenexa, Kansas, he noticed that the trailer was gone. Chapa said the trailer was filled with 12,100 meal packets. Since each packet can make six to eight meals, the trailer contained roughly 73,000 to 97,000 meals in total. KMBC-TV reported that the contents of the trailer were worth $30,000 and that it was stolen between 8 p.m. Saturday and Monday morning. FISH was planning on handing out the meals to veterans at the Kansas City VA Medical Center on Nov. 21, according to KSHB. “It was a punch in the gut,” Chapa said of the theft. “You know, such a great day, I mean such a great day, and to come back to this? It’s not cool.” “Why would someone want to do this? These are the people that provide our freedom.”...   
Senate Confirms Chad Wolf, Paving 
The Way For Him To Become DHS Chief
{ } ~ Lawmakers in the upper chamber of Congress took a major step that paves the way for Chad Wolf to become the next acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security... The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Wolf as the undersecretary of Homeland Security’s Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans by a vote of 54-41. The move allowed the Trump administration to make Wolf the next acting secretary of DHS before a more permanent replacement can be named. The vote marks the latest development since Kevin McAleenan, the current DHS acting secretary, announced he would be leaving the position.  McAleenan publicly announced in October that he would be vacating his post at the end of the month. President Donald Trump at the time said he would name a replacement by the end of the week. However, that week came and gone, and no replacement was named. By the end of October, it was clear that McAleenan would be needed to stay on as the administration raced to find a suitable candidate. The White House heavily considered acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) acting commissioner Mark Morgan and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) acting director Ken Cuccinelli. However, since both of these men are in acting positions, an internal White House review of rules of succession deemed both men ineligible. After days of speculation, the president told reporters on Nov. 1 that he would be choosing Wolf for the job. Before he could be tapped, however, Wolf needed to be confirmed for his current position. He has served in the DHS undersecretary position since February, when Trump first nominated him, but he had not been confirmed until Wednesday. Wolf touts a long history within the Department of Homeland Security and other immigration-related work. He joined the Transportation Security Administration — an agency within Homeland Security — shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and served as the assistant administrator of transportation security policy. Wolf recently served as former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s chief of staff. Beyond his career within the federal government, Wolf also worked as a lobbyist and a consultant for more than a decade. The vote on Wednesday fell mostly along party lines, with Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona crossing party lines in favor of Wolf. Because of Wolf’s past work as a lobbyist for the National Association of Software and Service Companies, where he advocated for H-1B visas for foreign workers, some immigration hardliners in the GOP needed extra convincing before his confirmation. The Washington Post confirmed on Wednesday that Wolf, shortly after his Senate confirmation, was officially sworn in as the acting secretary of Homeland Security.
What's Under There?
Tom McLaughlin
{} ~ Remember digging a hole at the beach with your pail and shovel? It’s pretty easy to dig in sand when its grains are held together somewhat by moisture. Dig down far enough though and the hole fills with water. Then its sides collapse and you end up with a shallow depression. Well, that’s something like what we found when replacing a 35-year-old foundation that had been heaving up under a large garage on one of the properties I manage. First, we moved the garage off to the side. Then Colin Micklon and his crew at Micklon Tree and Landscaping dug out the old foundation which had been built on blue clay at the bottom of a hill near Kezar Lake.
Hitting blue clay  
Colin got down to an undisturbed level, or “virgin ground,” as it’s called in the trade. Then he set up a pump to suck out accumulating groundwater, trucked away all the fill, and got ready to build a crushed-stone base for the new foundation. Then a nor’easter arrived last month with all that rain. On top of groundwater from several springs in the hillside, it was too much and the blue-clay sides of the hole sloughed back in. While Colin and his crew dealt with that, I consulted my research materials to understand why the blue clay was there.
Whenever I see an excavator or backhoe digging, I pull over and look in the hole. It’s the only way to see what is under the surface, right? That’s basically what geologists do when compiling data on what they call Maine’s “surficial geology.” About fifteen ago I purchased several sets of data from the Maine Geological Survey (MGS) on Lovell and the surrounding area. The MGS arranges its research to correspond with green quadrangle maps from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) you’ve probably seen hanging up in various places.  
USGS map Center Lovell Quadrangle
My house is located on the southwest corner of the green map called the “Center Lovell Quadrangle.” Surrounding that are the Fryeburg Quadrangle, the Pleasant Mountain Quadrangle, the North Waterford Quadrangle, and so forth. I purchased those about forty years ago when I first moved to Lovell. I used them in my classroom to teach local geography, to guide me in my deer-hunting expeditions, and to explore cellar holes in abandoned settlements all around the area. The University of New Hampshire has an online collection of USGS Maps going back to the 1890s.  
Those maps are great for seeing what is on the surface like old logging roads, jeep trails, elevations, streams, and so forth, but don’t offer any information about what is under the surface. The Maine Geological Survey (MGS) surficial geology maps I purchased were based on data compiled up to 2002, but they’ve since been updated. Teams of state geologists visit each quadrangle periodically and look into whatever excavations are going on at the time, gravel pits, cellar holes, road cuts — wherever they can get peeks underground. They compare visible data with evolving theories about which of at least four ice sheets to have come and gone over this area during the past two million+ years did what.
After purchasing fourteen acres on Lovell’s Christian Hill back in 1980 or so, we began building the house in which we now live. First I cleared the trees, then hired Tommy Barker to dig the cellar hole. Colin was in kindergarten then. There’s only a foot or so of topsoil above what’s called “hardpan,” which goes about fifty feet down to bedrock. That, according to the above data, was laid down by a glacier, but which one? Was it the last one that melted back about 11,000 years ago? Or was it one the ice sheets that came and went before it hundreds of thousands of years earlier?  
There were no geologists around to consult, but my guess is it was probably all of them. We know the last glacier best and it was estimated to be 1-2 miles thick and very heavy. It had boulders, sand, gravel, and clay contained within it which dropped wherever it melted. Earlier glaciers did the same. They all dropped material which was then compressed by the weight of subsequent glaciers. Maine’s hard pan is like concrete, extremely difficult to break through, and impermeable to water.  
That blue clay we encountered near Kezar Lake seems to have been deposited during the last warming period around 11,000 years ago when meltwater was held back by an ice and debris dam and formed a much larger lake geologists call “Lake Pigwacket.” It was many times the size of what’s now Kezar Lake. All this surficial geology overlays bedrock, and it seems that Maine’s bedrock is among the most diverse on the entire planet — but that’s a column for another time.  
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