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James Comey’s memos contained classified information

July 10, 2017

  Earlier today it was reported here that more than half of James Comey’s personal memos he took of conversations between himself and Donald Trump did indeed contain classified information. Here is more:

More than half of the memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation have been determined to contain classified information, according to interviews with officials familiar with the documents.

This revelation raises the possibility that Comey broke his own agency’s rules and ignored the same security protocol that he publicly criticized Hillary Clinton over in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election.

Comey testified last month before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he considered the memos to be personal documents and that he shared at least one of them with a friend. He asked that friend, a law professor at Columbia University, to leak information from one memo to the news media in hopes of increasing pressure to get a special prosecutor named in the Russia case after Comey was fired as FBI director. 

  Needless to say the right ran with the “news” that James Comey leaked classified information and should be prosecuted, it was all over Facebook today. Donald Trump even tweeted this:

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Donald Trump Jr. met with Russian lawyer during the campaign

July 9, 2017

  The New York Times is reporting that Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner met with a Russian lawyer during the campaign just two weeks after Donald Trump won the Republican nomination. Here is more:

President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it.

The meeting was also attended by his campaign chairman at the time, Paul J. Manafort, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kushner only recently disclosed the meeting, though not its content, in confidential government documents described to The New York Times.

The meeting — at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, two weeks after Donald J. Trumpclinched the Republican nomination — points to the central question in federal investigations of the Kremlin’s meddling in the presidential election: whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. The accounts of the meeting represent the first public indication that at least some in the campaign were willing to accept Russian help.

  According to the story Donald Trump Jr. has confirmed this meeting took place. What was this damaging information?

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Sunday, July 9th open thread: ‘Don’t Let it Get You Down’

July 9, 2017

  open-threadHere is the open thread for Sunday, July 9th. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

  Including my Independence Day post we discussed 7 stories, did you miss any of them? If so there is an easy way to make sure it does not happen again. I understand that all of you are busy and cannot always find the time to check the blog for updates so why not subscribe to America’s Watchtower and receive email updates whenever I write a new post? That is the easiest way to follow the blog to ensure you never miss another post.

  In addition to subscribing you can also follow America’s Watchtower on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links on the right. But you will get more than that for I often post links to articles probably will not be writing about so it is a great way to keep up with what is happening.

 The Twitter widget in the sidebar is fully interactive. This widget updates my tweets in real time and allows you to respond to or retweet my tweets right from the blog. It also allows you to tweet me right from America’s Watchtower. How cool is that! If you do not have a Twitter account what better reason do you need to sign up for one!

  Last Thursday I found out that two of my favorite bands from the 1980’s were performing together in Boston next Saturday night and despite tickets having been on sale for awhile now I was able to get three tickets with pretty good seats.

  My wife and I have seen the Violent Femmes two times years ago but we have never seen Echo and the Bunnymen, Andy will be seeing both bands for the first time.

  Here is Echo and the Bunnymen performing “Don’t Let it Get You Down” live from 1997. frui diem

MSNBC host ‘triggered’ by Donald Trump using the word ‘symphonies’, apparently it was racist

July 8, 2017

    Donald Trump gave a speech in Warsaw in which he said “we write symphonies” and apparently that “triggered” MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart because he sees a parallel between this and white nationalism. Here is the video:

  So now using the word “symphonies” is a dog whistle for white nationalism. What more needs to be said other than is it any wonder why the American people no longer trust the mainstream media? They are letting their hatred make them fools.

  The wise man speaks because he has something to say, the fool because he has to say something–Plato

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin reach an agreement on Syrian ceasefire

July 8, 2017

  The mainstream media and the left have tried to portray Donald Trump’s European tour as nothing but a disaster–from the fake news that the Polish First Lady snubbed Donald Trump, to CNN reporting breathlessly there would be no talks of Russian hacking during the President’s meeting with Vladimir Putin (somehow this signaled proof of collusion), to one network (MSNBC I believe) claiming because the meeting lasted two hours when the mainstream media thought it would be a quick meeting it meant Vladimir Putin rolled Donald Trump, to a Democratic Representative claiming Donald Trump’s silence about the meeting “tells us everything we need to know“–so you would think that nothing positive came from any of this.

  But what the mainstream media and the left are conveniently not commenting on is the news that during their meeting Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin brokered a ceasefire agreement in Syria with the help of Jordan and Israel.

  Here is more:

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New report: NASA and NOAA global warming temperature adjustments are not a ‘valid representation of reality’

July 6, 2017

  I have written a few posts in the last couple of years about how NASA and NOAA have been adjusting the historical temperatures in order to make it appear as if the earth is warming when it might not be. Here is one of the posts I have written which includes links to other posts I have written.

  A new study is out which concluded these adjustments are “totally inconsistent with published and credible U.S. and other temperature data.”

  First a look at the people who agree with this study:

Dr. Alan Carlin
Retired Senior Analyst and manager, US Environmental Protection Agency,
Washington, DC.
Author, Environmentalism Gone Mad, Stairway Press, 2015.
Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
BS, Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.
Dr. Harold H. Doiron
Retired VP-Engineering Analysis and Test Division, InDyne, Inc.
Ex-NASA JSC, Aerospace Consultant
B.S. Physics, University of Louisiana – Lafayette
M.S., Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston
Dr. Theodore R. Eck
Ph.D., Economics, Michigan State University
M.A, Economics, University of Michigan
Fulbright Professor of International Economics
Former Chief Economist of Amoco Corp. and Exxon Venezuela
Advisory Board of the Gas Technology Institute and Energy Intelligence Group
Dr. Richard A. Keen
Instructor Emeritus of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Colorado
Ph.D., Geography/Climatology, University of Colorado
M.S., Astro-Geophysics, University of Colorado
B.A., Astronomy, Northwestern University
Dr. Anthony R. Lupo
IPCC Expert Reviewer
Professor, Atmospheric Science, University of Missouri
Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Purdue University
M.S., Atmospheric Science, Purdue University
Dr. Thomas P. Sheahen
Ph.D., Physics, M.I.T.
B.S., Physics, M.I.T.
Dr. George T. Wolff
Former Chair EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee
Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University
M.S., Meteorology, New York University
B.S., Chemical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology

That looks to me to be a pretty credible list. Here is the conclusion:

As a result, this research sought to validate the current estimates of
GAST using the best available relevant data. This included the best
documented and understood data sets from the U.S. and elsewhere
as well as global data from satellites that provide far more extensive
global coverage and are not contaminated by bad siting and
urbanization impacts. Satellite data integrity also benefits from having
cross checks between UAH and RSS as well as with Balloon data.
The conclusive findings of this research are that the three GAST data
sets are not a valid representation of reality. In fact, the magnitude of
their historical data adjustments, that removed their cyclical
temperature patterns, are totally inconsistent with published and
credible U.S. and other temperature data. Thus, it is impossible to
conclude from the three published GAST data sets that recent years
have been the warmest ever –despite current claims of record setting
warming.
Finally, since GAST data set validity is a necessary condition for
EPA’s GHG/CO2 Endangerment Finding, it too is invalidated by these
research findings.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Did CNN commit a crime in finding the creator of the Trump ‘Wrestlemania’ Tweet?

July 5, 2017

  As you all know by now the mainstream media went into full meltdown mode after Donald Trump retweeted a gif in which the President attacked CNN in a Wrestlemania video last Monday.

  As it was their logo which was superimposed on the head of the victim CNN took the tweet exceedingly hard, eventually tracking down the creator of the gif and allegedly threatening to dox him if he did not apologize and then bragged about it on air.

  Here is part of the statement CNN released:

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