American intelligent agencies believe Russia responsible for hacking DNC documents

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NYTimes.com:

WASHINGTON — American intelligence agencies have told the White House they now have “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the theft of emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee, according to federal officials who have been briefed on the evidence.

But intelligence agencies have cautioned that they are uncertain whether the electronic break-in at the committee’s computer systems was intended as fairly routine cyberespionage — of the kind the United States also conducts around the world — or as part of an effort to manipulate the 2016 presidential election.

The emails were released by WikiLeaks, whose founder, Julian Assange has made it clear that he hoped to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the presidency. It is unclear how the documents made their way to the group. But a large sampling was published before the WikiLeaks release by several news organizations and someone who called himself “Guccifer 2.0,” who investigators now believe was an agent of the G.R.U., Russia’s military intelligence service.

The assessment by the intelligence community of Russian involvement in the D.N.C. hack, which largely echoes the findings of private cybersecurity firms that have examined the electronic fingerprints left by the intruders, leaves President Obama and his national security aides with a difficult diplomatic and political decision: Whether to publicly accuse the government of President Vladimir V. Putin with engineering the hack.

Is it just me?  Is anyone else concerned that Russia might be attempting to manipulate our national election?   It seems that all the emphasis to date has been to moan and groan over Debbie Wasserman-Schultz putting a weighted thumb on the process.

It’s very concerning to me that any foreign country would attempt to manipulate our elections.  It is even more concerning that one of these countries is Russia.  I guess Putin figures  he would be better off with Trump in charge rather than Hillary.

The Democratic Convention…How’s it working?

It has begun. It was a rocky start. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, former chair of the DNC is gone. Donna Brazile is in. The Bernies misbehaved, especially the California delegation. Sarah Silverman told them they were ridiculous.

The great speakers of the night were Corey Booker, Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. There was lots of excitement in the air. Hopefully the Bernies have been put in their place and will now play nice with others, especially since Donna Brazile gave a very specific apology.

How, what are others walking away with as they watch?

So let’s talk about Roger Ailes, now the dust has settled

I postponed this story as it was unraveling. It’s just wrong to show too much glee over someone getting their come-uppins. I always wondered about Gretchen. She’s a smart woman, Stanford grad and no one’s fool. So why did she perform like such a bimbo. Money? Perhaps. I never saw her solo show, just Fox and Friends in the morning. She absolutely was a bimbo.

Now other women have stepped forward, her case is even more validated. What will Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity have to say about all this? Will they stand by her or will they say she is flattering herself or that she “asked for it?”

O’Reilly himself has been accused of sexual harassment. He was sued. Very little is known about the outcome.

So where will Faux News go? Will it continue to be the bastion of ignorance that it always has been? Will it continue to attempt to bring down anyone moderate or liberal? Probably. Perhaps it would do a service and start presenting real conservative ideas rather than mind-sucking its listeners, including many seniors. Maybe it will stop becoming the tool of the GOP.

What do you think?

Jon Stewart does a Trump take-down

He’s back….at least temporarily!!!!

God, I have missed that man. I needed a Jon Stewart laugh, especially after that convention.

Speaking of which, I think Hillary should recruit Ivanka for her introduction. Ivanka is the most closeted Democrat I have ever hear….or rather not-so-closeted.

What will become of Faux News without Roger Ailes?  Hats off to Gretchen Carlson for delivering the death-blow.  Now I know why a smart woman, Valedictorian of her class, Stanford graduate, acted like such a bimbo.

Perhaps the biggest take-away from the skit:

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“I saw a lot of people on the convention floor with their ‘Blue Lives Matter’ rhetoric who either remained silent or actively fought against the 9/11 first responders’ bill reauthorization,” he continued. “So I see you, and I see your bullshit,”  (triggering CBS’s censors.)

Melania Trump: Just a little plagiarism?

Nothing wrong with a little plagiarism as long as you don’t get caught. First Lady Wannabe Melania Trump needs a new speech writer–one who uses original words, not plucked from the speech of the current first lady.

Then again, Melania’s competition is Bill Clinton.  I have to admit, she is prettier than he is, just not as smart.

The Trumpers need to get this one behind them and fast.  Campaign manager Paul Manafort will have none of that, according to TPM.com:

Jarrett Hill appeared to be the first to notice that Melania Trump’s speech lifted significant portions from Michelle Obama’s speech, but Manafort blamed reports of plagiarism on Hillary Clinton.

“This is once again an example of when a women threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down. It’s not going to work,” he said on CNN.

It seems to me that the video comparison speaks for itself.  The Trump campaign has to own this one.  The denial is pathetic.

 

Police officers ambushed and killed in Baton Rouge

After Dallas, after Baton Rouge, after so much violence, can we put the myth to bed that keeps telling us that all that is needed is “a good guy with a gun.”

I am sure these officers were well-armed. Their guns didn’t do them a lot of good, did they? The officers are still dead.

The platitude and slogans have to stop. Wayne LaPierre is simply not correct. A good guy with a gun isn’t an instant cure for the violence in this country.

Joseph George: Still Learning the Prince William County Political Landscape

Guest contributor Joseph George shares his thoughts about the political landscape in Prince William County.  Joseph ran unendorsed for the school board seat in the Neabsco District in the last election.  We hope he continues his county involvement.

 

Still Learning the Prince William County Political Landscape

 

As a person who is still new to the political landscape of PWC, many of the current situations remind me of a circumstance that I became a part of during a leadership training class that I attended:

Two people were having a disagreement.  One person stated that this house had four windows and two doors, where as the other believed the house in question had five windows and one door.  Each side presented diagrams and provided downloads of city permits to validate their perspectives.  When neither side was willing to concede, insults were thrown, challenges of the other’s level of intelligence were made, and conspiracies of a bigger scheme were made.  I decided to intercede by asking what the address of the house in question was.  Upon hearing of the location, I informed them they were both correct, which caused both combatants to look confused.  One was referring to the front side of the house, while the other was referring to the backside of the house.

 

I feel that many of the political conversations over the past several months in PWC have been doing the same thing, defending someone’s perspective, without considering the other’s viewpoint, even becoming venomous in their justification.  The next three situations are solely from my experiences and background.

 

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Candland, Lawson and Anderson attempt to “blackmail” school board

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Insidenova.com:

The Prince William County Board of Supervisors is threatening to cancel a promised $1 million grant to help reduce class sizes in county schools if the school board won’t comply with their request to sign a formal agreement about how the money will be spent.

The school board signed such an agreement last year, but has so far declined to renew it, based in part on advice from their attorney that Virginia law does not permit county officials to dictate how school boards spend local tax dollars.

Still, the school board pledged in their recently approved budget to spend an extra $2 million to continue class-size reduction efforts they began last year. The money includes the promised $1 million grant from the county board as well as the required $1 million in school-division matching funds.

School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers said Tuesday the school division is already spending the money to hire teachers for the coming school year.

Also, at the supervisors’ request, Prince William Superintendent Steven Walts sent a letter to the supervisors Tuesday reiterating the school board’s commitment to fulfill the terms of the grant.

“The school division, in the spirit of trust and cooperation, funded its $1 million on a recurring basis,” Walts wrote in a letter dated June 16. “Not only are the funds budgeted, but the school division has affirmed its commitment to the program by assuming the risk of authorizing the contracts necessary for applicable staffing to sustain the program in 2017.”

But apparently the “spirit of trust and cooperation” is not flowing both ways.
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Dallas police chief David Brown says cops are asked to do too much!

Washingtonpost.com:

DALLAS — The police chief here said Monday he feels that law enforcement officers across the country are being asked to take on too much, comments that came as his department was still investigating the mass shooting of Dallas police officers last week and protesters in other cities continued demonstrations against how officers use force.

Even as the Dallas police worked to sift through massive amounts of evidence from the shooting rampage that killed five officers — an effort that entails watching hundreds of hours of videos and conducting scores of interviews — David Brown, the Dallas police chief, said he believes officers in his city and nationwide are under too much strain.

“We’re asking cops to do too much in this country,” Brown said at a briefing Monday. “We are. Every societal failure, we put it off on the cops to solve. Not enough mental health funding, let the cops handle it. Here in Dallas we got a loose dog problem; let’s have the cops chase loose dogs. Schools fail, let’s give it to the cops. That’s too much to ask. Policing was never meant to solve all those problems.”

If cops are being asked to do too much nation-wide, I also throw in that teachers are asked to do too much.

How about it?  Are cops asked to do too much?  Our cops here in Prince William County often have a masters degree.  They are highly educated and highly skilled.  They are held to tough standards.  These folks are hardly getting  rich.

What are things that cops must do today that 50 years ago were just unheard of?

Stewart’s statements disavowed by the Trump campaign

I hesitate to post this.  I feel certain Corey will want to walk his words back at some point.  I will do so upon request.

Washingtonpost.com:

 The chairman of Donald Trump’s Virginia campaign on Friday placed responsibility for a police massacre in Dallas on Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and another Democrat, Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam.

Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R), who like Northam is planning to run for governor in 2017, posted an article about Thursday’s slayings on Facebook early Friday, along with this comment:

“Liberal politicians who label police as racists — specifically Hillary Clinton and Virginia Lt. Governor Ralph Northam — are to blame for essentially encouraging the murder of these police officers tonight.”

Trump’s campaign disavowed the post, issuing a statement through John Fredericks, host of a conservative radio talk show and vice chairman of Trump’s Virginia campaign.

 

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School Board to seek advice from Va Attorney General

Bristowbeat.com:

The Prince William School Board expects to soon send a letter to the Attorney General, asking for clarification on the process of temporarily replacing the Brentsville school board who will be leaving for a Navy deployment in August.

A board straw poll taken by the board to determine whether or not to send the letter came back in the affirmative.

Sawyers, Williams (Woodbridge), Raulston (Neabsco) and Wilk (Potomac) voted “yes.” Trenum (Brentsville), Satterwhite (Gainesville) and Deutsch (Coles) voted “no.” Lillie Jessie of the Occoquan District abstained.

On June 22, three-term Brentsville School Board member Gil Trenum announced his deployment with the Navy Reserves to the Horn of Africa. He will leave before the 2016-17 school year begins and does not expect to return until the 2017-18 school year.

During the last school board meeting, Trenum told residents that he plans to keep his seat and stay in frequent contact with his constituents. Trenum said that keeping his seat is his right as a Virginia elected official being deployed by the U.S. military, according to Virginia Code 2.2-2802.

Trenum also conferred with an attorney for the Virginia General Assembly who clarified for him that he does not need to relinquish his office. However, he can choose to give notice and temporarily relinquish his office, and in such a case the school board would appoint a temporary replacement.

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Trump posts white supremacist meme

Washingtonpost.com:

It was so close to the message that Republicans say they want from Donald Trump: a tweet describing Hillary Clinton as “crooked” and the “most corrupt candidate ever,” on the morning that the likely Democratic presidential nominee met with the FBI.

But the image that Trump chose to illustrate his point, which portrayed a red Star of David shape slapped onto a bed of $100 bills, had origins in the online white-supremacist movement. For at least the fifth time, Trump’s Twitter account had shared a meme from the racist “alt-right” and offered no explanation why.

“We’ve been alarmed that Mr. Trump hasn’t spoken out vociferously against these anti-Semites and racists and misogynists who continue to support him,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). “It’s been outrageous to see him retweeting and now sourcing material from the website and other online resources from this crowd.”

The offending image first appeared in a June 15 tweet by @FishBoneHead1, an account with fewer than 1,000 followers and a penchant for memes that mock Muslims, black Democrats and “cucks” — an alt-right term derived from the word “cuckold,” for people they deem insufficiently conservative. According to Anthony Smith, a reporter for the news site Mic, it was shared June 22 on a racist section of the 8Chan Web forum.

Why doesn’t Trump have advisors who tell him not to do these things?  Is he just stupid or doesn’t he care?  I grow weary of his supporters making up excuses for him.  There is no excuse for this kind of behavior.  Regardless of what people think about Hillary, even her enemies, she isn’t gauche.

Why on earth would he chose such a symbol?  The gaff was corrected but not before the image was swept up by enough people to cause Trump embarrassment. (I HOPE he was embarrassed)

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