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Never Trumper Max Boot’s Ex-CIA Wife Arrested as Illegal Foreign Agent

Posted on | July 18, 2024 | No Comments

Sue Mi Terry (left), Max Boot (right)

The best week ever continues to get even better:

Sue Mi Terry, a former CIA analyst and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, is accused by federal prosecutors of acting as a secret agent for South Korea.
Terry, whose husband Max Boot regularly falsely accused former President Trump of being a Russian asset, reportedly used her position and access to U.S. officials to provide sensitive information to South Korea in exchange for luxury items and other lavish benefits, according to the indictment, New York Post reported. The allegations state that from Oct. 2013, Terry engaged in activities that compromised her role as an independent foreign policy expert.
Prosecutors claim she disclosed U.S. government secrets and influenced policy decisions to favor South Korea. In return, she allegedly received goods such as a $3,450 Louis Vuitton handbag and a $2,845 Dolce & Gabbana coat, along with dinners at Michelin-starred restaurants, New York Post stated.
One of the key incidents cited in the indictment involves Terry passing notes from a confidential meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken about North Korea to a South Korean intelligence contact immediately after the meeting. Additionally, she reportedly facilitated interactions between South Korean spies and congressional staffers under the guise of social gatherings, the outlet added.
Despite these dealings, Terry never registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department. She was previously warned by the FBI in 2014 about the potential for foreign influence targeting. After being charged with failing to register as a foreign agent and conspiring to act as one, Terry was released on a $500,000 bond, according to the New York Post.

Let’s be clear: South Korea is an ally, not an enemy. But acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government, while pretending to be “an independent foreign policy expert”? That’s a felony, and Max Boot’s wife has been doing it for 10 years — “allegedly,” I hasten to add.

So while self-proclaimed super-patriot Max Boot was (falsely) accusing Trump of being Putin’s stooge, Max’s ex-CIA wife was peddling influence to foreigners in exchange for Louis Vuitton bags. Perfect!



 

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Adam Schiff Joins Dump-Biden Coup

Posted on | July 17, 2024 | No Comments

The best week ever just keeps getting better:

Internal polling must be showing a disaster is coming for the Democrats because Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif) is now publicly urging President Joe Biden to drop out of the 2024 presidential election. Schiff cites concerns within the Democratic base about Biden’s ability to defeat former President Donald Trump.
Naturally, Schiff praised Biden as “one of the most consequential presidents in our nation’s history” and claimed, without evidence, that he “made our country better.”
“But our nation is at a crossroads,” he said. “A second Trump presidency will undermine the very foundation of our democracy, and I have serious concerns about whether the President can defeat Donald Trump in November.”
Schiff emphasized that the decision to withdraw from the race rests solely with President Biden. However, he asserted that now is the time for Biden to “pass the torch” and secure his legacy by allowing another Democrat to step forward and confront Trump.
“But make no mistake, whoever our party ends up nominating, or if the nomination remains with the president, I will do everything I can to help them succeed.”
“There is only one singular goal: defeating Donald Trump,” he added. “The stakes are just too high.”
Schiff, a top Democrat in the House who is currently running for the U.S. Senate, told donors during a private meeting on Saturday that he thought that, if Biden is the party’s nominee, he will lose, and likely destroy Democrats’ hopes of holding the Senate and flipping the House.
“I think if he is our nominee, I think we lose,” Schiff said. “And we may very, very well lose the Senate and lose our chance to take back the House.”

“Conan, what is best in life?” “To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of Adam Schiff.”

(Hat-tip: Stephen Green at Instapundit.)



 

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In The Mailbox 07.17.24 (Morning Edition)

Posted on | July 17, 2024 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

Crashed early last night after driving down to Vegas. Woke up at 0400 and here we are. Fortunately the McD’s in the Strat is open 24 hours!
Silicon Valley et Hamas delenda sunt.

OVER THE TRANSOM
357 Magnum: Sparky Cars Gonna Spark
EBL: Jack Smith Gets The Boot
Twitchy: Corn Pop Is Jealous!, Alex Cole Gets Wrecked For Singularly Bad Hot Take On The RNC, and Ted Cruz Names The Names Of Those Killed By Illegal Immigrants
Louder With Crowder: These two clips illustrate JD Vance will be the one SMOKING Kamala Harris at the VP debate, also, Donald Trump’s first public appearance since Saturday reveals… a changed man?
Vox Popoli:
Upstream Reviews: Push
Defending The Wood Perilous: There Shall Also This…Be Told
Stoic Observations: Stoic Bites
Postcards From Barsoom: Praying To Absent Gods
L’Ombre de L’Olivier: Trump Makes Jdvances

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
CDR Salamander: The Generous Gift From The Houthi
Dana Loesch: Tenacious D’s “Apology”, Joe Biden “Turns Down The Temp” With Race-Baiting NAACP Speech,  
Don Surber: You know, for a guy shot in the face, Trump is having a good week
STUMP: RIP Shannen Doherty – U.S. Breast Cancer Deaths, 1999-2023

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Dueling Paranoias

Posted on | July 17, 2024 | No Comments

Have you ever given any thought to the question, “What causes paranoia?” Like, the pathogenesis of the disease? Because of my long interest in the field of psychology (“Crazy People Are Dangerous”), I have given a lot of thought to this subject and I consider it significant that stimulant drugs like methamphetamine and cocaine can cause paranoia. What do stimulants do? They artificially accelerate your brain, speed up your thinking process, and can help focus your mental attention. Paranoia is a common enough side effect of the abuse of these drugs as to offer a clue about the developmental path of psychotic paranoia among those who aren’t meth addicts or cocaine addicts.

“Boy, you think too much,” my oldest friend D.W. used to say, and it’s true. I have a vivid imagination and obsessive tendencies, as manifested by my habit of “going down a rabbit hole” of online research. Something else — like most paranoiacs, I often see connections that aren’t apparent to others. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of dealing with someone sliding off the edge of sanity, you’re familiar with this symptom of paranoia, the tendency to link up entirely coincidental events into an imaginary pattern of malice by the threatening “them.”

Maintaining mental health requires us to be cognizant of our own harmful mental patterns, and find ways to cope with the kind of stressful situations we encounter. So when I go down a rabbit hole of research, it’s important to do this in a self-aware manner, and not get myself sucked into a vortex of craziness. Which brings me to the topic of anti-Trump lunatic Dmitri Mehlhorn, who made headlines over the weekend by suggesting (in an email to “sympathetic journalists”) that Trump had “staged” the assassination attempt. Do you know how many hours I’ve spent researching this guy? Answer: Too many.

One of the things I unearthed in my research into Dmitri Mehlhorn is a memo “originally circulated by Investing in US to several dozen anti-Trump political activists in April 2020,” which could serve as Exhibit A in any court case seeking to prove that Mehlhorn has an incurable case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. It was with great difficulty that I resisted the urge to fisk the whole thing. However, I mention this not to prove Mehlhorn is a lunatic — no further proof is necessary — but rather as a preamble to explaining what set me off on that snipe hunt yesterday:

FBI, DHS warn of possible
retaliation for attack on Trump

Oh, dear God! Really? The feds think it’s a good idea to warn law enforcement about (hint, hint) “extremists” plotting “retaliation”? And then leak their memo to Politico? Yeah, that’s really going to soothe Republican fears about the “deep state.” Great thinking, guys!

And down the rabbit hole I went:

The FBI is allegedly the best investigative organization in the world and yet, we are told, they have been able to learn nothing at all about what could have motivated a 20-year-old geek to become an assassin.
Do you see why this apparent mystery might arouse suspicion among those who are already deeply distrustful of the FBI? . . .

You can read the rest of that at my Substack — to which, I hasten to add, I’ve recently added a paid-subscriber option, although so far I haven’t put anything behind the paywall, because I’m still learning how to use the platform and am taking it step-by-step for a while.



 

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GUILTY! GUILTY! GUILTY! Jury Convicts Corrupt Democrat Senator Menendez

Posted on | July 16, 2024 | No Comments

Perhaps the phrase “corrupt Democrat” is redundant:

The jury in the federal corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and two of his business associates, Fred Daibes and Wael Hana, found Menendez guilty on all charges after a grueling nine-week complex trial in Manhattan. . . .
Jurors deliberated for three days. . . .
In his five-hour closing argument on Tuesday, federal prosecutor Paul Monteleoni urged jurors to hold the New Jersey Democrat accountable for his alleged misconduct.
“This is a big case,” Monteleoni said. “But it all boils down to a classic case of corruption on a massive scale.”
During the trial, prosecutors used cited emails and text messages from Menendez – as well as FBI testimony – to present evidence they argued shows the senator accepted extravagant gifts from foreign governments. The gifts totaled more than $100,000 worth of gold bars, in addition to hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash stuffed throughout Menendez’s New Jersey home.
Menendez was charged by federal prosecutors with 18 counts since he pleaded innocent last year, all relating to a multiyear alleged bribery scheme involving the Egypt and Qatar governments.
In March, an 18-page indictment was wrapped into Menendez’s existing charges already against him and his co-defendants — including his wife, Nadine — for allegedly acting as a foreign agent and accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to benefit the Egyptian government through his power and influence as a senator.

New Jersey voters really know how to pick ’em, eh?



 

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In The Mailbox: 07.15.24

Posted on | July 16, 2024 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

What a weekend!
Prime Day is tomorrow.
Silicon Valley et Hamas delenda sunt.

Kukuruyo’s take on the weekend’s big event.

OVER THE TRANSOM
Director Blue: History’s Foremost Psychiatrist Explains Why Some Suffer From TDS
357 Magnum: How’s That Criminal Justice Reform Working Out?
EBL: Shannen Doherty, RIP, also, Why did the Secret Service fail so badly?
Twitchy: Democrats Wishcasting Hard Over Harris/Vance VP Debate, Keef Olbermann Wants Judge Cannon Arrested, and Joe Biden Tries To Defend His “Bullseye” Comment To Lester Holt
Louder With Crowder: Remember his name: Corey Comperatore killed at Trump Rally, Staten Island GOP goes BANANAS on the anti-Trump media over whose “rhetoric” needs to change, and “They take your name, then your life”
Vox Popoli: Evolutionists are Retarded, Do NOT Talk About Neil Gaiman, We Tell You Who We Are, Barbarians at the Gates, and The Trump Rally Story
Postcards From Barsoom: National Nomadism & The Double Life of a Pseudonymous Writer, also, Crying Havoc
Stoic Observations: Obligatory Seriousness, also, Arguing With Socrates
Gab: Fight! Fight! Fight! also, We Can’t Unite With Evil
L’Ombre de L’Olivier: Fight,

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
American Conservative: Trump’s Courage Rises Above the Fray
American Greatness: Our Brezhnev, Our Pravda, Our Soviet Union, The Chosen One, Gun Rights Would Be Ironclad if All 10 Million Gun Owners Voted Trump in November, The Biden Titanic, Democrat Staffer Fired After Facebook Posts Supporting Trump Assassination Attempt, Sharing ‘Staged’ Conspiracy Theory, and Will the Left Respect Democracy If Trump Wins?
American Thinker: Insurrections and the Leviathan State
Animal Magnetism: On Trump, also, Goodbye, Blue Monday
Babalu Blog: Since the mass protests of July 11, 2021, nearly 2,000 political arrests documented in Cuba, Housing construction in Cuba declined by 64% during 2019-2023 as hotel construction increased, and Cuban dictatorship keeps its own prices uncapped but fines ‘private’ stores $541,742 during first 2 days of price controls
Baldilocks: Aftermath
BattleSwarm: The Joe Biden Experience, Your Obligatory Trump Attempted Assassination Post, J. D. Vance Is Trump’s Veep Pick, and Demolition Ranch’s Matt Carriker on The Would-Be Trump Assassin Wearing His Shirt: “It Sucks”
Behind The Black: FAA to “investigate” SpaceX launch failure, Radar detects tiny moon of asteroid, More delays for first test hops of Europe’s Themis reusable first stage, Webb infrared spectroscopy detects differences between morning and evening on tidally-locked exoplanet, A blob in space, and Part 1: The cultural silver lining around the Trump assassination attempt appears large and sustaining
Cafe Hayek: Phil Magness Deserves Applause For His Defense of W.H. Hutt Against the Tendentious, Ignorant, and Dishonest, No, I’ll Not Read This Book, and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “Occupational hazard”
CDR Salamander: Russia In Year Three Of The War – On Midrats, also, 0.63 MOA Away – That’s It
Chicago Boyz: Betrayal, “A Disease of the Public Mind”, and Of Leadership and Courage
Da Tech Guy: Five Jodi Whitaker as the Doctor to Big Finish Thoughts Under the Fedora, Trump Survives Assassination Attempt Quick Thoughts, June 27th and July 13th Be Careful what you wish for MSM or The Same Old Leftist Media Song and Dance, The last three weeks have shown us that taxpayer-funded media is a terrible idea, and Song: You Don’t Kill Trump So Easy
Dana Loesch: The Rust Case Goes Off The Rails, They Almost Killed Trump, Trump Shooter Identified, All The Updates From The Trump Assassination Attempt, Trump Names JD Vance As Veep Pick, and Probably An Unpopular Take
Don Surber: Babydog to speak at RNC
First Street Journal: Greatest campaign photograph ever!
Gates Of Vienna: First Blood, Eyewitness to the Assassination Attempt, The Hinge of History, A Female Co-Conspirator, The Man on the Roof, and Covid-19: All Lies. All Crime. — Chapter 11
The Geller Report: Democrats Angry That Trump Assassination Failed – ‘How Do You Miss’ Trends on X
Hollywood In Toto: 2010: The Year We Make Contact Isn’t Kubrick, But It’s Close Enough, Here’s Why Hollywood Is Addicted to Sequels, Prequels and Reboots, The Best (and Very Worst) Celeb Reactions to Trump Shooting, and Does Hollywood Have Trump’s Blood on Its Hands?
The Lid: Here are the 9 House Democrats Who Tried to Take Away Donald Trump’s Secret Service Protection
Legal Insurrection: Stroke of Genius: Premier “Anti-Woke” Military Watchdog Hires Matt Lohmeier as Executive Vice-President, CA Gov. Newsom Rescinds Offer to Send Attorneys to Help Bay Area D.A. Fight Crime After She Ignored His Offer, MSNBC Reportedly Yanks Morning Joe to Avoid Possible ‘Inappropriate’ Comments About Assassination Attempt on Trump, Biden Admin Finally Giving RFK Jr. Secret Service Protection, Judge Cannon Rules Jack Smith Appointment Unconstitutional, Dismisses Classified Documents Case Against Donald Trump, RNC Audience Boos Mitch McConnell When Announcing Kentucky’s Votes for Trump, and ‘March on the RNC’ Protest Didn’t Get the Memo to Tone Down Rhetoric
Michele Catalano: the week in joy
Nebraska Energy Observer: Saturday – just for you, The Yoke of Babylon, and The Silence of the Bells
Outkick: Marlins OF Dane Myers Breaks Ankle By Kicking Clubhouse Door During Tantrum, Charles Barkley Offers Thoughts On Attempted Trump Assassination: ‘That Is Really F*cked Up’, Nick Saban Makes His Pick For 2024 SEC Title Game: Alabama Not The Choice, But ‘Texas Ain’t Gonna Run The SEC’, MLB All-Star Starter Paul Skenes Has Lived A Lifetime In 2 Years – ‘Unreal,’ Dad Says, Social Media Destroys MLB Home Run Derby National Anthem Singer Ingrid Andress, MLB Home Run Derby Fans Bash Unfunny Intros By SNL Member, and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Alexa Collins Is A Content Queen, Charles Barkley Unleashed & Tyson’s Pants Sell
Power Line: Bad News: The FBI Is Investigating, You may think you hate the media, and The Daily Chart: The One That Saved Trump’s Life?
Shark Tank: Mills Proposes J13 Select Committee After Trump Assassination Attempt
Shot In The Dark: “Unity”, also, Climate of Hate
STUMP: The Week in Meep, also, Ohio STRS Update
This Ain’t Hell: Disabled Veterans calling on Congress to move on bill related to concurrent benefits, Navy Vet’s death, Veterans group recruited 100,000 election workers, Assassination attempt increased Donald Trump’s odds of winning in November, Judge dismisses Donald Trump classified documents case, and Red Sea Retaliatory Airstrikes Resume
Transterrestrial Musings: The Trump Assassination Attempt, National Rent Control? How The Media Will Cover Kamala, Will The Left Respect Democracy If Trump Wins? and Literally Dodging A Bullet
Victory Girls: Jill And Kamala’s Four-Year-Long Cat Fight, The Democrat Media Left Built This, They Must Own It, and JD Vance wins the Veepstakes — Let the Leftwing attacks begin
Volokh Conspiracy: Thoughts on the Assassination Attempt Against Trump, also, GOP VP Nominee J. D. Vance is an Enemy of Free Markets
Watts Up With That:
The Federalist: Biden Order Instructing Federal Agencies To Meddle In Elections Is Unlawful, Suit Alleges, MSNBC Admits ‘Morning Joe’ Is Deeply Damaging To The Country, There Can Be No Unity With The Violent Democrat-Media Industrial Complex, Jack Black Endorsed Joe Biden. Then He Laughed When A Bandmate Said He Wished Trump’s Shooter Hadn’t Missed, Democrats Have Become A Party Of Paranoia And Conspiracy Theories, Education Department Attacks Republicans, Touts Biden’s Agenda in Official Letter, and Days Before Assassination Attempt, Leftist Billionaire Wished He’d Made Trump An ‘Actual Martyr’ 
Mark Steyn: Kiss Me Comrade: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton and Reds, Shoots and Ladders, What They Wanted, and À la Bastille!

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Trump #Winning Again

Posted on | July 15, 2024 | No Comments

The man is stacking up W’s like nobody’s business. First, he wins the early debate that Team Biden demanded, then sits back and watches for two weeks while Democrats tear their party apart in an ultimately doomed effort to kick Sleepy Joe off the ticket. Then on Saturday he survives an assassination attempt, and by Monday, the situation is so dire for Democrats that MSNBC decides it’s not safe to let “Morning Joe” on the airwaves. Next, a poll comes out showing Trump leading every single swing state (and this was a poll taken before the assassination attempt), and right on the heels of that, the judge in the Mar-a-Lago documents case throws it out on constitutional grounds. So then he picks J.D. Vance as his vice-presidential running mate, and the Republican National Convention starts off like an early victory celebration.

Have I left out any of Trump’s recent wins? Probably, but they’ve been piling up so fast I couldn’t keep track. And yeah, yeah, “don’t get cocky,” but the past couple of weeks have been such a non-stop streak of #winning that I’m starting to think maybe Democrats won’t even try to cheat their way to victory in November, because this thing is slipping outside the margin of fake mail-in ballots. I mean, Trump +7 in Arizona? All the fraud in Maricopa County can’t close that gap.

We’re still 16 weeks away from Election Day, and a lot could happen between now and then, but right now Trump’s got the momentum, and I refuse to let myself be bummed out by a few hand-wringing worry-warts.



 

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Rule 5 Sunday: Outstanding In Her Field

Posted on | July 15, 2024 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

I don’t know why, but I’ve always been partial to gals in denim or overalls. This one is courtesy of Rule 5 Texan on X.
Ceterum autem censeo Silicon Valley et Hamas delendam sunt.

ANIMAL MAGNETISM: Rule 5 Why Is Biden hanging On Friday, and the Saturday Gingermageddon.

EBL: Breathless Bout du Souffle, Early Bastille Day, Project 2025 – It’s Happening, Saturday Night Girls With Guns, The War Lover, Stevie Nicks, Shelley Duvall RIP, MAGA Golf Challenges, “Lady Godiva”, “Tank”, Horizon, Katie Britt Responds To A Climate Troll, Megan Coyne Plays Joe Biden On X, and Yaroslava Mahuchikh

A VIEW FROM THE BEACH: Vanessa MariposaThe Bay is Heating UpFish Pic Friday – Alissa Shaye HaleWeird Science!Rats Leaving or Sharks Circling?Tattoo ThursdayPennsylvania’s Got the BluesThe Wednesday WetnessFankenfish, at 20Tuesday TanlinesStill Fighting About Stripers in MDThe Monday Morning StimulusGone Fishin’ and Palm Sunday.

FLAPPR: T.I.T.S. For July 12

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