Beijing often sends military aircraft into Taiwan's air defense zone in a show of strength and last Friday, October 1st, they flew 38 planes into the area after Taiwan applied to join a major trans-Pacific trade pac as Beijing marked the founding of the People’s Republic of China when Mao Zedong proclaimed the People's Republic of China (PRC) from atop Tiananmen, after a near complete victory (Oct 1, 1949) by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the Chinese Civil War. There have been other sustained military displays, including combat engagements, such as the air and artillery battles in the late 1950s.
On Oct. 4, 5 & 6 mainland Chinese combat aircraft crossed the Taiwan Strait and illegally penetrated sovereign Taiwanese airspace. That aerial "show of force" rated as the largest mainland Chinese airspace violation since 1949 when Chinese Nationalist soldiers retreated to the island and dug in.
According to numerous media reports, the 56-plane demonstration by the Chinese Communist Party's Peoples Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) culminated three days of sustained military saber-rattling harassment.
The Eisenhower administration's support for Taiwan led to a stalemate and a ceasefire. But with Ike in charge the Communists thought twice.
In the 2021 President Joe Biden geopolitical context, the Oct. 4 violation was a multidimensional diplomatic and military probe in the form of a calculated outrage designed to generate maximum media headlines.
The headlines erupted. At the military tactical and operational levels behind the headlines, the intrusion probed Taiwanese air defenses. It was recon. Very possibly the CCP's military gleaned valuable intelligence on technical capabilities, such as radar range and missile battery readiness. The probe could have provided insight into the Taiwan military's decision-making. How long will the Taiwanese wait before intercepting the PLAAF attack formation?
The strait is narrow. Delay has fatal consequences.
At the strategic level, the penetration was another provocative Beijing test of Taiwan's faith in reliable American support of its defense. To be frank, U.S. support for the defense of Taiwan translates into protecting the small democracy's very existence.
In a theoretical frame, the Chinese show of force air operation was a classic example of a "power cocktail," mixing what strategists dub basic elements of power, in this instance diplomatic, intelligence/information and military power.
However, Communist China's threat to Taiwan isn't theory. From Mao Zedong on, senior Chinese Communist leaders have vowed to seize Taiwan. Often Beijing obfuscates that vow with rhetoric like a "formal declaration of Taiwan independence" will immediately lead to a cross-Strait war.
The Pentagon and several open-source analysts also identify other camouflage for Beijing aggression. In addition to formal independence, the cases include:
No. 1: Unrest within Taiwan, and note Beijing could seed unrest
No. 2: Foreign intervention in Taiwan's internal affairs, and that could mean anything from selling Taiwan F-16 parts to providing loans
No. 3: Taiwanese acquisition of nuclear weapons -- and like Japan and South Korea, Taiwan has the brains to produce them
No. 4: A foreign nation stationing military forces on Taiwan.
That is a warning to the U.S. Every so often commentators -- like me -- mull deploying a U.S. Army armored brigade combat team to Taiwan. Think tripwire forces in South Korea and, during the Cold War, West Germany.
In the larger lens of willingness to fight a war for freedom: The probe was a material manifestation of the giant sucking sound, the huge Asian power vacuum and credibility vacuum created by Biden's disastrous Afghanistan bugout.
The withdrawal was a self-inflicted disaster. The world knows it, even if the Washington Beltway media refuses to admit it.
Power abhors a vacuum, and autocratic states and tyrannies like Communist China rush to fill power vacuums. The Oct. 4 show of force suggests that after the post-Afghanistan debacle Beijing senses opportunity.
Communist China is America's foremost security threat. Chinese president Xi Jinping is already arguing Biden's bugout demonstrates American promises are unreliable. China wants South Korea and Japan to observe closely, and India as well.
Without strong leadership by democratic nations, primarily from the powerful U.S., our weaknesses, especially our self-inflicted weaknesses, could quickly become debilitating wounds the authoritarians will leverage, to our great loss.
“Aukus” partnership will enable Australia to have nuclear-powered submarines for the first time
The US, UK and Australia have begun setting up a trilateral security partnership which will include helping Australia to build nuclear
powered submarine, the goal? Preparing for China!
US president Joe Biden and prime ministers Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison, joined virtually by videoconference made the announcement this week, The initiative, called Aukus is the next critical step in an old alliance.
Teams from the three countries will draw up a joint plan over the coming 18 months for assembling the new Australian nuclear-powered submarine fleet. The project will make Australia only the seventh country in the world to have submarines propelled by nuclear reactors, Morrison said.
“This will include an intense examination of what we need to do to exercise our nuclear stewardship responsibilities here in Australia,” the Australian prime minister Morrison said, referring to the international treaty obligations on handling nuclear fuel. Morrison added: “But let me be clear. Australia is not seeking to acquire nuclear weapons or establish a civil nuclear capability.”
China was not mentioned by any of the three leaders, but there was no doubt that the Aukus initiative was in response to China’s expansionist drive in the South China Sea and increasing advancment towards Taiwan.
“We need to be able to address both the current strategic environment in the region, and how it may evolve, because the future of each of our nations and indeed the world, depends on a free and open Indo-Pacific enduring and flourishing in the decades ahead,” Biden said.
Speaking from London, Johnson said the three countries were “natural allies” even though “we may be separated geographically” and said the alliance would create “a new defense partnership, driving both, jobs and prosperity”.
Pertaining to the Australian submarine-building plan, Johnson said: “This will be one of the most complex and technically demanding projects in the world, lasting decades and requiring the most advanced technology."
This agreement binds Australia to the United States and Great Britain for generations and puts an the end to the$90billion contract Australia signed with the French company Naval Group in 2016. That deal had become bogged down in cost over-runs, delays and design changes. It marks a huge setback for President Emmanuel Macron and he is pissed!
Calling American and Australian behavior “unacceptable between allies and partners,” France announced last Friday that it was recalling its ambassadors to both countries in protest over President Biden’s decision to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia.
It is the first time in the history of the long alliance between France and the United States, dating back to 1778, that a French ambassador has been recalled to Paris in this way for consultations. The decision by President Emmanuel Macron reflects the extent of French outrage at what it has a called a “brutal” American decision and a “stab in the back” from Australia.
“The world is a jungle,” the former French ambassador to Washington, Gérard Araud, observed on Twitter. “France has just been reminded this bitter truth by the way the US and the UK have stabbed her in the back in Australia. C’est la vie.”
In July, the UK’s new aircraft carrier, the Queen Elizabeth, arrived in the South China Sea, the focal point of US-Chinese tensions, triggering denunciations from Beijing. “Great Britain is very focused on the concept of global Britain, and their tilt is about engaging much more deeply with the Indo-Pacific and this is a down payment on that effort,” a senior US official said.
Nuclear power will allow Australian attack submarines to remain at sea for as long as five months and operate more quietly than the country’s existing Collins class diesel powered vessels, allowing them to better evade enemy detection.
“This has only happened once before in history, when the US helped the UK develop its first nuclear-powered submarines, said David Cullen of the Nuclear Information Service
“What’s interesting is that the US appears to have thrown the UK a bone by allowing Britain to help design and build the new Australian submarines,” Cullen said.
Meanwhile in France, Mr. Macron faces an election in seven months. With right-wing nationalists challenging him strongly, the way he responds to what is being portrayed as a serious insult will be closely watched.
Macron is certain to turn to his European partners, and particularly Germany, as he reassesses the Western alliance and Asian policy.
As the French Daily Newspaper 'Le Monde' put it, “Beyond French sensibilities, it is the place of Europe and its role in the world that have been thrust into question. Where does Europe want to stand in the global realignment happening in the shadow of the America-China confrontation?”
The California recall election turned out well for the Democrats.
With Gov. Gavin Newsom sinking in the summer polls, the party had been staring starkly at the prospect of losing the nation's largest state and seeing its governor replaced by talk-show host Larry Elder, who had vaulted into the lead among the 46 candidates seeking to replace Newsom.
Elder had rallied Republicans and started to surge, which terrified the Democrats. Not only might they lose Newsom, but they could get in the governor's mansion in Sacramento what leftists took to calling "the black face of white supremacy."
Result: A panicked Democratic Party defeated the recall by nearly 2-1, with Californians voting to retain Newsom in roughly the same percentages as they had voted to elect Joe Biden president almost a year ago.
That leaves California securely in Democrat control.
Not in 15 years has a Republican won statewide office. Every elected governor and U.S. senator after 2006, every lieutenant governor and attorney general, has been a Democrat.
The Congressional delegation has 53 members, and the Democrats outnumber Republicans 42-11. Democrats also have 3-1 majorities in both houses of the state legislature.
Richard Nixon carried his home state on all five presidential tickets on which he ran, and Ronald Reagan never lost California. But the era that began when Barry Goldwater won the June 1964 primary against liberal Gov. Nelson Rockefeller is history.
Yet, everything is not coming up roses for Biden.
An Economist poll finds his approval rating underwater, with 49% disapproving of Biden's performance in office to 46% in approval.
The latest Quinnipiac poll, out Tuesday, is more ominous. It has 50% of the country disapproving of the Biden presidency, with only 42% approving, the first time Biden's rating has fallen into negative territory. More worrisome: Independents disapprove of Biden by 52-34.
When broken down by issues, the news is no better.
On his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, Biden's rating has plunged from 53-40 approval in August to 48% approving and 49% disapproving now. Fifty-five percent disapprove of his handling of his duties as commander in chief.
His mastery of foreign policy was supposed to be his strong suit. But here the numbers are even worse. Only a third of the nation, 34%, approves of his handling of foreign policy, while 59% disapprove.
On the economy, Biden also gets a negative rating, with 42% of the country approving of the job he is doing to 52% against.
With Biden's numbers underwater overall and on the three major issues -- the economy, foreign policy and his handling of the coronavirus -- Democrats have to be looking nervously at November 2022.
"If there ever was a honeymoon for President Biden, it is clearly over," says Quinnipiac polling analyst Tim Malloy. "This is, with few exceptions, a poll full of troubling negatives ... from overall job approval, to foreign policy, to the economy."
What makes this especially ominous for Democrats is that the recent negative news is likely to continue on many fronts, while the possibilities of positive achievements appear limited.
Biden conceivably could pull off twin victories this fall in Congress -- with passage of both the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package and the $3.5 trillion family infrastructure bill. If so, this would put him in the history books as a transformative president alongside Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson.
But Biden faces problems on many fronts.
First among them is the return of inflation. The soaring price of food and fuel is beginning to be felt. There is new skittishness in the markets. And the jobs picture is not as rosy as was anticipated this summer.
While the country credits the president for ending America's longest war, the future news out of Afghanistan is likely to be filled with stories of the Americans left behind and Afghan allies facing executions.
The invasion across our southern border is now producing 220,000 border crossers every month.
We are still in the fourth wave of the coronavirus, with the number of American dead, already over 670,000, rising at a rate of 2,000 a day.
If the wave does not break, this will depress the mood of a country that believed, just a few months back, that the worst was behind us and brighter days lay ahead.
And the poll numbers are not only the worst Biden has received. They are not all that good for the nation either.
Seventy percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the direction of the USA. The president's disapproval exceeds his approval rating by eight points, just eight months in office. Republicans and Democrats in Congress both get negative ratings from the American people. And only 37% of registered voters approve of the Supreme Court's handling of its role. Half the country disapproves.
If all three branches of the U.S. government have lost or are losing the confidence of their countrymen, what does that suggest is the future for our democratic republic?
Patrick J. Buchanan
President Joe Biden’s federal vaccine mandate sparked controversy among Americans, but one of the nation’s most elite fighting forces may be hit harder than other groups by the new requirement.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced in August, with Biden’s approval, that all U.S. service members must receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The decision came after the Pfizer vaccine received full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
That mandate, though, leaves many U.S. troops facing a tough personal decision. Just the News reported this week that hundreds of Navy SEALs have been told they will not be deployed if they don't receive the vaccine and will no longer be able to serve as a Navy SEAL.
“We generally have about 2,500 Navy SEALs,” said Robert O’Neill, a former Navy SEAL who claims to have killed Osama Bin Laden in Operation Neptune Spear. “It takes time to get to certain levels. Hundreds are leaving because of nonsense.”
Some on the right have lambasted Biden for his vaccine mandate both for civilians and service members.
“This is wrong for national security,” Missouri’s former governor, Eric Greitens, a Republican, said. “The only people who will benefit from destroying the combat capacity of Naval Special Operations are the Taliban, Russia, China and other adversaries around the world. This is also wrong at a human level.”
U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., raised the alarm about a mass exodus from the military this summer. He said in July that several service members had told him that resignations would come if the vaccine was mandated.
“According to the GAO and congressional testimony, there were similar results (departures) when the military mandated the anthrax vaccine,” said Massie, who introduced legislation that would “prohibit any requirement that a member of the Armed Forces receive a vaccination against COVID-19.”
In response to the vaccine mandate, several Republican senators introduced legislation this week that would prohibit the Department of Defense from issuing service members a dishonorable discharge for refusing to be vaccinated.
U.S. Sens. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, James Lankford, R-Okla., and Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., expressed support for the legislation.
“As a physician and veteran who is confident that the vaccine has saved countless lives, I believe vaccinating our servicemembers against COVID-19 is an important effort; however, whether or not to receive the vaccine should be a personal choice between an individual and their doctor,” Marshall said. “Servicemembers who refuse to get vaccinated, and are subsequently separated from the service, should not receive anything other than an honorable discharge.
There is no question about it: American heroes should not be treated as felons because of their personal medical choices.”
Being dishonorably discharged has implications for service members, including stripping their rights to own a firearm and use the GI Bill for education. A dishonorable discharge also prevents them from federal health and housing benefits normally available to veterans.
“It’s an insult to our servicemen and women who have served with honor to dishonorably discharge them for refusing the COVID vaccine,” Cruz said. “It is the same way we dishonorably discharge those convicted of serious crimes such as treason, desertion, sexual assault, and murder. Forcing all service members, including pregnant women and those who have already had COVID-19, to receive the vaccine is just one more example of President Biden and his administration putting politics ahead of science.”
For now, though, no legislation has been passed, but Biden is still taking criticism from those on the right, many of whom have military roots.
“Biden's latest disaster just made us all less safe…” said Jessie Jane Duff, a 2020 Trump advisor who served as a Gunnery Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
The Center Square
The FDA is busy emphatically reminding us that several promising off-label drugs haven’t been approved for therapeutic use against COVID. The approved for humans, anti-parasitic drug ivermectin, is the topic here. Criticism and comments from the FDA and other naysayers are numerous and colorful.
From MSN.com: “Why are people taking horse medication for COVID-19 infections?” The NY Post: “People taking horse, cow de-wormer for supposed COVID-19 treatment.” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow repeated reports of veterinary drug overdoses. Her colleague Joy Reid scoffed at people self-medicating by ingesting “horse paste.” USA TODAY reported on prominent podcaster Josh Rogan being prescribed deworming medicine. CNN referred to it as “horse-dewormer.” They all seem to avoid the part about ivermectin being approved and safe for human use.
Making matters worse, the FDA tweeted “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.” That’s a cruelly misleading official warning and has been widely exploited. And the “horse-paste” story lives on.
The source of some reports came from an inaccurate Rolling Stone article that was later corrected. A doctor told a local news station that Oklahoma hospitals were overrun by patients overdosing on ivermectin and gunshot wounds were being neglected. The hospital referred to in the story rebutted the claim by reporting the quoted doctor hadn’t practiced there for months and had never treated ivermectin overdoses.
The animal formulation of ivermectin originated in the 1970s. The human anti-parasitic version was approved in 1996. In 2015, scientists who developed ivermectin won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. The drug “revolutionized therapy for patients suffering from devastating parasitic diseases.” But how about use fighting COVID?
Even though the FDA hasn’t evaluated ivermectin for COVID treatment, much supportive information is available on government websites. Here’s a sampling:
• …Ivermectin, an FDA-approved antiparasitic previously shown to have broad-spectrum anti-viral activity in vitro, is an inhibitor of the causative virus (SARS-CoV-2)…Ivermectin therefore warrants further investigation… https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32251768/
• …more than 20 randomized clinical trials have tracked such inpatient and outpatient treatments. Six of seven meta-analyses…found notable reductions in COVID-19 fatalities… https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34466270/
•…Meta-analyses based on 18 randomized controlled treatment trials of ivermectin in COVID-19 have found large, statistically significant reductions in mortality…time to clinical recovery… American Journal of Therapeutics https://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8088823/
Clarification of abbreviations: PMC=PubMed Central, nlm=Nat. Library of Medicine, ncbi=Nat. Center forBiotechnology Info, nih=National Institute of
There’s much supportive data, but the FDA doesn’t seem inclined to officially investigate ivermectin’s efficacy. Some confusion may have come from the disconnect created from recommending an anti-parasitic drug for use in treating a virus. I read an explanation stating that ivermectin’s effectiveness comes from acting upon cells to help them accept anti-viral drugs which inhibit virus replication. I’ll leave further explanation to experts.
If a doctor or institution is convinced a safe, off-label drug had lifesaving potential, why wouldn’t they simply step up and start using it. Here are excerpts from retired physician Dr. Ted Noel ‘s 9/22 article in American Thinker: “The failure of the CDC to endorse any treatment that did not emanate from its exalted halls should give us our first glint of clarity…Ivermectin isn’t on the Medicare/Medicaid approved list…for COVID…The financial risks (of prescribing it) may be extreme.” Therefore, if the physician or group flunked government protocol, a charge of “fraud” is quite likely.
Many credible medical professionals believe in the effectiveness of ivermectin for battling COVID. Contrary to the mocking and criticism, much of the privately gathered information is more than just wishful thinking.
During a pandemic, pharmaceutical companies and their government regulators should shift thinking from “peacetime” to “wartime” protocols and processes. That should apply to off-label therapeutics, not just vaccine development. It’s a tragic embarrassment that this investigative responsibility has been relegated to others, who then struggle to get attention, let alone approval.
We’ve spent far too little energy exploring the lifesaving therapeutic potential of off-label drugs, while wasting far too much energy on political squabbling. I pray we’ve learned a lesson.
Democrats have made a living in recent times with political attack ads fallaciously accusing Republicans of secret plans to destroy Medicare and Social Security. In one famous TV ad, then-House Speaker Paul Ryan was depicted as shoving an elderly woman in a wheelchair off a cliff.
Well, Republicans may want to reprise that ad -- and toss it back at Biden Democrats. New reports in recent days from the Congressional Budget Office and the Social Security trustees show both these programs running out of money much sooner than previously expected.
Under current law, Medicare goes into the red in 2026, and then over the next 10 years, the losses mount to half a trillion dollars. Soon thereafter, the system is insolvent and flat out of money to pay the bills. Social Security's finances are almost as rickety. The trust fund starts running out of money in 2034, and the losses eventually eclipse $1 trillion.
So, the worst thing Washington could do now is add more people on to the Medicare rolls and expand benefits. This only loads more passengers on to the decks of the Titanic and speeds its approach to the financial iceberg.
But that is exactly what President Joe Biden's plan does. Instead of fixing the Medicare finances, the Democratic plan expands benefits (to dental, vision and hearing) and lowers the age for benefits to 60. That will bring forward the trust fund's insolvency by two years: from 2026 to 2024.
An analysis by health experts at the Hoover Institution finds that the Biden plan would "increase the ten-year deficit by $394 billion with about 14 million Americans enrolling in at least Medicare Part A (which provides coverage for hospitalizations). The impact on Medicare spending would be even larger -- it would rise by almost $1 trillion over a decade."
The argument has long been that even when the Social Security and Medicare funds (the "lockbox," as Al Gore once called it) run out of money, the federal government will pay back the trillions of dollars of IOUs in the fund that have been borrowed by the "general fund" of the federal budget.
But where will that money come from? The Biden plan envisions trillions of extra borrowing over the next decade alone. How can we replenish Social Security and Medicare with funds if the rest of the budget is going bankrupt? This is like the Three Stooges gambit of trying to stop a sinking ship by scooping buckets of water out of one end of the boat and pouring it into the other side.
It is because of these flimsy finances that I have always advocated letting young people put their payroll tax dollars into a personal account so the money can't be stolen by politicians. There is no way that the government will have any money to pay benefits 40 years from now. But now, the crisis isn't 40 years away. It is five years away because of Biden's gargantuan debt plan.
The Democrats say they want to impose drug price controls to pay for some of these costs, but that will have two negative effects on seniors. First, price controls are linked to less innovation and slower races for the cures for diseases that afflict seniors, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Second, price controls may limit access to lifesaving and pain-alleviating drugs, as we see in other countries. This scheme only endangers the health of seniors.
I'm all for saving money on drug costs, but given the success of Operation Warp Speed, and the thousands of lives (mostly those over the age of 65) saved through this vaccine, why would we want to slow the development of new drugs?
Seniors are by far the biggest losers from the Biden scheme of adding trillions of dollars to our national debt. Democrats say they will pay for their $3.5 trillion debt scam by taxing the rich. Uh-huh. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that even if you took every penny that the millionaires and billionaires have, that still wouldn't pay for the mountain of new spending Biden wants. The piggy bank that they will raid is the Social Security/Medicare fund.
Now who's throwing grandma from the train?
Ed. Note: this article was written prior to the warrant issued for Brian Laundrie, when the FBI were sitting on their hands and let this prime suspect go on the run.
I’ve been pretty critical of what James Comey and his band of liars, leakers, cheaters and inept underlings did and didn’t do. What I want is for my readers to understand now, it’s the problems they caused, coming home to roost…on a Criminal investigation the FBI joined. I’m talking about the Gabby Petito case.
You see the FBI has not been conducting the volume and type of criminal cases we used to investigate. That’s because former leaders like Comey and Mueller removed those types of cases from the list of cases the FBI should investigate.
The point I’ve been trying to make is that Director Hoover didn’t insist that we investigate Bank Robberies and Crimes on Government Reservations-Murder, for example, just to keep us busy. He knew that robbery, murder and other cases are usually local crimes, investigated by local authorities.
Director Hoover also understood that in order to stay sharp, FBI Agents had to actually investigate cases to learn how to do it! Most important was Hoover’s repeatedly proven correct belief, that in order to solve Crimes…any Crimes…we needed the Public’s trust, confidence and help! By keeping with the list of crimes, that could be handled by others…Hoover kept the FBI in the Public’s eye, and the Agents sharp. Not anymore!
You know the examples…they are numerous…Peter Strzok, Andy McCabe, Page, Baker and all the other Agents who worked with them, knew what they were up to and did nothing… and didn’t resist! There’s been case after case the FBI has blown …like the FISA Warrants, like the 10 female athletes who said they were sexually assaulted… case after case they let them go which was worse than intentionally screwing up a case.
Why hasn’t Hunter Biden and associates even been before a Grand Jury?
You cannot teach people how to become… investigators, interviewers, and evidence gatherers, or how to make dangerous arrests and how to put it all together until they actually DO IT themselves and do it lots of times…every day of every week!!
When you know a case is as serious and fast moving, as this case, you must get involved right away and not wait to see if there is an interstate character. That’s a ploy some small offices used to avoid getting involved. This case has had an interstate element from the beginning when the two crossed state lines.
When the subject (Brian) returned home, with Gabby’s van and without her, after four months of traveling together and Brian refused any interview, as the press has been reporting, and “lawyered up”… that’s all PC that he’s hiding something illegal that he knows or did.
What should have been done, is interviews of all those involved with Brian. First …Brian is a Material Witness and any investigator with any common sense should have known he was going to flee.
How do you prevent that? Arrest him …for what you ask? Well here’s a list; Material Witness Warrant, Interstate transportation of a Stolen Motor Vehicle…Gabby’s vehicle! Also, Theft of anything that was Gabby’s with which, he returned home (credit cards, phone, etc). Obstruction of Justice, Misprision of a Felony, spitting on the side walk, any crime you can find…the idea is to keep him available until Gabby is found! Next you place those charges one at a time with a Detainer for the next. Then do it again, and again…get the idea?
We’re talking about a life and when you have seen death, as an investigator, it becomes more important to you to do everything you can… to save that life.
Maybe Agents, today, should be brought through a morgue during training, since they don’t work the type cases that often times brought us through a morgue…to fingerprint, photograph, identify a subject or witness or missing person!
Charges could/should have been charged even without a body. The girl is missing… he transported her interstate, he shows up with HER vehicle…but no Gabby?! Let him fight those charges from jail. Whoops…he ran…are you trying to tell me “you” didn’t know that would happen? Give me a break.
As far as his family is concerned…same deal, they are all Material Witnesses, and now that her body has been found, they can be charged with some of the same crimes. But here’s the deal …Brian’s family cannot plead the 5th for Brian, only themselves! If they have any incriminating information they MUST provide it, unless it involves them personally, in which case, if they committed overt acts…such as hiding evidence and now helping him run…I would've given up those charges for immunity in a heartbeat, to get her found alive! Get it?!
Where the hell did he get the money to run…it appears he doesn’t work?! Subpoena the family bank accounts… They should have forced the family members to talk. You do that by going to each family member and serving them with a Forthwith Subpoena (come with me, in cuffs) to testify before a Grand Jury. And that includes his lawyer! What can you ask his lawyer? Anything a good prosecutor wants…like when were you were contacted, who contacted you (was it Brian or his mother)…she can tell us…(is that important?)…I guess so…let him claim Lawyer client protection, don’t just give it up! Some of those questions can be answered.
If his attorney inserted himself in a cover-up of a Homicide…or if Gabby was alive, while he was counseling his client to withhold her location while someone else killed her…he’s an accomplice to a Homicide, Criminal Negligence and possible more. Attorneys can and do become subjects by accident or intentionally. I arrested more than 1 attorney who screwed up! They really need to know criminal law before they start counseling someone especially on an active investigation! Each and every person who spoke to Brian is a witness even if they didn’t know what happened. Those who “knew”, inserted themselves as potential subjects.
Ask his mother to tell what Brian told her. If she refuses, give her immunity from prosecution for anything she says about herself. If she still refuses, the Judge will hold her in contempt and put her in jail until she does talk…it works…I’ve done it. One night in jail makes a mother’ give up a son who robbed a bank!
Local PDs don’t have the manpower to surveille a house around the clock…it takes tons of manpower, technical capabilities, forensic capabilities and EXPERIENCE!
FBI Agents no longer have that experience because they don’t work the cases that teach! That’s not the Agent’s fault it’s James Comey and Bob Mueller’s fault!
A retired FBI Agent was on FOX today, said that this case has so many angles, that it is going to be the most complicated case in FBI history…no it’s not!
That goes to prove what I’m saying…she most probably never investigated a homicide or complicated case in her entire career, because the FBI no longer works the cases that generate Homicide cases…period. They don’t investigate the violent crimes that result in lots of cases and lots of interviews and arrests, convictions and so forth.
I was case Agent on two homicides in my first year…Crime on a Government Reservation…! I didn’t have many homicides and I am happy as crimes against children really bothered me but I did have a lot of cases, complicated cases, I even arrested the Subject’s lawyer for taking Robbery proceeds for his fee (he had die marked bills). We solved cases by every way you can possibly think of and then some. Todays’ technology is so advanced these Agents should be locking people up every day …but they are not…instead they are being accused of dropping the ball.
The FBI had a chance to clean up a very corrupt Clinton State Department…but it didn’t and there were many Agents who knew what was going on and did nothing…shame on you!
When the director of the FBI admits his Agency screwed up and he has no clue how it happened…and I do…it’s time for a complete revamping of the FBI…my opinion…and when it comes to the FBI …I have seldom been wrong…like when I advised the President not to hire ANY Judge for FBI Director and not nominate Jeff Sessions as AG, and to clean out DOJ starting with the Civil Rights Division and then career Left wing lawyers, to fire Comey as soon as he was sworn in and then, to fire Wray, years ago, when the president admitted it was a mistake! There are published columns on every recommendation I made... “before”…not “after”!
To fix the FBI won’t be easy. It will take a FBI Director who is strong and demands that he be in charge. He must be a former Agent who is probably in his 70s by now but still has all his “marbles”. The FBI must regain the reputation of being the best Crime fighting Agency in the world. Keep the Security, Intel Gathering capability but handle Terrorism like the Crime that it is with Criminal Agents. It was Criminal Agents that solved the Oklahoma City Bombing not the Security Side…I know because I was directly involved. The Trouble is that the crime fighting Agents are all retired, now!
You would have to get some of the retired Agents involved in rethinking things. Get back the Fugitive program, Bank robbery, and other “learning” violations…get them all back! Get rid of Comey’s dumb-ass phone answering system, that scares the Public away, and put real voices on the phones and get rid of the, “Call 911 if this is an emergency”, we liked to think that WE are the ones to call in an emergency…and we were!
We need a new FBI Director, however, do we really want Hussein Obama to pick a new FBI Director? oh for sure it will be Obama’s pick, that Obiden will submit and don’t be surprised if it is Bill Ayers, Former Top 10 Fugitive and Murderer and Weathermen charter member, also the husband of Top 10 Fugitive Bernadine Dorne !
J. Gary DiLaura
The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels finished the 2021 season on a high note, throwing a no-hitter on the final weekend of the season while winning three out of four games against the top team in the league.
Regi Grace Jr., Landon Leach, Brad Hanner and Matthew Swain combined to no-hit the Tampa Tarpons in the final night game of the season, allowing only two base runners in the entire game. It was the franchise’s first no-hitter since 2011.
“It was so cool to sit there and watch four guys who have overcome a lot this year,” Mighty Mussels manager Brian Meyer said. “The joy that all of the players had with it was special.”
The Mussels’ followed it up with an exciting comeback win 5-4 over the Tarpons on Sunday – wrapping up the season with a 60-54 record.
After the 2019 season ended early due to the threat of Hurricane Dorian and the 2020 season was wiped out entirely due to the pandemic, smiles were aplenty amongst all involved for the final weekend of 2021. Things felt normal again – and the stringent MLB COVID policies had done their job.
“It was a different year from a non-baseball standpoint between COVID and the testing,” Meyer said. “I’ll remember the players and where they are at this point of their career. We’ve had 20 guys promoted to Cedar Rapids and I’m happy that I was able to play just a small role in their overall development.”
The Mussels did not register a single positive test all season, unlike several teams around Minor League Baseball. They completed 114 games, two dozen less than usual but still a fair share given the season’s late start.
The 2021 season included many highlights – none greater than the September 18 no-hitter. Willie Joe Garry Jr. began the season with a home run in the first at bat of the season. The Mussels enjoyed three walk-off wins and several late comebacks – using the Hammond Stadium crowd to finish 34-24 at home.
Most importantly for the organization, the Mussels’ coaching staff pushed 20 players to the next level – working hard behind the scenes to get them to High-A Cedar Rapids.
“It’s an organization-wide philosophy that no one guy is less important the other,” said Meyer. “It’s a team effort to get all of our players trending in the right direction no matter how long it takes. There’s a never-give-up attitude and we do a really good job of collaborating and putting the player first.”
When the team got hot, it was led by pitching. The Fort Myers pitching staff led the league in ERA, posting a 3.96 mark. Pitching coaches Peter Larson, Carlos Hernandez and Dan Urbina all had a hand in developing a staff that had zero ranked prospects when the season began. Despite the lack big names, everyone on the staff was able to contribute and some pitchers dominated.
“They’ve really stuck to the script in terms of what our organization philosophy is, hammering that home from a development and execution side,” said Meyer. “Pete has been on top of things from day one – his drive, his passion and his resolve to see these guys grow and make sure they’re accomplishing their goals and pushing them to the next level.”
With three weeks left in the season, the Mussels were hovering around the five-hundred mark, teetering on the edge of a losing season. The Twins gradually assigned seven members of their 2021 draft class to the Mussels’ roster – a group of players whose drive and determination as newly-signed pros changed the course of the season. Two of those players really stood out to Meyer.
“(Christian Encarnacion-Strand) is relentless in his preparation – in the cage, with scouting reports and his defensive work,” Meyer said. “That’s rubbed off on some other guys. Cade Povich – you can just tell by his demeanor and how he goes about his business that he has a really bright future in this organization.”
In the end, the 2021 season ended with baseball – with weather and the pandemic in the rear-view mirror. The Mussels’ front office has already begun planning for the 2022 season – and can’t wait to announce a new lineup of daily specials and promotional nights. With the 2022 schedule being unveiled in the coming weeks, local residents and groups are always welcome to call (239) 768-4210 to offer feedback and recommendations on what they want to see next season.
Last week the Florida Department of Transportation made a presentation to the Fort Myers Beach Town Council about the future foot of the bridge design project scheduled to be completed in time with Margaritaville, sometime in the summer/fall of 2023.
The new design is raising a lot of concern due to the multiple Cross walks included in the design with 4 crosswalks on each of the incoming and outgoing traffic lanes at the foot of the bridge.
Many have suggested overpasses, but if you have ever been to Las Vegas, you know what a pain overpasses can be, and really require some way to prevent people from crossing where ever they like, which is the problem we have on the beach now. Most of the traffic backup that occurs is due to pedestrian crossing everywhere and anywhere they want to.
As we look at the image to the below, we can see the footprint of the land at the corner of Fifth and Estero outlined in Blue, showing how this project would fit in the space allowed.
We see incoming vehicles come over the bridge from the top left of the image and there are four crosswalks, one for traffic that is going forward which has another crosswalk immediately in the same flow of traffic, one for traffic that is going right, towards the north end and one for traffic that is coming from the north end of the island with similar crosswalks for the outgoing flow as well.
This could be a traffic nightmare, it also could work but only if pedestrians are forced to use the crosswalks and wait for walk signals before they cross, in order to do that, guardrails would be needed, I don’t know about you but I do not like the images in my minds eye as I think about that.
Bushes and shrubs? They would need to maintained continuously and could end up a possible landscaping fiasco.
Then there is the option of enforcing Jaywalking, do we really see that as our future? I personally do not like the thought of visitors getting $50 jaywalking tickets.
So, what other options are available to us?
We already mentioned overpasses, but I would rather see underpasses, these have their own problems, there would be weather related closings. but the major obstacle being the actual construction of underpasses. Our roads being just above sea level makes the soil under the road, in the water table.
There are still ways to do this, many years ago in Downtown Boston during the Big Dig, they ran into soft muddy earth while trying to submerge the Route 93 Expressway, their solution was to freeze the soft earth and scrapped it a little at a time and then advanced the tunnel pieces slowly, it is costly but doable.
I believe this design as it now sits, will be discussed in depth and will meet with much opposition as is. (In the image above, traffic from the bridge
enters the picture from the bottom right corner.)
As you are aware, the FBI opens cases (investigations) when credible information is received from numerous sources. One source is the news media which has been and continues to be a source for new cases. Although I have been retired from 29 years of service in the FBI Violent Crimes Program, I am hopeful that the FBI continues to examine Media reports of criminal acts especially when it is an allegation of Treason against a high ranking General, like the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The following is such as allegation as reported by most main Stream Medias and quoted from the Washington Post;
“WASHINGTON, Sept 14 (Reuters) - The top U.S. general secretly called his Chinese counterpart twice over concerns then-President Donald Trump could spark a war with China as his potential election loss loomed and in its aftermath, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
U.S. General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called General Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army on Oct. 30, 2020 - four days before the election - and again on Jan. 8, two days after Trump supporters led a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, the newspaper reported.
In the calls, Milley sought to assure Li the United States was stable and not going to attack and, if there were to be an attack, he would alert his counterpart ahead of time, the report said.”
If you haven’t already initiated an aggressive criminal investigation, I am herein requesting that you do so immediately. I would also like to note that if the Act of Treason is confirmed and neither Bob Woodward and/or Robert Costa of The Washington Post reported this information, in a timely fashion, to the proper, legal authorities, instead of a book, they are guilty of Misprision of a Felony…Treason.
J Gary DiLaura,FBI Ret