Sessions was asked at his confirmation hearing by Dr. Strange ( Al Franken) if he had any conversations with any Russians during the Presidential campaign. This was in the context of conversations about the campaign, and Senator Sessions answered truthfully that he did not. But, he had conversations with Russians as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Not about anything to do with the election, and his fellow committee members , those who are Republicans and not Anti-Trump fanatics, all say it's routine for committee members to do that.
But now, having done in Flynn by innuendo, Schumer has set his sights on Sessions. He has help from some Republicans, among them in particular Marco Rubio and Darrel Issa, ( a Republican Representative from, you guessed it, California.)
On a related subject, there is a NY Times story making news today. The Times, no fan of President Trump and rabidly liberal, is reporting that prior to leaving the White House, Barack Hussein Obama told his staffers to disseminate specially prepared "intelligence reports" concerning alleged contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
These reports were prepared by a Clinton loyalist from an unidentified intelligence agency. They were written in such a way as to disclose no sources, so there is no way to verify what's in them. It's the usual "highly placed sources who cannot be identified because they were not authorized to discuss " this fraud, Obama's people were to distribute these reports as widely as possible, especially to the media. Fox News said this morning that this was the first instance they were aware of in history where an American President on his way out took such extreme efforts to impact the incoming administration. I'll post the clip of the segment when I can get it. Usually about 24 hours after a segment airs it goes up on their video page.
The Times is a Democratic Tool, and this story is designed to make Obama look like a Knight in Shining Armor, having his people protect the American public even as he prepares to leave office.
If you read the article, you can see it was the Obama fake news machine in full tilt. You have to remember who wrote this, and why, to get to the real story.
That covers the last 24 hours of the news cycle. I watched CBS last night, for the first time in ages, to see how they would deal with the President's speech. Not surprisingly it was 25 minutes of unremitting attacks on President Trump, and 5 minutes of inane "human interest " stories. The big tornadoes and storms that went through the South yesterday weren't interesting enough to them to mess with.
News you don't hear on American television.
I've been trying to keep some of the news from Europe on here from time to time. It's being completely ignored by every news agency but Fox, and even they are just using it as a filler.
This fellow has some excellent posts, and he's not afraid to speak the truth although in England, you can be imprisoned for "inflammatory speech."
The overall bottom line on all the shrieking and telling of outright lies on the news.
On the "Cover your Derriere Front."
Bear Creek Soups
On the non-political front, here's an item that you might want to put in your pantry and your long term storage.
You can find Bear Creek soups in about any grocery store. There are a lot of flavors to choose from. They tend to be pricey. I drive up to Franklin, North Carolina to a store called "Big Lots." I can buy these soups there , by the case lot, for about a third of what the same soup would cost me in my town at the grocery store.
Here's the thing to remember about Bear Creek soup. It's a base to start from. I had Bear Creek chicken soup for lunch today. I put the contents of the package in a pot of chicken broth to boil. Then I added a chopped up onion, a can of Portuguese Sausage spam, some already boiled white rice, and a can of Campbell's chicken noodle soup.
It came out delicious, and there's enough for me to eat for another three meals. You can eat these as they come from the package, but with some forethought you can make a much more delectable meal by throwing in a few add on's.
Inside their aluminum packages, the soup will last virtually forever because it's all desiccated. If you had some dehydrated potatoes or canned potatoes, some canned beef and chicken broth, rice, dried vegetables, etc and enough of this soup stored away, you could get through several days without support, and eat well.
It doesn't hurt to have more, but surely everyone should have at least the "three days" worth that the government touts. The Feds used to put out this huge book that wasn't really too bad, for people who had never given any consideration to the idea of preparedness or self sufficiency. It was free.
This was a very comprehensive book. If you knew nothing at all about preparedness, and you went through this publication and did what it said to do, you should have been able to get through just about any foreseeable "Black Swan" event.
Maybe not comfortably, but you would have had medical supplies, food, equipment, and the prior planning in place to have a shot.
The one area it didn't touch with a ten foot pole was self defense. Being a government publication, that was off limits.
Still , it was a darn good publication, especially when you considered that it was a government issue item, and that it was free.
Then, in 2014, it was replaced with a far less comprehensive guide, but it was still paper and still free.
I can't find anywhere to get this guide in paper now, but you can download the individual chapters from the link above. If anyone does know how people can get a paper copy, I'd appreciate hearing about it so I could post the information.
Here are two other books I'd make sure I had on the shelf.
How to Survive The End of The World as we Know It.
The book has been around a long time. There's a companion volume to it on tools. You can get it from Amazon. When it first came out, it was really cheap and I bought a bunch of them and sent them to family members. Now it costs a good bit more, I don't know why. If you are a practitioner of the self sufficient lifestyle, you know all about James Wesley Rawles. I have all of his books, including his survival fiction. They are all worth reading.
This little book has been out forever too. It's published by Backwoods Home. I've read Backwoods Home, on and off, for many years. Recently they announced they are going digital only. If they provide the entire magazine, including adds, I'll subscribe. Digital magazines are cheap, and don't require storage space.
This paperback would be nice to have on hand. Even if you have been studying self sufficiency for a long time, there are useful things in here that you probably have overlooked.