IMPEACHMENT: You are being manipulated

On Tuesday September 24, 2019 U.S. House Speaker Nanci Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. She did so based on the second hand, hearsay reports from a so-called whistleblower claiming Trump pressured the new President of Ukraine to investigated Democratic Presidential candidate and former Vice-President Joe Biden’s involvement and motives in pressuring the previous Ukrainian President to fire a Ukrainian Prosecutor who was investigating alleged corruption in a Ukrainian oil company who happened to have Biden’s son Hunter as a member of their Board of Directors.

It’s pretty clear to fair minded individuals that this impeachment inquiry is pure politics and not based on substance whatsoever. It can’t be coincidence that once Trump knowingly took a step toward one of his biggest campaign themes, to drain the swamp, that Democrats finally went ahead with pursuing impeachment after having threatened to do so for nearly three years, since the day Donald Trump was elected President.

To properly examine this whole story, you have to start at the beginning. And the beginning starts with Hunter Biden. Joe Biden freely admits, in fact, he brags that he pressured Ukraine to fire the Prosecutor that was investigating his son’s company. So there is no argument that Trump’s inquiry into this fact has merit. Democrats argue that Biden’s actions were completely legitimate because the Prosecutor in question was widely believed to be extremely corrupt. The fact that the firing ended the investigation into the oil company, freeing Hunter Biden to profit enormously, was coincidental. Really? Ok. But just remember that making this judgment relies entirely on believing what Joe Biden’s claimed motivation was. Nothing to see here, move along…

The fact is the 49 year old Hunter Biden has been a troubled individual being held up by his powerful father for decades. He’s never done anything on his own to warrant the jobs, positions, and income he’s received. A July 1, 2019 article in the New Yorker Magazine entitled, “Will Hunter Biden Jeopardize His Father’s Campaign?” included these two paragraphs:

“At the same time, the gossip pages have seized on Hunter’s tumultuous private life. He has struggled for decades with alcohol addiction and drug abuse; he went through an acrimonious divorce from his first wife, Kathleen Buhle Biden; and he had a subsequent relationship with (brother Beau Biden) Beau’s widow, Hallie. He was recently sued for child support by an Arkansas woman, Lunden Alexis Roberts, who claims that he is the father of her child. (Hunter has denied having sexual relations with Roberts.)

On May 17th, the day before Hunter planned to appear at one of his father’s rallies, at Eakins Oval, in Philadelphia, Breitbart News published a story based on a Prescott, Arizona, police report from 2016 that named Hunter as the suspect in a possible narcotics offense.”

And Hunter Biden’s problems are not some decades old problems dug up from total obscurity by his father’s political enemies. In 2013 while serving in the Naval Reserve Hunter Biden tested positive for cocaine. He was booted out of the Naval Reserve in 2014 because of that failed drug test.

So helping out his troubled adult kid had nothing to do with Biden’s threat to withhold U.S. funds from Ukraine unless the Ukraine government did as he said? Nothing to see here. Move along, move along.

Did President Trump withhold U.S. military/Defense funds from Ukraine and pressure the Ukrainian President in order to learn some dirt on his political opponent Joe Biden? Yes, I think it’s possible he did. Is that impeachable? Of course, it’s an abuse of power.

But here’s the thing, Trump says that wasn’t his motivation and the transcripts from the phone conversation don’t specifically reveal any instance where Trump threatened Ukraine in any way or specifically expressed a desire to harm Biden or “get” Biden. The transcript instead points to Trump saying during this July 2019 phone call that he wanted to learn more about the whole Biden affair and how it might have led to the Russian Hoax investigation that Democrats Championed for two years as the means by which they would topple his presidency. So, just like Biden, Trump had other motivations for asking for the President of Ukraine’s help. Harming his political opponent, Biden, was just coincidental.

Do you see what I’m saying? The media and Democrats readily agree to believe Biden’s motivation was pure and had nothing to do with saving his troubled son’s ass. They merely take his word for it. Trump had other motivations too. But according to Democrats and the MSM the only reason for the President of the United States to look into possible corruption in our country’s previous Administration was political. The hypocrisy couldn’t be more thick. And let us not forget, Hillary Clinton hired a British spy to gather dirt (or fabricate it) on Donald Trump from powerful Russian sources, allegedly including some in the government. Isn’t this exactly what they are accusing Trump of doing?

Trump isn’t a choir boy. I’m sure he was more than happy to have the side benefit of injuring Biden. But Trump has been harassed and defamed more harshly than any President since Nixon, and probably more than Nixon or anyone else. In spite of it all he has maintained a frenetic Administration hell-bent on keeping his campaign promises. And draining the swamp was a big one. Pelosi, Biden, Obama and the Clintons are powerful people, even now. It is not in any of their interests to allow Trump to look into their dealings. And Trump is getting close. The IG report will come out soon. Indictments could follow. Deals could be made. Secrets could be revealed. Trump’s gotta go. They can’t wait 14 months for an election…that they are increasingly likely to lose.

Book Review: The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ

In having completed my reading of Roger Stone’s 2013 Book The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ I expanded my vast knowledge of the murder case of John F. Kennedy rather substantially. And I say this knowing I am already an expert on the subject. I have read and watched so many of the Kennedy conspiracy books and tv documentaries and movies. I have visited Dealey Plaza and walked throughout the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository building. And I’ve written extensively on the subject including Here is why Oswald is Not the Shooter https://mschuettblahblahblah.com/…/here-is-why-oswald-is-n…/ and Oswald Did Not Shoot JFK https://mschuettblahblahblah.com/…/oswald-did-not-shoot-jfk/
Stone has been in the news a lot in the past year because of his connection to Donald Trump and the indictments he faces from the Mueller Investigation. He has been a Republican operative since the 1960s.
The book is well written, and really pulled me in. But it never closed the sale on me. I do believe Lynden Baines Johnson had knowledge and possibly involvement in the assassination of our President. But Stone didn’t prove it. He just made my unverified suspicions stronger.
According to Stone Johnson hated John and Robert Kennedy and the Kennedy brothers hated him. This is not news. But Stone gets deeper into Johnson’s history and character than I’ve ever read. He alleges that Johnson furthered his political career through 7 murders he orchestrated prior to becoming Vice-President. He strongly infers Johnson was corrupt and profited from the Vietnam War thanks to his close associations with Bell Helicopter and Brown and Root. This is also not news in having been claimed in Oliver Stone’s movie JFK thirty years ago.
Stone also does a good job of defending the alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald; who in my opinion is clearly not responsible for Kennedy’s death.
Stone names Malcolm Wallace as the shooter of Kennedy. But he loses credibility because he also alleges a second and possibly third shooter but never names them. Wallace died in 1971 in a car crash (suspicious) near Pittsburg, Texas.
Stone identifies a large number of persons with connections to the Kennedy assassination who died suspiciously near the time of the Warren Commission Report and 14 years later prior to testifying before the House Select Committee on Assassinations.
The book is a great read. If you have an interest in these things go pick it up at your local library, like I did. And while a good book, it’s not a conviction for the clearly diabolical, and power hungry LBJ.
Maybe someday all the files can be released (President Trump?!!!) and we’ll get some answers to this 56 year old crime.

Are Seahawks Good Enough? Yes!

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks

It’s been five years since my beloved Seattle Seahawks reached the pinnacle game in American sports. But because of being in the Super Bowl 3 times in the span of nine years devoted fans like myself have come to expect them to compete for this ultimate title. In fact since the Seahawks had their chance at an NFL Championship taken from them by the officials February 5, 2006 in their match-up in Detroit with the Pittsburgh Steelers only the hated Patriots of New England have appeared in that game, the first Sunday in February more than Seattle. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been to six. Pittsburgh, like Seattle, played in the game 3 times.

The 2017 season was the only time since 2011 that Seattle failed to make the playoffs thanks to Blair Walsh who single-handedly kept them from having an 11-5 or possibly 12-4 season, earning a first round bye, and hosting a playoff game.

Carroll is a Hall of Fame coach.

Then came the 2018 season when some really outlandish national prognosticators predicted Seattle would be a losing team. Sports Illustrated even predicted Seattle would fall to 4-12. Having made the playoffs with a 10-6 record Pete Carroll again showed what a Hall of Fame Coach is capable of accomplishing. After losing Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Luke Willson and others who helped the team to two Super Bowl appearances and one Championship Carroll has nearly fully remade the team.

If there is any justice in the world, Schneider wins the NFL Executive of the Year Award.

Knowing this history and seeing how General Manager John Schneider has worked miracles in assembling the team this year and last, why would anyone think these Seahawks weren’t Super Bowl contenders again? Simply put, they are.

Let’s look at the roster:

Offense

Quarterback- Russell Wilson is at least among the top five QB’s in the NFL, and when he’s at his best there is none better. And while we hope he never plays Geno Smith gives Seattle the most capable backup Wilson has had in his career. NFL Ranking- 1-5

Running Back: In Chris Carson the Hawks have a third year back who has already rushed for over 1100 yards, last year. They also have last year’s first-round draft pick Rashaad Penny who the coaches have praised this off-season for his fitness and practice performance, and who showed tremendous potential in his limited role last year. He even had a 100-yard game in his only start. Then there’s the third string back who might actually be the best of the group. C.J. Prosise may have been injury prone in his first 3 years in the league since being a 3rd round pick out of Notre Dame. But again this preseason he showed himself to be a very exciting runner, and performed so well he was kept on the team when nearly everyone thought the team would cut him lose. Lastly, the Seahawks finally have a capable fullback again. Nick Bellore will be expected to slam his 250 pounds into opposing linebackers ahead of Carson, Penny or Prosise in a manner not seen since the days of Mack Strong. NFL Grade- 1-2

Wide Receiver- This is possibly the weakest position on the team and yet it includes the only receiver in the NFL to have a PERFECT passer rating with his QB last year. Tyler Lockett is the real deal. Now with Doug Baldwins injury retirement he’ll get a chance to prove it. The Seahawks invested heavily in this position through the NFL Draft, picking three who all made the team. DK Metcalf has huge potential. But the leading receiver in the preseason was 7th round pick John Ursua. But, as we all know, you really can’t count on rookies in the National Football League. Fortunately the Hawks plan on running the ball more than any other team, again, justs like last year. And they have a stated position of desiring to throw the ball to their backs more this year. So having a collectively weak receiver position may not hurt them much. NFL Ranking- 27-32

Tight End- Will Dissley, Nick Vannett and later on in the year Ed Dickson. All are very capable run blockers, which is what the Seahawks need. And if Dissley can duplicate his performance in the first four games of last year when he looked like a Rookie of the Year candidate then this position will be fine. But don’t count on it. NFL Rank- 18-23

Offensive Line- The only question about the capabilities of this year’s offensive line is, can they stay healthy? Particularly starting guards Mike Iupati and DJ Fluker who both have a history of injury, and Seattle’s depth in this area is weak. However, while losing J.R. Sweazey to free agency, replacing him with Iupati, this line was good enough to lead a second-year running back and 7th round draft pick to an 1100-yard rushing season AND lead the league in rushing as a team. So, how bad could they be? NFL Rank- 5-10

Defense

Defensive Line- Jadaveon Clowney, Jarren Reed, Poona Ford, Ziggy Ansah. By the time Reed returns in week 7 following his 6 game NFL suspension for being abusively physical (no offense intended in my wording) with a woman 3 years ago, Clowney will have had time enough to become familiar and comfortable with the defense. And when those two things happen this could be one of the best D-Lines in the league. I really am excited for Ford. I really think he’s going to be special. NFL Rank- 1-3 (…by the end of the year)

Linebacker- With Bobby Wagner widely regarded as the best, or at worst, second best linebacker in the NFL a healthy KJ Wright, and an un-jailed Mychal Kendricks plus a very impressive rookie in Cody Barton this could be the best linebacking unit in the league. NFL Rank- 1-2

Defensive Backs- Safety Bradley McDougald is the only player here the team can positively consider good and dependable. However, I do expect second year corner Tre Flowers to improve on his very impressive rookie season. Third year corner Shaquille Griffin needs to perform better and more consistently. I think he can. But will he? The other safety position seems to be going to Lano Hill. But by the end of the year unless Hill performs up to his high draft position status from 3 years ago he could be replaced by one of two rookies; second round pick Marquise Blair or 4th rounder Ugo Amadi. Both Blair and Amadi have shown fleeting glimpses of promise. And don’t be surprised if the important Nickel corner position doesn’t go to Parry Nickerson. Why else would Schneider trade one of his beloved 2020 draft picks to acquire him on cut-down day last Saturday? Fortunately with the d-line and linebackers expected to put good pressure on opposing quarterbacks this season the secondary may not need to cover receivers for extended stretches of time. NFL Rank- 20-25

Special Teams

Punter- Michael Dickson is the best punter in the NFL. NFL Rank- 1

Kicker- Newly signed Jason Myers was the AFC Conference Pro Bowl kicker last year when he was with the Jets and set a record for the number of 50+ yard field goals made. NFL Rank- 1-3

With six position groups (including punter and kicker) among the very best in the league, and a coach with a history of great success, and a quarterback who knows nothing but winning this Seattle Seahawks team will be no worse than 9-7. At best I think they can go 12-4 and challenge for home field advantage, which is the only way Seattle has ever made the Super Bowl. I’m counting as losses road games against Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Los Angeles and a home loss to New Orleans. The loss to the Saints coming only because its the 3rd game of the season and Reed will still be suspended and Clowney will not yet be completely comfortable with his new team (remember he didn’t go through training camp or ANY off-season program with Houston).

Will Seattle go to the playoffs, win and go to the Super Bowl? I definitely think they can. Home field advantage is key. It will be an exciting season.

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