Sunday, March 18, 2018

FBI Director Andrew McCabe's Statement Regarding His Removal

The following is the statement released by FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as it appears here at The Daily Kos

I have been an FBI Special Agent for over 21 years. I spent half of that time investigating Russian Organized Crime as a street agent and Supervisor in New York City. I have spent the second half of my career focusing on national security issues and protecting this country from terrorism. I served in some of the most challenging, demanding investigative and leadership roles in the FBI. And I was privileged to serve as Deputy Director during a particularly tough time.

For the last year and a half, my family and I have been the targets of an unrelenting assault on our reputation and my service to this country. Articles too numerous to count have leveled every sort of false, defamatory and degrading allegation against us. The president’s tweets have amplified and exacerbated it all. He called for my firing. He called for me to be stripped of my pension after more than 20 years of service. And all along we have said nothing, never wanting to distract from the mission of the FBI by addressing the lies told and repeated about it.

No more.

The investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has to be understood in the context of the attacks on my credibility. The investigation flows from my attempt to explain the FBI’s involvement and my supervision of investigations involving Hillary Clinton. I was being portrayed in the media over and over as a political partisan, accused of closing down investigations under political pressure. The FBI was portrayed as caving under that pressure, and making decisions for political rather than law enforcement purposes. Nothing was further from the truth. In fact, this entire investigation stems from my efforts, fully authorized under FBI rules, to set the record straight on behalf of the Bureau and to make it clear that we were continuing an investigation that people in DOJ opposed.

The OIG investigation has focused on information I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor. As Deputy Director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter. It was the same type of exchange with the media that the Deputy Director oversees several times per week. In fact it was the same type of work that I continued to do under Director Wray, at his request. The investigation subsequently focused on who I talked to, when I talked to them, and so forth. During these inquiries, I answered questions truthfully and as accurately as I could amidst the chaos that surrounded me. And when I thought my answers were misunderstood, I contacted investigators to correct them.

But looking at that in isolation completely misses the big picture. The big picture is a tale of what can happen when law enforcement is politicized, public servants are attacked, and people who are supposed to cherish and protect our institutions become instruments for damaging those institutions and people.

Here is the reality: I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey. The release of this report was accelerated only after my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey’s accounts of his discussions with the President. The OIG’s focus on me and this report became a part of an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation, and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn. The accelerated release of the report, and the punitive actions taken in response, make sense only when viewed through this lens. Thursday’s comments from the White House are just the latest example of this.

This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally. It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.

I have always prided myself on serving my country with distinction and integrity, and I have always encouraged those around me to do the same. Just ask them. To have my career end in this way, and to be accused of lacking candor when at worst I was distracted in the midst of chaotic events, is incredibly disappointing and unfair. But it will not erase the important work I was prevailed to be a part of, the results of which will in the end be revealed for the country to see.

I have unfailing faith in the men and women of the FBI and I am confident that their efforts to seek justice will not be deterred.

Posted without further comment.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Creating clouds to stop global warming could wreak havoc - USA Today story

Excerpt from USA Today story by Doyle Rice:

The idea behind the process, known as geoengineering, is to keep global warming under control — with the ideal solution still being a reduction in the emissions of greenhouse gases.

However, suddenly stopping that spraying would have a "devastating" global impact on animals and plants, potentially even leading to extinction, according to the first study on the potential biological impacts of climate intervention.

"Rapid warming after stopping geoengineering would be a huge threat to the natural environment and biodiversity," said study co-author Alan Robock of Rutgers University. "If geoengineering ever stopped abruptly, it would be devastating, so you would have to be sure that it could be stopped gradually, and it is easy to think of scenarios that would prevent that."

Rapid warming forced animals to move. But even if they could move fast enough, they might not be able find places with enough food to survive, the study said.

"Plants, of course, Read More at USA Today

Thursday, October 26, 2017

More Conglomerates, Less Local Media Coming

There are some big changes coming in local broadcast media that could mean local broadcasters wouldn't need to have a local studio in the town they broadcast in. Other changes will allow more
media consolidation which will eventually lead to most broadcasters being owned by wall street media conglomerates.

A former FCC Commissioner called the changes "a virtual death sentence to local media". 

Here's an excerpt from Common Dreams:

Democratic FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn told Bloomberg that with the party-line vote to end the rule, the agency is "paving the way for broadcast station groups, large and small, to terminate studio staff and abandon the communities they are obligated to serve." has the story about the changes coming from the FCC.

"In a series of moves this week that have alarmed free speech advocates and critics of media consolidation, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) voted to abolish a rule requiring radio and television broadcasters to maintain studios near the communities they serve, and FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced..."  

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Classic Rock Rewind starts at 1 pm Pacific Today

Just go to or use Tunein app for phone, car or other mobile device. My Classic Rock Rewind Show is classic rock with a twist. Not just the short list of so called classic rock songs. Turn it on now 1-3 pm or Sunday 2-4 pm Pacific. Search for tunein station.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Final Trinidad Art Nights of the season Tonight 6 to 9 pm!

SCHEDULE for October 6th, 2017 Trinidad Art Nights!
Note: Kids Zone at the Trinidad School with Boffer Zone
No Skate Ramps for the final month due to earlier sunset

SAUNDERS PARK * (start of Patricks Point Drive)
Fire Dancing by Circus of the Elements! 8:45

SIMMON’S GALLERY * 380 Janis Court (Trinidad Coastal Land Trust)
Presenting ‘The Mundane and the Magnificent,’ Watercolors by Paul Rickard.
Music by The Sand Fleas.

TRINIDAD MUSEUM * 400 Janis Court (next to library)
Author John Meyers will read from his book ‘Trinidad: Looking Back From My Front Porch.’
Also, see the newly installed ‘Historical Architecture of Trinidad’ in the Photography Room.

Art by Anna Oneglia. Music by The New Charlatans.
WIND N SEA * 410 Main St.
Featuring variety of local artisan jewelry.

Parking lot near Murphy’s Market on Main Street
Grateful Dead music by Rosewater.  Music sponsored by Saunder’s Plaza Merchants.

Acrylic Paintings by Antoinette ‘Toni’ Magyar.
Featured art TBA.

“Kids Zone” : Boffer Ring and Face Painting. Skate Ramps again next year!

Featuring: Monotypes by Arlene Broyles and Copper Fairies by Sarah Magnuson. Music by The JD Jeffries Band and Harp music by Howdy Emmerson.

TRINIDAD EATERY * 607 Parker Road.
Landscapes by Joan Tillotson.
Music by For Folk Sake! Appetizers and Wine Tasting.
Wheat Weaving by Kathy Reid.
Land and Spacescapes by Jeff Stanley.
Disco Trinidad - Hosted by DJ KNUTZ
Ocean Grove 9pm-1am
For more info visit:

Friday, September 8, 2017

I've Been Gone For A While...

In June I suffered an accident that left me with a broken arm, back and neck. I won't go into the details but I have been unable to go to work at the radio station. I don't know when I will be able to return but I am gradually getting better. I have been able to resume my classic rock show though and this weekend will  be dedicated to Walter Becker and Steely Dan due to Becker's death last weekend.

If you are interested in the show it's 2 hours every weekend, 1 pm Saturday and 2 pm Sundays on also on itunes ad tunein apps for phones and mobile devices, just search

The show hosted by my myself and co-host Kathleen is what she calls, classic rock with a twist. We don't stick to the satellite formula of 1968 to 1989 and we break other rules. That's what internet based radio is all about. I hope you can tune in and check it out sometime.

Thanks to those that have asked about me and my well being and wished me a speedy recovery. I am working hard to rehabilitate and look forward to getting back to a more normal life as soon as possible. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Westhaven Wild Blackberry Festival This Sunday

I usually give this little event some plugs on the air but am out with an injury for a few months. This is a great family fun event this Sunday.

Here is a notice from

Join neighbors and friends at the Annual Westhaven Blackberry Festival.

Sunday, July 30th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Westhaven Fire Hall on Sixth Avenue.

Sales of fresh blackberry pies, jams, and other delicious food and beverages will benefit the Westhaven Volunteer Fire Department.

There will be music, vendors, games for the kids and tours of the fire station and fire trucks. No pets, please.

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