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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Smoking out the Deep State

They say "internal dissent memo". The God-Emperor says "resignation letter":
About 900 U.S. State Department officials signed an internal dissent memo protesting a travel ban by U.S. President Donald Trump on refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, a source familiar with the document said on Tuesday, in a rebellion against the new president's policies.

A senior State Department official confirmed the memorandum had been submitted to acting Secretary of State Tom Shannon through the department's "dissent channel," a process in which officials can express unhappiness over policy.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Monday he was aware of the memo but warned career diplomats that they should either "get with the program or they can go."

A draft of the dissent memo seen by Reuters argued that the executive order would sour relations with affected countries, inflame anti-American sentiment and hurt those who sought to visit the United Spates for humanitarian reasons. It said the policy "runs counter to core American values of non-discrimination, fair play and extending a warm welcome to foreign visitors and immigrants.
I don't know about you, but I'm sensing a Reaganesque "air traffic controller" opportunity here. I doubt it will escape Darth Bannon. Let them double down. Then sweep the leg.

Drain the swamp!

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116 Comments:

Blogger Stilicho February 01, 2017 10:09 AM  

"United Spates"... heh

Blogger pyrrhus February 01, 2017 10:12 AM  

Amazing how US history seems to have started about a day ago for the stripe pants set. George Kennan, famous for his containment strategy, was a strong immigration restrictionist, as have been most famous US diplomats.

Anonymous Viidad February 01, 2017 10:12 AM  

Very nice of them to volunteer for purging like that. Helpful.

Anonymous Just another commenter February 01, 2017 10:12 AM  

"core American values of non-discrimination... and extending a warm welcome to foreign visitors and immigrants." They don't know much history, do they? Of course, if they did they wouldn't be lefties.

Blogger dienw February 01, 2017 10:13 AM  

The swamp self drains.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 01, 2017 10:14 AM  

Whack-a-Diplomat

Anonymous SkinnyDog84 February 01, 2017 10:17 AM  

Yes, air traffic controllers! I was telling my 23-year-old son about that only three days ago.

Anonymous BbigGayKoranBurner February 01, 2017 10:19 AM  

The swamp self drains.

Who knew the entire swamp was filled with kool aid?

and hurt those who sought to visit the United Spates for humanitarian reasons.

Leech off the US taxpayers & spread turd world diseases.

Blogger #7139 February 01, 2017 10:21 AM  

Maybe the 900 officials in the State Department are too young to remember Reagan and the air traffic controllers.

Anonymous VFM #0265 February 01, 2017 10:21 AM  

I know others keep saying it, but I too love waking up in the morning, grabbing a hot mug, and walking into our Alt-Right camp, Visiting The Supreme Dark Lord's fire, talking with my fellow Minions, then trotting over to those mercs at the Fox News hearth & eagerly anticipating the latest news of our most recent Triumph. Silently willing Darth Bannon and The God Emperor ever onward.

Hail, VFM...
Hail, Dread & thirsty Ilk...

Let us drink deeply of Leftist tears & SJW blood.

Blogger Alexander February 01, 2017 10:21 AM  

Even I, one of kek's disciples who have been 100% on board with the GodEmperor since he proclaimed, Mexico, take back your rapists... did not foresee so much #Winning, so hard, so fast.

And now it looks like even the GOP house and senate are not immune from second-hand winning: news is that the Senate has decided to blow right past the feeble, low energy 'boycott' and change the rules to fast track the nominations.

Drain the Swamp, Mr. President!

Blogger Scott February 01, 2017 10:25 AM  

While there can't be direct retribution for signing the dissent message, it certainly gives the administration a list of people to keep an eye on. This is very similar to the "never Trump" document as Vox pointed out in an earlier post.

Blogger Dwight House February 01, 2017 10:27 AM  

*It said the policy "runs counter to core American values of non-discrimination, fair play and extending a warm welcome to foreign visitors and immigrants.*

You know, it's funny. I can't find any of this in the Constitution.

Blogger August February 01, 2017 10:28 AM  

There are many of us, severely under-employed, who view such resignations with great hope.

Blogger Matthew February 01, 2017 10:28 AM  

Scott wrote:While there can't be direct retribution for signing the dissent message, it certainly gives the administration a list of people to keep an eye on. This is very similar to the "never Trump" document as Vox pointed out in an earlier post.

Pffft.

Blogger Dave February 01, 2017 10:33 AM  

While there can't be direct retribution for signing the dissent message

Dissent all you want but if you don't or won't fulfill your job requirements...you're fired!

Anonymous Steve February 01, 2017 10:36 AM  

Run a "fire drill", then fire them on the spot in the car park.

Anonymous Just another commenter February 01, 2017 10:36 AM  

I'm not sure sure if "smoking out" is the right term; that sort of implies employing subtlty and stealth to trick someone into revealing themselves unintentionally.

This is more like standing back to observe the curb-side self-immolation by a D&C formation in full uniform while the marching band plays Souza.

Blogger Alexander February 01, 2017 10:37 AM  

Mr. President,

Here is a list of state department employees who oppose you.

Also, here is the particular issues with which you are making their lives miserable.

This letter will yield different results from Trump than it would have on the Democrats' expected opposition.

Blogger Cail Corishev February 01, 2017 10:40 AM  

There's a theory that says the Earth's magnetic poles switch places once in a great while. It feels like that's happened in politics. Our side is scoring with the killer rhetoric, while the other side suddenly can't decide what insults still work. Our side is discovering energetic new leaders and promoting new ideas; the other sides (both left and cucks) are still relying on the same old institutions and formulas for failure. Our side is winning; the others are trying to keep up.

Feels pretty good.

Blogger Michael Neal February 01, 2017 10:47 AM  

I am noticing liberals are starting to switch tactics and concern troll more now. Saying things like yes the Obama's action against Cuban immigrants was wrong and we should not continue with that by supporting Trump's immigration restrictions as well. "Lets all do what's right for America now." They never said anything about the Cuban ban before but showed up when Trump started taking action.

Blogger Cail Corishev February 01, 2017 10:47 AM  

Does the president need reasons to fire people in his own branch anyway? I thought it was pretty typical for administrations to clear out much of the previous one, especially when there's a change in party, to open up patronage positions for campaign workers and donors. I know there are many career bureaucrats, but I thought that was for the sake of keeping the paperwork moving, not because they have some kind of tenure and can't be fired.

No? Can't he fire everyone at State if he wants to? (I hate to think how many seat-warmers there are, if 900 is somehow a minority.)

Anonymous GunShowTrash February 01, 2017 10:49 AM  

Many migrants embrace values "...counter to core American values..." Why should we let such people into our country? Is there a memo that I missed?

Blogger Keyser Soze February 01, 2017 10:52 AM  

All these gubermint SJW's think that their opinions and voices are so important. They can't help but self identify, thereby making the culling process that much easier.

Anonymous BBGKB February 01, 2017 10:55 AM  

You know, it's funny. I can't find any of this in the Constitution.

It's just after the right to gay wedding cakes & men in little girls bathrooms.

Here is a list of state department employees who oppose you.

Just enough to fill the global warming research center on the north Alaskan coast. Actually he should give drug tests to everyone on that list.

Blogger dc.sunsets February 01, 2017 10:56 AM  

Who goes to work for the US Dept of State?

A bunch of [expletitive deleted] idealistic world-improvers mis-educated by Alinsky-ites who teach Poli Sci, Sociology, Econ, and such at Big Name U.

These are the ASSHOLES who were sent to the Green Zone to "administer" Iraq post-invasion. A bunch of 20-somethings full of youthful zeal and self-assuredness borne of arrogance and contempt for their "lessers."

IOW, people who work for the State Dept are the very worst of the worst kinds of people, who think engaging in a real-life game of RISK(tm) is fun.

Can 'em all. Let them go stock shelves at a dept store.

Anonymous basementhomebrewer February 01, 2017 10:57 AM  

He has the list of names. Even if he is not allowed to fire them there are many other tactics that can be employed.

"Cutting the budget" through across the board pay cuts while, interestingly enough, people not on the list some how get frequent merit bonuses. Continue to push policies they dislike and perform thorough followups to make sure these employees are not being insubordinate etc. They will voluntarily quit eventually.

Blogger William Meisheid February 01, 2017 10:58 AM  

There is a difference between political appointees (PAs) and civil service employees (CSEs). PAs can be fired at will, CSEs cannot. To release CSE's you have to show cause, which is a defined process and takes time and documentation. The quick way out for CSE positions that require a clearance is finding a reason to revoke the clearance - that results in immediate removal from the job, not necessarily from Civil service. At least they are not working in the problematic position any more.

Anonymous basementhomebrewer February 01, 2017 10:59 AM  

dc.sunsets wrote:

IOW, people who work for the State Dept are the very worst of the worst kinds of people, who think engaging in a real-life game of RISK(tm) is fun.

Can 'em all. Let them go stock shelves at a dept store.



It's and open secret that the State Department is one of the most corrupt federal bureaucracies. It's populated by Ivy league Poli-sci majors who are not smart/charismatic enough to get elected into political office or serve as a congressional staffer.

Blogger Beau February 01, 2017 10:59 AM  

@ GunShowTrash

laughed when I saw your handle, well played.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr February 01, 2017 11:00 AM  

@12: Concur. And I think that's the way Trump will play it. They don't have to like the policy, but they MUST obey it. Or resign. Or else.

Though if you talk to the Department of Defense, they have long questioned which side the State Department is on...as State has a habit of working more in the interests of foreigners than the U.S.

Blogger Timmy3 February 01, 2017 11:03 AM  

Congress can fix the civil service regulations to make them easier to fire. People have a lot of nerve when there aren't consequences. Seems like the firepower from the Left is always more well directed than from the Right.

Blogger Cail Corishev February 01, 2017 11:03 AM  

@28, thank you. That raises an interesting point. When the Clintons came into the White House in 1992, one of the minor scandals that was swept under the rug was the fact that many of the people they wanted to hire couldn't get a security clearance because of prior drug use. At the time, that was pretty much a disqualifier, and how many people of their generation never did drugs?

As I recall, they just brought people in anyway, gave them temporary security passes, and skipped the background checks. So I wonder how many people are working there today who never really got vetted? Could be interesting.

Blogger JohnofAustria February 01, 2017 11:06 AM  

God, they're justifying him cleaning house and self-identifying. He's using their own virtue signaling against them!

Blogger Dave February 01, 2017 11:08 AM  

900 out of 24,000 = 3.75%

The Foreign Service is a corps of some 13,000 employees dedicated to representing America abroad and responding to the needs of American citizens living and traveling around the world. The Department’s Civil Service, totaling more than 11,000 employees, provides continuity and expertise in accomplishing all aspects of the Department’s mission. There are also more than 45,000 locally employed Foreign Service staff at overseas posts.

Blogger cheddarman February 01, 2017 11:10 AM  

"Will be a state department employee for food"

Blogger Elizabeth February 01, 2017 11:10 AM  

900 new job openings at the State Department.

Blogger Sheila4g February 01, 2017 11:10 AM  

@2 pyrrhus: "Amazing how US history seems to have started about a day ago for the stripe pants set. George Kennan, famous for his containment strategy, was a strong immigration restrictionist, as have been most famous US diplomats."

As Steve Sailer would say, it's always 1939 for these people. God, the ills that have come about as a result of that damned war - eternal muh holocaust, White guilt, nation of immigrants, race is a social construct, equalitarianism, and refugees. I realize the roots of many of those things go back earlier, but the majority of the White population was still fairly rational back then - saw a graph (at Sailer's?) showing that in '39, more than 60% of Americans did NOT want to allow in 10,000 Jewish "orphans" - and I'd argue not a one would have felt guilt about it - nor should they have.

Let State starve for lack of funds. As bad as FSOs were in my day, they're 100 times worse now, all Jews, magic minorities, and gays. Nary a one concerned with historic America (commenters Sherwood and Jourdan excluded, of course). Foggy Bottom needs to be nuked and the ground needs to be salted.

Blogger tz February 01, 2017 11:10 AM  

Can't be fired = See that dirty building with bedbugs and rats, your new office is 303.

Blogger pyrrhus February 01, 2017 11:11 AM  

@27 Trump doesn't have to fire them. He can have them assigned to very undesirable jobs in very unpleasant locations...Many will quit.

Blogger modsquad February 01, 2017 11:13 AM  

Fair play? Like building B-29s when the Japanese could barely muster a light twin-engine bomber? U.S. history has been nothing but sweeping the leg. Firing 16" shells from the USS Missouri at Iraqi command targets during Gulf War I. Carpet bombing Cambodia. "Arresting" Noriega. Invading Grenada to help "medical students." Terminating Jack Kennedy, his brother and most likely his son because Jack tried to play fair. The U.S. is so adept at leg sweeping that they had to fire MacArthur because his Korean winning got out of line. They're the only country who managed to walk out of WWII having made a profit. My goodness the old days are back.

Blogger modsquad February 01, 2017 11:17 AM  

^
My comment at #41 was in response to the end of the quoted text: It said the policy "runs counter to core American values of non-discrimination, fair play and extending a warm welcome to foreign visitors and immigrants.

Blogger praetorian February 01, 2017 11:18 AM  

Do we need a state department?

Blogger Dave February 01, 2017 11:19 AM  

Infogalactic: Note that John Kerry is still listed and pictured as the Secretary of State; oh my it will be entertaining to see people like Lurch disappeared when these pages are updated.

https://infogalactic.com/info/United_States_Department_of_State

Blogger lowercaseb February 01, 2017 11:22 AM  

pyrrhus wrote:@27 Trump doesn't have to fire them. He can have them assigned to very undesirable jobs in very unpleasant locations...Many will quit.

Like BGKB suggested...maybe it's time that McMurdo in Antarctica gets fully staffed during the winter months. Plenty of time to focus on implement policy in an environment free of distractions.

Blogger dc.sunsets February 01, 2017 11:22 AM  

@38 saw a graph (at Sailer's?) showing that in '39, more than 60% of Americans did NOT want to allow in 10,000 Jewish "orphans" - and I'd argue not a one would have felt guilt about it - nor should they have.

They were 9 years into the Great Depression. "Me and Mine First" is an easy choice when lifeboat ethics are front-and-center.

Americans haven't endured hardship for a very, very long time, so inertia remains on the side of "Guns and Butter for Everyone!" Only those who grasp consequences have embraced lifeboat ethics now.

Once social psychology changes enough, many more people will embrace LB ethics, and as night follows day and bear follows bull (at commensurate scale), in-grouping within LB Ethics will make today's Trumpism look like Kumbaya in comparison.

Blogger pyrrhus February 01, 2017 11:23 AM  

@38 Obama was apparently headed for a diplomatic career and a wealthy blonde wife (according to Sailer, Obama was passing for white at the time) before he decided to marry Black and go into politics....With his political skills, Obama might have ended up as Secretary of State.

Anonymous Eduardo February 01, 2017 11:26 AM  

Barry? Passing for white XD?

Dude there is no way ehhehhe.

Anonymous Rigel Kent February 01, 2017 11:28 AM  

Get'em some bodybags.

Blogger praetorian February 01, 2017 11:30 AM  

> While there can't be direct retribution for signing the dissent message,
> While there can't be direct retribution
> can't

Tell me more of this "can't" you speak of

Blogger Michael Neal February 01, 2017 11:31 AM  

Does anyone else deal with SJWs arguing but throwing 100 different things at you at a time so you can't possible respond to everything? Is there a specific term for that? I just declare my participation over at that point. I'm not spending all my day responding to 20 bullet points of mostly unrelated arguments.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 01, 2017 11:32 AM  

Trump could fill some of those 900 positions with the Dread Ilk and VFM.

I've got your vast right wing conspiracy right here, cockbags!!

Anonymous Jon Bromfield February 01, 2017 11:32 AM  

If these idiots had ever read a single one of the God-Emperor's books, whey would know he does not suffer disloyalty.

Too bad for them STARBUCKS is reserving 10,000 jobs for refugees.

Anonymous JCB February 01, 2017 11:35 AM  

I know from past experience working for the Feds that while it may be extremely difficult to fire a federal employee, management has no shortage of ways to make your life miserable. In the case of these employees, perhaps new office space can be found for them in a drafty warehouse in the most dangerous part of D.C. They can be stripped of all duties and sit in their offices watching paint dry for the next 8 years - you're getting paid, shut up. And even though you have nothing to do, you'd better be there from 8-5 every day. Etc, etc. I've seen similar things happen.

Blogger praetorian February 01, 2017 11:35 AM  

I just declare my participation over at that point.

They are shitposting, so, like vox says, shitpost back: you have to go back.

Repeat over and over to trigger them emotionally. Say "God Emperor says, law of the land"

I made this mistake in the bay area for 20 years: they aren't reasoning, you shouldn't either.

Just go for the emotional kill and laugh.

Anonymous Viking February 01, 2017 11:38 AM  

I am sure good assignment can be found for these folks. Say, doesn't the consulate in Benghazi still need new diplomats?

Anonymous FitzRobert February 01, 2017 11:40 AM  

They are doing this to the man whose catch phrase is "you're fired." C'mon God-Emperor, you know you want to...

Anonymous Bobby Farr February 01, 2017 11:42 AM  

Time to sign up for the FSO test. I hope the other bureaucracies are as helpful in self-labeling as traitorous libs.

Blogger Alexander February 01, 2017 11:43 AM  

@52

Now that's an idea.

I've just gotten off the phone with Mr. Vox Day - great guy, really smart. Terrific, believe me. And he's got - get this, you're gonna love this folks - he's got an army of minions, minions, and he wants to put them to work making America Great Again.

So with this executive order, I am replacing all existing staff of the Department of State with "Ilk", "Dread Ilk", and "Vile Faceless Minions."

We're going to discuss changes at the Department of Education tomorrow. The only way to describe those changes are "rabid".

Thank you, and God bless America.

Blogger allyn71 February 01, 2017 11:46 AM  

I hope he delays the purge a little. Give it a few days and a few more agencies will come out with their own list of those volunteering for execution. Need Justice Dept. and IRS to get in on the virtue signalling race.

You know you want to, do it you pussies.

Blogger William Hudson February 01, 2017 11:48 AM  

So I guess that while some of us were "sleeping", the term "loyal opposition" got tossed onto the garbage heap of history, eh?

Anonymous BBGKB February 01, 2017 11:48 AM  

Trump could fill some of those 900 positions with the Dread Ilk and VFM

He needs to get the Soros clan busted & pizzagate burned so I can get my "Don't Garrote Fewer Felons Than A Fag0t" live game show going. TRUMP can trade a guaranteed win for PUTIN during the Soros episode for major concessions.

Blogger Gaiseric February 01, 2017 11:50 AM  

Who are these idiots all over the place who think that groveling and appeasement are the paths to peace? I mean, seriously—why is that paradigm so firmly rooted in the media, the government, the DNC and the cucks?

Anonymous a_peraspera February 01, 2017 11:57 AM  

Even if he can't directly "fire" them, couldn't Trump have their building passes and network/email passwords de-activated? Then tell them that their new office is in a warehouse on the other side of town. All 900 can just sit at desks all day and do crossword puzzles, read the paper, etc. No wi-fi access.

After a year of this, come around and offer some kind of "early retirement" buyout.

Blogger bearspaw February 01, 2017 12:01 PM  

@46
Excellent suggestion. And just across the street the IRS should be situated. and right next them Education and further down the street EPA could reside and beside them...

Blogger Caffeineforge February 01, 2017 12:03 PM  

Regarding that channel: http://www.afsa.org/dissent-channel

It's ambiguous as to whether or not the prohibition retaliation for communicating in this way has any legal backing.

Anonymous BadThink655321 February 01, 2017 12:03 PM  

Gaiserac @63: Because dogs that bare their throats sometimes don't get bitten.

Anonymous LurkingPuppy February 01, 2017 12:03 PM  

Gaiseric wrote:Who are these idiots all over the place who think that groveling and appeasement are the paths to peace?
Paid Soviet agents.

I mean, seriously—why is that paradigm so firmly rooted in the media, the government, the DNC and the cucks?
The older ones worked for the Reds for decades, and came to believe that Communism was good and inevitable. The younger ones grew up listening to Soviet propaganda and weren't smart enough to see through it (or else they would have joined at least the Alt-Lite by now).

Blogger August February 01, 2017 12:04 PM  

The very idea that they can't be fired ought to be attacked repeatedly.
They should be fired. Bureaucrats instinctively seek to insulate themselves from the consequences of their actions.

Blogger Gaiseric February 01, 2017 12:05 PM  

@67 and @68 I think this is where the difference between r and K selection also becomes relevant.

Blogger Sherwood family February 01, 2017 12:06 PM  

I would gladly see the whole thing shuttered and go back to shoveling vegetables at the frozen food factory if it would cut the fat and waste and bring in a coherent foreign policy in contrast to what we have now.

Anonymous Deplorable Winning February 01, 2017 12:07 PM  

#7139 wrote:Maybe the 900 officials in the State Department are too young to remember Reagan and the air traffic controllers.

Maybe so. Let's give them a refresher course:

https://infogalactic.com/info/Professional_Air_Traffic_Controllers_Organization_(1968)
"On August 5, following the PATCO workers' refusal to return to work, Reagan fired the 11,345 striking air traffic controllers who had ignored the order, and banned them from federal service for life."

"According to labor historian Joseph A. McCartin, the 1981 strike and defeat of PATCO was 'one of the most important events in late twentieth century U.S. labor history'."

The most important takeaway is the fact that aircraft continued to take off, fly, and land without PATCO, during and after the strike, right on down to the present moment.

Anonymous GregMan February 01, 2017 12:07 PM  

Sounds like the God Emperor needs to go all PATCO on some of these Foggy Bottom types.

Blogger Tony Salazar February 01, 2017 12:10 PM  

Glad to see 900 State Department flunkies come out into the open... hope is that more, in other agencies, come out into the light..... we need to cull the government employees like that by about 75%.... the more that quit mooching off the government trough, for a high pension, the better.... then we can hire VETERANS to take their place!

Blogger Were-Puppy February 01, 2017 12:12 PM  

Q: How do you locate an SJW ?
A: Keep your ear open for virtue signalling.

Blogger Felix Bellator February 01, 2017 12:15 PM  

Trump said on the campaign trail that he thought moving Federal jobs to impoverished areas of America would be a good idea. No reason the State Department cannot be run out of Detroit. The lease rates on office space would save a ton of money.

Anonymous WinstonWebb February 01, 2017 12:17 PM  

Q: How do you locate an SJW ?

I always prefer iron sights.

Anonymous Swoggler February 01, 2017 12:21 PM  

The "dissent channel" cable offers protection to diplomats who send one. The cookie pushers can't be fired or receive negative annual reviews just because they sent or signed one. However, whoever drafted this particular dissent cable has screwed up by the numbers. First, they released the cable to the NYT before transmitting it on the State Department's cable system. As dissent cables are meant to be internal communiques this move, arguably, waived the protections afforded. Secondly, the cable was classified "SBU" which means "Sensitive but Unclassified"; government types are specifically prohibited from transmitting SBU stuff to the public. It's the lowest form of classification...but it still has rules attached to it. So these folks have just opened up an argument for having their clearances pulled. But I suppose an internal cable doesn't allow one to virtue signal strongly enough for some.

Blogger Robert Divinity February 01, 2017 12:24 PM  

This is the necessary pretext to swing the axe and drain the swamp. Cut deeply, God Emperor. You have a handy list.

Blogger Felix Bellator February 01, 2017 12:25 PM  

I hope he delays the purge a little. Give it a few days and a few more agencies will come out with their own list of those volunteering for execution. Need Justice Dept. and IRS to get in on the virtue signalling race.

Standard Communist tactic, let the first brave protesters go without reprisal, let the not so brave join them on day two, go all Tienanmen Square on them on day three. A good chunk of the resistance wiped out in one.

Blogger Chris Mallory February 01, 2017 12:27 PM  

They are going full "concern troll" with this. I have already seen stories about an infant and an elderly woman who have both supposedly died because of this common sense measure. If they were so close to death, I really doubt any doctor would have given them clearance to fly to the US in the first place. Even if they are real, why is it the responsibility of the US tax payer to provide care to random Iranians and Sudanese who need life saving medical care?

Anonymous Sam the Man February 01, 2017 12:28 PM  

If Trump cannot fire them, then he should transfer all of them to overseas assignments like Togo, Angola and give them literally nothing to do. Let them rot is the worse possible assignments. Move them to another horrible place after 3 years, again with nothing to do. Eventually they will learn that "We are the world" is an empty slogan that does not represent reality.

Blogger Sheila4g February 01, 2017 12:34 PM  

@54 JCB: "I know from past experience working for the Feds that while it may be extremely difficult to fire a federal employee, management has no shortage of ways to make your life miserable."

There are millions of ways, and it has no need to be political. When I refused to sign a visa as per my right (was asked by supervisor to re-interview someone that another officer had denied a visa to, after request of Consul General as a result of pressure on her from local government), my immediate supervisor also declined to sign/issue the visa (she was retiring so didn't worry about consequences). Therefore the Consul General, who insisted despite our opinions that the visa be issued anyway, had to sign it herself, although my detailed interview and well-written and reasoned report clearly documented the individual was clearly intending on going and remaining as an immigrant. Which, of course, he did, immediately adjusting status, and leaving egg on Consul General's face. That, added to various other issues we had had, led her to lodge an official protest against my upcoming post alleging all sorts of unfitness and generally trying to either get me fired or make me miserable enough to quit.

Hell, I vote for "McCarthy era" loyalty oaths, blood tests, whatever it takes. Get rid of them all!!

Blogger Austin Ballast February 01, 2017 12:41 PM  

Cail,

At the time, that was pretty much a disqualifier

It was probably the quantity of the drug use. I recall an investigator telling me it was no big deal in the early 1980s.

Blogger John Morris February 01, 2017 12:46 PM  

I like that idea of relocating agencies out of D.C. because we haven't won until the D.C. real estate market crashes. Tossing a few hundred thousand people out to the most depressed markets would do nicely.

Imagine the horror. They have to sell their homes in a crashing market then buy in a Democrat Hellhole. They would lose like crazy on paper but end up with a bigger and 'better' home... except for the crime infested hellhole with terrible schools part that, as progs, they couldn't really complain about. Longer term all those people would 'gentrify' islands in the urban sprawl and help seed recovery, especially if the God Emperor dropped the law and order hammer hard enough. #MAGA

Blogger Gaiseric February 01, 2017 12:50 PM  

John Morris wrote:I like that idea of relocating agencies out of D.C. because we haven't won until the D.C. real estate market crashes. Tossing a few hundred thousand people out to the most depressed markets would do nicely.

Imagine the horror. They have to sell their homes in a crashing market then buy in a Democrat Hellhole. They would lose like crazy on paper but end up with a bigger and 'better' home... except for the crime infested hellhole with terrible schools part that, as progs, they couldn't really complain about. Longer term all those people would 'gentrify' islands in the urban sprawl and help seed recovery, especially if the God Emperor dropped the law and order hammer hard enough. #MAGA

I suggest either a border town in southern California, or the inner city of some Mogadishu look-alike like Chicago, Atlanta or St. Louis.

Anonymous #5454 February 01, 2017 12:59 PM  

Organizational detox. Turn up the heat. Sweating is good for you.

Blogger Jourdan February 01, 2017 12:59 PM  

Shiela4g -

Many thanks for remembering me and Sherwood out here in the trenches. It's tough. I'm in a small consulate and I have two colleagues, chiefs of sections, who neither speak to me nor acknowledge my presence.

Blogger 351wsl February 01, 2017 1:35 PM  

Don't we need 900 clerks for the state department in Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, etc.? They love those refugees so much, let them go work among them.

Blogger Tom Kratman February 01, 2017 1:36 PM  

One of the few mistakes I've thought Trump made was in his minor quasi purge of State. I thought it would have been better to have infiltrated both State and the Agency with informers, those identifying who needed to go, and dumping them without warning. After the quasi-purge, I expected they'd go into deep cover, to emerge under some new, more "enlightened" (marca registrada) regime. I expected digging them out to be much harder or even impossible after that.

But, ya know, if they're going to be this fucking stupid, then my objections are moot.

That said, it is not a resignation letter and they probably have some kind of job protection. Not to worry, though, there are some really horrid assignments with State and, while the pay is much better in those assignments, they still can't fill them very well. Moreover, our good buddies, the RIF, can probably be employed to overrun and massacre various embassies and consulates where this worthless shits are sent, thus further incentivizing them to submit actual resignations.

Blogger Tom Kratman February 01, 2017 1:37 PM  

@89

I was thinking more Benghazi since, after all, what difference would it make if they were killed there or by whom?

Blogger frigger611 February 01, 2017 1:46 PM  

God, I love that first line! They say "internal dissent memo". The God-Emperor says "resignation letter"

I don't know if "swamp-draining" is the right term - it feels more like calling in the mother ship from another galaxy, instantly vacuuming up the filth through a giant hose, then teleporting all the muck off to Cygnus X-1

Blogger Avalanche February 01, 2017 1:53 PM  

@28 "To release CSE's you have to show cause, which is a defined process and takes time and documentation."

Uh, would that be, like, signing and sending a 'politicking' petition/message while on govt time? Probably USING govt computers and email systems and email addresses? Hmmmm.

Anonymous Jimmy February 01, 2017 1:54 PM  

That argument type is called sandbagging, where they pile up crap to try to build an argument. It is poor dialectic but often used rhetorically. I'm No rhetoric master but perhaps a response along the lines of "none of that is evidence of your point, but keep piling bullshit up and you can hang your hat on it"...

Blogger Jed Mask February 01, 2017 2:10 PM  

Ouch, ouch.

Gonna *LEAVE A MARK*! Amen!

~ Bro. Jed

Anonymous Überdeplorable Psychedelic Cat Hair February 01, 2017 2:17 PM  

"I don't know about you, but I'm sensing a Reaganesque "air traffic controller" opportunity here. I doubt it will escape Darth Bannon. Let them double down. Then sweep the leg."

Heh heh heh. The dissent channel's been around for decades. Arguably the most famous cable was the Blood Telegram. And, Sweep the Leg you say?

"core American values of non-discrimination... and extending a warm welcome to foreign visitors and immigrants.' They don't know much history, do they? Of course, if they did they wouldn't be lefties."

@4 But but but job difficulties in host country!

"Maybe the 900 officials in the State Department are too young to remember Reagan and the air traffic controllers."

@9 I'll have to ask a buddy who is DSS if he's heard or seen anything funny. This is too damn good.

"There are many of us, severely under-employed, who view such resignations with great hope."

@14 And? Planning a career jump are we?

"I know there are many career bureaucrats, but I thought that was for the sake of keeping the paperwork moving, not because they have some kind of tenure and can't be fired."

@22 If I recall correctly, albeit as a lowly intern, you usually get tenure after three tours with State. Then, minus criminal offenses, you're golden. Would Sherwood or Shelia like to comment? Also, yes, yes it does feel good to be winning with killer metric.

"Who goes to work for the US Dept of State?"

@26 In my own defense, I have applied (including limited non career appointments) 10 times in the past 7 years. Call me idealistic but I view it as protecting our country. Just my 2¢. Then again, given how right wing I am, not sure if they'd give me tenure had I ever gotten in, heh.

"It's populated by Ivy league Poli-sci majors who are not smart/charismatic enough to get elected into political office or serve as a congressional staffer."

@29 I interned on the Hill between under grad and grad school. Congressional staffers get paid next to nothing.

"Let State starve for lack of funds. As bad as FSOs were in my day, they're 100 times worse now, all Jews, magic minorities, and gays. Nary a one concerned with historic America (commenters Sherwood and Jourdan excluded, of course). Foggy Bottom needs to be nuked and the ground needs to be salted."

@38 Salted, LOL.

"Do we need a state department?"

@43 As long as we have diplomatic relations with other countries, spring breakers in Cancún, and companies that operate outside the U.S. in other countries, yep.

" Secondly, the cable was classified "SBU" which means "Sensitive but Unclassified"; government types are specifically prohibited from transmitting SBU stuff to the public. It's the lowest form of classification...but it still has rules attached to it. So these folks have just opened up an argument for having their clearances pulled. But I suppose an internal cable doesn't allow one to virtue signal strongly enough for some."

@78 Ooooh! You beat me to it! I was just about to say if there was any classified information in there...oooh, I sense 900 people having (or whoever the moron(s) was (were)) having an issue with their SF-86s....

"Shiela4g -

Many thanks for remembering me and Sherwood out here in the trenches. It's tough. I'm in a small consulate and I have two colleagues, chiefs of sections, who neither speak to me nor acknowledge my presence."

@88 Stay strong bro! Consular for the win! Also, Sherwood, keep your head up too bro!

Blogger VFM #7634 February 01, 2017 2:21 PM  

@Felix Bellator

Consider that Darth Bannon studies Lenin.

Blogger Benjamin Kraft February 01, 2017 3:11 PM  

Any time someone says "non-discrimination" I want to speak pain to their face for their idiocy/dishonesty in not realizing what that literally means.

Blogger James Dixon February 01, 2017 3:15 PM  

> So I guess that while some of us were "sleeping", the term "loyal opposition" got tossed onto the garbage heap of history, eh?

Oh, that happened a long time ago. Probably around Nixon or so, maybe earlier.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash February 01, 2017 4:33 PM  

praetorian wrote:Just go for the emotional kill and laugh.
So much this.
"Why do you want children to be molested by Mexicans? It absolutely happens. Do you get off thinking about that? Does it turn you on to imagine an 8-year-old like little Maddie being raped to death by someone with dark skin? What kind of a fucking child molester are you?"

Blogger Snidely Whiplash February 01, 2017 4:38 PM  

Tom Kratman wrote:But, ya know, if they're going to be this fucking stupid, then my objections are moot.


If they're smart enough to go to ground, they're probably smart enough to do their job even when they don't like it.
The ones under discussion are obviously not.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash February 01, 2017 4:44 PM  

Fox is reporting that Tillerson has been confirmed by the Senate.

Let's get that truckload of drainage pipe delivered today.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 01, 2017 8:22 PM  

Time to put our peeps in the seats

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey February 01, 2017 9:06 PM  

@Eduardo
"Barry? Passing for white XD?"
Depends on the setting, I guess. I seem to recall that he lost his first political contest to in Chicago to a (black) opponent whose campaign was basically "Are you serious? This guy's not black."

Blogger Lazarus February 01, 2017 9:13 PM  

Snidely Whiplash wrote:Fox is reporting that Tillerson has been confirmed by the Senate.

Let's get that truckload of drainage pipe delivered today.


Make sure they got a "Made in USA" label.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey February 01, 2017 9:15 PM  

@John Morris
"...except for the crime infested hellhole with terrible schools part that, as progs, they couldn't really complain about."

I believe that you're underestimating the leftist tolerance for cognitive dissonance here. Wanting your children to go to "good schools" isn't "racism." It's merely a matter of finding the correct physical plant; the optimal combination of bricks and mortar, that will allow your child to learn properly. They will most certainly object to the "bad schools;" they just won't be able to articulate why they are bad. Just as good, I suppose.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey February 01, 2017 9:18 PM  

@frigger611
"I don't know if "swamp-draining" is the right term"

I'm picturing 900 people walking up to the railroad tracks-- and lying down.

Blogger Anthony February 01, 2017 9:24 PM  

"Would sour relations with affected countries". How good are our relations with countries that Obama saw fit to put travel restrictions on? How stupid does someone have to be to think this will make any real difference in our relations with those countries?

The signers should be fired for incompetence.

Anonymous Anonymous February 01, 2017 11:15 PM  

Only 900 may have signed, but I would guess about 95% of the rest agree with dissent cable, but didn't sign out of fear for their careers. I personally know of people in this situation: they wanted to sign, but didn't out of fear for what it might mean for their careers under a Trump administration.

The funny thing is that Trump is so widely reviled within the State Department that openly expressing support for him would also be career suicide--too many supervisors who have the power over your employee evaluations would look very unfavorably on it and give you low ratings to sabotage your career if you said anything positive about the President.

The State Department has a very rigorous, meritocratic recruitment system to pick Foreign Service Officers (diplomats), but then also has several BIG fellowship programs to let them still hire minorities who can't make it into State under the normal process. There are no such fellowship programs to bring any kind of ideological diversity.

It is VERY rare to find any conservatives at State. And if you are conservative, you NEVER mention it, for self-preservation. Out of my entering orientation class of 50-75 people (don't want to give exact numbers and out myself) there were only two conservatives--me and one other guy.

Anonymous SemperFSO February 01, 2017 11:18 PM  

Only 900 may have signed, but I would guess about 95% of the rest agree with the dissent cable, but didn't sign out of fear for their careers. I personally know of people in this situation: they wanted to sign, but didn't out of fear for what it might mean for their careers under a Trump administration.

The funny thing is that Trump is so widely reviled within the State Department that openly expressing support for him would also be career suicide--too many supervisors who have the power over your employee evaluations would look very unfavorably on it and give you low ratings to sabotage your career if you said anything positive about the President.

The State Department has a very rigorous, meritocratic recruitment system to pick Foreign Service Officers (diplomats), but then also has several BIG fellowship programs to let them still hire minorities who can't make it into State under the normal process. There are no such fellowship programs to bring any kind of ideological diversity.

It is VERY rare to find anyone on the right at State. And if you are, you NEVER mention it, for self-preservation. Out of my entering orientation class of 50-75 people (don't want to give exact numbers and out myself) there were only two of us--me and one other guy.

Blogger Cail Corishev February 01, 2017 11:27 PM  

Blacks in Chicago deemed Obama not black enough to be mayor. That's why he started going to Wright's church and doing other things to try to build up his black cred. He'd never spent much time around blacks before, so he didn't fit in with them. No one ever looked at him and thought he was white, though.

Anonymous Mr. Rational February 01, 2017 11:31 PM  

Michael Neal wrote:Does anyone else deal with SJWs arguing but throwing 100 different things at you at a time so you can't possible respond to everything? Is there a specific term for that?
It's called the Gish Gallop, after creatonut Duane Gish.

Blogger John rockwell February 02, 2017 12:28 AM  

Good may they and those who "Slow Buck" get purged.

Blogger Tom Kratman February 02, 2017 1:20 AM  

"It is VERY rare to find anyone on the right at State."

Yes, and those tend to be retired military and probably not all that right.

Blogger Derrick Ruiz February 02, 2017 1:23 AM  

Luv this!

Anonymous acushla February 02, 2017 1:49 AM  

"STARBUCKS is reserving 10,000 jobs for refugees."

And I'm sure the refugees will work very, very diligently at these jobs. I have no doubt about it.

Refugees, when they enter a country seeking, um, refuge, are not supposed to get jobs. (Well, except for make-work.) They are supposed to be in refugee camps, where they can wait and be monitored until the trrrble, trrrble disasters which forced them to flee have at last been resolved, and then they can happily return to their beloved native land.

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