June 29, 2017
— Open Blogger
Good morning, kids. The penultimate day of the work week and of June. Looking back on the past six months, I don't think I could have imagined the state of the nation in a Trump presidency. While there are many positive things happening, there are many troubling things as well. I think our society is at an inflection point; it's just that when you're living in the middle of it, it's difficult to step away and read the tea leaves, as it were. The Media have completely exposed themselves for the propagandists that we always knew them to be, the Democrat Party electorally is in a shambles, the GOP wants to preserve, protect and defend the Leviathan at all costs, the unelected bureaucracy is in open revolt against the President, his allies in the administration and We The People, and President Trump is somehow defying the odds and staying alive - figuratively and literally - and perhaps even thriving amidst what is in effect a coup against him and the country.
While there are so many things that we can be infuriated and disappointed by, there is much to be grateful for, not least of which is that Hillary Clinton will never be President of the United States of America. For that alone, Donald Trump's first term has succeeded beyond all expectation. Hang in there, Horde, and have faith. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.
- Zucker In the Crosshairs if AT&T/Time Warner Merger Approved
- CNN Will Not Discipline Producer Caught in Latest Project Veritas Expose
- Chi-Com National Oil Company Suspends Sales to North Korea
- Chuck Schemer Uses Arcane Rule to Block Nat Sec Briefing, Endangering America Just to Gum Up GOP Healthcare Push
- California GOP Has a Pulse: Recall Vote Over Gas Tax Hike Gains Traction
- It's Obamacare That's Killing People
- Ted Cruz, Others Warned Us About the Near Impossibility of Repeal in 2013
- Cray-Cray Aunt Esther Publicly Threatens Ben Carson at Town Hall Meeting
- Enough About Medicaid; What About the Rest of Us?
- Great Again: Samsung Plans on Pumping $380 Million Into South Carolina
- Mad Dog in Germany: Russia Must Know "What We Will Not Tolerate"
- Berniegate: How Jane Sanders Offers a Window Into Liberal Scheming
- ABC Settles Out of Court with South Dakota Meat Producer it Slimed with "Pink Slime" Report
- The Jewish "Schindler" Who Saved Christians and Yazidis from ISIS Genocide
- Free Iran Activists Reporting Hundreds of Acts of Defiance Within its Borders
June 28, 2017
— Open Blogger
The trend of opinion among eugenists is that we must make marriage more difficult. Certainly no one who is not a desirable parent should be permitted to produce progeny. Nikola Tesla
If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple of payments. Steven Wright
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. Thomas Jefferson
Why has the Democratic Party become so arrogantly detached from ordinary Americans? Though they claim to speak for the poor and dispossessed, Democrats have increasingly become the party of an upper-middle-class professional elite, top-heavy with journalists, academics and lawyers. Camille Paglia
— Ace Gotta be tough.
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday that the U.S. warning to Syria not to conduct a chemical attack on its own people appears to have been taken seriously by the Bashar Assad regime.
"They didn't do it," Mattis told reporters on his plane as they flew from Germany to Belgium. "It appears they took the warning seriously."
Mattis would not confirm or discuss on-the-record statements by a Pentagon spokesman that the U.S. had observed the movement of chemical munitions at the Shayrat airfield, the same airfield from which a Syrian warplane dropped deadly sarin nerve gas on civilians April 4. Navy warships launched a cruise missile attack on the air base later that week, which destroyed several aircraft.
Maybe they didn't do it now because Trump was accusing them before they even did it. Maybe if that sort of pre-emptive condemnation doesn't come the next time they start loading the poison gas bombs on to the planes, they will go ahead and do it, and then just say The Jews Must Have Done It.
— Ace Yes, of course. It was time to invent an "Islamophobia"-style slur to brand critics of genuine abuses with.
Before we get to this fat little girl's attempt at a new PC slur to control people, let's review some of the media's recent work, CNN's especially:
This liberal journalist freaks out over Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' mention of a "barrage of fake news," shrilly screeching that she was "inflaming" people against reporters, which I guess makes them Feel Unsafe.
Chris Cuomo then welcomed this sad little girl on to CNN and told her she's always got a Safe Space there. Also in that clip, Chris Cuomo's co-bimbo said that journalists were now operating in a "war zone."
Chris, at what point does this become dangerous and I'm not just talking about dangerous as in tearing at the social fabric, I'm talking about dangerous in that a journalist gets hurt, because I can tell you working overseas in war zones, people are emboldened by the actions of this administration, emboldened by the all-out sort of declaration of war on the media, if I'm getting it in the neck, Chris I can only imagine what someone like you is dealing with. At what point does this become reckless or irresponsible, Chris?
Apparently inflaming people against Republicans is no big deal -- even in the aftermath of the shooting of four people by a Rachel Maddow Super-Fan.
(Which is why it's necessary that Sarah Palin sues the New York Times until they cry uncle.)
Jim Acosta is a hysterical drama queen who has to be reminded that there's no point playing to the cameras when the cameras are off.
However, people who aren't on TV have a way of getting their look-at-me hysterias out into the world. It's called Twitter.
Like he was created in a lab to confirm every claim of media problems made by conservatives. pic.twitter.com/5D4p0iJs25— Mollie (@MZHemingway) June 28, 2017
After the week's biggest media story blew up on Friday -- with CNN retracting a shoddily-vetted Trump/Russia "story" -- the sad fat little girl Brian Stelter had no mention of it on his show, which is allegedly about the media itself.
o how much time did Stelter have for this story on his show Reliable Sources on Sunday? Nothing. Instead, Stelter spent more than five minutes hate-analyzing Fox & Friends as a Trump infomercial. He spent about ten and a half minutes indulging "TV legend" Phil Donahue. He even closed the show with four minutes allegedly about Russia -- but his guest Masha Gessen basically fed back Stelter his favorite talking point that Trump is an "aspiring autocrat" who's shutting down access to the press: "We're definitely hurtling towards a closed system of government..."
So in this context, sad fat little girl Brian Stelter attempts to create a new PC slur -- "extreme anti-journalist," which I guess is like racism, but worse, because it's racism against rich college-educated white people.
Xhe then decided to quote noted Objective Non-Partisan Expert Chuck Todd for his unbiased thoughts about the media.
Surprise! He's against Trump:
By way of a parting thought: As Jammie Wearing Fool noted after all this hysterical girl-crying, don't ever dare call CNN #FakeNews:
— Ace We're a Real News Organization, Swearsies.
— Ace Apparently it's both nothing important, and something important enough to hide from the public.
Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbins office will not release reported email correspondence with anti-GOP shooter James Hodgkinson.
An Associated Press report says, Hodgkinson also visited the office of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose campaign he had worked on as a volunteer, and was in email contact with the two Democratic senators from his home state.
The two Democratic senators from his home state of Illinois would presumably be Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.
When The Daily Caller reached out to Sen. Durbins office, we received this comment, Mr. Hodgkinson contacted our office to state his opinion on a variety of legislation over the years. Those emails were all given to USCP and are part of the current investigation.
When TheDC asked for more details, or whether they planned to publicly release the emails Hodgkinson sent, no response was received.
— Ace Gee, I wonder why this particular Hate Crime dropped off the national media radar in such a hurry.
Incidentally, he is suspected of having sexually assaulted another woman in the previous week:
The suspect charged with murdering a 17-year-old Muslim girl during Ramadan was accused of sexually assaulting another woman a week before the teens slaying in Virginia and is reportedly an MS-13 gang member.
Darwin Martinez Torres, of El Salvador, allegedly sent a woman to hospital after he punched and choked her, according to a Loudoun County Child Protective Services report obtained by the Washington Post.
The alleged acts happened in front of a child, and the woman said she didnt want to press any charges against her attacker who was later identified by authorities as Torres.
— Ace Playing the racism and sexism cards is virtually a giant "I'M GUILTY" banner.
In an interview with journalist Michael Tomasky for New York Magazine, Rice reportedly questioned the criticism she’s faced dating back to the Benghazi controversy.
“Why me? Why not Jay Carney, for example, who was then our press secretary, who stood up more?” she asked.
Tomasky noted in the piece that Carney “isn’t an African-American woman, of course” and apparently asked Rice whether that is the key factor. Rice, in response, left the door open:
“I don’t know… I do not leap to the simple explanation that it’s only about race and gender. I’m trying to keep my theories to myself until I’m ready to come out with them. It’s not because I don’t have any.”
But Rice mentioned other prominent female figures – like Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice – who faced “ad hominem” attacks, suggesting a correlation.
Two other people are subpoenaed in the matter: White male James Clapper and white female Samantha Powers.
— Ace They just published the video.
— Open Blogger I didn't care all that much for Nikki Haley when she was governor of mumblemumble Carolina, but she's been tearing it up ever since Trump appointed her as our ambassador to the U.N.
In the tradition of our best U.N. ambassadors — Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Jeane Kirkpatrick — Haley has been a powerful voice against U.N. hypocrisy. Most notably, she has denounced U.N. hypocrisy regarding Israel.
Read the whole piece at Powerline.
I would hazard a guess that Israel is very much thankful for Trump after 8 years of Obama's bullshit.
— Open Blogger
The (Great) Tower Of Babel
Pieter Bruegel the Elder
[Hat Tip: Tim In Illinois]
And he painted another one!
— Open Blogger
Good morning, kids. Midweek and a mixed bag of things today. First up, and as I had suspected all along, the Democrat-inspired terrorist attack that left Rep. Steve Scalise and several others gravely wounded has been nothing-to-see-here-move-along'd way too quickly. The Daily Caller is reporting that there is evidently a chain of communications between the terrorist and the office of Dick Durbin and that office is refusing to let reporters from that outlet have access to them. Considering the fact that the Left has essentially blamed the President and the victims for the act of a lone wolf, it's kind of puzzling (read: alarming) that these communications exist in the first place, let alone the refusal to release them. Couple all this with the FBI's (don't laugh) bizarre press announcement that the attack was spontaneous, random and had no specific target, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary, and the complete politicization of its leadership that is in open revolt against the President and his political allies, and you know something is terribly wrong here. Either I'm insane or there is something being covered up is truly explosive. And let's leave it at that. For now.
In other news, the GOP healthcare bill has been delayed and there are indications that the conservatives are hopefully making headway in adding an actual repeal component to the bill that has been touted as a repeal and replace. We shall see.
Bernie Sanders, the maple syrup commie with the Canarsie accent claims the FBI investigation into his and his wife's real estate swindle is a political witch hunt. Lastly, there is a very disturbing report for my last link. I apologize for linking it and yet I feel compelled. No one is covering it and it's a story that must be told. Because this is the real enemy that we are facing. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.
- Dick "Dick" Durbin (D)-Ick Refuses to Release E-Mails Between Him and Democrat Terrorist Hodgkinson
- Palin Slams Slim's Slimes with YUUGE Defamation Lawsuit, Hires Hulk Hogan's Legal Team
- After Sit-Down with PDT, Rand Paul Now Thinks GOP Healthcare Bill Could Pass; He and Prexy Agree It Needs More "Repeal"
- PDT to Rally Congress on Immigration After GOP Healthcare Delay/Setback
- House Intel Committee Interviews John Podesta Behind Closed Doors
- Venezuelan Ex-Cop Stages Grenade Attack on Court Building; Calls for Uprising to Overthrow Socialist Regime as Maduro Spoke on TV
- Pathetic Alta-Cocker Claims FBI Investigation Into He and His Wife "Politically Motivated"
- Tammy Baldwin's Lawyer Brought In Dark Money for Tomah VA Scandal Defense
- GOP Senator Says Mueller's Hiring Spree Taints Entire Russia Probe
- Teachers Are Performing Monthly Mental Health Exams on Your Kids- - Without Your Permission
- The Communist Cardinals of Pope Francis
- Smithsonian Magazine Exhumes Joe Pyne to Attack Conservative Talk Radio
- Religion of Peace: Starving Yazidi Sex Slave Unwittingly Ate Her Own Son After ISIS Butchered Him
First link to Durbin fixed.
June 27, 2017
— Open Blogger
One of the things the government can't do is run anything. The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads, and both of them are bankrupt. Lee Iacocca
There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something. Henry Ford
I think I've owned all the models of iPods so far. And these days between my iPod, iPhone and my personal laptop computer, I'm someone who is very, very grateful for all the ways to listen to music and completely switch off from people around me and listen to the music in detail, which is very hard to do if you're in a room with other people. Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull
— Open Blogger Here are some things more trustworthy than CNN, stolen from Twitter #MoreTrustedThanCNN:
1. Anthony Weiner's babysitting service
2. Bill Clinton doing a sleep-over at a sorority house.
3. This guy:
— Ace CNN's, MSNBC's, and Colbert's ratings all rely on the idea that there is a Great Impeachment a-coming, just around the bend.
But what happens when the Rubes start to suspect they're being taken for a ride?
According to The Wrap, "The Tonight Show's" Jimmy Fallon beat Colbert in ratings for the first time since Trump's inauguration in January. In total viewers, Fallon had 2.66 million to Colbert's 2.62 million. He also crushed Colbert in the coveted 18-49 demo, with a .68 rating to Colbert's .42. In total, Fallon had a 62 percent demo lead over Colbert.
Last week, Fallon saw his highest ratings in the 18-49 demo since the week of April 3-7. One explanation for Fallon's newfound success is that CBS didn't include Thursday and Friday's ratings for Colbert because the network aired reruns on those days.
Speaking of ratings: CNN decided to rebut the Project Veritas sting video in which a producer said CNN runs "mostly bullshit" Russia stories all day "for the ratings" by... citing their ratings.
Note the The Most Trusted Name in News also included a typo there ("it's" instead of "its"). They also cited a single fact -- not plural facts -- and then said "Those are the facts" instead of "That's the fact."
And speaking even more of ratings (this is the Age of Trump, after all), Megyn Kelly's ratings have fallen for the fourth straight week.
Megyn Kelly's Sunday night newsmagazine show's ratings dropped for a fourth consecutive week since debuting earlier this month on NBC, according to Nielsen Media Research.
The latest episode of "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" averaged 3.4 million viewers and an 0.4 rating in the key 18- to 49-year-old demographic that advertisers covet most.
Overall, Kelly's week 4 came third behind a repeat of CBS's "60 Minutes," which delivered 7.1 million viewers and an 0.7 demographic rating, and a repeat of ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos," which brought in 3.9 million viewers and a 0.7 demographic rating.
Why? Well, she lost her old Fox audience, and the liberal audience that pretended to like her only liked her because she was making the liberal case against Trump on Fox.
She has no particular cache as yet another NBC flake making the liberal case against Trump on NBC, and liberals no longer feel the need to support this Victim of Trump.
— Ace The charge seems a little ticky-tack, but Mueller is trying to get Flynn and Trump on ticky-tack crap, so if the rules forbid ticky-tack crap, then they forbid ticky-tack crap for everybody.
cting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is being investigated by the Office of U.S. Special Counsel for violating The Hatch Act that prohibits FBI agents from campaigning in partisan races.
The Office of U.S. Special Counsel, the governments main whistleblower agency, is investigating whether FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabes activities supporting his wife Jills Democratic campaign for Virginia state senate in 2015 violated the Hatch Acts prohibition against FBI agents campaigning in partisan races.
The agencys probe was prompted by a complaint in April from a former FBI agent who forwarded social media photos showing McCabe wearing a T-shirt supporting his wifes campaign during a public event and then posting a photo on social media urging voters to join him in voting for his wife.
The Hatch Act prohibits FBI employees from engaging "in political activity in concert with a political party, a candidate for partisan political office, or a partisan political group."
It defines prohibited political activity as "any activity directed at the success or failure of a partisan group or candidate in a partisan election."
I bet they'll find that McCabe lacked intent to do the thing he intentionally did.
There's video at the link, and additional details, like the disclosure that McCabe met with Terry McAuliffe in 2015 (along with his wife, in a candidate-recruitment pitch).
— Ace And John McCain is the guy who brought us the McCain-Feingold Campaign "Reform" Act, requiring anyone who gives $250 or more to a political campaign to be disclosed.
I didn't make that connection. That's in Richard Pollock's article:
The McCain Institute for International Leadership executives refuse to disclose how much money big donors have contributed to the nonprofit that's named after Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.
McCain was the architect of the landmark Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002-- more popularly known as "McCain-Feingold" -- that required public disclosure of all contributions of at least $250 in federal elections. Former Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold co-sponsored the measure with McCain.
But the McCain Institute -- created in 2012 with an $8.7 million donation of funds remaining from McCain's unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign - refused Monday to disclose the amounts it received from its biggest donors who gave $100,000 or more....
They did divulge a list of people who had given $100,000 or more. But they didn't specify how much each had given, except that they'd given $100,000... or more.
Pollock points out this is "misleading," as some donors -- like a Saudi organization -- are listed as giving $100,00 or more, but in fact they gave a lot more: Ten times more, in fact. A cool million.
The McCain Institute is refusing to specify how big their donations are from large donors.
— Ace Was she lying, or just mentally infirm?
Earlier this year, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) claimed she never had a "call or meeting" with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak -- "ever." She was trying to make a point in a thinly veiled attempt to suggest a connection between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia.
"No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of Foreign [Relations Committee]," she tweeted.
The Democrat's words are now coming back to bite her. On Monday, CNN reported that McCaskill actually attended a "black-tie reception" at the Russian ambassador's home in Washington, D.C., in 2015.
— Ace I don't know the answer.
But, as no less an authority than Chuck Schumer told us, you never go to war with the Deep State -- they have a thousand ways to get payback.
The FBI launched a criminal probe against former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn two years after the retired Army general roiled the bureaus leadership by intervening on behalf of a decorated counterterrorism agent who accused now-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and other top officials of sexual discrimination, according to documents and interviews.
Flynns intervention on behalf of Supervisory Special Agent Robyn Gritz was highly unusual, and included a letter in 2014 on his official Pentagon stationary, a public interview in 2015 supporting Gritzs case and an offer to testify on her behalf. His offer put him as a hostile witness in a case against McCabe, who was soaring through the bureaus leadership ranks.
The FBI sought to block Flynns support for the agent, asking a federal administrative law judge in May 2014 to keep Flynn and others from becoming a witness in her Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case, memos obtained by Circa show. Two years later, the FBI opened its inquiry of Flynn.
The EEOC case, which is still pending, was serious enough to require McCabe to submit to a sworn statement to investigators, the documents show.
The deputy directors testimony provided some of the strongest evidence in the case of possible retaliation, because he admitted the FBI opened an internal investigation into Gritzs personal conduct after learning the agent had filed or intended to file a sex discrimination complaint against her supervisors.
McCabe eventually became the bureaus No. 2 executive and emerged as a central player in the FBIs Russia election tampering investigation, putting him in a position to impact the criminal inquiry against Flynn.
Three FBI employees told Circa they personally witnessed McCabe make disparaging remarks about Flynn before and during the time the retired Army general emerged as a figure in the Russia case.
See this Flashback from the Washington Post: the FBI reviewed Flynn's calls with the Russian ambassador back in December and found nothing illicit at all.
And so they turned to trying to nail him on a paperwork foul having nothing to do with Russia at all.
Almost as if the top echelons of the FBI had been politicized and weaponized.
Thank God we have a cadre of "conservatives" to lecture us every day that anyone who works in a hierarchical organization and wears a suit is due the unquestioning obedience one would offer a living god.
— Ace Why deny a connection? Well, for one thing, CNN relies almost exclusively on leaks from anonymous sources now, so we have no way of knowing if the #FakeNews source for the retracted Scaramucci piece is also the same #FakeNews source for the wildly-wrong "Comey will refute Trump" #FakeNews.
And also, as Eric Wemple points out in the National Laughingstock:
In advance of former FBI Director James Comey's Senate testimony, CNN used four bylines -- Gloria Borger, Eric Lichtblau, Jake Tapper and Brian Rokus -- to report that Comey would contradict Trump's claims that the fired FBI chief had told him that he wasn't a target of an investigation. Instead, the opposite turned out to be the case: Comey confirmed those claims of Trump. The story piled poor editorial judgment on top of faulty reporting, in that there was little merit in predicting Comeys testimony a day or two before he gave it.
It's worth noting that, despite CNN's claim the current screwup was not connected to the prior one, Eric Lichtblau's name appeared on both pieces.
Lichtbau was one of the three CNN personnel who "resigned" in the wake of the Scaramucci humiliation.
How bad is it? This bad: Even Redstate is slamming CNN for it.
The people getting the ax should tell you just how bad the story was. These are not nameless interns or low level writers. These are major names.
I hate seeing people get fired but CNN has deteriorated to the point where there is literally no lie they will not tell if they think in will damage the Trump administration and get clicks.
"streiff" makes a point I make a lot, and I'm glad that someone else is trying to embarrass "conservative" fans of Jake Tapper into noting that Tapper is a serial offender, instead of giving him a pass because he pays attention to their silly asses on Twitter (PS, he's using you, and he talks to anyone with more than 1000 followers if it can advance his career, and he's on Twitter like always for crying out loud) and because he appears on their Electric God Box, I mean, television, which is apparently enough to give some conservative men Celebrity Crushes:
Note that one of the bylines in the story cited above belongs to one of the guys fired over the Scaramucci story and another is Jake Tapper who, for reasons that escapes me, has reduced a lot of alleged conservatives to a fanboi status that borders on homoeroticism.
Well, I couldn't embarrass them, but wow, that little stinger just might.
Guys: Stop giving Jake Tapper taint-paints while he pees on your belly. It may be a kind of love, but it's a bad kind of love.
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