23 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-28-17

  1. O’Keefe strikes again.

    And once again, CNN is exposed as the frauds they are.

    http://www.veritaslive.com/06-26-2017/americanpravdacnn.html

    This time we have a CNN executive admitting a story is false, and they know it, but they run with it anyway because they’re making money spreading false stories.

    “Project Veritas has released a video of CNN Producer John Bonifield who was caught on hidden-camera admitting that there is no proof to CNN’s Russia narrative.

    “I mean, it’s mostly bull@#%$ right now,” Bonifield says. “Like, we don’t have any giant proof.”

    He confirms that the driving factor at CNN is ratings:

    “It’s a business, people are like the media has an ethical phssssss… All the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school you’re just like, that’s adorable. That’s adorable. This is a business.”

    According to the CNN Producer, business is booming. “Trump is good for business right now,” he concluded.

    Bonifield further goes on to explain that the instructions come straight from the top, citing the CEO, Jeff Zucker:

    “Just to give you some context, President Trump pulled out of the climate accords and for a day and a half we covered the climate accords. And the CEO of CNN (Jeff Zucker) said in our internal meeting, he said good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we’re done with that, let’s get back to Russia.”

    Bonifield also acknowledged: “I haven’t seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime.” He continues:

    “I just feel like they don’t really have it but they want to keep digging. And so I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me. You have no smoking gun, you have no real proof.””

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  2. And the NY Times is being sued for their false story on Palin.

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/27/sarah-palin-suing-new-york-times-for-defamation/

    “Sarah Palin is suing The New York Times for defamation, according to documents filed in federal court Tuesday that were obtained by The Daily Caller.

    The lawsuit has to do with an editorial the NYT ran on June 14 that falsely smeared Palin as inciting the 2011 shooting of Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords by a mentally ill man. There is no evidence to support the NYT’s implication that Palin played a role in inciting the Giffords shooting.

    “Mrs. Palin brings this action to hold The Times accountable for defaming her by publishing a statement about her that it knew to be false: that Mrs. Palin was responsible for inciting a mass shooting at a political event in January 2011,” Palin’s suit states.

    “Specifically, on June 14, 2017, The Times Editorial Board, which represents the ‘voice’ of The Times, falsely stated as a matter of fact to millions of people that Mrs. Palin incited Jared Loughner’s January 8, 2011, shooting rampage at a political event in Tucson, Arizona, during which he shot nineteen people, severely wounding United States Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and killing six, including Chief U.S. District Court Judge John Roll and a nine-year-old girl.”

    The lawsuit states that the paper “published and promoted its Editorial Board’s column despite knowing that the linchpin of its ‘sickening pattern’ of politically-incited shootings was the false assertion that Mrs. Palin incited Loughner to murder six people, among them a child and federal judge, and seriously wound numerous others.”

    It goes on to state: “As the public backlash over The Times’ malicious column mounted, it responded by making edits and ‘corrections’ to its fabricated story, along with half-hearted Twitter apologies–none of which sufficiently corrected the falsehoods that the paper published. In fact, none mentioned Mrs. Palin or acknowledged that Mrs. Palin did not incite a deranged man to commit murder.””
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  3. And there definitely seems to be a pattern here.

    https://theintercept.com/2017/06/27/cnn-journalists-resign-latest-example-of-media-recklessness-on-the-russia-threat/

    “BUT CNN IS hardly alone when it comes to embarrassing retractions regarding Russia. Over and over, major U.S. media outlets have published claims about the Russia Threat that turned out to be completely false — always in the direction of exaggerating the threat and/or inventing incriminating links between Moscow and the Trump circle. In virtually all cases, those stories involved evidence-free assertions from anonymous sources that these media outlets uncritically treated as fact, only for it to be revealed that they were entirely false.

    Several of the most humiliating of these episodes have come from the Washington Post. On December 30, the paper published a blockbuster, frightening scoop that immediately and predictably went viral and generated massive traffic. Russian hackers, the paper claimed based on anonymous sources, had hacked into the “U.S. electricity grid” through a Vermont utility.

    That, in turn, led MSNBC journalists, and various Democratic officials, to instantly sound the alarm that Putin was trying to deny Americans heat during the winter:

    Literally every facet of that story turned out to be false. First, the utility company — which the Post had not bothered to contact — issued a denial, pointing out that malware was found on one laptop that was not connected either to the Vermont grid or the broader U.S. electricity grid. That forced the Post to change the story to hype the still-alarmist claim that this malware “showed the risk” posed by Russia to the U.S. electric grid, along with a correction at the top repudiating the story’s central claim:”

    “But then it turned out that even this limited malware was not connected to Russian hackers at all and, indeed, may not have been malicious code of any kind. Those revelations forced the Post to publish a new article days later entirely repudiating the original story.
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    “Weeks earlier, Slate published another article that went viral on Trump and Russia, claiming that a secret server had been discovered that the Trump Organization used to communicate with a Russian bank. After that story was hyped by Hillary Clinton herself, multiple news outlets (including The Intercept) debunked it, noting that the story had been shopped around for months but found no takers. Ultimately, the Washington Post made clear how reckless the claims were:”

    “A few weeks later, C-SPAN made big news when it announced that it had been hacked and its network had been taken over by the state-owned Russian outlet RT:

    That, too, turned out to be totally baseless, and C-SPAN was forced to renounce the claim:”
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    There’s a whole lotta fake news goin’ on……..

    Must be those pesky Russians. 😨

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  4. Senate and House Republicans who have tried to discuss specifics of healthcare legislation with Trump have agreed that he is clueless, but the Tweeter-in-Chief contends that is “Fake News”.

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  5. Rush says that to claim that the Senate health care plan would leave 22 million uninsured is like 22 million prisoners broke out and now we have 22 million homeless.

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  6. The world is now an interesting place.

    Following Brexit, Germany flexes its muscles in a declining Europe.

    Following the collapse of the TPP, China flexes its muscles over wary neighbors in an Asia on the rise.

    The US under Trump is a beached whale. Other countries just try to avoid the spastic flailings of the tail. Most hope that the whale can re-enter the ocean when Trump leaves office. If the whale dies, there will be a massive stink.

    Putin smiles.

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  7. Idiots like this are why we can’t have nice things.

    And as a repeat offender, I hope the judge throws the book at him this time.

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/arkansas-ten-commandments-monument-capitol-destroyed-115448086.html

    ” A man yelled “Freedom!” as he crashed his vehicle into Arkansas’ new Ten Commandments monument early Wednesday, nearly three years after he was arrested in the destruction of Oklahoma’s monument at its state Capitol, authorities said.

    The privately funded Arkansas monument had been in place outside the state Capitol in Little Rock for less than 24 hours before it was knocked from its plinth and smashed to pieces.

    Michael Tate Reed, 32, of Van Buren, Arkansas, was booked in the Pulaski County jail shortly after 7:30 a.m. on preliminary charges of defacing objects of public interest, criminal trespass and first-degree criminal mischief. An arrest report lists his occupation as “unemployed/disabled.””
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    “In the video, the sky is dark and the Arkansas Capitol’s dome is visible. Music is heard followed by a female voice, likely on the radio, saying, “Where do you go when you’re faced with adversity and trials and challenges?” The driver is then heard growling, “Oh my goodness. Freedom!” before accelerating into the monument. The vehicle’s speedometer is last shown at 21 mph (33 kph) and then a collision can be heard.

    Arkansas’ monument fell from its plinth and broke into multiple pieces as it hit the ground. The debris had been cleaned up by midmorning Wednesday.

    Oklahoma County Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Opgrande told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Reed was arrested in October 2014 in the destruction of Oklahoma’s Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol. Opgrande confirmed that the suspect arrested Wednesday in Arkansas was the same person arrested in the Oklahoma case.

    In a 2015 email to the Tulsa World , Reed apologized for wrecking Oklahoma’s monument and said he suffered from mental health issues. “I am so sorry that this all happening (sic) and wished I could take it all back,” Reed said.”

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  8. Tychicus, that has been my personal take on the First Lady. She is, in fact, a lady of compassion. Several of the others have been as well.

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  9. In international news, this is the new warfare: http://www.businessinsider.com/petya-cyber-attack-who-is-responsible-russia-europe-ukraine-2017-6

    A colossal cyberattack on Tuesday has been wreaking havoc on countries and corporations across the globe, and some cybersecurity experts are zeroing in on a familiar name as the possible culprit.

    The attack, dubbed Petya, used a ransomware worm whose targets have included Ukrainian banks and airports, the Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft, the British advertising company WPP, the US pharmaceutical giant Merck, and the shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk, which said every branch of its business was affected.

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  10. A while back, I told you about the 20 year old Mexican girl (Sandy) who was such a good worker at Grandy’s. On her days off, it took two tattooed white girls to take her place, and together they still couldn’t quite do it. I would have tried to hire her to be a legal secretary except that I figured she might meet her future husband among the oil field workers who ate their breakfasts at Grandy’s. Six months ago, that is just what happened and she moved with her new husband to a nearby town.

    Her parents still live in our town, and today I saw Sandy and her mother at our bank, which is coincidentally staffed entirely by Mexicans. After a brief visit with Sandy, I could not resist telling the bank employees about Sandy’s work ethic, and they chimed in, thoroughly embarassing Sandy. Not satisfied, I then complimented her mother, telling her that I know well from whom daughters learn a work ethic. The best part was that the mother speaks little English, and Sandy had to translate the compliment. She was the perfect picture of pride and embarrassment. It made my day.

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  11. Seems reasonable.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/gop-senators-mull-cutting-tax-break-wealthy-222341462.html

    “Republican senators seeking to retool their troubled health care bill are considering dropping a tax break on investments for higher-income families in order to expand access to subsidies for health care coverage.

    Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., told the Washington Examiner that Republican leadership will explore his idea of cutting the 3.8 percent tax break on investment income for families making more than $250,000 per year. The extra money could be used to expand access to subsidies for the health insurance exchanges to spouses of people who receive health insurance through their job but are ineligible for coverage.

    According to the Congressional Budget Office, the tax break would cost about $172 billion over 10 years. Eliminating it would give Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell breathing room to appeal to the moderates in his caucus by ensuring more people will receive coverage under the plan. The CBO estimated 22 million fewer Americans would be insured under McConnell’s bill than under current law, which helped torpedo his plan for a vote on the legislation ahead of the July 4 recess.

    The move would also help fend off Democratic criticisms that the Republican alternative to Obamacare amounts to a Robin Hood effort in reverse. “The details have changed a bit around the edges, but the core has remained the same in each and every version [of the bill]: slash Medicaid to the bone in order to give a massive tax break to a very small number of wealthy Americans,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said of the Republicans’ plan on the Senate floor Wednesday.”

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  12. ts always interesting to come here and read AJ’s excerpts from his right wing links; the exact opposite can be found on some left wing sites I follow on FB. According to them, Russian connections are everywhere and they have proof. The truth is probably somewhere in between. There are Russian connections to some of Trump’s staff, Russia did try to influence the election, and Trump has purposely or inadvertently tried to both hinder and manipulate the investigation.

    The Palin lawsuit is an attempt to use libel to chill the press. Its impossible to prove a link and impossible to prove that there isn’t a link — its a matter of conjecture to say whether or not her words encouraged violence. It should be thrown out as it serves no other purpose than to scare the press in future coverage. I can’t help but feel if a Democrat was engaged in similar tactics to silence criticism that the right would be yelling about the first amendment.

    Trump had copyright issues in China. These have been cleared up in his favour. Any other issues with China is beyond his interest and thus China will treat and use him as a chump. As long as the Trump family has business interests, conflicts of interest will be everywhere.

    The US likes social programs but likes to pretend it doesn’t and is a free market libertarian nation. A clear example is the Republican attempt to replace the ACA. Essentially it would strip the funding mechanisms — insurance mandate and surtaxes on the wealthy — but maintain some of the popular parts of the ACA — pre-existing coverage, etc. There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Europeans, esp in the north west, are well aware that they must pay for their health and education benefits and they think the gov’t is the best means to deliver health and education and thus, while they may gripe and complain, they generally pay their taxes.

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  13. Thanks, HRW. I interrupted watching The Big Country with my mother and wife to read the article. It is very accurate.

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  14. HRW is far left of center. I am far right of center. Kevin Williamson, Rich Lowry, Charles Krauthammer, Mona Charen, Jonah Goldberg, Bret Stephens, and Bill Kristol are all well right of center. All of those people could agree with the accuracy of the first paragraph of HRW’s 9:55 post.

    However, since most Americans can’t even come close to agreement on the accuracy of Trump’s ridiculous “tapp” Tweet, his crowd size exaggeration, or some of his other truly outrageous lies, there is no way that Americans will be able to agree upon or even begin to understand complicated issues such as healthcare, the budget or tax reform.

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