19 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-18-18

  1. I just came across a concept in a book that I’m reading. It perfrctly describes a situation today. I knew it was there but I had never seen a proper description before:

    “hate masquerading as a resistance to hate.” This describes all the accusations of racism, kneeling at the national anthem, destroying statues, and a host of other things masquerading as justification for past evils.

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  2. Yes, it really is such an odd phenomenon. It’s part of the reason I feel I really don’t understand the political dynamics in our country anymore. Beyond that, the ‘hate’ mantra has become just kind of silly and vapid, really without any serious meaning.

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  3. Security clearances aren’t granted for fun and profit. The fraud known as John Brennan knows this.


    More background…..


    “Rand Paul: John Brennan Leaked Top Secret Information That Blew A US Operation To Help Friends Make Money”


  4. Despite the failed attempts of the press (NYT,WaPo, etc) to out these folks and try to force a guilty verdict thru fear tactics, they’ve failed. And given the treatment we’ve seen from the press and The Resistance and attacking folks they disagree with, it’s a good thing the judge, who has also been threatened, said no dice.


    “Paul Manafort’s trial will stretch into a fourth week, as jurors headed home Friday without reaching a verdict for the second straight day and the judge overseeing the case alluded to “threats” the jury may be receiving.

    “I had no idea this case would incite this emotion,” U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III said in an open court hearing, responding to a motion from seven news organizations, including POLITICO, seeking access to sealed materials related to the trial that would have publicly identified the jurors.

    Ellis denied the motion, telling the courtroom that jurors were “scared” and “afraid.” As a result, Ellis said, he didn’t “feel right” releasing the names of the 12-person jury.

    But Manafort’s team left court on Friday pleased that deliberations would spill into a third day, with Manafort lawyer Kevin Downing telling reporters it favored his client.

    Manafort is facing 18 counts of bank and tax fraud in the first case special counsel Robert Mueller has brought to trial as part of his wide-ranging probe of 2016 Russian election interference.”


  5. And here’s why the press shouldn’t have the info. Several outlets have a history of doxing individuals they disagree with, putting those folks at risk.


    “Early Thursday evening, members of the jury asked the judge a series of questions about the case and the legal threshold for proving guilt, including a definition of what “reasonable doubt” meant. Many outside legal experts interpreted the question as being good news for Manafort’s defense team and bad news for the prosecution.

    Publicly outing the names and home addresses of jurors is considered ethically questionable, as outlined in this guidance sheet on the topic from the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press:

    When jurors are not willing to talk, however, some question whether it is appropriate for journalists to name jurors.

    Because jurors do not volunteer for their roles, many journalists question whether they should be thrust into the limelight. According to Tompkins, both before and after a verdict is rendered, most newsrooms air on the side of caution when making these decisions.

    ‘Generally, there is a policy against publishing juror names,’ Tompkins said. ‘Among journalists, there genuinely is the feeling that there is no good, compelling reason to identify these people.’

    This isn’t the first time CNN has tried to doxx private individuals whose political views or statements offend the network. Last July, the news network threatened to identify a Reddit user who created a GIF of Trump wrestling another man with CNN’s logo superimposed on his face. CNN wrote at the time that it would reveal the individual’s identity publicly if he continued to mock the network.

    In February, CNN showed up on the front lawn at the home of an elderly woman who reportedly unknowingly shared pro-Trump memes on Facebook that were created by a Russian bot factory. A reporter aggressively harangued the befuddled woman, demanding to know why she colluded with Russians to hurt Hillary Clinton’s chances of becoming president.”

    Like I said. A history.


    “CNN’s intimidation tactics have been well-established over the years.

    After President Trump tweeted out a short video (or GIF) mocking CNN last July, the last-place cable channel launched a jihad against the GIF’s creator with the public threat to dox (expose this person’s personal information to online mobs) if he is ever again caught criticizing the network.

    In February, CNN sent one of its reporters and a TV crew to dox and humiliate an elderly Trump supporter who might have unwittingly promoted a post-election event “coordinated by the Russians.” It worked. Afterwards, she was abused and threatened online.

    In 2013, CNN led the mob in a campaign to destroy the career of a local rodeo clown who performed while wearing an Obama mask. During the previous administration, this same rodeo clown had performed in a George W. Bush mask.

    Also in 2013, CNN broadcast the social security number of George Zimmerman, the Hispanic man who shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense.

    CNN’s overall behavior during the Zimmerman case (he was acquitted) revealed the network’s desperation for a conviction in that case. Among other things, CNN fabricated evidence against Zimmerman, falsely described the Hispanic man as “white,” and spread the fake news that Zimmerman was motivated by racial prejudice, though the evidence showed the exact opposite.

    Even more disturbing was CNN’s coming out this week to legitimize violence against Trump supporters.

    Wisely, the judge overseeing the Manafort trial, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, who says threats against him require his own round-the-clock security detail, declined CNN’s request to out the jurors.”


  6. Here are the media outlets.

    They had no interest in the jury during the 2 week trial, but as soon as they requested a definition of “reasonable doubt” the press gets interested.


    “Good for Judge Ellis. Why do you suppose seven news organizations–all liberal, presumably–wanted to know who the jurors are and where they live? They are worried that the jury, having heard the evidence, may not render the “right” verdict, i.e., the one that helps the Democratic Party.

    So they want to know who the jurors are so they can apply pressure on them through mob action, newspaper denunciations, online harassment and so on. This is how today’s Democratic Party operates. If the jury fails to render the Democrats’ preferred verdict, what do you suppose Maxine Waters will suggest Democrats should do to the jurors if they venture out in public?

    UPDATE: Via a commenter, these are the Democratic Party news outlets who want to know the names and addresses of the jurors who have not yet fallen into line for the Democratic Party: CNN, NBC, the New York Times, Politico, the Associated Press, Buzzfeed and the Washington Post. That tells you every single thing you might have wanted to know about what is going on here.”

    Why it matters.


    “All of that adds up to a case in trouble. If it were me, and if the information reported in the news was the same as the information given to the jury, I’d let Manafort walk, given that they should have caught was he was doing a decade ago, not now. The only reason they didn’t bother was because one of the Podesta brothers was also involved, and apparently that meant protection for all of them, gag. So prosecute the lazy prosecutors. Because if prosecutors were serious about this case, they’d have done something a long time ago. Since they weren’t and the special counsel is on a witch hunt to Get Trump for political reasons, I’d send a message to the prosecutors that this is a political persecution and Manafort deserved to walk. But that’s just me, it’s important to let the jury who are right there decide, not the speculators on the outside, if we want to have a jury system worthy of the name. And to be fairer still, some juries really are awful, we all know cases that didn’t seem to go the right way, starting with that skating of that illegal who shot Kate Steinle, and moving right along to O.J. It’s unfortunately a feature of the system that we have to accept just because every other alternative is less just still. Most of us get this, and for that we leave juries alone.

    Which brings us right back to CNN and all its cartel press buddies seeking to doxx the Manafort jury and get their names and addresses right out there for everyone on Twitter to see.

    Including antifa. Including the Bernie bros. Including the Revolutionary Communist Party, which is responsible for a lot of the violence at riots. Including the leftists who threw Sarah Sanders out of that restaurant. Including the Justice department charmer who led the scream-down at Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a restaurant where she was trying to eat. Including the rabid leftists who beat up the Trump supporters in San Jose as the cops stood by and did nothing.

    Is CNN turning to muscle-journalism in a bid to prop up ratings? Will CNN seek to reveal the names and addresses of voters to find out who they voted for next?

    Oh and note that this request takes place in the city of Alexandria, Virginia, home of shotgun political violence against Republican House leader Steve Scalise, who was nearly killed by aimed gunfire in a leftist assassination attempt while on a baseball field. You can bet the jury knows about that one. Lastly, note that the judge in the Manafort case has already been threatened by leftists.

    It’s nothing but a bid to jury-tamper to ensure that the jury votes the right way. Which of course is to convict no matter what the circumstances in the great bid to Get Trump.”

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  7. The President’s Tweet (at least the first 4 1/2 lines) is consistent with the story.


  8. Followed by this:


  9. Ricky’s 7:10pm reminds me of something.

    We conservatives (well, I consider myself somewhere between a conservative and a moderate, with an occasional lean towards libertarianism, which makes me a political mutt, I guess) often point out how liberals are so outraged over various matters. But I see some conservatives who also are easily outraged. Much of it is legitimate, but there’s also a lot that isn’t.

    A conservative friend shared on Facebook something expressing outrage over a school’s dress code that banned flag-motif clothing. The post fumed at the school’s anti-Americanism.

    Before I could get around to it, someone else pointed out that it is not considered respectful of the flag to wear flag-motif clothing. 🙂


  10. Debra – There is an addictive quality to outrage and self-righteousness (self-righteousness often accompanies outrage).


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