33 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-28-18

  1. More colluding with the foreign entities.

    Oh wait…. never mind…..

    It’s Democrats, so it’s OK.


    “Rumors swirl that former Vice President Joe Biden will be a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. Extremely early polls find strong support for him in his party. But investigative journalist and bestselling author Peter Schweizer has unearthed Biden’s history of corruption, and that will prove a major issue in the upcoming election.

    “This is, I think, going to be a central issue” for 2020, Schweizer, best known for uncovering Hillary Clinton’s corruption but also the author of the new book “Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends,” told Fox News’ Steve Hilton.

    Schweizer’s book came out in March, but since then new evidence of the Biden family corruption has come to light. Schweizer told Hilton about a bank account unearthed in a New York conviction against Devon Hunter, a friend of the former vice president’s son, Hunter Biden.

    “A bank account that Hunter Biden drew a lot of money from and that a lot of foreign entities put a lot of money into,” the author noted. “Just to give you an idea, over a 14-month period, from 2014 through early 2016, while Joe Biden is vice president of the United States, a Ukrainian company called Burisma — it’s controlled by a very corrupt oligarch — sends three million dollars into this account.”

    “A Chinese government entity called Bohai Harvest — which is run by the Bank of China — sends $650,000 into this account,” Schweizer added. “There’s $1.2 million that comes from an LLC with a small boutique Swiss bank. We don’t know who’s behind the LLC. The bank itself has been charged in six countries for money laundering, so that makes it kind of sketchy.”

    How does this connect to Joe Biden? Not only was the elder Biden vice president at the time, but he was directly involved with the countries his son struck deals with.

    “If you look at the trajectory of Joe Biden as vice president, he was essentially U.S. point person on Chinese policy, and he was widely criticized for going very soft on them as it related to the South China Sea,” Schweizer said. “That’s at the same time his son is getting large checks from the Chinese government.”

    “Joe Biden is also point person on U.S. policy towards Ukraine, at the same time that his son is getting large checks from the Ukrainian government. And he’s accused of looking the other way at fraudulent behavior and corruption with the government of Ukraine,” the author added.”

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  2. Media bias?

    That’s a myth….. 🙄


    “As they say, “this is why we have Trump.”

    Sunday on Meet the Press, Chuck Todd claimed media bias doesn’t really exist, but was created as a campaign tactic by Roger Ailes, the late Fox News CEO.

    Newsbusters has the story:

    Appearing on a panel discussion, Brody pointed out that the approval rating of Donald Trump and that of the mainstream media aren’t that high. Todd cut him off and offered a conspiracy theory about the reason Americans don’t trust the press: “Well, the conservative echo chamber created the environment…. It’s been a tactic and a tool of the Roger Ailes-created chamber. So, let’s not pretend it is not anything other than that.”

    Brody responded by pointing out how widespread distrust is of journalists: “But those independents also distrust the media. This is not just Republicans. It is many Americans across the country.”

    Todd sputtered: “I take your point. I’m just saying it was a creation. It was a campaign tactic. It’s not based in much fact.” This kind of denial of the media’s obvious bias is common for the journalist. On February 19, 2013 he dismissed: “There’s this whole sort of mythology of this, ‘the media’s out to get conservatives.’”

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  3. Same here. Never mind what your lying eyes show you……

    It’s all in our heads….


    “Is Google manipulating its algorithm to prioritize left-leaning news outlets in their coverage of President Trump? It sure looks that way based on recent search results for news on the president.

    Conservatives and Trump supporters have for the last several years questioned whether Google was deprioritizing conservative news sites, hiding them from users who utilize their search engine. Google has maintained that all outlets are treated fairly, but nevertheless, conservative sites have reported reduced search traffic and, in the case of Google-owned YouTube, content creators have been banned and demonetized. Google’s high-profile firing of conservative James Damore, purportedly over his conservative political views, only reinforces the idea that Google is picking winners and losers.

    To test the premise, I performed a Google search for “Trump” using the search engine’s “News” tab and analyzed the results using Sharyl Attkisson’s media bias chart.

    I expected to see some skewing of the results based on my extensive experience with Google, but I was not prepared for the blatant prioritization of left-leaning and anti-Trump media outlets. Looking at the first page of search results, I discovered that CNN was the big winner, scoring two of the first ten results. Other left-leaning sites that appeared on the first page were CBS, The Atlantic, CNBC, The New Yorker, Politico, Reuters, and USA Today (the last two outlets on this list could arguably be considered more centrist than the others).

    Not a single right-leaning site appeared on the first page of search results.

    But it got much, much worse when I analyzed the first 100 items that Google returned in a search for news on “Trump.”

    CNN, by a wide margin, appeared most frequently, with nearly twice as many results returned as the second-place finisher, The Washington Post. Other left-leaning outlets also fared well, including NBC, CNBC, The Atlantic, and Politico. The only right-leaning sites to appear in the top 100 were The Wall Street Journal and Fox News with 3 and 2 results respectively.

    PJ Media did not appear in the first 100 results, nor did National Review, The Weekly Standard, Breitbart, The Blaze, The Daily Wire, Hot Air, Townhall, Red State, or any other conservative-leaning sites except the two listed above.

    Here are the sites that appeared most frequently in the top 100 results.

    As you can see, CNN has a disproportionate number of articles returned when searching for “Trump” — nearly 29 percent of the total. In fact, left-leaning sites comprised 96 percent of the total results.”

    Move along, nothing to see here….

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  4. Can you imagine?

    Heads would be exploding on every news channel. 🙂


    “One of the more compelling bits of drama coming out of the Russia, Russia, Russia investigation this summer has been the question of Bob Mueller’s highly anticipated “report” on the findings of the grand jury. Rudy Giuliani has argued that he has to release it by this week or sit on it until after the midterms. (A claim with some basis in reality but not a rule written in stone.) Others have argued that politics shouldn’t set the timetable for anything in terms of upholding the law. But is there even a report? Thus far, Mueller’s been silent on the matter.

    Assuming there is, however, there’s a completely separate court case drawing to a close in the next month which could keep any report Mueller generates under wraps. Politico has a fascinating look at a mystery that’s over six decades old and a lawsuit arising from it which could seal the report from the prying eyes of the public and the press.

    A little-noticed court case stemming from the apparent murder of a Columbia University professor six decades ago could keep special counsel Robert Mueller from publishing any information about the Trump campaign and Russia that he obtains through a Washington grand jury.

    The substance of the case is entirely unrelated to Mueller’s investigation into whether any of President Donald Trump’s associates aided Russia’s efforts to intervene in the 2016 election.

    But if a Washington appeals court set to hear the murder-related case next month sides with the Justice Department and rules that judges don’t have the freedom to release grand jury information that is usually kept secret, it could throw a monkey wrench into any plans Mueller has to issue a public report on his probe’s findings, lawyers following the issue said.

    And it might even keep the special counsel from sending a report to Congress, shaking Democrats’ hopes that such a document could provide the impetus for impeachment proceedings against the president.

    The short version of the mystery is that it began in 1959 when Columbia University professor Jesus Galindez went missing in New York City. His body was never found, but it was reported that he’d been kidnapped, flow to the Dominican Republic and possibly murdered there. An author named Stuart McKeever has been exploring the mystery for the past four decades and he wants the see the findings of a grand jury which looked into the mystery many years ago. (While failing to solve the issue.) But the Justice Department is fighting him in court, saying that the findings of such grand jury proceedings must remain secret except under very specific provisions.

    If the Juste Department prevails and keeps that grand jury report under wraps, they can just as easily argue that the findings of Mueller’s grand jury must also remain secret. As Politico details nicely, there used to be a law allowing disclosure of grand jury reports to Congress in the case of special counsel investigations, but that law expired in 1999. The existing rules for appointing a special counsel contain no such provision allowing for a report or the breaking of the secrecy of the grand jury.

    So where does that leave us?”


  5. Is GoFundMe allowing “witnesses” to sell their testimony, or to tailor it for certain contributors liking?


    “It’s a strange evolution of the role of this site,” Turley said. “GoFundMe has become a site where can you essentially purchase testimony that people go out there and they really ramp up their expected testimony.”

    Turley said Michael Cohen wasn’t able to raise money while he was still loyal to the president, but the moment he turned on Trump a “weird type of auction” began.

    “What happens, people like Michael Cohen couldn’t get a dime from anyone on the street when he was still saying he would take a bullet for the president,” Turley continued.

    “Suddenly he started a promise that he could bag the president, and they rolled out a GoFundMe site, and he got hundreds of thousands of dollars. And so we have this weird type of auction among potential witnesses, both pro and anti-Trump, for people to essentially contribute to their testimony.”

    Turley said the new nature of GoFundMe disturbs him and said the arrangement could cause people to change their testimony based on monetary gain.”


  6. Re. the Catholic church. It has accumulated too much grave error to be salvaged without turning it into something that simply isn’t Catholicism anymore. To pray for repentance within her *is* to pray for her destruction, because that repentance would mean rejecting core tenets of that false religion. We all know them: papal infallibility, veneration of Mary and the saints, rejection of justification by faith (that, alone, is enough), immaculate conception, and on and on. Charles Spurgeon said of Roman Catholicism,

    Popery is as much the masterpiece of Satan as the gospel is the masterpiece of God. There can scarcely be imagined anything of devilish craftiness or Satanic wickedness which could be compared with her, she is unparalleled, the queen of iniquity. Behold upon her forehead the name, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. The church of Rome and her teachings are a vast mountain of rubbish covering the truth.

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  7. THIS is CNN.

    Busted again for lying to their audience.


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  8. The cover-up continues….


    “The yearlong move to strip Trump-supporting defense analyst Adam Lovinger of his top-secret security clearance and end his career attracted the unusual involvement of top-level Pentagon officials, his attorney says.

    Sean Bigley’s legal practice is devoted to security clearance cases. He has taken part in hundreds of proceedings in which clients whose clearances are denied or suspended file appeals.

    He told The Washington Times that, based on a paper trail that reaches into the office of Defense Secretary James Mattis, “I have never seen this in my entire career.”

    Mr. Lovinger, a midlevel analyst in the secretive office of net assessment, has filed a whistleblower complaint with the Pentagon inspector general. He claims James Baker, the office’s director and an adviser to Mr. Mattis, is retaliating against him.

    Mr. Lovinger has won public backing among conservatives who view him as a victim of the “deep state.”

    Mr. Bigley said Mr. Lovinger complained internally about the office’s awards of questionable outside research contracts, specifically to academic Stefan Halper, the FBI informant who spied on the Trump campaign. Mr. Halper received $411,000 in office of net assessment awards in 2016, government records show.

    After Mr. Lovinger complained, his stellar Pentagon career fell apart. Mr. Baker initiated an investigation into his handling of sensitive material and filed a report with the department’s consolidated adjudication facility. Mr. Mattis’ chief of staff pulled Mr. Lovinger from detailed duty on President Trump’s National Security Council staff.

    The consolidated adjudication facility backed Mr. Baker, rejected Mr. Bigley’s rebuttal and revoked Mr. Lovinger’s clearance. The next thing he knew, Mr. Lovinger was suspended without pay and now is struggling financially, his attorney said.

    The consolidated adjudication facility is overseen by Washington Headquarters Services and Director Barbara Westgate, who won the job in the final year of the Obama administration.

    “I have never before seen where the WHS is in the middle of a case like this,” Mr. Bigley said.”

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  9. Judicial Watch is on it.



    “Former Pentagon Analyst and White House National Security Council Director Lovinger questioned lucrative contracts with Trump Campaign Spy Stefan Halper, as well as Long Term Strategy Group, a firm owned Chelsea Clinton’s friend Jacqueline Newmyer Deal”

    “Lovinger filed his complaint in the fall of 2016. In May 2017, Lovinger’s security clearance was initially suspended by Barbara Westgate, the Director of Washington Headquarters Services and an Obama-appointee. A few months later, the Pentagon’s Consolidated Adjudications Facility (CAF)“issued an unfavorable clearance determination and Mr. Lovinger’s clearance was revoked,” a Defense Department spokesman informed The Washington Times. The CAF is part of the Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) and reports directly to Westgate.

    In September 2017, Lovinger filed a whistleblower reprisal complaint against the CAF, which determines security clearance eligibility of non-intelligence personnel, Westgate and James H. Baker, the DOD’s Director of Net Assessment who recommended the contract awards to Halper and Long Term Strategy Group.

    In December 2017, Lovinger filed a Privacy Act request seeking:

    Any and all emails or similar electronic messaging transmissions referencing the word “Lovinger;” whether in the title or body of said communications(s); between May 1, 2017 and present; to, from, or copied to the following individuals:

    A. Mr. Edward Fish, Director DoD CAF

    B. Mr. Daniel Purtill, Deputy Director DoD CAF

    C. Mr. Ronald Freels, Adjudications Directorate Chief.

    In March 2018, the DOD responded, treating his request as both a Privacy Act and a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request and admitting it found 75 pages of responsive documents but was withholding them all in their entirety. Lovinger was informed that Fish, against whom the whistleblower complaint had been filed, had also been the official who determined the documents should be withheld.

    In April 2018, Lovinger appealed the DOD’s determination. Over four months later, the appeal has not been addressed. Washington Headquarters Services has refused repeated requests to recuse itself from further involvement in this case despite an apparent conflict of interest. Under existing DOD policy, WHS officials reporting to Westgate will be the final arbiter of Lovinger’s case, which cannot be appealed to the courts.

    Also, the DOD has yet to comply with Lovinger’s Privacy Act Request.”

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  10. Breaking News….

    And further proof she should have been charged if Comey and Strzok had done their jobs.

    Somebody needs to pull Sessions’ head out of his posterior and point this out. Maybe then he’ll actually do his job.


    “A Chinese-owned company penetrated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server, according to sources briefed on the matter.

    The company inserted code that forwarded copies of Clinton’s emails to the Chinese company in real time.

    The Intelligence Community Inspector General warned of the problem, but the FBI subsequently failed to act, Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert said during a July hearing.”

    A Chinese-owned company operating in the Washington, D.C., area hacked Hillary Clinton’s private server throughout her term as secretary of state and obtained nearly all her emails, two sources briefed on the matter told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

    The Chinese firm obtained Clinton’s emails in real time as she sent and received communications and documents through her personal server, according to the sources, who said the hacking was conducted as part of an intelligence operation.

    The Chinese wrote code that was embedded in the server, which was kept in Clinton’s residence in upstate New York. The code generated an instant “courtesy copy” for nearly all of her emails and forwarded them to the Chinese company, according to the sources.

    The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found that virtually all of Clinton’s emails were sent to a “foreign entity,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, said at a July 12 House Committee on the Judiciary hearing. He did not reveal the entity’s identity, but said it was unrelated to Russia.

    Two officials with the ICIG, investigator Frank Rucker and attorney Janette McMillan, met repeatedly with FBI officials to warn them of the Chinese intrusion, according to a former intelligence officer with expertise in cybersecurity issues, who was briefed on the matter. He spoke anonymously, as he was not authorized to publicly address the Chinese’s role with Clinton’s server.

    Among those FBI officials was Peter Strzok, who was then the bureau’s top counterintelligence official. Strzok was fired this month following the discovery he sent anti-Trump texts to his mistress and co-worker, Lisa Page. Strzok didn’t act on the information the ICIG provided him, according to Gohmert.

    Gohmert mentioned in the Judiciary Committee hearing that ICIG officials told Strzok and three other top FBI officials that they found an “anomaly” on Clinton’s server.”

    This is a criminal matter.

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  11. Best book on media bias is by Tim Groseclose — ‘Left Turn” — written nearly 10 years ago. It’s a serious, academic look based on research, not just a partisan ‘screed’ based on anecdotal outrage, thankfully, which in itself is refreshing and makes it more trustworthy in my mind.

    Of course, it was written in the pre-Trump era and I’d say that Trump’s election has only fueled the fires on the left and in many segments of the media who genuinely feel he is dangerous and that going after him at every turn is a legitimate course of their profession. Like it or not, agree or not, right or wrong, in some journalists’ minds, it’s akin to watching the rise of a tyrant who must be stopped at any and all turns.

    Overall, the national media is clearly broken in our country and that grieves many of us who believe we need media sources that the nation as a whole can trust and have in common. I’m waiting for someone of note nationally to launch such an effort, in all seriousness and earnestness. So far, I’m not seeing any effort on that front — or at least I’m not aware of any. Media, left and right both, all have taken up arms and appear no where near searching out a role that’s more altruistic.

    The situation we find ourselves in now with media all either leftward (among most of the mainstream sources along with smaller, more openly left-wing upstarts) or rightward (among the many brash new online sites with really weird names, and what’s that about anyway?) is simply only fanning the flames all around us and not serving the public well.

    I’m all for diversity among media sources and that’s one of the benefits of the Internet.

    BUT …

    we also need some common media outlets that take objectivity seriously and make it their mission (anew) to strive to produce news that reflects that. It would be mistrusted by default, of course, but could begin to build a track record that would defy and overcome that mistrust.

    I am still hoping someone in our industry with clout and money and honesty will take that on as a serious mission.

    Until then, we have what we have — a mainstream media that continues a leftward lean surrounded by the explosion of largely angry, partisan bubble sites that let people read only the things they already believe.

    Let the fires roar on. Zero containment.

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  12. I think God has shown very clearly through Scripture that He is not a respecter of persons nor of the “too big to fail,” theory of life. Think how often He has swept away Jerusalem because of the corruption of her kings.

    (I confess, I always think, “But, Lord, the normal people have no control over the fanatical hatred of their kings toward you.” Then I remember the remnant . . . )

    This is just as serious a time for the Catholic Church as when Martin Luther got involved and pointed out the heresies. Good can come of this–and that’s what I believe can happen. My prayer is that the truth will be revealed and changes made.

    I want to shout millstones should be rolled out, but that’s when I’m feeling vengeful, not full of grace.

    There’s so much money and property, involved, I doubt if we’ll see a completely different Catholic Church–but I’m going to pray the Holy Spirit sweeps through like another Pentecost and those who truly believe in the Gospel will experience a new vision in line with the Bible and a deep abiding relationship with Jesus.

    Respect His mother, sure, but don’t worship her. That may be a hard habit to dislodge–in part because so many have such a poor relationship with their fathers. 😦

    Others have pointed out today’s Catholic Church is far closer to the model Martin Luther encouraged 500 years ago. He wasn’t trying to begin a new form of Christianity; Luther wanted to reform the Church he loved.

    Let’s pray for a new reformation in the hearts and minds of those who still love the Lord and attend the Catholic Church.

    Prayer is the greater work–and the prayer that God’s will be done is the one He likes to answer best.

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  13. Their narrative is crumbling.

    And it’s all fruit of the poison tree now. This further taints Mueller’s witch hunt. And the FBI/DoJ’s reputation, or what’s left of it.


    “FBI Special Agent Jonathan Moffa told Congress on Friday that the FBI has used leaked stories to obtain FISA warrants

    Rep. Mark Meadows alluded to the information in a tweet on Monday
    Meadows’ tweet was referring to Moffa’s testimony, a source tells The Daily Caller News Foundation

    An FBI special agent told Congress earlier in August that the bureau has used leaked news stories as justifications to obtain surveillance warrants against American citizens, a source familiar with the testimony tells The Daily Caller News Foundation.

    During a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees on Friday, Special Agent Jonathan Moffa told congressional investigators that the FBI and Justice Department have leaked stories to the press and then used them to obtain warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

    “He more or less admitted that the FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press and then used stories from the press as justifications for FISA warrants,” a source who took part in Moffa’s interview told TheDCNF.

    North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows referred to Moffa’s comments in a tweet on Monday night.

    “We’ve learned NEW information suggesting our suspicions are true: FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press, and then used those same press stories as a separate source to justify FISA’s Unreal,” wrote Meadows, a member of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee.

    “Tomorrow’s Bruce Ohr interview is even more critical. Did he ever do this?” he added.”

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  14. Well Solar,

    The testimony saying it is is not some anonymous source. It’s FBI Special Agent Jonathan Moffa, and it’s under oath.

    I’m thinking it’s reliable.


  15. Here’s some clarification. The agent says under oath that they do it, the Congressman says they can prove they did it here.


    “Meadows, though, largely stood by his claims – but offered a clarification in a Tuesday afternoon statement to Fox News, drawing a distinction between what Moffa testified and what his office has learned from other materials.

    “Jonathan Moffa made it clear to the committee the FBI routinely uses media reports to corroborate analytic work product. We have emails and texts plainly showing the FBI leaks to the media, raising major red flags. If FBI executives want the American people to believe they haven’t used leaks to their advantage, they are not being honest,” Meadows said in the statement, while saying this includes FISA materials.

    Meadows also told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” earlier Tuesday that the committee had evidence of the FBI’s practice that would be “hard to refute.”

    “We know that some people at the Department of Justice and the FBI actually gave information to the media, then the stories were reported. Then they used those reports to justify further investigations,” Meadows said. “You know, that’s like saying, we’re going to incriminate on one hand, and be the jury on the other. It just doesn’t work that way.”

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  16. The other thing, too, is that not every story that runs or is aired at a particular site will be ‘biased.’ There is always good journalism being done, but it’s so difficult now because readers are left to try to figure out what is biased and what isn’t (and just because you don’t like what a story is telling you doesn’t mean it’s biased; it could mean it doesn’t jive with what you’d like to read, but those just aren’t the facts).

    So news consumers are really in a bind and I suspect the best way to deal with that is to read multiple news sources.

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  17. Which is what I do. I have a leftist and a rightist on my FB page–both people I love–and I read both sides, assuming the answer is somewhere in between.

    Meanwhile, I read the newspaper the way the Soviets used to read Pravda–assuming the truth is somewhere in the last 4-5 paragraphs at the end. 😦


  18. If mainstream media is biased — and in many cases it is — why do readers consider more openly partisan “news” — or (rather) opinion/commentary sources — more trustworthy, necessarily? Do they not have a big ax to grind and an agenda to promote?

    The current news landscape is a mess, no doubt about it.

    And that’s why someone needs to re-invent a media source that valiantly strives for objectivity (as much as is humanly possible) and honesty, leaving the “taking sides” element behind.

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  19. Commentary sites are fine and I read them, too. But it’s commentary. There is still such a need for fair and “straight” news and that’s what seems to have collapsed.

    It is possible to do.

    And it’s necessary to do for the nation’s health, in my opinion.


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