19 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-19-19

  1. As the Smollett hoax enters it’s final death spasms, let’s look back at the other hoaxes liberals and Democrat racists have foisted on the public. With the compliant media’s help, of course.

    With lots of links…….

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/02/18/hoax-hate-crimes-list/

    “Liberal actor Jussie Smollett is accused of staging a racist and anti-gay attack on himself, which Smollett blamed on supporters of President Donald Trump.

    Smollett’s alleged fake “hate crime” appears to be the latest instance of liberals manufacturing hate crimes for attention in the Trump era.

    The Daily Caller News Foundation compiled below some of the most outrageous fake hate crimes since Trump was elected, in rough chronological order:

    A Muslim woman at the University of Michigan received national attention from national outlets like The Washington Post in November 2016 after she claimed a drunk 20-something man threatened to light her on fire if she didn’t remove her hijab. The university condemned the “hateful attack,” which turned out to be a hoax.

    BISEXUAL STUDENT FAKES TRUMP-INSPIRED HATE CRIME (NOV. 2016)
    Taylor Volk, an openly bisexual senior at North Park University claimed to be the target of hateful notes and emails following Trump’s election in November 2016. Volk told NBC News that “I just want them to stop.” But the “them” referenced by Volk turned out to be herself, as the whole thing was fabricated.

    GAS STATION RACISM GOES VIRAL — THEN POLICE DEBUNK IT (NOV. 2016)
    Philadelphia woman Ashley Boyer claimed in November 2016 that she was harassed at a gas station by white, Trump-supporting males, one of whom pulled a weapon on her. Boyer claimed that the men “proceeded to talk about the election and how they’re glad they won’t have to deal with n—–s much longer.” Boyer deleted her post after it went viral and claimed the men had been caught and were facing criminal charges. Local police debunked her account.

    WHITE MEN ROB MUSLIM WOMAN OF HER HIJAB AND WALLET — EXCEPT IT NEVER HAPPENED (NOV. 2016)”
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    And many more……

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  2. And speaking of hoaxes……

    This guy is a walking, talking hoax.

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/02/18/nathan-philips-border-wall-resist/?__twitter_impression=true

    “Disgraced Native American activist Nathan Phillips participated as a speaker at Monday’s protest against President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall and national emergency declaration.

    “I come to you this morning, humbly, request[ing] that you help resist this wall, this national emergency,” Philips began. “[President Trump’s] calling for this wall on the Southern border. Our indigenous people have been here for a memorial and the wall that is planned separates families, separates our nations. We don’t see where it’s necessary. We have so many crises here in our country.”

    Philips went on to cite homelessness and “low job reports” as issued the president should tackle instead of illegal immigration. “We need to build up this country instead of building a wall,” he said to applause from attendees.

    A list of participants in the protest includes the ACLU, MoveOn.org, Hamas-linked CAIR, and dozens of other far-left activist organizations.”

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  3. Another disgusting display by the illegal enabler crowd.

    Note as well that like Antifa, these cowards hide behind masks as well, because that’s what cowards do.

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    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/protesters-take-over-border-patrol-museum-deface-pictures-of-fallen-officers

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  4. Sounds like some of the whining I’ve heard. If they weren’t socialist, baby killing, anti-Semites, we wouldn’t need to point it out.

    But they are. So……

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/02/nyt-republican-2020-message-is-if-youre-a-democrat-youre-either-a-socialist-a-baby-killer-or-an-anti-semite/#more-274175

    NYT: Republican 2020 message is “if you’re a Democrat, you’re either a socialist, a baby killer or an anti-Semite”

    Maybe Democrats should stop embracing policies and people who promote socialism, late-term abortion and anti-Semitism.”
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    “What do you do when Democrats begin embracing the extreme ideas of their more radically left wing comrades? If you’re the New York Times, you whine about Republicans calling them out on it, that’s what:

    In the 116th Congress, if you’re a Democrat, you’re either a socialist, a baby killer or an anti-Semite.

    That, at least, is what Republicans want voters to think, as they seek to demonize Democrats well in advance of the 2020 elections by painting them as left-wing crazies who will destroy the American economy, murder newborn babies and turn a blind eye to bigotry against Jews.

    The unusually aggressive assault, which Republican officials and strategists outlined in interviews last week, is meant to strangle the new Democratic majority in its infancy. It was set in motion this month by President Trump, who used his State of the Union address to rail against “new calls to adopt socialism in our country” and mischaracterize legislation backed by Democrats in New York and Virginia as allowing “a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth.”

    Then last week, Republicans amped it up, seizing on a Twitter post by a freshman representative, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, which even some Democrats condemned as anti-Semitic, and ridiculing the “Green New Deal,” an ambitious economic stimulus plan unveiled by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist. Suddenly even Jewish Democrats were abetting anti-Semitism and moderate Democrats in Republican districts were Trotskyites and Stalinists.

    First, Trump did not “mischaracterize” the abortion legislation in New York and Virginia. New York’s revised abortion law no longer criminalizes abortion at all. And Democratic Rep. Kathy Tran admitted her legislation would make third trimester abortions up until the moment of birth much easier to obtain in Virginia.

    Secondly, this isn’t an “unusually aggressive assault”, especially when you consider the left’s history of relentlessly vilifying their opponents. Republicans are “racists”, “bigots”, “homophobes”, “misogynists”, and/or “Nazis” who all want to kick children, the elderly, the disabled, and puppies out onto the streets.

    So what’s so different about Republicans turning the tables on Democrats? What’s so alarming this time around about a tried and true tactic political parties have used against each other since political parties came into existence?”
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    The difference is this time the labels are true and accurate.

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  5. Same script.

    Originality is not their strong suit. Parroting each other is.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/02/media-following-same-script-against-maga-as-it-did-against-tea-party/

    “Media following same script against MAGA as it did against Tea Party

    From Bill Sparkman to Jussie Smollett, the media still creates false narratives that ordinary law-abiding Americans who oppose liberals are dangerous and prone to violence.”
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    “The Jussie Smollett claim of a racial and homophobic attack in late January in Chicago by two white men wearing MAGA hats is falling apart.

    The story was suspicious from the start. While not impossible, it was improbable that two white guys were running around Chicago in the middle of the night during a sub-zero Polar Vortex wearing MAGA hats while carrying bleach and a noose and just happened to find a high-profile gay black actor to attack.

    Democrat politicians ran with the story as a cudgel against Trump and Trump supporters.

    Yet even more fervor was shown by the mainstream and entertainment media, who fell all over each other to amplify Smollett’s claims without critical analysis. The media out-hustled the politicians on this story to tell an anti-Trump narrative smearing Trump supporters, particularly those who wear MAGA hats, as racist, homophobic and violent.

    Non-liberal media is pointing the finger at the media role. As Sean Davis noted:

    News media hopped from the laughable Steele dossier, to CNN’s bogus Don Jr. emails scoop, to BuzzFeed’s bogus Michael Cohen scoop, to the vile Covington smears, to the obvious Jussie Smollett hoax, and yet journos wonder why people say “Learn to code” when they finally get fired.

    While the current specific hoaxes and accusations are new, the media tactic is not.

    I covered the media mistreatment of the Tea Party starting in 2009, and the same pattern took hold: An act or alleged act of violence immediately was blamed on Tea Party supporters in the absence of actual evidence that the alleged perpetrator was a Tea Party supporter, and in many cases where there was evidence the alleged perpetrator was liberal or leftist.

    It all was for the purpose of portraying Tea Party supporters specifically and the “right-wing” more generally as “eliminationist,” people who were prone to political violence:”

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  6. One problem with all those “hate crime” hoaxes is that it causes people to cast doubt on the victims of very real crimes that are committed due to some kind of hatred or bigotry. There are still instances of blacks, Muslims, gays, and other minorities being harassed or attacked because of their skin color, religion, or whatnot, but we don’t necessarily hear about them. (And yes, sometimes whites and Christians are harassed or attacked, too, for their skin color or religion). These hoaxes make it harder for the real victims to be believed.

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    As for Nathan Phillips, his juvenile record was mentioned the other day. I would not judge the man on what he did as a youth, but what he does now is fair game. Many people with juvenile records (or a record from when they were young adults) end up turning their lives around. It is what they have done in the ensuing years that is important. So his words on his military service (or non-service) are certainly fair game, as well as his actions as an activist.

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    How about we try not demonizing anyone? Maybe Republicans could try taking the higher road?

    That’s too naive of me, isn’t it?

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  7. Kizzie,

    It’s a sign of America’s sickness.

    “Numerous media outlets exploited the incident. GQ published an essay by Joshua Rivera arguing that the racist, homophobic attack on Smollett is white America’s “endgame.” The Bay Area’s Mercury News ran a report implying that those who voiced skepticism were peddling a “conspiracy theory.”

    When news leaks from the Chicago police painted an image of Smollett being generally uncooperative, a second phase of reactions were weaponized against doubters. Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson tweeted to his million followers that Fox 32 Chicago reporter Rafer Weigel was “responsible for much of the misinformation disseminated by Chicago PD ‘sources.’” Weigel was one of the local journalists who reported leaks that turned out to be accurate. McKesson did not respond to me when I asked if the source of his accusation was Smollett. The president of the Human Rights Campaign, Chad Griffin, echoed McKesson, saying that “this is exactly the treatment that victims of hate crimes fear and why they often stay silent.” Griffin also did not respond when I asked if he was in contact with Smollett.

    On February 14, Smollett gave his first sit-down interview about the alleged attack on Good Morning America. A credulous Robin Roberts gave a softball interview that highlighted his emotions rather than evidence. “It feels like if I had said [the suspect] was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me much more,” Smollett said.

    The strategy was clear: If you doubt him, you are motivated by racism.

    Now that Smollett’s story has all but fallen apart, some of the loudest voices two weeks ago are suddenly quiet. Yesterday Senator Booker wouldn’t respond to the recent developments in Smollett’s story despite having been one of the first to express outrage. Instead, he pivoted to talking about right-wing terrorism and white supremacy.

    Now many are asking, “Why would Jussie do this?” To me it’s all but clear.

    Jussie Smollett’s hoax is symptomatic of America’s illness. Because of the mainstreaming of academia’s victimhood culture, we are now in a place where we place more value on being a victim than on being heroic, charitable, or even kind. Victims or victim groups high on intersectionality points are supposed to be coveted, treated with child gloves, and believed unreservedly. Their “lived experience” gives them infinite wisdom. Those who urge caution are treated as bigots.

    Outside of the rare prosecution for faking a hate crime, the incentives for being a victim — real or imagined — are endless.”

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  8. Leaving by mid-morning would have been better. But I guess we can wait another month.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/deputy-ag-rod-rosenstein-expected-to-step-down-by-mid-march-official-says

    “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his role at the Justice Department by mid-March, a senior DOJ official told Fox News on Monday.

    An official announcement of who has been selected to replace Rosenstein could come as early as this week. A Trump administration official added that Attorney General William Barr has picked Jeffrey Rosen, who currently serves as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, to take over for Rosenstein.”

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  9. Here comes the pain. And they’ve earned it.

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/feb/17/nick-sandmanns-lawyer-file-defamation-suits-week/

    “The lawyer for Covington Catholic High School junior Nick Sandmann says he will begin filing defamation lawsuits this week, as the Kentucky school’s diocese released a private investigative report clearing students of instigating the Jan. 18 incident at the Lincoln Memorial.

    “Nick Sandmann is 16 years old & has 2½+ years to identify accusers & sue them,” Atlanta attorney L. Lin Wood said Saturday on Twitter. “No member of mainstream & social media mob who attacked him should take comfort from not being sued in initial round of lawsuits which will commence next week. Time is Nick’s friend, not his enemy.””

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  10. Vote fraud is a myth.

    Unless Republicans do it. Then it’s totally a thing.

    https://nypost.com/2019/02/19/north-carolina-investigators-uncover-ballot-fraud-by-gop-candidates-staff/

    “The country’s last undecided congressional election was marred by falsified signatures, disappearing documents and blank ballots that were filled in by people hired by the Republican candidate, North Carolina elections officials said.

    The state elections board could decide as early as Tuesday whether possibly criminal ballot fraud was unfortunate but tolerable, or whether to order a new election in the 9th Congressional District.

    A political operative hired by Republican Mark Harris led “a coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme” in last year’s general election in rural Bladen and Robeson counties, which are part of the congressional district, state elections director Kim Strach said Monday.

    The operative, Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr., was called to testify Monday, but his attorney refused to put him on the stand without legal protection against prosecution for events he described. The board refused.

    The first of what could be a days-long hearing produced Dowless’ workers testifying that they sometimes filled in votes on unfinished, unsealed mail-in ballots. But there was scant evidence that Harris knew about it or even benefited.

    Harris narrowly leads Democrat Dan McCready in unofficial results. But the race wasn’t certified in November after rumors of Dowless’ operation focusing on mail-in ballots. The elections board is expected to either declare a winner or order a new election after the hearing.”

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  11. Looks like Smollett’s problems just got worse.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/02/federal_grand_jury_reportedly_already_convened_issued_multiple_subpoenas_on_jussie_smollett_fake_mail_threat_sent_to_fox_11819.html

    “Federal grand jury reportedly already convened, issued multiple subpoenas on Jussie Smollett fake mail threat sent to Fox 1/18/19”

    “If the remarkable grassroots journalists at CWBChicago are correct (as they have been all along), Jussie Smollett has a lot more to worry about than the state rap of a class four felony of making a false police report. If he was indeed responsible for the sending of a letter to the Fox Chicago studios where Empire is produced, he has triggered federal charges that carry hard time. Importantly, the feds don’t parole early to relieve overcrowded prisons the way the Great State of Illinois does.

    You see, using the mail to make a threat that can be seen as a terroristic threat — even to oneself — is no small deal to Uncle Sam. And (don’t laugh!) it brings in the most underrated federal law enforcement agency of all: the Postal Inspectors. Most people don’t realize what a fearsome agency this is. CWBChicago recounts an anecdote about their tenacity, work ethic, and success rate, and it jibes with what I have learned about them. I happened to catch this excellent movie about the work of the Postal Inspectors, starring Louis Gossett, and hope it can be found on one of the digital streaming services, or maybe even run on one of the cable networks, when the federal case goes forward, if it does.”

    Using the U.S. Mail in furtherance of this hoax may have been the biggest blunder of all. Nobody wants the feds to Go Postal (Inspector) on him.”

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  12. 5, 7, 12, or somewhere in between takeaways from the McCabe and company coup attempt.

    http://thefederalist.com/2019/02/19/5-big-takeaways-60-minutes-interview-andrew-mccabe/

    “5 Big Takeaways From The ’60 Minutes’ Interview With Andrew McCabe

    McCabe played fast and loose with the facts, fully playing into the media narrative about Trump’s Russia collusion. Unfortunately, he went unchallenged.

    After a week of teasing its upcoming sit-down with Andrew McCabe, on Sunday evening “60 Minutes” aired its full interview with the former FBI Deputy Director and his wife Jill. The half-hour interview with correspondent Scott Pelley was a gift to McCabe, offering him a national forum to spin everything from his firing for lying about media leaks to conversations he had with President Trump.”
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    http://thefederalist.com/2019/02/15/7-big-takeaways-andrew-mccabes-planned-coup/

    “7 Big Takeaways From Andrew McCabe’s Planned Coup

    McCabe’s actions prove that the Russia probe was always tainted and that many in the FBI and DOJ aren’t public servants, but rather incompetent attention-seekers.”

    “If Washington, D.C. were a better place, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe would be swiftly run out of town. He was fired last year for lying to the FBI’s inspector general at least four times regarding serious questions about multiple abuses that occurred while McCabe sat in a powerful and unelected office.”

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    And the press treats a known, repeated liar like he’s a rock star playing in a charity softball game. All the pitches are underhanded, and their all softballs. Go figure.

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  13. Kizzie, what he did as a juvenile and young adult would not be relevant except: (1) he is trying to ruin the lives of kids younger than he was by showing them to be reprehensible bigots; he suggested they be expelled from school. At some point it’s fair to point out that the person falsely accusing everyone else of adultery is in fact an adulterer himself; (2) his juvenile offenses set a pattern for a life of deceit and evil. If you have evidence that an accused rapist and murderer strangled dogs and defiled corpses as a teenager, it is relevant in discussions of his character. Obviously he isn’t being accused of anything that bad, but he is being credibly accused of a lifelong pattern of deceit and evil, and he is trying to destroy the lives of innocent teenagers–so yes, his own teenage record is fair game.

    Besides, he is the one putting himself in the spotlight. These teen boys did not seek media attention; he did. Looking at who he really is instead of buying his lying record is more than fair. By the way, I have prayed for him that he repent–I would be very happy if he did so. But pointing out that a public figure’s record of evil goes back decades is not unjust.

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  14. Cheryl – I see your point. I had not heard that he had called for the boys to be expelled.

    When you refer to a “lifelong pattern of deceit and evil”, what other things has he done? Although I read a lot on the matter around the time it was big in the news, I hadn’t seen much about Phillips’ past, or even his current life, except that he is an activist who tends to draw attention to his cause in various ways.

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  15. Yeah, he said the boys should be expelled and I believe (can’t say positively) he also was among those suggesting that colleges shouldn’t even consider taking them in. So I think his own youthful indiscretions (real ones in his case) are fair game.

    I haven’t dug deeply into his biographical information, but this is what I know about him, all of it seeming to be confirmed information and not just rumors:

    * the legal issues when he was an older teen and possibly into his twenties
    * he has made false claims to have served in Vietnam, and false claims of how people treated him on his return, when in fact he was a refrigerator repairman (yes, in the military) and he went AWOL three times–hardly a hero worthy of great deference as a war hero
    * he had an earlier accusation against a group of young people (in this case college students) for mocking him and his culture, but that one wasn’t on video, so he seems to have tried this game before, but this time decided to get something on film
    * in this case on record, with the high school boys, he bullied young people, photographed it in such a way to twist the evidence, and then repeatedly told an inaccurate story, with multiple attempts to hurt the boys’ reputation and their futures
    * that same weekend, he decided to follow up on his victory with the boys by entering a Catholic church during mass with his gang of followers and his drums; it may actually be unfortunate that they locked him out, as it might have been quite a bit harder for him to spin it had such an attempt made national news
    * considering I never heard of the man until last month, I’m guessing that he has done plenty of other stuff “under the radar”

    If I were writing a news story, I would be linking to my evidence on each one of these. But I have seen video in some cases and credible reports in others, and have no reason to question any of the data listed here. (In other words, I am not acting as a reporter or a prosecutor, and to some degree my listing these points is “hearsay.” But I have personally seen enough evidence of each point to be confident all are true.)

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