16 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-19-21

  1. These clowns deserve a good dragging for their disservice to America.

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  2. And the rubes all fell for it….

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/05/18/new-book-from-former-nyt-reporter-eviscerates-the-bogus-steele-dossier-and-the-journalists-who-peddled-it/

    “New Book From Former NYT Reporter Eviscerates The Bogus Steele Dossier And The Journalists Who Peddled It

    Out today, Barry Meier’s book contains a comprehensive, page-turning narrative of the massive media and political dumpster fire that was the Steele dossier.”

    “This article was originally published at Jason Foster’s Substack “Stubborn Things” under the headline “New Book: Private Spies Infected Journalism with Steele Dossier, ‘A Media Clusterf**k of epic proportions.’”

    When I first heard that a former New York Times investigative reporter was writing a book about “corporate intelligence firms” like Fusion GPS and Orbis Business Intelligence, I was skeptical. Would this mean serious, in-depth scrutiny of the way Glenn Simpson and Christopher Steele peddled too-good-to-check Trump dossier fantasies to their allies in the media? Unlikely.

    After all, Barry Meier began working for The Old Gray Lady when I was still in high school. He has serious skins on the wall as a good old-fashioned investigative journalist, but his paper also allowed itself to become Fusion’s mouthpiece for procedural squabbles with congressional investigators seeking to uncover the truth about the dossier and its claims.

    Plus, the scope of the book might mean only a chapter or two on Fusion and Orbis, with a litany of stories about the excesses and abuses of other firms.

    I was wrong.

    Meier has hammered the third nail in the coffin of the Steele dossier. Nail one was Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s April 2019 Report. Nail two was Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s December 2019 Report.

    Nail three is Meier’s book, and it’s a much more entertaining read than the first two.

    Out today, “Spooked: The Trump Dossier, Black Cube, and the Rise of Private Spies” contains a comprehensive, page-turning narrative of the massive media and political dumpster fire that was the Steele dossier. Some sections examine other examples supporting Meier’s thesis that journalists should avoid the temptation to rely on private operatives for scoops. But the bulk of the book focuses on the dossier as Exhibit A, and properly so.

    It’s clear from the beginning where Meier is going and that plenty of other journalists spoke to him about Fusion, both on and off the record. From the unflattering physical descriptions of Glenn Simpson and references to his drinking, it quickly becomes obvious that Meier is not a fan (p. 16-17):

    The editors who managed him—or who tried to … found him difficult, combative, and quick to see conspiracies where ones didn’t exist. Some editors, upon learning that Simpson had just sent in a story for editing, would find an excuse to leave the newsroom in the hope that the story would get assigned to a colleague before they got back.

    Apparently, there was no shortage of former colleagues willing to dish to Meier off the record (p. 22):

    Simpson’s friends knew he had a tendency toward paranoia and upon his return to Washington it found a new outlet. He worried that Russian spies or operatives working for oligarchs were bugging his home. Meanwhile, his intoxication with the cloak-and-dagger world of private spying and its intrigue was growing. “He loved the skullduggery and the amoral nature of the business and liked to say, ‘My guy told me this,’” one Journal reporter recalled.”

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    ““Spooked” is a critique of the kind of journalistic malpractice evident in the dossier saga. The fact that someone with Meier’s resume devoted the time and effort to write it is mildly stunning. Many of his peers still refuse to admit any need to examine the record he has chronicled in painstaking detail.

    It’s worthwhile and important because it is the first, most comprehensively reliable account of the dossier saga from an author who open-minded folks living in a center-left media bubble might actually read. For the most part, Meier lets the facts do the work, illustrating rather than explaining or opining. That could move persuadable readers, as the Mueller and Horowitz reports did.

    It’s a public service to have the rise and fall of the dossier documented so thoroughly in one place by an author who cannot be dismissed. The essentials are all there and then some, advancing the ball with colorful new details. The history of Simpson and Steele working for lawyers hired by Russian oligarchs. The shared connections between some of those lawyers, the Russian-born operative accused of trafficking in hacked emails, and the infamous Trump Tower meeting. The leaking of the dossier to Buzzfeed. The Cohen-in-Prague and Alfa bank “pinging” story debacles. The indications that Russian intelligence might have been aware of and able to influence Steele’s work for Fusion and the Clinton campaign. The millions in funding from billionaire donors for a former Sen. Feinstein staffer to help Simpson try to salvage the dossier. And a chapter on the eventual outing by internet sleuths of Steele’s primary dossier source as a Russian-born operative who had worked at the Brookings Institution.

    As he lays out the facts, Meier also laments the lack of journalistic self-reflection amidst the wreckage, with the notable exception of Erik Wemple’s “The media and the Steele dossier,” series in The Washington Post (p. 241):”

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  3. Oh let’s revisit it indeed!

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    And there’s more….

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  4. Joe Biden was playing golf yesterday in Delaware.

    We should have just had him and Trump play a round of golf for the presidency.

    Joe’s swing is worse than mine, and I suck at golf. 🙂

    Over the wall Joe, not into it.

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  5. At least they’re not all idiots…

    https://hotair.com/karen-townsend/2021/05/18/hollywood-celebs-issue-statement-calling-for-balanced-coverage-of-israel-palestine-conflict-n390766

    “Hollywood celebs issue statement calling for balanced coverage of Israel-Palestine conflict”

    “Members of the entertainment industry released an open letter through the non-profit entertainment industry organization Creative Community For Peace. They call for other members of the industry to use their platforms to push back on biased, one-sided reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is now raging. They cite concerns over the rapid spread of misinformation.

    Entertainment celebrities and executives call on their friends and colleagues to stop posting “misinformation and one-sided narratives” that are not helpful in working for peaceful solutions.

    Gene Simmons of KISS, singer Michael Bublé, producer Haim Saban, and actress Selma Blair are among nearly 130 signers of the joint statement, which was made public Friday.

    “We are deeply concerned by the escalating violence in Israel and the Palestinian Territories,” the statement reads. “The loss of life and violence is heartbreaking. We call on the leaders of all parties to end the violence, urge calm, and work toward de-escalation.”

    “We also call on our colleagues and friends in the entertainment community to stop posting misinformation and one-sided narratives that only work to inflame the conflict instead of bringing about peace,” the statement continues.

    “Misinformed and fallacious memes being posted by those far away from the conflict are being taken for truth,” said Ari Ingel, Director of Creative Community for Peace. “This distorted version of reality is being spread online and then amplified by influencers, which only fans the flames of hatred and has real life consequences.”

    Perhaps some news organizations will take note. The American media has been very one-sided in covering the current conflict and even local broadcast news network affiliates don’t bother to cover their favoritism of Palestine over Israel. Most of my city’s local news broadcasts may as well be on MSNBC or NPR. These celebs were the first to speak out against biased coverage, maybe because as soon as someone voices an opinion, the other side goes off on them. Case in point – actress Gal Gadot. She issued a simple statement grieving the loss of life in the conflict, especially the lives of children, on Instagram and she was blasted on social media. Gadot had to disable comments on the post.

    “My heart breaks. My country is at war. I worry for my family, my friends. I worry for my people. This is a vicious cycle that has been going on for far too long. Israel deserves to live as a free, safe nation. Our neighbors deserve the same. I pray for the victims and their families, I pray for this unimaginable hostility to end, I pray for our leaders to find the solution so we could live side by side in peace. I pray for better days.”

    Her words received a great deal of attention. The Pnai Plus website may have indulged in a bit of hyperbole when it headlined an article about the controversy, “‘Wonder Woman wake up!’ How Gal Gadot became a public enemy,” but many did criticize the superstar.

    In a typical tweet, a Twitter user called Luna retweeted a picture advertising Gadot’s latest movie, Wonder Woman 1984, and wrote above it: “don’t watch this. DO NOT support gal gadot. she has openly and directly been supporting the genocide in palestine. y’all didn’t listen to us before, PLEASE listen now.”

    Many comments were positive, however. Republican US Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) praised her, tweeting, “God bless @GalGadot.” A Twitter user named Greg Price wrote: “The internet is angry at Gal Gadot because she’s an IDF veteran, which all Israelis are required to serve in for at least two years, and had the audacity to share a heartwarming message for peace in the conflict.”

    Gadot has 53.4 million followers on Instagram. Her films are banned in much of the Arab world, though many Arabs unofficially stream her films. She served two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a soldier and usually steers clear of politics.”

    Enter John Oliver to drag America into the mix and accuse the United States of war crimes. Yes. Really.”

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    John Oliver is an @#$hat.

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  6. How about saying “thank you”?

    No. We just get more un-American, Big Brother type trash from these frauds.

    “Pentagon to Monitor Military Social Media for ‘Extremist and Concerning Behavior’”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/05/pentagon-to-monitor-military-social-media-for-extremist-and-concerning-behavior/

    “Congressman Dan Crenshaw of Texas, a former Navy Seal who lost an eye in combat in Afghanistan, condemned Lohmeier’s removal.

    ‘We need to be preparing our warriors to fight and win battles, not how to be (social justice warriors),’ he wrote.

    ‘Far left critical race theory is taught while speaking out against MARXISM is punished??’

    A fellow Texan, Senator Ted Cruz, called the move ‘troubling’.

    Rep. Andy Biggs, of Arizona, said Lohmeier was a ‘hero,’ adding the US military ‘should be preparing to win battles – not being brainwashed with Marxist ideals’.

    And Dan Bishop, of North Carolina, wrote on Twitter: ‘Lt. Col. Lohmeier is correct. CRT is a neo-Marxist ideology. He was punished for telling the truth. We need to fight this with everything we have.’

    Outrage is now circling a Pentagon advisor who now is planning to “continuously” trawl the social media accounts of military personnel for “extremist behavior and views.” He will use a private security company to shield itself from concerns that it’s violating the First Amendment.

    The program is being spearheaded by Bishop Garrison, a senior adviser to President Biden’s Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who has previously said Trump and his supporters are racist and is an advocate for Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project, which teaches that America is an inherently racist nation founded on slavery.
    Garrison, a former foreign policy adviser on Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful presidential campaign, is a director of Human Rights First, a nonprofit that wants to ‘demilitarize and promote racial justice’ in law-enforcement agencies and pushes for refugee protection and asylum, among other things.

    The Pentagon social media monitoring program has already sparked backlash over concerns about free speech and fears military members could be targeted for ‘lack of wokeness’.

    The Department of Defense has not commented about Garrison’s program but a House Armed Services Committee spokesperson said they believed the social media screening would be in addition to background checks, and not as ongoing surveillance.

    The program will likely use keyword searches on social media to identify military personnel with extremist political views or behaviors.

    Right now, conservatives are scouring @BishopGarrison’s Twitter feed and are coming up with some chestnuts…like this one connecting support for President Donald Trump to racism.”

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  7. Democrats built this.

    “CBS LA: Pro-Palestinian caravans attacked Jews in LA, Beverly Hills”

    https://hotair.com/ed-morrissey/2021/05/19/cbs-la-pro-palestinian-caravans-attacked-jews-in-la-beverly-hills-n391061

    “Hey, who’s up for a good old-fashioned pogrom? The CBS affiliate in Los Angeles reports that police are investigating several reports of attacks on Jews in the Southland, two of which got caught on camera. Caravans of pro-Palestinian protesters attacked Jewish diners at a sushi restaurant late last night, as well as chased an Orthodox Jew down the street while waving the Palestinian flag:”

    “Witnesses said a mob of pro-Palestinians attacked a group of Jewish men who were dining at the restaurant. Cell phone video showed a group of men get out of the car and start to attack them while yelling racial slurs.

    One of the diners, who is not Jewish, told CBSLA a caravan waving pro-Palestinian flags approached and then began throwing bottles at him and the group he was dining with. The man said he is a photographer and the group was meeting at the restaurant to plan a wedding.

    The man said he was physically attacked when he tried to defend the group. He said the men used anti-Jewish profanity. He said he was pepper sprayed during the attack and had to go to the hospital. …

    Meanwhile, police are also investigating a security video recorded Monday night which appears to show an Orthodox Jewish man being chased by a caravan of people waving Palestinian flags near Rosewood and La Brea avenues. The man escaped and was not hurt.”

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  8. Remember this when some Dem lies about it on the news later.

    “Report: Israel shares intel with U.S. showing destroyed Gaza tower contained “significant” Hamas presence”

    https://hotair.com/allahpundit/2021/05/19/report-israel-shares-intel-with-u-s-showing-destroyed-gaza-tower-contained-significant-hamas-presence-n391017

    “Follow the bouncing ball. On Sunday the Jerusalem Post reported that Israel had showed the U.S. evidence that the tower it struck in Gaza last weekend, which contained the offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera, really was being used by Hamas. The next day Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he hadn’t personally seen any such evidence.

    Then, last night, Blinken offered an update:”

    “A leak to Politico soon followed:

    Israel’s operations drew heightened criticism in recent days after its armed forces leveled a building that housed several media offices, including that of The Associated Press. Israel – which warned people to evacuate the building about an hour before striking it – has said it has shared information with the United States showing that Hamas based some of its assets in that facility.

    The person familiar with the situation confirmed that Israel has shared some classified intelligence with America about the building, but declined to characterize it other than to say it suggested the Hamas presence was significant, including involving operational activity. The United States has told Israel that it should share more information publicly about this intelligence.

    What kind of “operational activity”? A CNN reporter added another detail:”

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  10. They admit who is at fault here, and it’s not the Israelis.

    “In the recording, the IDF is attempting to warn about an impending strike, pleading for the man to evacuate the building before the bombing because civilians are present.

    “I can’t get all of the people out I need at least two hours to get them out,” the Palestinian says.

    “Listen, we are going to bomb the building,” the member of the IDF replies.

    “You want to bomb? Bomb whatever you want,” the man responds.

    “No, brother, we need to do everything we can so you don’t die,” the IDF member says.

    “We want to die,” the Palestinian answers.

    “But you have a responsibility for children’s lives,” the Israeli pushes back.

    “If the children need to die then they’ll die,” the Palestinian counters.

    “God forbid, God forbid, what do you want, to die?!” the soldier asks.

    “This is how we reveal your cruelty,” the man responds. ”

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    But reality is it just exposes the depravity of the Palestinian mindset.

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  11. Dominion looks awful guilty…

    Start making the arrests! Where is our DoJ?

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/auditor-information-deleted-from-maricopa-county-election-machine-has-been-recovered_3821692.html

    “The information that was allegedly deleted from a Maricopa County election machine has been recovered, an auditor told state lawmakers on Tuesday.

    Ben Cotton, founder of CyFIR, one of four firms working on the 2020 election audit, said at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix that he discovered a master file table “that clearly indicated that the database directory was deleted from that server.”

    “Subsequently, I’ve been able to recover all of those deleted files, and I have access to that data,” he added. “I have the information I need from the recovery efforts of the data.””

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  12. “‘No data was deleted’: Maricopa County Board of Supervisors speak out on election audit”

    “PHOENIX — The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors said auditors of the 2020 presidential election got everything they requested and no data was deleted. If they can’t find it, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Sellers says, it’s because the auditing firm Cyber Ninjas is “incompetent.”

    “The Ninjas can’t even find files already given to them by Maricopa County. They can’t find the files because they don’t know what they’re doing,” said Chairman Sellers.

    Last week Senate President Karen Fann sent a letter to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors alleging the board was not complying with Senate subpoenas as part of its audit investigation.

    Fann raised issues regarding the chain of custody of the ballots and missing databases.

    “Every file the Senate has asked for it received. There is no file, zero from the election, have been deleted. Zero,” said Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer.”

    https://www.abc15.com/news/state/no-data-was-deleted-maricopa-county-board-of-supervisors-speak-out-on-election-audit

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  13. Kizzie: Those Board members are pretty desperate, aren’t they? It takes special tools to recover data, and if the auditors went through the trouble to do a data recovery, then the database files had indeed been deleted. The County keeps trying to cover their mistakes, and their crimes.

    They don’t want to give the auditors what they need to do their job because they know the truth is on those machines. They are trying to block access in any way possible because at this point they don’t know how to erase the key evidence. They are scared, but it serves them right for doing what they did to mess with the integrity of our elections.

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  14. Definitely a longshot, but it shows how desperate people are to escape progressive politics and woke cities like Portland.

    Notice that no red states are eager to merge into blue states…

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/oregon-counties-vote-to-secede-into-idaho_3822536.html

    “Several counties in Oregon on May 18 voted to consider joining the state of Idaho, which is part of a long-shot movement to break away from the state that has long been dominated by politicians in Portland.

    Voters in Malheur, Sherman, Grant, Baker, and Lake counties approved various measures that require county officials to take steps to look into moving the Idaho border west to incorporate the counties.

    The grassroots group Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho is aiming to have the eastern counties—which are mostly rural—join Idaho because they believe they would be better off with Idaho’s more conservative political leadership.”

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