18 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-15-21

  1. How bad does our media suck?

    Let’s count the ways……

    And they didn’t just get them wrong. They knowingly lied and spread propaganda.

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    Indeed. It’s intentional.

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  2. Nothing to see here…..

    Move along…..

    And I love how they think changing the stories after they lied and got their desired result (Trump out of office) will make us forget all about their roll in these lies and spreading of fake news to harm Trump.

    “Washington Post edits and adds editor’s notes to at least a dozen Steele dossier stories”

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/washington-post-edits-adds-editors-notes-to-at-least-a-dozen-steele-dossier-stories

    “The Washington Post has amended at least a dozen reports investigating the genesis and fallout of the Steele dossier, an opposition research project that is almost certainly a work of total fiction if not Russian counterintelligence propaganda.

    Two articles in particular, one from 2017 and one from 2019 , have undergone significant edits, with major portions of the reporting removed entirely. Both stories also bear lengthy editor’s notes.

    The 2017 story, titled originally, “Who is ‘Source D’? The man said to be behind the Trump-Russia dossier’s most salacious claim,” identified businessman Sergei Millian as a key source for the dossier. Millian, for his part, adamantly denies contributing to the effort to collect dirt on former President Donald Trump.

    The 2017 Washington Post article has been amended to remove the assertion that Millian served as a source for the dossier. A video summarizing the report’s original topline has also been removed. The headline likewise has been changed so that it now reads, “Sergei Millian: High-level access to Trump or unwitting bystander?”

    The second article, titled originally, “Sergei Millian, identified as an unwitting source for the Steele dossier, sought proximity to Trump’s world in 2016,” also reported Millian was the source of some of the most sensational information contained in the dossier, including that former President Donald Trump once procured prostitutes in Russia to engage is sex acts involving urine.

    However, it’s increasingly likely Millian never said anything of the sort. It’s increasingly likely he never even served as a source on the dossier. It’s increasingly likely the source who fed bizarre and wild claims about Trump into the dossier was actually a Democratic Party operative with close ties to the Clinton 2016 presidential campaign.

    The 2017 Washington Post report bears an editor’s note, which reads:

    The original version of this article published on March 29, 2017, said that Sergei Millian was a source for parts of a dossier of unverified allegations against Donald Trump. That account has been contradicted by allegations contained in a federal indictment filed in November 2021 and undermined by further reporting by The Washington Post. As a result, portions of the story and an accompanying video have been removed and the headline has been changed. The original account was based on two people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to provide sensitive information. One of those people now says the new information “puts in grave doubt that Millian” was a source for parts of the dossier. The other declined to comment.

    The 2019 article, whose headline now reads, “Belarus-born businessman sought proximity to Trump’s world in 2016,” now carries the following editor’s note:

    An earlier version of this story published on Feb. 7, 2019, referred to previous reporting in The Washington Post that Belarusan-American businessman Sergei Millian had been a source of information for a dossier of unverified allegations against Donald Trump. In November 2021, The Post removed that material from the original 2017 story after the account was contradicted by allegations in a federal indictment and undermined by further reporting. References to the initial report have been removed from this piece.

    The Washington Post has likewise corrected and amended nearly a dozen separate stories.”

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    They’re garbage.

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  3. They are rotten to the roots….

    “Why is corporate legacy media dying? Danchenko indictment and collapsing Russia Hoax narrative reveal the answer: Root Rot.”

    https://johnkassnews.com/why-is-corporate-legacy-media-dying-danchenko-indictment-and-the-collapsed-russia-hoax-narrative-reveals-the-answer-root-rot/

    “I’ve spent most of my life in what is now called corporate legacy media. Many colleagues were committed to doing great work and telling the truth and I loved it.

    But now I see it rotting away. Any gardener can see it.

    I have a few hobbies to clear the mind and find refuge from the barking dogs of politics and news. One is fly fishing. Another is gardening. I don’t consider myself a master gardener by any means, though I can at least grow tomatoes, plant and prune a rosebush, set a trellis for climbing vines. I’ve never quite gotten the hang of hydrangeas.

    But I do have eyes to see when a troubled plant is dying.

    And what I see in the Washington Media Complex as its favorite narrative, the Russia Collusion hoax, collapses around them is deep decay.

    The leaves of the plant wilt. The plant doesn’t know that it is effectively dead. How can you tell? You need to go beneath the surface examine the roots. You’ll see.

    It’s root rot.

    Like those wilting withering leaves, the symptoms have been visible for years, as when media became a frenzied mob to wrongly defame a boy–young Nicholas Sandman of Covington, KY.– as a racist because the journalists didn’t like the kid’s politics and his red cap.

    Or the media tar and feathering of Kyle Rittenhouse, the foolish teenager who went to the riots in Kenosha with his rifle. Many journalists didn’t bother with the presumption of innocence and quickly portrayed him as a demon, as a murderous white supremacist vigilante. And last week prosecution witnesses undercut the prosecution’s own case with their testimony. Rittenhouse could be acquitted on self-defense grounds within days.

    Corporate legacy media pushed the now-discredited Russia Collusion hoax day after day for years, arguing that former President Donald Trump was a willing stooge of the Russians, it has collapsed. Once it became clear that their precious narrative was a hoax, the corporate Beltway media avoided obligation to trace it all back and expose the liars and schemers among their sources.

    Most media is of the left and did not like Trump. I get it. Not liking a politician isn’t a crime. Half the country considered Trump unlikeable. Many who voted for him considered him unlikeable, too, but they liked his policies and the direction of the country.

    The issue isn’t about likes. The issue is that the Russia Collusion hoax was perhaps the greatest political dirty trick in American history, crafted by Democrats loyal to Hillary Clinton to destabilize the government, with corporate legacy media carrying the fetid water, and now strenuously avoids telling their readers and viewers how it happened.

    There is no economic incentive for corporate media to confess its sins. Their economic models don’t demand accountability. And for all their precious slogans like “democracy dies in darkness,” what is truly dark is selling the nation on a hoax to make a profit.

    Ultimately, diseased plants are unable to bear fruit. The plant dies.

    And all this rot could have been dealt with years ago, if only editors and publishers and TV network executives were committed to cut it out, to enforce standards against blatant partisanship in what they presented as objective straight news reporting. But they did not act as their newsrooms became woke, and as dissident voices came under siege and were driven off.

    The Russia Collusion narrative has all been exposed as a fraud through a series of indictments issued by federal prosecutor John Durham, widely respected and considered by many to be apolitical as he pursues his case. His latest indictment, of the Russian Igor Danchenko makes the media fall complete.

    Christopher Steele, the so-called British intelligence officer who developed the infamous dossier was doing political opposition research on behalf of the Clintons and the Democrats. And, as the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel notes, if anyone was in bed with the Russians it wasn’t Trump as much as it was others.

    “The media absolutely ate it up and they threw their credibility into the toilet to do it,” said Tom Bevan, co-founder and president of Real Clear Politics, a guest on The Chicago Way podcast.

    “I think that was sort of the fundamental breaking point when they went from fawning over [former President Barack] Obama to become actively involved in trying to tear down a president with Donald Trump…I think they’re broken. I don’t think media is fixable at this point,” Bevan said.”

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  4. “Oklahoma National Guard vs. Pentagon on vaccine mandate”

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2021/11/14/oklahoma-national-guard-vs-pentagon-on-vaccine-mandate-n429138

    “This weekend there was yet another dustup in the ongoing debate over Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates and their uneven impact on the military. There’s been some discontent brewing among the ranks in the Oklahoma National Guard and in the Governor’s office for a while now, but things seem to have come to a head in recent days. A shakeup in leadership at the National Guard resulted in the mandate for vaccinations being “rescinded.” This puts the White House and the Department of Defense in a somewhat awkward and unusual position. They’re generally accustomed to giving orders and having the specified military personnel salute smartly and carry them out. So now the Secretary of Defense may wind up in a staring contest with some of the people he’s expected to lead and direct. (Yahoo News)

    The Department of Defense will respond “appropriately” to a decision this week by the Oklahoma National Guard to rescind the Pentagon’s requirement for service members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

    “We are aware of the memo issued by the Oklahoma Adjutant General regarding COVID vaccination for Guardsmen and the governor’s letter requesting exemption. We will respond to the governor appropriately,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told Axios in a statement.

    The Pentagon’s statement comes after Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino, who now oversees the Oklahoma National Guard, “rescinded” the requirement.”

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  5. Good.

    It’s amazing what a little freedom from the Covid tyrants and their BLM buddies will do. 🙂

    “Cops find respect, warm welcome, more money in Florida”

    https://nypost.com/2021/11/13/nypd-cops-find-respect-warm-welcome-more-money-in-florida/

    “More than a dozen NYPD cops have ditched the Big Apple to join the force in a small Florida city — part of a nationwide trend of disgruntled officers finding greener pastures in pro-police communities.

    Lakeland — a community of 108,000 people 35 miles east of Tampa — mounted a social media campaign targeting NYC cops earlier this year, and in April dispatched a delegation to recruit in Times Square.

    Fourteen former Finest moved to Lakeland in the past year — 12 of them wooed over the past two months thanks to the recruiting trip.

    The respect accorded cops in Florida “was an eye opener,” former NYPD cop Matthew Spoto said at a September press conference after heeding Lakeland’s call of duty.

    In New York, “it was almost like I was ashamed to be a law enforcement officer,” he said.

    A Lakeland recruiter told him “that you could park your police vehicles in front of your house … I thought that was mind-blowing,” Spoto said, contending that the “tools and laws” given NYC cops don’t allow them to succeed.

    The 14 former NYPD officers represent nearly 6 percent of Lakeland’s entire force of 254 cops.

    NYPD officers start out earning $42,500 per year, according to city data. The minimum PD salary in Lakeland is $53,000 following a pay raise earlier this year, the Lakeland Ledger reported.

    Work in Florida also comes without the burdens of city or state income taxes — a fact Lakeland recruiters emphasized on their recruiting trip.

    There is little data tracking law enforcement migration from state to state, but “anecdotal evidence” suggests that cops are fleeing blue states like New York, a spokesperson for the National Association of Police Organizations

    “Many New York City cops are weighing our sub-standard salary against the ever-increasing challenges, scrutiny and abuse, and they’re voting with their feet,” Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch told The Post.

    “They don’t even need to go all the way to Florida. There are many better-paying police departments in and around NYC, and they’re hiring,” said Lynch. “We certainly don’t blame anybody for leaving. But New York City needs to wake up,” said Lynch.”

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  6. They’re making a mockery of the Marines, and that is their intent.

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  7. Joe Biden built this.

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  8. VDH nails it.

    “Why The Left Always Projects

    The slurs and smears levelled by the elites are all the more toxic because they have always known these sins firsthand as their own.”

    https://amgreatness.com/2021/11/14/why-the-left-always-projects/

    “The Left is addicted to projection—the psycho-political syndrome of attributing all of one’s own sins to one’s opponents. The woke apparently do this out of some Freudian effort to square the circle of their own guilt or sense of privilege, by fobbing off their own fearful realities onto others. It is the atheist version of confession or medieval penance. In addition, in the spirit of “always being on the offense,” wokists know that those who slander do so most successfully when they lodge exactly those charges most familiar and applicable to themselves.

    The Privileged Damn Privilege

    Take for example, the worn-out charge of “privilege,” as in the phrase “check your privilege.” This trope originates exclusively from the Left. Purportedly, it signifies a rigged system in which white males have gained, unfairly and undeservedly, “privilege” to exercise cultural, economic, political, and social control over the “other”—occasionally defined as women, more often “people of color,” and most frequently African Americans.

    How odd, given that by any indicator the political Left is the party of wealth and privilege. The wealthiest ZIP codes are found in blue states such as California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York. Twenty-six of the 27 wealthiest congressional districts, gauged by per capita incomes, are represented by liberal Democrats.

    Registered Democrats on average have higher incomes than their Republican counterparts. Democratic presidential candidates have vastly outspent Republicans over the last 20 years. Note that the old liberal saw about “dark money” has steadily disappeared from the left-wing lexicon (nothing is darker than Mark Zuckerberg’s infusions of cash to warp particular voting precincts). Likewise, in the once trendy academic trifecta of “race, class, and gender,” class” has been dropped quietly.

    The most elite and wealthy institutions in America are predominantly liberal bastions: Silicon Valley, entertainment, universities, professional sports, Wall Street, the mainstream media, and foundations. Most “people of color,” who are the loudest about focusing on the evils of privilege and lack of equity, are themselves multimillionaires or multibillionaires, such as the Obamas, Oprah Winfrey, LeBron James, Jay-Z, or Meghan Markle.

    Accusing an entire group—white people, or conservatives, or Trump supporters—of being privileged deflects the apparent shame of elitism away from oneself on the cheap. After all, accusing some part-time lecturer or Trump deplorable of “white privilege” is a lot easier, both psychologically and materially, than giving up a nanny, trading in the gas-guzzling big Mercedes, or just saying no to private jets.

    The elite accuser knows especially how to level such charges given his own intimacy with what wealth, power, and influence bring. Worse still, the projectionist feels he is making the greatest sacrifice of all by his empty confessions—even as he is a beneficiary of the rigged system that he demands be ended.

    When Barack Obama flies to Glasgow to lecture the western world’s climate-wrecking middle class that it is going to have to be content with less—while acknowledging that his own wealth and privilege mean he will suffer less than others—one wonders why Obama simply does not, right now pledge to live in just one mansion rather than two?

    After all, if Obama urges the middle to class to cut back on energy use and to forfeit lifestyle privileges, why wouldn’t Obama himself set the moral example, given his huge carbon footprint. Why would he be so cynical to warn the world that our shores will soon be inundated shortly after he himself bought a shoreline estate?

    The answer, of course, is that by constantly projecting their covetousness onto others, the woke feel that they can enjoy their own privileges with diminished guilt, claim the psychological higher moral ground, and, as performance artists, show they suffer on our behalf as “traitors to their class.”

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  9. It’s way past time for folks to stop living in fear.

    “Time to Declare Victory Over COVID”

    https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2021/11/15/time-to-declare-victory-over-covid-n2599058

    “Can we just end this COVID nonsense now, or do some people have such empty lives that they can’t get beyond this ridiculous societal spasm because they need it to give their existence meaning? Sadly, they do, and you can see them licking their thin lips at the thought of more lockdowns. Except I am sick – pardon the expression – of having my life disrupted by their personal psychodramas. I get that this silly pandemic has been the most exciting, edgy, and interesting thing that will ever happen to many of our fellow citizens. It’s been their chance to cocoon in their condos watching Netflix and feeling like they are cheating death. But to the rest of us, it’s a pain in the Schumer and we’ve gone along with the whining sissies for too long.

    The pandemic is over. We won. Deal with it.

    Stop with this mask crap. Masks don’t work and we all know they don’t work but the paranoid freaks who form a huge part of President *’s lame base insist we wear them as some sort of totem to ward off the evil coronaspirits. It’s stupid + superstition – stupidstition.

    Follow the science? Where’s the science saying the masks have any effect but to give lonely, sexually underutilized lib wine mommies the giddy thrill of pretending they are confronting some perilous peril when they gag their pale, dopey kids and wrap a thong around their talkslots in order to go out in the sunshine and take a walk.”

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    “Is there a risk from not wearing a mask? Not any appreciable risk, but if there were, so what? I’ll roll the dice in exchange for some dignity.

    Now is the part where I am somehow supposed to acknowledge that a lot of people have died of the Chinese flu, but that’s not the point and I need not make it. Diseases happen, then they stop happening. Yeah, people are still getting sick, and a lot of them are vaccinated people. Remember how we were told a bunch of contradictory things about the vaccine?

    Trump is behind it, so it’s bad.

    Now Biden’s sort of president, so vaccines are good and will totally protect you.

    In fact, they are so good we are demanding that you take them.

    And natural immunity is not a thing.

    And side effects are not a thing either.

    But but but no one ever said that vaccines will totally protect you.

    Vaccines only make the diseases you get less bad.

    How could you ever think we meant the vaccine meant you couldn’t get it or spread it when we told you that?

    Now, everyone must get a vaccine that fails to protect others in order to protect others – wait, what?”

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  10. Yet another study revealing that masks are basically worthless against the virus.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/little-evidence-supports-use-of-cloth-masks-to-limit-spread-of-coronavirus-analysis_4102824.html

    “Cloth masks are of little use against COVID-19, according to a recently published analysis.

    Federal health authorities and a slew of jurisdictions require or recommend wearing masks as a way to limit spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

    But a trio of researchers pored over the studies often cited by the officials and found they were poorly designed and offered scant evidence supporting mask usage.

    Many of the studies are observational, opening them up to confounding variables, the researchers said in their analysis (pdf), which was published on Nov. 8 by the Cato Institute.

    Of 16 randomized controlled trials comparing mask effectiveness to controls with no masks, 14 failed to find a statistically significant benefit, the researchers said. And of 16 quantitative meta-analyses, half showed weak evidence of mask effectiveness while the others were “were equivocal or critical as to whether evidence supports a public recommendation of masks,” they added.

    “The biggest takeaway is that more than 100 years of attempts to prove that masks are beneficial has produced a large volume of mostly low-quality evidence that has generally failed to demonstrate their value in most settings,” Dr. Jonathan Darrow, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, told The Epoch Times in an email.”

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  11. Well that’s convenient….

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  13. And your tax money pays for this garbage….

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  14. He’s not very good at this “fact check” thingy…..

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    True!

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  15. You know what’s annoying? The heavy handed behavior of not only this stinkin’ administration but the ilk that follows them in the marketplace. Daughter filled out her exemption form to not be vaccinated at her part time job at a ski shoppe (two shifts of 4 hours a week…totally 8 hours of being in that shoppe!) They sent her a form to sign which was in the guise of “team togetherness…two pages. After one signed it the small print at the very bottom indicated the employee would comply and get the vaccine!
    She called HR and told her no way was she signing that form and she had sent in her exemption request form. Then HR called her back and wanted her to declare she would not take Tylenol, Tums, Ibuprofen etc because those meds had fetal cell line development and that should go against daughter’s “religious” convictions! Daughter told her it was none of HR’s business what medications she took…this was about this vaccine only! The shifty nerve of these people is off the charts!

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