16 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-14-22

  1. So much for that “holding folks in power accountable”, huh Forbes?

    “How Fact-Finding Fauci Led To My Cancellation At Forbes
    The inside story of how it happened.”

    https://openthebooks.substack.com/p/factfindingfaucicanceledforbes?s=r

    “Dr. Anthony Fauci is the most highly compensated federal employee and the most visible. So, it’s incumbent upon all of us to give him oversight.

    In 2011, I founded a national transparency organization called OpenTheBooks.com. Last year, we filed 47,000 Freedom of Information Act requests, the most in American history. We successfully captured and displayed online $12 trillion of federal, state, and local spending.

    Over the past 14 months – since January 2021 – we investigated Dr. Fauci’s financials by filing FOIA requests. When I published our original reporting at Forbes, here is what happened.

    The National Institutes of Health, Fauci’s employer, loaded an artillery shell in their big gun and fired it at the C-suite at Forbes. Quickly, Forbes folded and my column was terminated.”

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    “It was Fauci’s code red moment and one of the top national news stories of the day.

    As reported by The Washington Post, when Fauci went back to NIH, he admitted, “Maybe the senator has a point. Maybe my financial investments, though disclosed and available, should be much easier to see.”

    In fact, Fauci’s financials were not available and I had firsthand knowledge.

    Immediately, I published the evidence behind the lack of transparency at Forbes on January 12: No Fauci’s Records Aren’t Available. Why Won’t NIH Immediately Release Them?

    During an entire year, NIH had refused to produce Fauci’s job contract, job description, non-disclosure agreement, conflict of interest, financial disclosures, ethics agreements, and royalties subject to our OpenTheBooks FOIA request. In October 2021, we sued NIH with Judicial Watch and we still hadn’t received the 1,200 pages promised by the agency.

    PolitiFact fact-checked Sen. Marshall and Dr. Fauci on their statements during the hearing, Fauci said all you have to do is ask for his financial disclosure. Yes, but it could take a while. PolitiFact cited my Forbes column as “Primary Source Material” for their Truth-O-Meter analysis.

    In one of the top national news stories of the week, the fact checkers used my original reporting to hold both sides accountable in the heated U.S. Senate hearing.

    Beginning Of The End Of My Column At Forbes

    Rather than putting the full weight of Forbes behind obtaining the 1,200 pages of unreleased Fauci financials, Forbes went after my column.

    On January 12, Sen. Marshall wrote a demand letter to NIH for Dr. Fauci’s unredacted ethics/financial disclosures. In the letter, Marshall included footnotes that referenced my Fauci-Forbes columns.

    On Friday, January 14 at 5:00 pm ET, NIH produced Fauci’s unredacted ethics/financial disclosures from 2019 and 2020 subject to Sen. Marshall’s demand letter.The 2020 disclosures had never been released and only heavily redacted 2019 disclosures were previously released.

    Working through the night, I dug through the 178 pages of disclosure and published the breaking investigation at Forbes on Saturday, January 15 at 3:03 pm ET, Disclosures Show Dr. Fauci’s Household Made $1.7 Million In 2020, Including Income, Royalties, Travel Perks And Investment Gains.

    Our findings included:

    Net worth: The Fauci household net worth exceeded $10.4 million.

    Earnings and gains: Salaries, benefits, royalties, investment gains in the Fauci household exceeded $1.7 million in 2020.

    Fauci’s wife: Christine Grady, the chief bioethicist at NIH made $234,284 in 2020.

    Royalties: Fauci made between $100,000 and $1 million as an editor and board member of McGraw-Hill.

    Awards: In 2021, Fauci was awarded a $1 million prize for “speaking truth to power” from the Dan David Foundation in Israel.

    These were newsy findings.

    However, Justice Louis Brandeis said it best, “There is no great writing, only great rewriting.” A regular editor at Forbes suggested some language and style edits and identified a typo – a number that was right in the title and wrong in the text. Quickly, the edits were incorporated while the article had less than 350 views.

    (Today, the column has 120,000+ views and is the definitive analysis of Fauci’s FY2020 financial disclosures, the latest available.)

    Then at 4:22pm ET, I received an email from Caroline Howard, the executive editor at Forbes – a person who I had never spoken to or met during my nearly eight years as a contributor:”

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    And it goes downhill from there.

    Read the whole thing. Forbes played sides, and censored the truth.

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  2. I like the idea, and I hope Pres. DeSantis will do so.

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  3. Another escalation.

    “A message to NATO: Russia bombs base in western Ukraine that hosted Americans”

    https://hotair.com/allahpundit/2022/03/13/a-message-to-nato-russia-bombs-base-in-western-ukraine-that-hosted-americans-n455017

    “The symbolism of this attack is obvious, coming on the same day that the Russian foreign ministry warned that western arms shipments to Ukraine were “legitimate targets.” The base is only 20 miles or so from the Polish border. The fact that American troops were there just last month to train Ukrainian soldiers is icing on the cake.

    But there may be more to it. Some believe that the worse the war is going for Russia, the more likely Putin is to try to drag NATO into it. Which is counterintuitive: The last thing the Russian military needs when it’s struggling to defeat Ukraine is for western militaries to intervene. NATO would eat them alive. War with the west would, however, give Putin an opportunity to “escalate to deescalate” by using tactical nuclear weapons to shock NATO into suing for peace.

    If he’s desperate for a way out of his misbegotten war and believes a limited nuclear exchange is the only way to end it in a manner that will let him save face, by displaying strength, then drawing NATO in might be the pretext he needs.

    At least 35 people were killed and another 134 wounded in last night’s attack, per the Ukrainian government. The Pentagon says there were no American casualties, and a NATO source told WaPo that no personnel from allied countries are inside Ukraine at the moment. But our guys know this facility well:

    The center in Western Ukraine had been home to a rotating presence of U.S. troops who were training and advising Ukrainian forces about a half-hour drive from the Polish border. The unit, Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine, most recently included about 150 members of the Florida National Guard, who were reassigned elsewhere in Europe.

    Among the facilities on the base that appear to be hit are trailers where U.S. troops lived while deployed and a U.S.-funded simulation center used to train Ukrainian soldiers, said a member of the Illinois National Guard who was deployed there from June 2020 to April 2021 and reviewed available imagery Sunday.

    An active-duty U.S. soldier who worked at the base on and off from 2014 through 2017 said it has been used for several training programs and was a likely Russian target. “I’m surprised it took them this long,” the soldier said. “Expected it much sooner.”

    A reporter for Time magazine put it this way:”

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  4. “The Stench of Spygate

    It won’t go away, no matter how much the media ignores it.”

    https://spectator.org/the-stench-of-spygate/

    “The more we learn about the Obama administration’s spying on Donald Trump, the worse it looks. The investigation into his alleged collusion with Russia never had any foundation to it. Feverish partisans pushed for the probe. Chief among them were John Brennan, Obama’s CIA director who despised Trump, and Peter Strzok, Brennan’s FBI liaison who texted his mistress that he was going to “stop” Trump.

    The partisan origins of the probe are impossible to deny. But were they illegal? Can an administration just open up an investigation on a political opponent based on partisan hunches? This remains to be seen. Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has said that “quite a few more indictments” are likely to come from special counsel John Durham’s investigation into the probe. “[Then-Attorney General] Bill Barr, John Durham, and I, all looking at this intelligence, agreed there was not a proper predicate to open a criminal investigation into the Trump campaign, yet that happened,” he said.

    The probe was a partisan fishing expedition from the beginning, evident in the fact that the FBI resorted to the outlandish use of a quasi-Republican spy, Stefan Halper, to infiltrate the Trump campaign. The media has almost completely ignored this sensational part of the story. But Mark Hemingway at RealClearInvestigations has done the reporting on Halper that the mainstream media won’t. His illuminating story on Halper raises more embarrassing questions for the FBI — questions that Durham’s final report will hopefully answer.

    It is hard to imagine the FBI making use of an apparent Democrat with a checkered record to spy on a Democratic presidential campaign. Were the FBI ever caught doing so, the media would go berserk. But it has yawned at the Halper story, even though, as Hemingway shows, it reeks of the Washington swamp.

    Hemingway first pokes various holes in Halper’s resume: “There is, for example, no public evidence for his claim, on a resume he submitted to the Ford White House, that he was class president at Stanford University in 1967, or a Fulbright scholar. Nor is there any for the claim on another resume that he held the prestigious position in the Ford administration listed.”

    But even more remarkably, Hemingway reports that in 1994, Halper “was arrested in Washington D.C. for possession of crack cocaine — though the case file detailing the circumstances of the arrest has been destroyed.”

    In another revealing detail, Hemingway reports that the FBI has been using Halper as a confidential informant for many years despite doubts about him:

    Despite his checkered past, Halper returned to government work in 2008 – this time as an FBI informant. But controversy followed. According to an Inspector General report, in 2011 the FBI stopped using Halper as a “confidential human source” because of his “aggressiveness toward [his] handling agents” over a dispute about what he was getting paid for his services. The IG report also added that the FBI had additional concerns about “questionable allegiance to the [intelligence] targets.” The IG report doesn’t specify what “targets” the FBI was referring to, though it’s known that Halper had relationships with Russian intelligence.

    This sounds similar to the FBI’s use of Christopher Steele, a former British spy whom the Democrats paid to compile opposition research on Trump. The FBI knew perfectly well that Steele was tainted but drew upon his smears anyways in its FISA warrant applications.

    The FBI’s desperate reliance upon problematic, partisan, and entrapping sources proves the probe’s lack of foundation. Its purpose wasn’t to build on evidence but to find evidence. And even after the FBI came up empty, it still didn’t call off the investigation. The spying not only continued but intensified. The FBI, recall, even sent an alluring female confidential agent under the name of Azra Turk to shake Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos down for damning information. He said in testimony to Congress that she “never explicitly said I will sleep with you for this, but her mannerisms and her behavior suggested that she was flirtatious, and she was very open to something like that if I ended up providing what she wanted, whatever that was.””

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  5. What these “medical professionals” are doing here is abuse. Period, full stop.

    The whole thread is here….

    https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2022/03/12/young-people-tell-their-gender-transition-and-de-transition-stories-to-mark-detransawarenessday/

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    Here is just some of the examples…..

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  6. Helena’s story is a longform article that I read earlier this month. Worth reading for an understanding of the struggles people like her have.

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  7. Huh. That seems… what’s the word……

    Relevant.

    Wonder why they left that part out….? 🙄

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  8. He’s disgusting.

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  9. Truth.

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