The Media Must Face Consequences for the Russia Hoax

The Media Must Face Consequences for the Russia Hoax, by Adrew Syrios.

Many of the poor souls who fell for this farce hold out hope. Others who perpetuated continue to double down. Mother Jones, for example, says that despite Mueller’s findings, “ Trump and his gang betrayed the United States in the greatest scandal in American history.”…

Others are downplaying the results as if the Democrats, neocons and former intelligence officials weren’t yelling “treason, treason, treason” for years now. I’ll remind you that Time magazine had a frontpage cover of the Kremlin merging with the White House!

… Rachel Maddow [held] back tears as she briefed her audience on the report. Her fragile emotional state makes sense. After all, Maddow has dedicated virtually every show to the Russia hoax for the last two years ….

Somehow Maddow wasn’t the worst, though. Jonathan Chait argued that it was possible Trump had been a Russian asset since 1987! …

There is simply no way the first round of McCarthyism was ever this over-the-top and stupid. At least the first go of McCarthyism had some truth to the matter as the Venona Project showed there were plenty of Soviet spies implanted throughout the federal government at the time. …

Bill Maher stubbornly noted that “I don’t need the Mueller report to know Trump is a traitor.” …

With the exception of Tulsi Gabbard, every serious Democratic contender for President pushed the Russia hoax.

Oh the hypocrisy:

We should now remember that CNN was at the forefront of demanding that Alex Jones be censored off all social media for pushing conspiracy theories. …

On a related note, James Hodgkinson was radicalized by the mainstream press and noted “one of my favorite TV shows is ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’” before attempting to assassinate dozens of Republican senators and congressmen.

No collusion. It was just a Democrat hoax, to take attention away from their 2016 loss and the illegal dirty tricks of Obama:

And yet, here we are. Not a single American citizen has been convicted, let alone indicted for colluding with the Russians to steal the 2016 election. Not one.

That’s after over two years, millions of dollars spent, a Congressional investigation, a Senate investigation and a Special Counsel investigation initiated on dubious grounds of which 13 of its 18 prosecutors were registered Democrats. Mueller’s investigation itself issued 2800 subpoenas.

And yet, not one.

Instead we have a few Russian bot farms, a handful of process crimes, and some decade-old financial misdeeds.

A reader remarks:

The Media Industrial Complex will not give up. The story about probable Russia-Trump connection will continue.

The latest EU legislation demand that Google and Fakebook filter fake news and disinformation. Imagine the uproar if they blocked the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Der Spiegel etc — who still drive the Russian Trump conspiracy ideas. It will never happen.

The core of the matter is – What is Fake News?

There is no infallible arbiter of truth, so let’s have free speech.

UK taxman kept quiet while £8bn fraud helped fund Osama bin Laden

UK taxman kept quiet while £8bn fraud helped fund Osama bin Laden, by Tom Harper.

Gangsters have stolen billions of pounds of British taxpayers’ money and used tens of millions to fund terrorism, according to police and intelligence files.

A network of British Asians [i.e. Mulsims] based in London, Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, northwest England and Scotland mounted VAT and benefit frauds against the exchequer over two decades …

The gang, which has links to the 7/7 London bombings in which 52 people died, is alleged to have sent 1% of its gains, or £80m, to al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where it funded madrasahs, training camps and other terrorist activities, according to the leaked files.

The sum the gang extracted from the Treasury is almost triple the annual government expenditure on MI5, MI6 and GCHQ and approaches the central government grant for policing in England and Wales each year.

The gang infiltrated multiple government agencies and corrupted local politicians in its war on British taxpayers, the files allege. …

Some of the information, which highlights the role of an accountant in a provincial English town, was discovered on a discarded laptop in Afghanistan by CIA and MI6 o..cers during their search for bin Laden after the 9/11 attack in 2001. …

A customs officer told this newspaper that he was repeatedly prevented from sharing intelligence with MI5 because HMRC wanted to maintain the confidentiality of the terror suspects’ tax records. …

Reporting restrictions imposed at the start of the first trial prevent the identification of any of the gang because several kingpins fled the UK before they could be arrested. They are thought to be in the Middle East. …

The first sign of the gang’s activities came 24 years ago when police officers from a rural English force became so alarmed at the claims of one informant that they called in Special Branch, the police unit responsible for national security. …

An undercover HMRC officer says he watched Abu Hamza, the hook-handed cleric, recruiting young Muslims in the late 1990s to work with the crime syndicate — years before he rose to prominence as an al-Qaeda recruiter. …

One gang member who can be identified is Afra Syab Ilyas, an accountant with Burnley borough council. The files state that he left Lancashire for Afghanistan in the late 1990s to fight for the Taliban, the Islamic fundamentalist movement that gave shelter to bin Laden as he plotted his 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan.

Charles:

The best-researched article I have seen in The Times for many years. And one of the most haunting.

Notice the dates. This is happening in parallel with the rape epidemic of white girls by Muslim men in Britain — Rotherham etc.

One law for Muslims, another for the rest of the Britons. It’s as if the UK wants to submit to Islam. Or our leaders have taken the blank slate hypothesis much too far, assuming Muslims from the backwoods of Pakistan will behave just like patriotic members of our previously high trust society? Our current leadership is unfit.

hat-tip Charles in Melbourne

British Police – White Men Need NOT Apply

British Police – White Men Need NOT Apply. The logical consequence of political correctness and identity politics. Sigh. We all knew this was how it was going to end up, if we thought about it. But just hoped that they wouldn’t be this stupid. Nope, it’s happening.

Prejudice run wild. A reader notes:

Blatant discrimination against … large numbers of ordinary British people by the UK Police. They’ve completely gone off the rails in a general sense, quite apart from the fact that they have to be breaking the law with this discrimination. Very depressing.

Philip B:

Whites in England are on the way to being the Jews of 1930s Germany. They must make the choice to stay and fight (literally) or flee.

What manner of government would do this to their own people?

Death Threats and Drained Bank Accounts: Life on the Wrong End of the Mueller Probe

Death Threats and Drained Bank Accounts: Life on the Wrong End of the Mueller Probe, by Michael Caputo.

If you believe Attorney General William Barr, the special counsel report issued March 22 found no evidence that President Donald Trump’s campaign staff conspired or coordinated with Russia. As a former Trump senior campaign adviser and as a witness ensnared by the congressional and special counsel investigations for two years, that was vindication. I was elated.

But Barr angered a man in nearby Buffalo, N.Y., so much that he threatened my life a few hours later on Facebook. I filed criminal charges against him Tuesday.

For a Trump associate trapped in the Russia collusion maelstrom, this is the norm, not an exception. This was the 58th threat of violence I received since the drama began two years ago, when my name was first brought up in a nationally televised House Intelligence hearing. Most of the perpetrators cloaked their identities. Some didn’t, and they got hit with criminal charges. I know many investigation witnesses who have lived the same nightmare of dealing with the unhinged.

Unfortunately, it won’t stop anytime soon: A criminal psychologist advising me through this period told me we’ve entered the danger zone. The mentally ill who have made Russia collusion the center of their lives will become unhinged. Some may attack.

That’s the life we’ve lived for two years — my wife, my young daughters and me. I had a tooth knocked out by Antifa at the president’s inauguration. After a televised congressional hearing during which my wife was mentioned, a man made a credible threat to burn down my house with my children inside. As a result, my office and home are wrapped in security measures, I’ve installed shotgun stations in my home, and I carry a concealed weapon wherever it’s legal.

The remarkable vitriol impacts everyone. My teenager was harried by students and teachers alike; parents of my toddlers’ friends shied away. My wife carried us all on her shoulders, exponentially stronger than I am. …

Much of the impact is material. I lost most of my clients, lost staff, closed offices, nearly lost our home, drained my children’s college fund and struggled to pay the smallest bills.

All of that will sound familiar to my Original Trump friends also caught up in this mess.

J.D. Gordon, a retired U.S. Navy commander, was interviewed multiple times by several investigations. His legal costs were significant; the blow to his communications business was even more so. …

Carter Page, with his bucket hat and sunny disposition, was destroyed. He endured unexpected legal costs while his oil and gas consulting business dwindled to nothing as reporters, investigators and well-placed partisans ripped him to shreds. …

The list goes on and on: A hardworking travel aide from the campaign was subpoenaed, which rocked his young family. Others — a house painter, a translator and more — didn’t particularly care for candidate Trump, but their lives were dragged through the muck anyway.

For two years, most of the Trump associates involved as mere witnesses have been unable to speak with friends from the 2016 campaign, convention and transition. Now, with the Mueller investigation complete, we’re all talking again, and the stories of cratered lives are innumerable. Many lost their jobs or shed clients; the husband and wife in one family lost their jobs.

The real message of the establishment, owned now by the left, is that if you oppose them then they will destroy you economically and professionally, with maybe a bit of violence thrown in. Who would volunteer or work with the Republicans now?

The End of the World

The End of the World, by the Z-Blog.

To normal people, the Russian collusion stuff was always a nutty conspiracy theory. It seemed obvious that the point of the Russian collusion narrative was to distract people from the fact the Obama White House was engaged in activity that would have made Nixon blush. If there was a conspiracy, it was the media running cover for the crooks in the Obama administration.

This understanding blinded people to what could be the most important part of the Russian collusion story.

The Left really believed it. They really thought there was a secret conspiracy between Trump people and Putin people to work some secret magic to alter the 2016 election. They did not know the nature of this magic. In fact, it was probably supernatural, but the Left was sure it was real. This is something people outside the Progressive hive are just starting to realize. The Left really is that crazy. …

Cults have ways to deal with disconfirmation, but there must be a way to salvage some of the original core belief from the wreckage. If the aliens were supposed to arrive on Tuesday, but failed to show, the cult can explain this by claiming they got the dates wrong or that they failed to perform the proper ritual. In this case, the Left can’t seem to find a way to salvage the core belief from the wreckage, because the core belief had to be completely true in order to confirm their role in the Great Russian collusion narrative.

Failure Analysis

Failure Analysis, by the Z-blog.

For a time, it looked as if the “yellow vests” revolt was going to shakeup French politics by legitimizing populist issues. The protests were mainly focused on economic issues, but those issues are the sorts of things that highlight the divide between the cosmopolitan ruling class and the general public. That is the heart of the great political divide in the current age. The ruling class and its supporters are living a fantasy life paid for in a million small ways by the unorganized and ignored masses making up the general public. …

The Gilets Jaunes are like the Tea Party movement in America. What made the Tea Party work initially was the fact it was organized by normal people, not political professionals with hidden agendas. Like the Tea Party, this ordinariness, and the lack of organizational structure, made the Gilets Jaunes vulnerable. At some point, the French equivalent of Antifa showed up to start smashing things. Muslim groups joined into the attack Jews on camera. In Paris, Gilets Jaunes is now just a weekly bit of anarchy.

Being co-opted by the system it seeks to protest just neuters it:

Something similar happened with the Tea Party in America. Instead of radical leftists, it was political barnacles like the R Street crowd. These are the political shape-shifters, who always turn up in conservative circles. Their job is to co-opt and neuter anything resembling a legitimate challenge to the people in power. In the case of the Tea Party, they jumped in, wrestled control of the name and many of the organizations away from the grass roots and turned the whole thing into cover for the GOP establishment.

A common theme to all of these failed opposition movements is the decision to engage in the established political system. Once they connect to the system, the system releases a virus that either assimilates the new group, turning it into a feature of the system, or kills off the threat. The former case is a universal in life. When the king recognizes a threat to his rule, the first move is to buy off the threat. Offering him a position in the system, in exchange for him adding his legitimacy to the king and his ruling order. …

The flipping over of tables inside the temple is how these movements gain attention and attract followers. To then be seen putting the tables back and sitting behind them robs the movement of energy.

Trump Crows: “the Collusion Delusion is Over!”

Trump Crows: “the Collusion Delusion is Over!”. By David Martosko.

Donald Trump said Thursday night that there should be ‘accountability’ for Democrats and members of the media who promoted the now dismissed idea that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia to tilt the presidential election.

‘Their fraud has been exposed,’ he told a screaming crowd of more than 12,500 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, saying that ‘they’ve now got big problems.’ …

And for the first time, a Trump rally crowd chanted their favorite slogan in the plural on Thursday, yelling ‘Lock them up!‘ …

‘There has to be some accountability because it’s all lies and they know it’s lies,’ he said.

‘The Democrats have to decide whether or not to continue defrauding the public with ridiculous bulls**t,’ he said. …

Trump began his speech in victory-lap mode, proclaiming that ‘the Russia hoax is finally dead. The collusion delusion is over!

‘The special counsel completed its report and found no collusion and no obstruction,’ he said. ‘I could have told you that two and a half years ago very easily.’

Total exoneration. Complete vindication.’

Rachel Maddow sheds tears, viewers

Rachel Maddow sheds tears, viewers, by Paul Mirengoff.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow lost half-a-million viewers in just one week after it became clear that Robert Mueller did not find enough evidence to support a claim of “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The phony Russia collusion story had been good to Maddow. It helped drive her show consistently to first or second place in overall cable news ratings during the past year. Sometimes, she garnered more than three million viewers, again according to the Daily Caller. …

The author did not see her show where she had to admit it, but:

Had I indulged, apparently I would have seen Maddow “struggle[] to hold back tears as she delivered her opening monologue last Friday, clearly stunned that Mueller did not bring any indictments against the president or his family.” She must have believed her own bulls**t.

Many on the PC left  believed it. Anther PC fantasy, promulgated by the media, punctured by reality

After Christchurch: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

After Christchurch: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, by Lance Weldon.

Any Western country would be in trouble in the wake of a malcontent of European descent massacring 50 people in a mosque and live-streaming it over Facebook. From Ireland to Australia, such an outrage would certainly lead to attempts to tighten the Politically Correct screw, to further suppress criticism of immigration and multiculturalism, and to move towards an even more authoritarian Leftist state.

But in New Zealand, the situation is so much more serious…because the Prime Minister is emotionally unstable …

Almost everything that 38 year-old Jacinda Ardern has done in the wake of the bloodshed in Christchurch has spoken volumes about her perilous psychological state. …

Ardern has had the Muslim call to prayer broadcast across the country. She has publicly donned Islamic dress, when not even in a mosque, in order to show solidarity with New Zealand’s Islamic community, and she has encouraged other Kiwi women to do the same — in other words, ironically, to conform to a patriarchal aspect of Islamic culture. …

Ardern has gone miles beyond the status-playing virtue-signaling that we would expect of mainstream politicians — who of course are responsible for bringing unassimilable Islamic immigrants to New Zealand in the first place. Even the appalling Tony Blair (for whom Ardern once worked) did not have homosexual anthems played after the bombing of the Admiral Duncan pub in 1999. …

Jacinda Ardern’s mental health problems are a matter of public record. …

From a Guardian interview in 2017:

It is an impressive performance from a politician who said for years that she was not interested in leading the Labour party, let alone the country. She has given multiple reasons, including a desire to have a family; a concern that her anxiety would preclude her from the top job, the condition having “ballooned” during her time as deputy [Prime Minister] and a wariness about the demands of the job, something she observed working for the then prime minister, Helen Clark, in 2005…

Ardern has frequently spoken of her anxiety. As recently as June, she said she was not cut out to be Labour leader: “When you’re a bit of an anxious person, and you constantly worry about things, there comes a point where certain jobs are just really bad for you.”

Back to Weldon:

What the Guardian journalist failed to mention is that Ardern’s anxiety is not the kind that can be controlled with a course of anti-depressants or some therapy. It is so acute that she has apparently spent periods in psychiatric hospitals, rumors which she evasively failed to deny when a journalist put them to her. …

People who are high in anxiety live in a world of constant worry in which nothing seems to make sense, not even themselves. They crave structure, order and simple reassurance. For this reason, they are prone to periods of intense religious and ideological fervor in which their world briefly makes sense — and also to dramatic conversions to opposite worldviews and identities. …

This is exactly what has happened in Ardern’s life. She was brought up a Mormon but left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 2005 just as her Social Justice Warrior identity became ever more pronounced. Reportedly, it was the issue of gay rights which led her to leave and also set her on a journey which, by 2017, resulted in her declaring herself an agnostic. …

And to make matters worse still, Ardern gave birth, while already Prime Minister, on 21st August 2018. …

The conclusion:

To put it simply, on the morning of the Christchurch Massacre, New Zealand was led by a lactating woman struggling with an episode of intense anxiety and depression, as well as deep and unresolved personal conflicts over religion, patriarchy and her sense of self. This unusually empathetic woman — while in the U.S. she worked in a New York soup kitchen, and, anyway, her empathy would be heightened by lactation — was confronted, as national leader, with immigrants whom she likely sees as the child-like oppressed, of whom she is already worryingly unsuspicious, being butchered. …

This all manifested itself in what amounts to a public breakdown which Ardern has done her best to induce in an entire nation, with a considerable measure of success. New Zealand appears to have gone completely mad — witness the banning of books by Jordan Peterson, who not only has never advocated violence, but is actually critical of white identity politics.

She is making political decisions are made based on empathy for the invader for whom she has an unhealthy level of trust, on the value of cohesion at any cost, and on anxiety-induced emotions. …

Although reducing Muslim and non-traditional immigration is the obvious answer, Ardern reacted angrily (“a disgrace”) to Australian Senator Fraser Anning for pointing this out.

hat-tip David Archibald

PRAGER U VIDEO: DIVESTU

PRAGER U VIDEO: DIVESTU – Don’t give to your Alma Mater  by Prager University. What can we do about leftist indoctrination on college campuses?

Charlie Kirk is the Founder and Executive Director of Turning Point USA, a national student movement dedicated to identifying, organizing, and empowering young people to promote the principles of free markets, and limited government.

Charlie Kirk presents “Divest U”. Prager University’s most recent short video.

It’s worse than we could have ever thought. Watch and weep for the Western world.  As Ronald Reagan brilliantly said,

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Ed Note: the foregoing is true for all Western Democracies, not just the United States.

Keeping You In The Loop

Keeping You In The Loop by Jennifer Marohasy
The sad tale of Dr.Peter Ridd vs. James Cook University

Jennifer Marohasy BSc PhD has worked in industry and government. She is currently researching a novel technique for long-range weather forecasting funded by the B. Macfie Family Foundation

Ed Note: Dr. Marohasy is well respected and has exposed government attempts to obfuscate data in the past. See the article: Jennifer Marohasy Puts BOM On The Chopping Block

Free speech and its sister concept, free thought are seemingly on trial here. Dr. Peter Ridd, respected in his field had the audacity to question “the party line” – to use his expertise in the line of scientific inquiry and quite literally – “Question Authority” in the guise of James Cook University.  For this, he was sacked in essence for being “disrespectful” and is rightly seeking justice. Scientific evidence, well researched and documented is to be respected. Opinions in the vernacular are like “rear end orifices” – everybody has one.

From Dr. Marohasy’s blog: (Bold is wentworthmaven’s emphasis).

PETER Ridd’s trial in the Brisbane Federal Circuit Court has just wrapped-up after three days. With Judge Salvadore Vasta presiding, Stuart Wood QC acting for Peter Ridd (the applicant) argued the case with great skill. However, on the most critical of issues the university (the defendant), and important media, refused to engage at all. Specifically, Chris Murdoch QC, acting for James Cook University, refused to outline to Judge Vasta what processes it has in place for quality assurance of scientific research, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (the ABC) simply didn’t attend or report.

At the heart of this court case is the matter of Peter Ridd disputing media’s reporting of the health of the Great Barrier Reef back in 2015 and 2016. Specifically, Peter Ridd was first censured for proposing to a journalist in April 2016 that he investigate the state of the fringing coral reefs around Stone Island, which is part of the Great Barrier Reef.

Instead of investigating, the journalist sent Dr Ridd’s evidence that the reefs were in good health with spectacular coral, to his arch adversary at the university, Terry Hughes, who was claiming the exact opposite, and who promptly forwarded the evidence from Dr Ridd to university management. This began a disciplinary procedure that would eventually result in Peter Ridd’s sacking.

The trial opened on Tuesday with Mr Wood QC outlining Dr Ridd’s honestly held expert opinion that the Great Barrier Reef is in good health, but that many of his colleagues, particularly Professor Hughes, suggest otherwise, that their research is “untrustworthy” and is not subject to any “quality assurance”.

The Judge seemed genuinely interested in this issue of “quality assurance” of the research. Towards the end of Day 2 he specifically requested that Mr Murdoch QC explain to the court what quality assurance procedures were in place.

I had assumed that Mr Murdoch QC, the Barrister acting for the University, would thus begin Day 3 with some explanation of this – but he didn’t. The University continued to refuse to engage on any matters of science, particularly the issue of quality assurance. Rather the University simply argued that because there is a code of conduct that expects professors to be collegial – they thus had a right to sack Peter Ridd because he had become disrespectful of his colleagues and also had broken confidentiality.

At the beginning of Day 2 Peter Ridd clearly explained that he was concerned about the trustworthiness of the science, and the lack of quality assurance because it was having a significant negative economic impact on rural and regional economies – because of the bad publicity for tourism and increasing government regulation of farming.

It is generally agreed that modern, cohesive democracies work because there is an independent judiciary (legal system), impartial media, and a government that makes public-policy based on evidence. The judiciary and the media are generally educated university-graduates. Universities are expected to be dominated by intellectuals, who are curious and dispassionately seek out the truth.

Mr Wood QC, acting for Dr Ridd, emphasized the importance of intellectual freedom in his closing remarks today – that it is integral to a university.

Universities are expected to be places where there is vigorous discussion of contentious issues. It would be expected that where there is disagreement – for example about the condition of the fringing coral reefs at Stone Island – there could be a debate that followed rules of logic and considers evidence in an attempt to arrive at the truth.

This requires both sides to engage.

Back in 2016, and again today, instead of considering Dr Ridd’s evidence and concerns, the University choose to look away. It showed no interest in finding out about the real state of the corals surrounding Stone Island, or at the Great Barrier Reef in general.

There is a crisis in our democracy and as clearly illustrated by this court case, it is at least in part because the mainstream media, and our universities, too often refuse to engage in any real discussion with those who hold an opinion contradicting their own.

Thanks for caring.
Sincerely,
Dr Jennifer Marohasy 
Researcher & Writer

SMOLLETT WALKS Foxx guards the hoax house.

SMOLLETT WALKS : Foxx guards the hoax house by Lloyd Billingsley (FrontPageMagazine)

h/t Scott of the Pacific

The LEFT has been in the habit of screaming “white privilege” for the last several years.  However, it’s usually found just to be their “psychological projection” kicked into high gear, for as we know, what matters is who you’re connected too and how high up the “intersectional” ladder you reside.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office on Tuesday sealed case records and dropped all 16 felony charges against actor Jussie Smollett,

Smollett, who had been facing three years in prison, was glad to hear it.

Tonight, Laura Ingraham on the “Ingraham Angle” gave the definitive satirical discourse on the Lefts “5 Stage of Grief”.  Though directly speaking about the Trump didn’t collude decision, it’s just as applicable in the Smollet case.

Enjoy the Laura Ingraham’s  “5 Stages of Grief” video here.  The video is 6:30 seconds. Use Chrome or Firefox, (Safari may block it. Imagine that?) It’s definitely worth the watch:

The Chicago Police Department released their full findings on the case and despite Kim Foxx’s having the records sealed (which means we may never know what Smollett admitted too?), he went before the Mainstream Media and repeated his claim:

“I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one,” said Smollett

Needless to say, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie John, wasn’t pleased and his department has asked the FBI to look into what may have been an improper handling of the case by Ms. Foxx.

Police superintendent Eddie John said justice had not been served, and that Smollett “committed this hoax, period.”

As cronyism on the Left is virtually in plain sight: Ms. Tchen (Michelle Obama’s former Chief of Staff, contacted Ms. Foxx (who herself has political aspirations):

Tchen contacted Foxx on behalf of Jussie Smollett and family members who “have concerns about the investigation.”

How many accused of such crimes have taken the unusual if not bizarre step of contacting the alleged perpetrators family to discuss their “concerns”?  If you’re a political sycophant of the Obama’s; anything is within the realm of possiblity.

This all goes to the point that there is one system of justice for the rich and famous, high up the intersectional ladder whom are favored by the Left – and – everyone else.

The case, Eddie Johnson lamented, “sends a clear message that if you’re in a position of influence and power you’ll be treated one way and if you’re not you’ll be treated another way.” The superintendent has a point, but there’s a bit more to it.

…..If the fakery perpetrates the narrative that the election of Donald Trump unleashed a tide of hatred, leading Democrats and the establishment media will believe it without question.

Ladies and Gentleman, this is how “Democracy dies in Darkness”. It’s more of the Left projecting and acting out in their “5 Stages of Democrat Grief”. We’re watching it happen, right before our eyes.

FLASHBACK: ‘Shattered’ Book: Clinton Campaign Hatched Russian Narrative 24 Hours After Hillary Loss to Trump

FLASHBACK: ‘Shattered’ Book: Clinton Campaign Hatched Russian Narrative 24 Hours After Hillary Loss to Trump, by Jerome Hudson.

It’s worth highlighting again how Hillary Clinton hatched a plan and personally placed blame for her election loss on Russia just “twenty-four hours of her concession speech.”

The stunning revelation was reported by journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, who methodically detailed in their Clinton campaign tell-all, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign how Clinton helped fan the flames of “Russian collusion” by blaming her election loss on the FBI investigation into her private emails and Russian interference.

“She wants to make sure all these narratives get spun the right way,” a longtime Clinton confidant told Allen and Parnes. The pair detailed how Hillary Clinton’s Russia-blame-game was spurred by her senior campaign staffers John Podesta and Robby Mook, less than “within twenty-four hours” after she conceded to Trump.
From Shattered:

That strategy had been set within twenty-four hours of her concession speech. Mook and Podesta assembled her communications team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up. For a couple of hours, with Shake Shack containers littering the room, they went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.

Michael Avenatti charged with fraud and extortion

Michael Avenatti charged with fraud and extortion, by Rashaan Ayesh.

Federal prosecutors in New York announced Monday that they will charge lawyer Michael Avenatti, who gained notoriety for his representation of Stormy Daniels and a discredited Brett Kavanaugh accuser, with an attempt to extort $20 million from Nike. He is also being charged with wire and bank fraud by prosecutors in California.

This guy was being touted at one stage as the Democrat contender for 2020. The modern left is just nuts.

The social-media spread of Trump/Mueller

The social-media spread of Trump/Mueller, by Neal Rothschild.

Since May 2017, 533,074 web articles have been published about Russia and Trump/Mueller, generating 245 million interactions — including likes, comments and shares — on Twitter and Facebook, according to data from social-media analytics company NewsWhip.

What a waste of time. What a ridiculous theory, that the US President was an agent of the Russian Government. What a smear.

The Grand Conspiracy

The Grand Conspiracy, by the Z Blog.

The Left has been howling about conspiracy theories for several years. It turns out that it is the Left that is the primary peddler of conspiracy theories. In fact, it is not unreasonable to say the Left is nothing but a series of weird conspiracy theories now. Everything from gun grabbing to white privilege rests on the claim that mysterious forces, operating in the shadows, control daily life. The only way to counter these dark forces is for the shamans to perform the right sacrifices.

The truth is, the West is now ruled by a cult of primitives, who are incapable of dealing with the reality of the age. Instead, they cook up one nutty conspiracy theory after another to explain away that which they find upsetting.

When Trump won in 2016, they could not accept that result, so they fell in love with the mother of all conspiracy theories. Even now, like a UFO cult, they cannot accept that it was all a big lie. …

Of course, the Left will never let go of this. It will be their JFK conspiracy, operating as a rallying point until Trump is gone. Mueller probably tried hard to find something he could use to support the theory. He was no doubt under intense pressure to find something to confirm it. His report being sequestered will feed a new round of conspiracies, but in reality, the opposite rule will apply here as well. The details of his report will reveal it was the FBI and Obama’s White House all along. That was the grand conspiracy.

Trump wins: Russiagate becomes the weapon of mass destruction for Mass Media’s reputation

Trump wins: Russiagate becomes the weapon of mass destruction for Mass Media’s reputation by JoNova (Joannenova.com.au)

Ed Note: This post from Joannenova.com.au compiles the essence of what truly is the “WMD” canard of the Mainstream Media for this generation. Perhaps one day they’ll look up the word “journalism” and stop confusing it with “advocate” or “propagandist”.  I won’t hold my breath, neither should you!

Joanne begins:

Trump is vindicated. The real substance of Russiagate is what it says about the media

Dragged out for two years of hate, denigration and abuse in the media, in the end the Muller inquiry found no collusion. How many journalists predicted this? How many even wrote as though it was possible? Credit to Matt Taibbi for the scathing WMD comparison.

Nothing Trump is accused of from now on by the press will be believed by huge chunks of the population, a group that (perhaps thanks to this story) is now larger than his original base. As Baker notes, a full 50.3% of respondents in a poll conducted this month said they agree with Trump the Mueller probe is a “witch hunt.”

Joanne states the hopes and dreams of the Left:

The Special Prosecutor literally became a religious figure during the last few years…..

Joanne posts:

Peter Baker, New York Times,  three days ago: It’s a Reckoning coming for the Media and the System

…..that the real scandal is the “deep state” trying to thwart the will of the democratic system by dislodging him from office.

Rudy Giuliani Calls for ‘Full and Complete Investigation’ into Originators of Collusion Claims by Michelle Moons (Breitbart.com)

“Absolutely no collusion by anyone in the Trump campaign so you have to wonder why did this investigation start in the first place and why did we waste $40 billion,”  (Ed Note: that would be million)

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit adds:   “……what other Republican candidate in 2016 could have withstood this sort of assault?”

Joanne concludes:

Trump wins: Russiagate becomes the weapon of mass destruction for Mass Media’s reputation.

Ed Note: I add several key quotes from Taibbi’s article here. The article is quite lengthy, but worth the read for those who want to see the detailed timeline and techniques that led the media (willingly!) astray. The following morsels may pique your interest.

As has long been rumored, the former FBI chief’s independent probe will result in multiple indictments and convictions, but no “presidency-wrecking” conspiracy charges, or anything that would meet the layman’s definition of “collusion” with Russia.

A senior Justice Department official said that Mr. Mueller would not recommend new indictments.

[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.

Over the weekend, the Times tried to soften the emotional blow for the millions of Americans trained in these years to place hopes for the overturn of the Trump presidency in Mueller.This is a damning page one admission by the Times. Despite the connect-the-dots graphic in its other story, and despite the astonishing, emotion-laden editorial the paper also ran suggesting “We don’t need to read the Mueller report” because we know Trump is guilty….

Nothing Trump is accused of from now on by the press will be believed by huge chunks of the population, a group that (perhaps thanks to this story) is now larger than his original base.

Stop. Just stop. Any journalist who goes there is making it worse.

CNN told us Trump officials had been in “constant contact” with “Russians known to U.S. intelligence,” and the former director of the CIA, who’d helped kick-start the investigation that led to Mueller’s probe, said the President was guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” committing acts “nothing short of treasonous.

”Of course, there won’t be such a reckoning. (There never is). But there should be. We broke every written and unwritten rule in pursuit of this story, starting with the prohibition on reporting things we can’t confirm.

At the same time, Buzzfeed made the historic decision to publish the entire Steele dossier, bringing years of pee into our lives. This move birthed the Russiagate phenomenon as a never-ending, minute-to-minute factor in American news coverage.

This trick has been used before, both in Washington and on Wall Street, to publicize unconfirmed private research……This same trick is found in politics.

Buzzfeed’s decision exploded traditional journalistic standards against knowingly publishing material whose veracity you doubt. Although a few media ethicistswondered at it, this seemed not to bother the rank-and-file in the business. Buzzfeed chief Ben Smith is still proud of his decision today. I think this was because many reporters believed the report was true.

Adam Schiff, held hearings on March 20, 2017 that blithely read out Steele report details as if they were fact. From Schiff’s opening statement:

But here was Schiff, telling the world Trump aide Carter Page had been offered huge fees on a 19% stake in Rosneft – a company with a $63 billion market capitalization – in a secret meeting with a Russian oligarch who was also said to be “a KGB agent and close friend of Putin’s.”

Schiff had not spoken to Steele before the hearing, and read out the allegations knowing they were unsubstantiated.

Bob Woodward said, “I did not find [espionage or collusion]… Of course I looked for it, looked for it hard.”  The celebrated Watergate muckraker – who once said he’d succumbed to “groupthink”

The Isikoff story, which claimed Page had met with “high ranking sanctioned officials” in Russia, had relied upon Steele as an unnamed source……This was similar to a laundering technique used in the WMD episode called “stove-piping,” i.e. officials using the press to “confirm” information the officials themselves fed the reporter.

If neither “side” feels the need to disclose its own errors and inconsistencies, mistakes accumulate quickly.

Years ago, in the midst of the WMD affair, Times public editor Daniel Okrent noted the paper’s standard had moved from “Don’t get it first, get it right” to “Get it first and get it right.” From there, Okrent wrote, “the next devolution was an obvious one.” We’re at that next devolution: first and wrong.

CNN has its own separate sub-list of wrecks. Three of the network’s journalists resigned after a story purporting to tie Trump advisor Anthony Scaramucci to a Russian investment fund was retracted.

With Russiagate the national press abandoned any pretense that there’s a difference between indictment and conviction.

How was the existence of these communications confirmed? Did anyone from the Guardian see or hear these intercepts, or transcripts?” Their one-sentence reply: The Guardian has strict and rigorous procedures when dealing with source material. That’s the kind of answer you’d expect from a transnational bank, or the army, not a newspaper.

Another painful practice that became common was failing to confront your own sources when news dispositive to what they’ve told you pops up. The omnipresent Clapper told Chuck Todd on March 5, 2017, without equivocation, that there had been no FISA application involving Trump or his campaign.

Being on any team is a bad look for the press, but the press being on team FBI/CIA is an atrocity, Trump or no Trump. Why bother having a press corps at all if you’re going to go that route?

We won’t know how much of any of this to take seriously until the press gets out of bed with the security services and looks at this whole series of events all over again with fresh eyes, as journalists, not political actors.

The author concludes:

We had the sense to eventually look inward a little in the WMD affair, which is the only reason we escaped that episode with any audience left. Is the press even capable of that kind of self-awareness now? WMD damaged our reputation. If we don’t turn things around, this story will destroy it.

Mueller report into collusion a stunning victory for Donald Trump

Mueller report into collusion a stunning victory for Donald Trump, by Cameron Stewart.

The summary of the Mueller report issued today by Attorney General William Barr clears the president and his aides of any collusion with Russia and says there is no legal case to support obstruction of justice charges against him. …

No more trumped-up speculation on US TV about the President being led away in handcuffs.

It is a devastating defeat for the Democrats and for much of the US media who had hoped, prayed and frankly expected that Mueller would somehow find a silver bullet to end or at least cripple Trump’s presidency.

The fact that Mueller did not find such evidence is a failure of their expectations, rather than any shortcomings by Mueller who appears to have been the lone person in this whole affair to have conducted himself with professional dignity.

The Democrats invested far too much hope in the snippets of anecdotes which they — aided by liberal networks like CNN and MSNBC — conflated into what they said were obvious examples of collusion and obstruction.

Three big takeaways from Mueller’s report:

Firstly Mueller found Russia was actively and comprehensively trying to interfere in the 2016 US election. Russia wanted Trump to win and Hillary Clinton to lose. This is no surprise, but Mueller’s work has exposed the Russian groups that carried it out and issued several dozen indictments against those people involved. US national security is better off for this aspect of Mueller‘s investigation.

Secondly, and crucially, Mueller found that neither Trump and his team aided or co-operated with this criminal effort by Moscow. This supports the public evidence that was available and ends speculation that there was other evidence out of the public view which Mueller would somehow find.

Thirdly, Mueller draws no conclusions on the issue of obstruction of justice, saying he did not find enough evidence to sustain such a charge but specifically adding that he did not exonerate Trump. Barr has examined Mueller’s evidence and says the Justice Department will not pursue charges.

So, no grounds for impeachment from Mueller.

Glenn Reynolds:

I suspect it’s going to turn out that Trump was doing more than tweeting throughout all this, and that it reflected a strategy that has now paid off. But Republicans — including NeverTrumpers still capable of some degree of rationality, if such exist — should ask themselves what other Republican candidate in 2016 could have withstood this sort of assault. As with the Kavanaugh character assassination attempts, I think the answer will be damn few. Maybe Ted Cruz, but nobody else really comes to mind. And, say, Mitt Romney? It is to laugh. We got Trump because of a media/political environment that only Trump could survive and flourish in.

And note that the past week has been a bad one for Trump’s enemies in general: Higher education is facing its biggest scandal ever, the SPLC is folding, the Democrats are split over anti-semitism and more or less open Marxism. . . . Stay tuned. It’s going to get interesting.

No price is too high to pay in the pursuit of power by the left:

Modern politics, leftist style with the help of their media ownership:

Collusion by Democrats and the media, but don’t expect any apologies:

Attorney General expected to send Congress Mueller summary

Attorney General expected to send Congress Mueller summary  by Olivia Beavers (TheHill)

Special Counsel and Former Director of the US FBI, Robert Mueller

Ed Note: This WILL BE the dominant news story in the USA this coming week.  The leaks so far have the Democrat Party operatives running for cover and trying to obfuscate the conclusion.

Trump didn’t collude with anyone, but will Hillary’s malfeasance be exposed? Unlikely, but we’ll see. Time will tell.