Trump Says New Sanctions on Iran to Start Monday, Dials Back Rhetoric avatar by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

Trump Says New Sanctions on Iran to Start Monday, Dials Back Rhetoric  by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff.

Between the first Democrat debates and the potential for Iranian fireworks, this will be one of the more interesting weeks of 2019.

US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would impose fresh sanctions on Iran, but that he wanted to make a deal to bolster its flagging economy, an apparent move to defuse tensions following the downing of an unmanned US drone this week by the Islamic Republic.

Candidate Donald Trump ran on “no wars” and “secure the borders”. He’s walking a tight line between the deep state which see military action as potential dollar signs and his political base which wants nothing to do with foreign fights. Iran certainly knows this, but its hubris could also be its undoing.

Trump offered an olive branch, the proverbial carrot and stick:

He (President Trump) later wrote on Twitter from Camp David: “We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday. I look forward to the day that Sanctions come off Iran, and they become a productive and prosperous nation again.”

Despite Iranian bluster and defiance, the US made a strong but none too subtle point when last week in response to the bringing down of a US drone it unleashed a cyber attack against the Iranian regime.

On Thursday, the Pentagon launched a long-planned cyber attack in retaliation for the oil tanker incidents, Yahoo News reported, citing former intelligence officials. The cyber strike disabled Iranian rocket launch systems, The Washington Post said on Saturday.

Despite the clear escalation by the Iranian regime, President Trump has both showed he can offer an open hand while at the same time show strength.  Anyone who has studied the Iranian theocracy clearly knows that strength is all they understand.  Without standing up to the Mullahs, regional conflict would be just around the corner.

 

Democrats: Biden Is ‘Unchanging,’ ‘Disaster Waiting to Happen’

Democrats: Biden Is ‘Unchanging,’ ‘Disaster Waiting to Happen  by Katherine Rodriguez (Breitbart.com)

Former Senator Mike Gravel (Alaska) at age 89 is also going after Joe Biden for not being “progressive” enough.

The former Alaska senator also called the former vice president “a disaster” and voiced his desire for a “serious progressive” to take the White House in 2020.

Know Trump hater and far left Congressman Bobby Rush also voiced his contempt for Biden.

Other Democrats off the campaign trail, including Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) member Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), called Biden “woefully ignorant of the black American experience.”

We see yet again, the Left doing what the Left does best – “eat its own”.

With the Democrat Debates happening this week, it will be very interesting to see how or even IF Joe Biden can handle the heat the way a Donald Trump did.  Somehow, I think his skin is thinner and his energy might not be up to the task.

 

Biden and Hillary: The eerie similarities between Joe’s 2020 bid and Clinton’s failed campaign

Biden and Hillary: The eerie similarities between Joe’s 2020 bid and Clinton’s failed campaign – Colin Reed (Fox News)

Image: Mark Stewart – US Dept. of State

With the far left’s — quite frankly insane policies of most of the US Presidential hopefuls — former V.P. Biden would seem the only candidate with a real chance of upending President Trump.

Colin Reed notes:

….the undeniable comparisons between Biden’s bid and the last failed Democratic candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Reed continues:

The 1990s era culture of triangulation and a pro-business Democratic Party that Biden and Clinton thrived in have been replaced by a 2019 edition more focused on ideological purity and identity politics.

Biden bemoaning the good old days when people who disagreed could nonetheless work together is not what his voters want to hear right now. Anger and grievance populism are in, compromise is out.

Reed points out that much of Clinton’s demise as a candidate was her inability to hide clear corruption. Trump came in to “drain the swamp”.

Four years ago, using the levers of government to enrich the family foundation proved to be the scandal Hillary Clinton couldn’t shake. The stench of corruption was too much for voters to stomach,

The scandals revolving around Biden’s strong arming of the President of the Ukraine to fire his chief prosecutor — who apparently had clear evidence that Hunter Biden (Joe Biden’s son) was involved in a pay for play scheme similar to Bill and Hillary using high office for sale — will alone potentially be Biden’s undoing.

Hunter Biden, Joe’s son, was recently kicked out of the US Naval Academy for cocaine use. Even the MSM is catching on. The next scandal —  Hunter Biden hops on AirForce 2, flies to Beijing and returns with a 1.5 BILLION dollar deal from the Chinese government in an area he has NO expertise in whatsoever — is beyond suspect. Joe Biden presumably thinks he’ll survive this was purely based on a compliant media and Left wing press. As they are now turning on him for ideological reasons, his candidacy is in big trouble — right before the first US Democrat Party Presidential debates next week.

Now, Biden faces a similar predicament. You can bet his fellow Democrats are strategizing about the best way to weaponize the attack. Biden will not be able to dismiss the allegations as a figment of the right-wing attack machine. Even progressive watchdog groups –- and fierce critics of President Trump -– told ABC that Hunter Biden’s work represented a “huge appearance of conflict.”

Next week should be fascinating in US politics. Pop up the pop corn and watch the accusations and fur fly.

If Biden falls, only “Pocahontas” Warren would have an outside chance at “The Donald”.

I doubt Trump could win a second term landslide as Ronald Reagan did, but as long as the US economy chugs along and Trump doesn’t go to war with Iran, his chances of re-election are looking better all the time.

Enjoy the upcoming show!

Dick Morris: Trump Is Waging (and Winning) a Peaceful World War III Against China

Dick Morris: Trump Is Waging (and Winning) a Peaceful World War III Against China – The Western Journal

Dick Morris (former adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton – now a definite foe of them both) has noted:

The stakes could not be higher in President Trump’s economic trade war with China. They go far beyond any usual economic conflict and amount to an economic World War III.

Morris also states:

China is run by a handful of men in Beijing who need not pay the slightest attention to the views of those they govern or the nations they dominate. The hope of the world in resisting this quest for domination is the trade war being waged by Donald Trump. His tariffs against China and his economic sanctions are the kind of early intervention that Britain and France should have made when Hitler invaded the Rhineland in 1936.

Morris is also the author of:  “Armageddon: How Trump Can Beat Hillary” published months before the 2016 US Presidential Election.

He has  been a very prescient political analyst in his career and this article in the opinion of Wentworthmaven is spot on.

Friends from “Downunder” take note. In the opinion of WWM, should Trump make a “real deal” with China, the Australian Dollar will explode north and along with it, the equities markets.  Whether that occurs is matter for extensive debate. The sticking point of course is that China, (like Iran), loves to tell the West what it wants to hear, but wants no accountability or mechanisms for enforcement. In the words of Ronald Reagan: they want anything but his “Trust but verify”.

The article clearly states that China’s position is, (like most communist/socialist regimes), all about perceived grievance.

The article is short and succinct.  I think this will help clarify what most of this brouhaha is all about.

 

Erdoğan’s Istanbul Nightmare

Erdoğan’s Istanbul Nightmare by Burak Bekdil (Gatestone Institute)

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan 2019 (cropped).jpg

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Photo: Wikipedia.org

Unbelievably, this is the man that Barak Obama said was, “His favorite foreign leader”.  On what basis, heaven only knows.

Much like Hitler fought Stalin – not over political philosophy, but rather “who would be in charge”, Erdogan fought ISIS. Not because he disagreed with ISIS’s leader, Al Baghdadi, but rather because Al Baghdadi had the temerity to “believe” HE was the new Caliphe – not Erdogan. Erdogan helped put him in his place, just like he has everyone else in Turkey – until now.

Erdoğan believed — and made the average Turk believe — that Turkey is a major world power. He claimed that his rule made miracles in the economy. Therefore, since his Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002, he has not lost a single election. Everything was coming up roses all the time. Not anymore.

Bekdil continues:

Who wins Istanbul wins Turkey,” has been Erdoğan’s dictum since 1994, when he won mayoral elections in Turkey’s biggest city (home to nearly 15% of Turkey’s 57 million voters and accounting for 31% of its GDP). Twenty-five years later, his candidate for mayor of Istanbul, former prime minister Binali Yıldırım, lost in the local election — the first defeat in Istanbul for Islamists since 1994. Game not yet over, Erdoğan ruled.

Erdogan likely manufactured the failed coup attempt to purge his political enemies and secure his grip on the military using cronies instead of competent officers. (Wentworthmaven’s opinion).

Bekdil concludes:

Even if Erdoğan wins Istanbul in the re-run, he will have lost the last few remaining crumbs of his international credibility.

It’s a delicate balance of NATO and the USA playing on one side with Putin constantly trying to woo Erdogan away from the West.  Erdogan has been in the catbird seat for the last two decades; perhaps this will finally come to an end? Especially if the EU grows a backbone and holds him to task.  Unlikely, but then so was Trump, Brexit and European citizens finally waking up to a new reality.

UK: Appeaser Theresa May resigns over Brexit failure, Robert Spencer issues statement

UK: Appeaser Theresa May resigns over Brexit failure, Robert Spencer issues statement (Video 4:15)

Theresa May not only will perhaps go down as the worst British PM since Neville Chamberlain, but also as one of the great purveyors of “Fake News”. From likely colluding with the Obama administration in attempting to undermine President Trump to her blatant hypocrisy, which this short video will enlighten our readers to.

Robert Spencer, a mild mannered erudite Islamic and Christian scholar, who not once has ever suggested the use of violence, has been wrongfully vilified by May. He was literally banned from entering the UK by then Home Secretary, Theresa May.

With the impending and ironic victory of the new UK Brexit Party to help hasten the exit of the UK from the disastrous EU, Boris Johnson will likely find great support from the Brexiteers — led by Nigel Farage and the resurgence of the conservative collective joining the serious Tories and UKIP’ers to finally get the UK out of the EU!

Wentworthmaven has followed Spencer for years and he’s exactly the opposite of what the mainstream media and the ilk of Ms. May would have us believe.

A Whiff of Justice and the Smell of Fear

A Whiff of Justice and the Smell of Fear – Firewall by Bill Whittle (8 minutes).

The “WenthworthMaven” is slowly returning.  I had a bit of a medical bout, but am finally on the mend. As such, perhaps slowly at first, but for now at least – I’m back!…..:-)

For those of you from Australia and the UK, perhaps the analogy of the “Deep State” and Bill Whittle’s video above will have a ring of truth?

It is often said what happens in the USA, (Think Donald Trump) will soon occur in Australia (and perhaps the UK). With the Phoenix like re-emergence of Scott Morrison as Australian PM and now Boris Johnson waiting in the wings as the inept Theresa May exits – “Stage Brexit”, much is possible.

What may be about to occur in the USA, just maybe, will be a new harbinger and breath of fresh air for us all?

Enjoy the always acerbic Bill Whittle, who gives us all a brief history lesson and food for thought.

Government Whip Resigns over May’s Decision to Delegate Brexit to ‘Calamity’ Corbyn

Government Whip Resigns over May’s Decision to Delegate Brexit to ‘Calamity’ Corbyn’ by Oliver JJ Lane (Breitbart.com)

h/t Scott of the Pacific

‘Calamity Corbyn’ about says it all!:

Theresa May is no Margaret Thatcher:

Theresa May’s ever more precarious government has suffered another resignation, this time from a junior minister and government whip who said Wednesday that the prime minister was failing in both her main duties — to deliver Brexit, and prevent a left-wing Corbyn government takeover.

Nigel Adams, MP went on to say:

….instead of moving to deliver Brexit as voted for by the British people, in the language of Adams’ Parliamentary colleagues, the prime minister is now “subcontracting” the business of Brexit to the “known Marxist” leader of the Opposition.

The previous Whip, Gareth Johnson, MP quit as well:

“This agreement prevents us from taking back control and instead could leave us perpetually constrained by the European Union… I have decided the time has come to place my loyalty to my country above my loyalty to the government.”

‘Calamity’ Corbyn

The UK hasn’t looked this bleak since Chamberlain. I wonder if there’s yet another Churchill to save the day?

Tucker Carlson Beats CNN’s Entire Prime Time Line Up Combined. CNN Isn’t Taking It Well.

Tucker Carlson Beats CNN’s Entire Prime Time Line Up Combined. CNN Isn’t Taking It Well – Ryan Saavedra (The Daily Wire)

It seems that the folks on the Left “got woke” to the deception about “Russia/Russia/Russia”.  Brian Stelter, Rachel Maddow, Chris Cuomo, Chris Hayes, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, Chris Mathews, Morning Joe and wife Mika turned out to be the REAL “Fake News”

From Saavedra:

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson absolutely dominated CNN last week, beating their entire prime time line up combined in total viewers by over 1,000,000 viewers — and CNN is not handling the news well.

CNN’s entire prime time line up garnered 2,474,000 total viewers compared to Carlson’s 3,475,000 total viewers.

After the ridiculous assertions from the “MSM”, it turns out that Media Matters (far left website) was really the one yielding the racist comments:

CNN’s report promoted the attacks against Carlson from far-left Media Matters, despite the fact that Media Matters’ president came under intense fire last month after it was revealed that he wrote multiple racist, anti-Semitic, and transphobic things before running Media Matters.

Carlson Stated:

Carlson responded to the far-left’s attempts to silence him in a fiery statement on Fox News, saying: “One of the only places left in the United States where independent thoughts are allowed is right here, the opinion hours on this network. Just a few hours in a sea of television programming. It’s not much, relatively speaking. For the Left, it’s unacceptable. They demand total conformity.

CNN and MSNBC are flailing at Tucker Carlson.  Good luck with that, read on!

Leftist Students Support Segregation

Leftist Students Support Segregation  Video (4:14) by Ami Horowitz (Prager University)

The LEFT simply doesn’t get it,  that it’s they who are the ideology of separatism.  In the USA, “separate but equal” was once considered an acceptable way of handling the differences in race between “people of color” and caucasians.  It was struck down as being segregationist (which of course it was!).  Today, the modern Left however, thinks it’s a good idea.

 

 

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.

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.

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.

How A Progressive Government Will ‘Disappear’ America

How A Progressive Government Will ‘Disappear’ America by Dr. Ileana  Johnson Paugh (Canada Free Press)

Ileana Johnson Paugh

Ed Note: Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh, who bills herself as a “Romanian Conservative”, knocks it out of the park with the editorial package she pens below:

It is interesting to note that, the more that is penned on the subject, the more skepticism prevails, the messenger becoming a Cassandra. The Greek mythological Cassandra was cursed to voice prophecies that were true, but her prophecies were not believed.

As evidence, Dr. Johnson Paugh sites this youtube video by Katie Hopkins – another “Casandra” of the UK:

Katie Hopkins warned  (“America Needs to Wake Up” – video link is 2:12 seconds), Americans about the dangers of unrestricted Islamic immigration and described in frank detail how it has affected the U.K. and Europe, contributing to a social decline and an inimical atmosphere. Thanks to Barack Obama’s eight-year islamophillic presidency, unrestricted immigration has spread to the United States.

And another brilliant tome written by Douglas Murray – yet another “Casandra” of the UK:

Douglas Murray’s “The Strange Death of Europe.”

Douglas Murray explained that Europe has been afflicted by a fatal disease that is impossible to cure.

“As a result, by the end of the lifespans of most people currently alive Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place in the world we had to call home,” said Murray.

Dr. IJP opines – The Mainstream Media, their acolytes and financial contributors; succinctly exposed:

The politicians and corporatist billionaires have decided that our civilization is passé and must be replaced by fresh blood from the third world—easily duped and manipulated.

The UN, the supposedly neutral NGOs and the continuing influence of their Agenda 21:

The U.N., with help from its affiliated NGOs (non-governmental organizations) aims to dictate population control and birth, diversity, border erasure, education, immigration, business, transportation, commerce, energy consumption, private property, housing, food production, water use, and healthcare.

For decades, they have chipped at our lives bit by bit, making incremental progress at local, state, and federal levels via their 1992 U.N. Agenda 21 now morphed into Agenda 2030. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s New Green Deal is not new, it is not green, and it is not a deal. It is a derivative U.N. Agenda 2030 on steroids.

The Elites (our “betters”) have “plans” for the rest of us:
Ed Note: Does anyone see the hand of George Soros, Tom Steyer, Michael Bloomberg and other billionaires at work here?

Their plan is that each country is meant to become a “home for the entire world,” no borders, endless welfare, all controlled by the United Nations and the billionaire elites who hold the purse strings of each former government.

The tactic is to discourage the dream of a free and truly open society by tarnishing, obfuscating and simply lying about our forbearers intentions.  As Orwell said:  “Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future.”

(the) American people seem to have lost faith in their own beliefs, traditions, and argue against their historical legitimacy to exist, an “existential tiredness,” or as my wise grandmother used to say, being tired of the good life and having democracy gone to their heads.

Dr. IJP then describes and lists her 11 bullet points of why immigration continues and has been justified:

We’ve heard many justifications as to why we are importing so many immigrants who refuse to assimilate and change the face and future of many countries:

We have an ageing population
Diversity is important
Immigration cannot be stopped
This is not who we are as a country
The downtrodden are flooding the West for a better life
Illegals come
It is very easy to deceive the authorities
The borderless world agenda

Multiculturalism
Destroying free speech
Europeans still believe that a core culture can be maintained

Douglas Murray she adds, states that:

They are here, there is nothing we can do about it
“The tyranny of guilt”

“If free countries have to have unsightly security controls, why don’t they have them around the national borders rather than around every single thing inside those borders?” (Murray, p. 333)

In conclusion, Dr. IJP states and quotes T.S. Eliot:

And academia has filled the heads of their students with pipe dreams of Marxism and communism, where everyone’s problems will be solved by the benevolent government.

As T.S. Elliott said, “dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good” and nobody will have to ever work if they don’t want to.

Overall, a brilliant package that tidily sums up where the Left is directing Western societies.

The only thing we must ask ourselves now is: Will we let them and  what can we do to stop them?

The Days of Even General Consensus Seem Lost

The Days of Even General Consensus Seem Lost (by LBNexaminer.com)

Ed Note: I found this editorial particularly poignant in it’s explanation of what is happening throughout Western civilization. Its application is universal and shows how we’re truly going down the rabbit hole into unprecedented territory for the experiment of self governing societies.  As the editorial points out:

Not since slavery has there been such a stark contrast between the ideologies of the states. America survived, but barely.

“We’re at war,” one frustrated Californian wrote to her local paper. “Not with another country, not with terrible diseases and plagues, not with ruthless dictators. We are at war with ourselves.” Red, blue, purple – America is a tangle of ideologies all pulling in different directions. These days, as the debates rage on, the map no longer seems to show state lines – but ideological battle lines. It’s not as if Americans have always seen eye to eye on every issue. But the days of even general consensus seem lost. Things that we used to take for granted – values like common decency and civility – are suddenly rare. Issues that were once uncontested – the value of a fully born human life – are suddenly grounds for fierce debate. In the states, the see-saw battles are even more pronounced.

In Illinois, New York, and Rhode Island, locals have watched leaders fight to make newborn killing legal – while Missouri, North Carolina, and Arkansas try to stop doctors from dismembering fetus in the womb. In one state, legal infanticide is a street party. In another, it’s a cause for community mourning. And it’s not just abortion. On education, sexuality, gender identity, immigration, and counseling, the gulfs are growing.

But how people think about the issues is just one part of the divide. As noted in the Harvard Political Review, “According to Pew Research, there are no issues that are widely considered top priorities by both Democrats and Republicans today. The average partisan gap between the parties’ rankings of priority issues in 2019 is 19 points, representing a 36 percent increase over the last two decades.” As reported by Pew, “[E]ven as recently as 2014, the top priorities of Democrats and Republicans were much more aligned than they are today.”

There are profound differences in how the two sides view the world today. Not since slavery has there been such a stark contrast between the ideologies of the states. America survived, but barely. Of course, the silver lining is that things can shift quickly. We’ve seen entire scripts flip on abortion after the New York law. In a matter of weeks, the number of people calling themselves “pro-life” jumped by 17 points. Change is possible – but it’s also up to us. As William Penn once said, “Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them … and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too … Let men be good, and the government cannot be bad.”

The Left Capitalizes On Terrorism To Target Political Opponents

The Left Capitalizes On Terrorism To Target Political Opponents by Ben Shapiro (TheDailyWire.com)

Chelsea Clinton

Of course Chelsea Clinton has been knocked lower on the “intersectional rights” ladder as she married a Jew and no one disputes her “white privilege”.  So when it comes to issues of calling out anti Semitism; she becomes fair game to the new left. As we have all seen and have history as our teacher, the Left is at its ugliest-best, when it eats its own.

Ed Note: for those of you not familiar with the term “intersectionality”, it is the buzz word de jour of the New Left. From their own words – “Intersectionality: a Tool for Realizing Human Rights”  by Yolandet (New Tactics in Human Rights)

The “Newspeak” of the Left continues:

Now Omar’s defenders have come out of the woodwork to suggest that criticism of her anti-Semitism was somehow responsible for the white supremacist shooting of 50 innocent people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Many of them suggested that labeling Omar’s anti-Semitism actually represents a type of censorship.

Two protesters, New York University students and best friends Leen Dweik and Rose Asaf, confronted Chelsea Clinton, who had gently chided Omar for her Jew hatred. “After all that you have done, all the Islamophobia that you have stoked,” Dweik screamed, “this, right here, is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words you put out in the world. …

When the terrorists call YOU (the collective conservatives – guilt by association) a terrorist:

Her message was parroted by terror supporter Linda Sarsour, who tweeted: “I am triggered by those who piled on Representative Ilhan Omar and incited a hate mob against her until she got assassination threats now giving condolences to our community. What we need you to do is reflect on how you contribute to islamophobia and stop doing that.”

Anything to avoid the reality of Islamist doctrine. Read the Quran, it’s all there to be seen in black and white:

Here’s the truth: Radical Islam is dangerous. The Islamic world has a serious problem with radical Islam.

Appointing Iran to UN Women’s Rights Panel Sends “Worst Possible Message”   by (the Tower.org – staff)

large swaths of the Muslim world are, in fact, hostile to Western views on matters ranging from freedom of speech to women’s rights.

And here’s another truth: Anti-Semitism is ugly, whether it’s coming from white supremacists or Ilhan Omar. Making that point has nothing to do with the killing of Muslims in Christchurch.

And the Mainstream Media continues its “Crusade” to a globalist agenda and vanquishing whom they see as the “Crusaders”.

So long as the media continue to push the narrative that criticism of Islam is tantamount to incitement of murder, radical Islam will continue to flourish. So long as the media continue to cover for the dishonest argument that criticism of anti-Semitism forwards the goals of white supremacists, anti-Semitism will continue to flourish.

Precisely what the Left wants to avoid at all costs.  If it doesn’t fit the agenda and meet the narrative of the “talking points”, it’s not just wrong; its proponents are “bad people”.  Good Grief!

As if the following really need be stated, but apparently it must be shouted from the rafters if sanity is to ever return.

Honest discussion about hard issues isn’t incitement.