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Weekend Reads: “If Everyone Knows the New York Times Lies, Why Should Anyone Read It?”

Not too many of the last two generations will know what the Hell this post’s header picture ^^^ is about.

Tech Goliaths in Serious Need of David’s Rock Upside the Head(s)…

Ian Miles Cheong: The Internet Accountability Project Takes The Fight to Big Tech. And we’ll be joining them.

“For far too long, Big Tech companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter have gotten away with profiting from human-sex trafficking, revenge-porn, the opioid epidemic and drug addiction, terrorism, and other forms of human misery, along with engaging in egregious business practices like snooping, spying, political bias against conservatives, employee abuses, and anticompetitive conduct,” Davis said.

“Enough is enough. It’s time to re-boot Big Tech, upgrade and reformat the sweetheart laws that protect them, and enforce the antitrust, consumer- and employee-protection, and similar laws already on the books,” he added. “We are pleased that 50 state attorneys general, along with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, have taken the bold and courageous steps of investigating Big Tech’s ‘bad acts,” and we will support other government officials in their efforts to investigate and hold Big Tech accountable.” …

“It is critical to protect innovation and ingenuity in the tech space, but to do so mindfully. Big Tech should not be allowed to become the arbiters of communication in America without input from citizens and policy makers,” said Rachel Bovard, who has served in various roles in the House and Senate, including as legislative director for Senator Rand Paul.

“It is important for those on the Right to begin discussing whether our public policy has kept pace with Big Tech, who now owns our data, much of our privacy, and in many cases, is pulling the levers of our political communication. IAP is here to help facilitate that conversation.” …

Bill Asher: Zucked Up Beyond All Recognition: The social media giant is establishing its own “supreme court” to adjudicate disputes over “offensive” content. Who expects any justice?

Stop the video. Rewind the clip. Watch the steam go from the ears to the head, forming a crown, not of apostolic succession but apocalyptic surrender. Picture, too, a trio of technicians off-camera: engineers in white coveralls—men pacing inside a 1967 Ford Econoline—struggling to grab the toggles on a remote control, while the man in charge radios headquarters to shut Mark Zuckerberg . . . down.

Zuckerberg’s latest failure to pass the Turing test is a warning to those wayward Disney Imagineers who, through a combination of intellectual vanity and theft of intellectual property, assembled a CEO from pneumatic valves, hydraulic fluids, threaded rods, metal reeds, and magnetic tape.

Zuckerberg’s assertion that Facebook is a democratic system, with its own currency and soon-to-be Supreme Court, proves one of three things: Either Zuckerberg believes what he says, which constitutes a revolution in the definition and management of a for-profit corporation, as well as a revolution in thought, that Zuckerberg can and does think, or our erstwhile leader—a Lincoln of Adamsean stature—is a very bad liar.

Facebook is a democracy in the same way Twitter is an online version of the Algonquin Round Table. Which is to say it is not; which is to say we have no say; which is to say what Zuckerberg says rules, all courts, boards, and committees to the contrary.

Some words, also, about Zuckerberg’s choice of words.

Our republic is mortal, our rights eternal.

Whether America endures, democratic in spirit and republican in practice, whether the truths we hold remain self-evident, whether we hold our government accountable, whether the government defends our national bank account of justice and opportunity—all this depends on our decision to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our prosperity.

We have a social contract, not a social media contract….

Breitbart: Facebook Admits It’s a Publisher in Court Filings

CNBC: Twitter exec says it’s OK for autocrats to have accounts as long as they follow its rules

Twitchy: ‘Thanks for making our point FOR US, Jack’: Twitter censors tweet from new Conservative group fighting ‘Big Tech’ censorship (screenshot)

WJ: Facebook Created Over 100 Pro-ISIS Pages, Meantime Censoring Conservatives

TDMN: AT&T is reportedly considering unloading DirecTV, one of activist’s key concerns: AT&T’s 2015 purchase of the satellite business is now a lightning rod for critics.

Among its options, it may spin the satellite TV unit into a separate company or sell it to a rival, such as Dish Network, according to the report, which cites unnamed sources.

A source familiar with the matter told The Dallas Morning News there are no discussions between Dish and AT&T because of regulatory concerns. Federal regulators stopped a deal between the two companies in 2002, citing consumer harm.

AT&T declined to comment.

The report about a potential DirecTV sale comes about a week after an activist investor publicly questioned AT&T’s business strategy and succession plan. In a 23-page letter, New York-based hedge fund Elliott Management criticized decisions by company management and called for the divestment of “any assets that do not have a clear, strategic rationale for being part of AT&T.” One of those, it said, is DirecTV.

Elliott holds a $3.2 billion stake, or 1%, in AT&T. It said its recommendations would drive AT&T’s stock price above $60 by the end of 2021.

AT&T paid $67 billion, including debt, for DirecTV four years ago. With it, AT&T became the largest pay-TV provider in the country. The move also signaled the company’s growing interest in the world of entertainment.

But Elliott said in its letter that the pricey acquisition was a mistake that has had “damaging results.” AT&T closed the deal just as customers were shifting away from traditional cable and satellite TV subscriptions, it said….

Heading Into Off-Season Hardball…

VDH: Trump’s Total Culture War

Donald Trump is waging a nonstop, all-encompassing war against progressive culture, in magnitude analogous to what 19th-century Germans once called a Kulturkampf.

As a result, not even former President George W. Bush has incurred the degree of hatred from the left that is now directed at Trump. For most of his time in office, Trump, his family, his friends and his businesses have been investigated, probed, dissected and constantly attacked.

In 2016 and early 2017, Barack Obama appointees in the FBI, CIA and Department of Justice tried to subvert the Trump campaign, interfere with his transition and, ultimately, abort his presidency. Now, congressional Democrats promise impeachment before the 2020 election.

The usual reason for such hatred is said to be Trump’s unorthodox and combative take-no-prisoners style. Critics detest his crude and unfettered assertions, his lack of prior military or political experience, his attacks on the so-called bipartisan administrative state, and his intent to roll back the entire Obama-era effort of “fundamentally transforming” the country leftward.

Certainly, Trump’s agenda of closing the border, using tariffs to overturn a half-century of Chinese mercantilism, and pulling back from optional overseas military interventions variously offends both Democrats and establishment Republicans…

To make things worse for his critics, Trump’s economy is booming as never before in the new 21st century: near-record-low unemployment, a record number of Americans working, increases in workers’ wages and family incomes, low interest rates, low inflation, steady GDP growth and a strong stock market.

Yet the real source of Trump derangement syndrome is his desire to wage a multifront pushback — politically, socially, economically and culturally — against what might be called the elite postmodern progressive world….

Jeffrey Lord: Corey Lewandowski’s Home Run: Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee Democrats humiliated.

Under Chairman Jerrold Nadler, the committee has become infamous as a political clown show, with Nadler’s fellow Democrats turning a committee with the job of an impartial oversight of the administration of justice into a partisan lynch mob intent on impeaching a president for no other reason than that he won the 2016 election.

Corey sat down at the witness table, looked Chairman Nadler and his fellow Democrats in the eye, and effortlessly hit a political home run, saying this of the Mueller report:

It is now clear the investigation was populated by many Trump haters who had their own agenda — to try and take down a duly elected president of the United States. As for actual collusion or conspiracy, there was none. What there has been, however, is harassment of this president from the day he won the election.

Bingo.

Calmly, dispassionately — not to mention with a dash of humor — Lewandowski easily swatted away the rantings and railings coming in his direction. He rendered his questioners, like those long-ago Chicago Cubs mercilessly badgering and berating Babe Ruth, humiliated and scorned.

The mass humiliation of Nadler and his fellow Judiciary Committee Democrats was not lost on commentators on the liberal cable nets. Courtesy of Rush Limbaugh, who put together a montage of fuming anti-Trumpers and Never Trumpers that went like this…

What Corey Lewandowski did this week was shine the spotlight on the foaming irrationality of those obsessed with Trump and suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome. Those afflicted with TDS have no idea how crazy, not to mention intolerant and contemptuous of their fellow Americans, they appear….

Tyler O’Neil: Groundbreaking $4.8M Lawsuit Threatens to Unearth SPLC’s Secrets

Over the past two years, the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has faced numerous lawsuits for defamation and other claims. The SPLC earned its reputation by suing the Ku Klux Klan, and in recent decades it has accused various organizations of being “hate groups,” listing them along with the KKK in a cynical attempt to raise money and destroy its political enemies. While the SPLC paid a $3.375 million settlement to Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz last year, none of the many lawsuits against the SPLC has threatened to reveal its secrets — until now.

Every lawsuit against the SPLC has been stalled or dismissed or settled, with none reaching the discovery process — a legal process by which a plaintiff can investigate the internal documents of the organization or person he or she is suing. On Tuesday, a judge dismissed a Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) lawsuit, claiming CIS attempted to shoehorn a defamation claim into a racketeering claim. CIS Executive Director Mark Krikorian told PJ Media his group is considering an appeal.

The discovery process threatens to reveal the SPLC’s hidden documents. This is a big deal because the organization had a serious shake-up in March, when it fired its co-founder and cleaned house at the top in response to claims of sexual harassment and racial discrimination. The secretive SPLC did not even reveal the employee letter that led to this massive shake-up, and there is likely more dirt still to be uncovered….

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John Sexton: Rep. Meadows: Comey’s congressional testimony at odds with what he told IG Horowitz, new referral needed

Chuck Ross: ‘O Reports’: State Department Provides First Glimpse At Christopher Steele’s Pre-Dossier Intel Reports

Steven Emerson: The Orwellian Universe of Linda Sarsour

Rush Limbaugh: If Everyone Knows the New York Times Lies, Why Should Anyone Read It?

Twitchy: ‘Inexperience and ignorance’: Mollie Hemingway’s thread about Pogrebin/Kelly’s FAIL may well be the best ‘there-there’ slam EVER

Twitchy: ‘Absolutely BRUTAL’: Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly are completely unprepared for Saagar Enjeti’s ‘actual journalism’

Christian Toto: Critics: ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ Is Racist Call for Trump Wall: The fifth installment of Sylvester Stallone’s veteran saga gets slammed as pro-wall propaganda … and much worse.

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Thursday News Feed: From The Files Of…

Git`er Done…

Breitbart: Donald Trump Signs, Shows Off Newly Constructed Wall on San Diego Border

PJM: It’s Been Six Months Since Trump Ended the White House Press Briefings—and the Country Is Fine

Twitchy: Since we’re told straws are a danger to the ocean, President Trump is sending the EPA after San Francisco over used needles

FNC: Trump sues Manhattan DA, accounting firm in bid to protect tax returns from release

Twitchy: Important: President Trump photographed with cash in his back pocket

Hell You Say…

Twitchy: Prosecutors say an ISIS propaganda video was found on the phone of an American Airlines mechanic who allegedly sabotaged a jetliner

NBC6 S.Miami: Amid Terrorism Talk, Bail Denied in Miami Plane Sabotage Case: U.S. Magistrate Judge Chris McAliley imposed pretrial detention for 60-year-old Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani at Wednesday’s hearing

Zombies…

Tucker Carlson (VIDEO): San Francisco business owner considers closing shop after being bitten by homeless person twice: Homeless driving business owners out of California; store owner Gilles DeSaulniers speaks out.

It’s. NOT. The. Guns. It’s our culture…

FNC: 2 Chicago gangbangers executed 9-year-old in revenge killing against his father’s rival gang: prosecutors

HotAir: Schumer lies: I don’t know of a single Democrat who supports Beto O’Rourke on gun confiscation

Daniel Greenfield: What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Gun Control: No government regulation can make society moral.

Hint: It wasn’t a Muslim/Islamic school…

Twitchy: ‘Enemy of the people’: CNN Politics’ clickbait-swipe at Betsy DeVos for visiting a Catholic grade school is just EMBARRASSING

He Can Now Run for Governor of Virginia…

Time: Justin Trudeau Wore Brownface at 2001 ‘Arabian Nights’ Party While He Taught at a Private School

Global News: Exclusive: Video shows Trudeau in blackface in 3rd instance of racist makeup

Twitchy: ‘He’s still lying’: 3rd instance of Justin Trudeau in blackface surfaces

See, We Told You It’s a Religious Cult…

NBC News: Climate Confessions: Even those who care deeply about the planet’s future can slip up now and then. Tell us: Where do you fall short in preventing climate change? Do you blast the A/C? Throw out half your lunch? Grill a steak every week? Share your anonymous confession with NBC News.

WE: ‘Absolute theological bankruptcy’: Union Theological Seminary students confess climate sins to plants

Paul Bedard: Goose eggs: No climate doomsday warning has come true: “On the eve of a “global climate strike,” a new report revealed that none of the global warming doomsday predictions of the past 50 years have come true.”

Out: UFOs … In: UAPs (unexplained aerial phenomena)…

What’s really the deal with the US military suddenly releasing UFO videos and saying they’ve no explanations? Are they just prepping us for the ‘arrival’ and will our alien overlords be ‘carbon neutral’ vegans? I’ll hang up and listen to your answer. Thanks.

PM: The Navy Says Those UFO Videos Are Real: And they were never meant to be released to the public.

Joy To the United Federation of Planets…

HMTV: William Shatner has made a Christmas album with Henry Rollins and Iggy Pop: Ahead of the full album, Shatner has shared a rendition of Silent Night with Iggy Pop on vocals.

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The Left Is a Wheeless Cart: Deviant Democrat Donors and America’s Transformation from Leftist “Pop Culture” to “Cancel Culture”

The MSM and Hollywood are rabid when it comes to ‘exposing’ republican/Trump donors and supporters. They hammer and hammer, demonize and dox the people who simply do not think or vote the way they do. It has gone so far, including the doxxing, that Hollywood has expanded their fascistic tactics to intentionally blacklisting those within their own industry so that those Trump donors/supporters are refused work in Hollywood…

WIBC: Harvey Weinstein, Debra Messing, Eric McCormack: A Study on Power and Control: Weinstein used power to control the body. McCormack and Messing want to use power to control the mind.

Yet, these same bastions(MSM, Hollywood, democrats) of women’s rights, and all that, just find it necessary to bury and cover-up for their own political party’s deviant mega-donors, promoters, and supporters…

DC: Prominent Donors Who’ve Been Accused Of Sex Crimes, Ranked

Tucker Carlson: Hillary Clinton donor accused of running drug den: Two men have allegedly died of drug overdoses inside Ed Buck’s home.

Gregg Re: Clinton, Obama silent on Ed Buck donations after Dem megadonor’s arrest

NYPost: Dem donor Ed Buck accused of human trafficking by family of man found dead in his LA home

KTLA: “The fact he wasn’t arrested until now is “incomprehensible,” said Rep. Karen Bass.

Uh-huh. Well, just wait until these democrat representatives find out the monumental drug abuse, growing disease and out-of-control homelessness in their districts is being escalated by corruption within those local governments.

CBSNews: New lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein estate details sexual abuse and names alleged co-conspirators

Reuters: Jeffrey Epstein accusers cannot recoup damages over lenient plea deal: U.S. judge

Theodore Dalrymple: Epstein’s Web: “My guess about the late Mr. Epstein’s taste for orgies is that it was only partially sexual in origin … What he really enjoyed (I surmise) is corrupting others—and not just others, but prominent and powerful others. He enjoyed being, or playing, Mephistopheles, quite apart from any sexual gratification he may have had on the way.”

John Sexton: Attorney Lisa Bloom sold herself to Harvey Weinstein as someone who could help discredit his accusers

Lee Smith: The Human Stain: Why the Harvey Weinstein Story Is Worse Than You Think: “You know the old joke about Washington: That it’s Hollywood for ugly people…But it turns out that the joke works in the opposite direction: Hollywood is for ugly people, too. That was Harvey Weinstein’s essential insight, and how he managed to combine the worlds of politics, entertainment, and media. They’re all repulsive—and I know they’re disgusting or else they wouldn’t be courting, of all people, me.”

Hmmmmmm:

LAT: Massage therapist suing Kevin Spacey for sexual assault dies ahead of trial

Ann Coulter: Penis Story Collapses in Flaccid Hearsay: “If I can produce someone who saw John Roberts’ penis in college, can we get the Obamacare opinion overturned?”

MORE “Cancel Culture” Cannibalisms:

Twitchy: Queer activist pens opinion piece in the Toronto Star and rages against the ‘poison’ that Chick-fil-A has unleashed upon Toronto (but Chick-fil-A’s too busy helping people to notice)

NB: ‘Rats, All of You!’ Comedians Bill Burr, Spade, Schneider Slam Cancel Culture

Stephen Kruiser: Cancel Culture Update—Richard Pryor Weeps: “Of the myriad assaults on free speech — most of which are coming from politically correct leftist scolds — the assault on stand-up comedy is the most ominous. And I’m not just saying that because I’m a comic.”

Christian Toto: Is This ‘SNL’s’ Ugliest Attack on Conservatives Yet? Did Variety just share more Fake News, or did ‘SNL’ just throw Red State USA under the bus?

David Marcus: Announcement Of A Mamet Revival On Broadway Gives Wokesters The Sads: David Mamet’s classic play ‘American Buffalo’ is coming back to Broadway, and progressive theater cats are none too pleased.: “The 1975 play that follows three hapless criminals was until recently almost universally viewed as a masterpiece. But Mamet is a conservative, and in today’s theater world, conservatives aren’t allowed to have masterpieces.”

THR: SOUTH PARK’S MATT STONE ON CANCEL CULTURE:

After their first meeting Tuesday for the upcoming 23rd season (premiering Sept. 25), The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Parker and Stone at their Marina del Rey studio (named Casa Bonita) to discuss how long they want to keep doing South Park, some plans to make a (non-South Park) movie for the first time in 15 years and the rise of cancel culture.

“It’s new,” Stone says of cancel culture, the term used to refer to boycotts started (usually via social media) when a person or group is offended by a star or brand. “I don’t want to say it’s the same as it’s always been. The kids are fucking different than us. There’s a generational thing going on.” Currently, Dave Chappelle is in the crosshairs for his latest Netflix stand-up special, Sticks and Stones. “I know some people have been canceled for genuinely, like, personal behavior, but Dave is not getting canceled anytime soon,” Stone says, joking that South Park and Chappelle are “grandfathered” out of the culture.

Stone also shared his theory as to why critics were so hard on the latest Chappelle special, while viewers seemed to enjoy it far more. “I feel bad for television critics and cultural critics,” he explains. “They may have laughed like hell at that, and then they went home and they know what they have to write to keep their job. So when I read TV reviews or cultural reviews, I think of someone in prison, writing. I think about somebody writing a hostage note. This is not what they think. This is what they have to do to keep their job in a social media world. So I don’t hold it against them.”

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Hump Day: Nuttin’ But “NERDS!!!”

Phillip W. Magness: Even Swedish Socialism was Violent

Few subjects are more taboo among self-described socialists than the historical track record of socialism in action.

Bernie Sanders recently bristled at the suggestion of any commonality between the government of Venezuela and his own platform, even though less than a decade ago he was touting the country along with other leftist governments in South America as exemplars of the “American dream.”
When Anderson Cooper presented Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with a similar question, she scoffed at the suggestion. It is unfair to link their ideology to its violent forebears, they insist, because the “democratic socialism” they envision is a Scandinavian-style welfare state, modeled after the economy of Sweden.

There are many problems with this comparison. Sweden’s government has actually been trending away from the centrally planned economic approach favored by Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez. The country reined in public spending with a system of budget caps in the 1990s, scrapped its wealth tax in 2007, and has generally followed a path of privatization and deregulation over the past two decades.

But there’s also a neglected dark side to the Swedish welfare model that its “democratic socialist” admirers seldom mention. That same welfare system developed in explicit conjunction with a violent and coercive eugenics policy, intended to ensure its fiscal solvency and prevent abuses of its programs by persons who were deemed genetically “unfit” by the state.

Both policies trace their modern origins to the 1930s with the political ascendance of the Swedish Social Democratic Party (SDP). Following an SDP victory in 1932, Swedish premier Per Albin Hansson organized his government around a principle he dubbed “folkhemmet,” roughly translated as “the people’s home.” This new philosophy sought to bring private industry into economic and political partnership with the state, subject to socially progressive regulatory guidance as an alternative to a more rigid centrally planned approach, as seen under Soviet socialism….

Sam Dorman: Doomsdays that didn’t happen: Think tank compiles decades’ worth of dire climate predictions

The conservative-leaning Competitive Enterprise Institute has put together a lengthy compilation of apocalyptic predictions dating back decades that did not come to pass, timed as Democratic presidential candidates and climate activists refocus attention on the issue.

The dire predictions, often repeated in the media, warned of a variety of impending disasters – famine, drought, an ice age, and even disappearing nations – if the world failed to act on climate change.

Karol Markowicz: The ‘Climate Strike’ is a crock that exploits kids.

Sure: Children are our future, goes the adage. Shouldn’t they have a say in what happens to their planet?

But what “say” are they having by marching around with signs — repeating slogans and talking points spoon-fed to them by … adults?

Brain Cates: Without Accountability, There Can Never Be Trust in Our Government

The punishment must be commensurate with the crimes committed.

The crimes here amount to a deliberate attempt to subvert the federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies and turn them into political engines of partisan policy to shield political friends and destroy political enemies. After covering up serious crimes committed by their political friends, these key government officials used their offices to manufacture crimes to use as a pretext to investigate and punish their political enemies.

Unless this behavior is punished with the utmost severity, no one will ever be able to place trust in the federal government. The ball of accountability will soon end up in the court of U.S. Attorney General William Barr…

Things Just Too Damn Ridiculously Bad to Be Satire…

Yahoo Finance: Exclusive: Facebook exec: ‘We do not’ have an anti-conservative bias

Paul Sperry: Twitter is run by Democratic donors and activists

Matt Vespa: Popcorn: Lewandowski Slapped Around Democrats During Their Trump Impeachment Circus: “I mean that’s brutal. But this is how we’re going to win. We can’t take their crap anymore. And frankly, they all deserved to be slapped around a little. No more with losing with dignity. No more accepting defeat. Fight back, frustrate, and waste these Democrats’ time because they’ve sure done a pretty solid job doing that with everyone else’s concerning this farce investigation. Even CNN noted that Lewandowski straight-up owned the Democrats today.”

Socialist-Dinocrat Fart-Vapers…

DC: Kamala Harris Calls For Kavanaugh Impeachment, Says ‘The Fact That Something Has Not Been Proven Doesn’t Mean It Didn’t Occur’

FBN: Warren stumped by Colbert on whether middle-class taxes will go up

WFB: Biden: Child Tax Credit Will ‘Put 720 Million Women Back in the Workforce’ – Says his words made him ‘sound like a wonk’

The Lid: Beto O’ Rourke Helps Gun Shop Sell Out Of AR-15s

PJM: ‘No Beto’ AR-15 Lower Receiver Available in Time for Christmas, Chanukah

Townhall: Bernie Sanders Quietly Flip-Flops His Immigration Stance

LAT: Bernie Sanders’ $2.5-trillion ‘Housing for All’ plan aims to add millions of homes and a national rent cap

WashTimes: Jimmy Carter: I couldn’t have managed presidency at 80… Or at 50

Stephen Kruiser: Hillary Gets Drunker, Dems Try to Cancel God

FNC: Democrats have ‘underestimated how much people hate political correctness,’ says Michael Knowles

RCP: Just Admit It, Democrats: You Want to Lose Next Year

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Wilfred M. McClay: How The New York Times Is Distorting American History: ‘The 1619 Project’ and its false and destructive narrative about this country

Jenna Ellis: THIS is Trump’s most lasting success (and the left’s greatest fear)

Betsy McCaughey: Democrats’ biggest health care lies

Amanda Prestigiacomo: Former ‘SNL’ Star Norm MacDonald Reacts To Firing Of Shane Gillis: ‘This Means WAR’

Salena Zito: The Crackers and Frackers Could Hold the Keys to 2020

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Joe Biden … The Sour White Milk to a “Corn Pop” Story

If you are saying “You know, Joe Biden reminds me of somebody…” and you are one of us “The Office” fanatics, look no further. ^^^

When you pander to the gathered crowd it never comes out quite the way you thought it would…

Dominic Green: Biden and Corn Pop, Kavanaugh and Porn Cop: This composite is the true image of American politics today

The Kavanaugh and Corn Pop stories must at all times be considered separately, for two reasons. First, if taken together, these stories show the extent to which pro-Democratic media, even the upmarket kind which advertises its fact-checking, will go in order to slander its enemies and support its team — and that the obvious cognitive decline of the Democratic frontrunner might not be as alarming as the obvious ethical decline in the press, because a party can find a better candidate, but the Times, it isn’t a-changin’.

Second, there’s the risk that the two stories will merge into a single image in which Joe Biden’s friends push his penis into Corn Pop’s hand in order to prove his tolerance, while Brett Kavanaugh the Porn Cop stands pink and proud for family values. This composite is the true image of American politics today, so is best not considered at all, let along pushed into anyone’s face as part of a presidential nomination strategy….

FNC (w/VIDEO): Joe Biden’s ‘Corn Pop’ gangster story ‘greatest political anecdote ever,’ Mark Steyn jokes

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s claim he confronted a gang leader named “Corn Pop” in the 1960s is the greatest political story in history, according to Mark Steyn.

Steyn poked fun at the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate’s story in an interview Monday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“As I understand this, Joe Biden faced down a gang leader who was threatening to cut him with a razor because Biden had called him ‘Esther Williams’,” he said. Williams was a competitive swimmer and an actress at the time.

“In all of America’s epidemic of gang violence, this has never happened before. You had said this was the greatest political anecdote of the last ten years — it’s the greatest political anecdote ever — it should be in the Smithsonian.”

“Dick Morris and James Carville should be teaching this in political campaigning master classes — it’s brilliant,” he added….

TBB: Biden Lands Coveted Corn Pops Endorsement Deal

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Jonathan Chait: What If the Only Democrat Who Isn’t Too Radical to Win Is Too Old?

FNC: Biden gaffes, stumbles and fitness for office under fire in new Trump campaign video

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MSM and Democrats Perfectly Happy to Incinerate Themselves in Their Arson Attempt Against Justice Kavanaugh and the SCOTUS

The IG and FISA report must be a doozy if media is already going this bonkers.

At some point the majority of Americans will have, hopefully, woken up to the incessant manipulation being done to them by this country’s mainstream media. It is not something that all of a sudden began happening in 2016. No, the MSM has had an overactive agenda-driven journalistic malpractice mission for decades. It has just been shifted into hyper-overdrive since 2016. But then they were well-rested from sitting back and relaxing during the Obama era and not reporting on that administration’s scandals … that the left insist were none.

Democrats continue to reveal themselves as idiots and assholes, whether in the political bubble or the leftist media bubble.
They are all fart bubbles in The Swamp. And their continued fueling of their self-immolation is beyond pathetic.

In the flatulency of the latest Kavanaugh hit job the writers of the irredeemable New York Times essay pretty much threw the paper’s editors under the proverbial bus…

FNC: NYT reporters behind Kavanaugh story suggest key information was removed by editors

The New York Times reporters behind the controversial piece on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh claimed Monday night that key details missing from the sexual misconduct allegation may have been removed from the original draft in the editing process….

The paper was forced to issue an update that included the significant detail that several friends of the alleged victim said she did not recall the purported sexual assault. The newspaper also stated for the first time that the alleged victim refused to be interviewed, and has made no other comment about the episode.

Pogrebin and Kelly said in an interview that information was included in their original draft of the piece.

“In your draft of the article, did it include those words that have since been added to the article?” MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell asked.
“It did,” both Pogrebin and Kelly responded.

“So somewhere in the editing process, those words were trimmed,” O’Donnell said in clarification.

Pogrebin then explained that The Times doesn’t usually include names of victims and that she believed that when the editors removed the name, the crucial information that she didn’t remember was also removed.

“So I think it was just sort of an editing, you know, done in the haste in the editing process,” Pogrebin added….

Uh-huh. Except that The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway, who thankfully was one of the first to actually read this latest smear book and has been at the forefront of knocking down the attempt at leftist/democrat/MSM false narrative, said on Fox and Friends this morning that in an hourlong interview yesterday on NPR the two women authors again were not forthcoming with the same vital details and information the editors of the NY Times had allegedly edited out of the Friday article…

FNC (VIDEO): Mollie Hemingway on Kavanaugh: No one has been held accountable for what’s been done to him – Co-author of ‘Justice on Trial’ Mollie Hemingway questions when the smear campaign against the Supreme Court justice will stop.

How bad is the NYTimes essay and their editorial malpractice in all of this blowback? Well, the story itself was so weak and empty that even the rabid anti-Kavanaugh WaPo would not touch it. Yep, that bad, and worse…

Vanity Fair: “They Played It Up Pretty Big”: Turmoil Engulfs the Times Over the Kavanaugh Debacle: Sources say Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly initially pitched their reporting to the news side, but top editors ultimately felt that there wasn’t enough juice to warrant a story there—punting the scoop to the Sunday Review section. “In today’s journalistic world, the conversation is a bit irrelevant,” one source said. “Your average reader is not gonna really know or care where it is.”

Twitchy: But wait, it gets WORSE! Top editors on NYT ‘news side’ felt Pogrebin and Kelly’s reporting on Kavanaugh did NOT warrant a story

Obviously the NYTimes ain’t into that whole “full disclosure” thing…

Twitchy: The plot THICKENS! Co-writer of NYT piece on Kavanaugh, Robin Pogrebin, left out HUGE detail that could be a game changer

FNC: Durbin asked about prospects of Kavanaugh impeachment, says ‘get real’

“We’ve got to get beyond this ‘impeachment is the answer to every problem,” Durbin said, according to Politico. “It’s not realistic. If that’s how we are identified in Congress, as the impeachment Congress, we run the risk that people will feel we’re ignoring the issues that mean a lot to them as families.”

Rep. Jerry Nadler, the New York Democrat and chair of the House Judiciary Committee, said the committee will ask Christopher Wray, the FBI director, about the investigation during a later hearing. Nadler stressed that his focus is on impeaching Trump.

A Kavanaugh impeachment would require a majority vote in the Democratic-controlled House, and two-thirds vote in the GOP-majority Senate.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., will reportedly file an impeachment resolution on Tuesday. She said he must be “held accountable for his actions.”

Breitbart: Nadler on Kavanaugh Impeachment: ‘We Have Our Hands Full’ with Trump Impeachment

Again The Squad says ‘fuck you’ to the adults in the room…

WBUR: Rep. Pressley To File Kavanaugh Impeachment Resolution

And the democrat hag from Hawaii that seriously needs a mental evaluation doesn’t understand every time she opens her yap she proves the need for it…

WFB: Mazie Hirono (D) Calls For Kavanaugh Impeachment: Accuses Trump of ‘court-packing’ after filing amicus brief threatening to pack Court

They simply refuse to help themselves. They are addicts to their own lies and cover-ups. But we must realize and recognize the smear is just the means by which to get to the real goal of these fascists…

Matt Margolis: New York Times Now Admits New Kavanaugh Accusation Is Fake News

David Harsanyi: The Smearing Of Brett Kavanaugh Is An Attack On The Supreme Court: Destroying the institution is part of the plan.

Rush Limbaugh: Wake Up! The New York Times Didn’t Make a Mistake — They Smeared Kavanaugh on Purpose!

Twitchy: Former journalist roasted for saying NYT’s editor’s note was just ‘another example’ of the MSM ‘fixing’ a mistake

Trey Gowdy: Democratic push to impeach Kavanaugh: Impeachment is the political death penalty (VIDEO)

AoSHQ: Clinton Lawyer and Kavanaugh Smear-Whisperer Max Stier Worked With the Washington Post Since 2016, But Forgot to Mention the Brett Kavanaugh Smears Until Democrats Needed Them in 2018

Politico: Times’ handling of Kavanaugh story draws widespread criticism: Editors won’t explain why an explosive allegation appeared in Sunday Review, lacked a key fact and was promoted with an offensive tweet.

This really puts lie to the claim of “multiple layers of painstaking fact-checking and editorial oversight,” doesn’t it? Just handing out the Times’ twitter keys to any flunkie with an agenda and book to promote?

A friend says it’s as if the New York Times just gave her the keys to the car and said, “Keep it under 90 and top off the tank when you’re done, huh?”

I’m thinking that there was no editor involved, not really, in the original article. I’m thinking this pair just turned in their article and it went to press with almost no checking at all.

It gets worse: Phil Kerpen is bumping this old find from November 2018.

It turns out this same Robin Pobrebin tried to “force feed” a quote to a Ramirez friend, trying to contrive some (spurious, journalist-invented) corroboration for her “recovered memories.”

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Can’t wait for this newest “journalistic” endeavor.

I think we all assume that the practice of quote-fishing — “Could you say x for me? It would rilly rilly help” — is pretty much 90% of “journalism” today. They don’t find witnesses; they cast them, and have them repeat pre-written lines that will forward the plot.

MORE:

FNC: NYT editor attempts to explain controversial Kavanaugh story, avoids key question

Howard Kurtz: How I realized the NY Times Kavanaugh story was a train wreck

Gregg Re: Kavanaugh accuser’s friend dismisses original allegations, detail also not mentioned in NYT excerpt of book

Tucker Carlson: New York Times revives attacks on Brett Kavanaugh

Philip Klein: The Left is laying the groundwork to reopen the FBI investigation into Kavanaugh should a Democrat take the presidency

VDH (VIDEO): Hoover Institution Senior Fellow, Victor Davis Hanson on controversial reporting on Justice Kavanaugh: I think its a revolutionary movement and it’s anti-constitutional.

NYT: To Balance the Scales of Justice, Don’t Be Afraid to Pack the Court: The lifetime appointments of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh cry out for Democratic hardball in response.

Hence…

Liz Harrington: The Kavanaugh smear reveals why we can’t afford to let Democrats back in power

WSJ: The Assault on the Supreme Court: The revival of smears against Kavanaugh is part of a campaign…. “It’s important to understand that this assault on the Justice is part of the left’s larger campaign against the legitimacy of the current Supreme Court and an independent judiciary…”

Twitchy: Backfire COMPLETE! NY Times WH correspondent pours gasoline on the paper’s own ‘dumpster fire of an article’ about Brett Kavanaugh

Christian Toto: Hollywood Ignores Avalanche of Pro-Kavanaugh Facts: Does Amy Schumer and friends know the real story behind their attacks? They should. … Chris, they don’t give a flying fuck at a killer asteroid. They live and inhale in a world of fiction, most of it really, really bad fiction these days.

Twitchy: We’re not Real Journalists or anything, but we’re pretty sure CNN wouldn’t’ve run this article if Brett Kavanaugh were a Democrat

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Monday News Feed: The 21st Century’s Dark Age of Apoplexy

FNC: Father of Parkland shooting victim: ‘Guns didn’t kill my daughter, Democratic policies did’

WFB: Beto O’Rourke: My Gun Confiscation Plan Is ‘Constitutionally Sound’

WashTimes: Beto O’Rourke demands banks, credit card giants ‘cut off’ firearms sales to law-abiding citizens

FNC: Beto O’Rourke hits Pete Buttigieg with expletive-fueled swipe over gun-control comments

AT: Liberals Want to Grab Guns…but Who Will Do the Grabbing?

Ruskies N`at:

Chuck Ross: Lindsey Graham Teases Bombshell Revelations About Christopher Steele’s Credibility

FNC: Rep. Jordan backs up McCarthy’s remark that US almost had ‘coup’ from Trump-Russia probe

Yahoo News: Exclusive: Russia carried out a ‘stunning’ breach of FBI communications system, escalating the spy game on U.S. soil … For YEARS under Obama’s, Comey’s, Clapper’s, Brennan’s watch. YEARS!

Socialist Morons:

I think we can safely guess where/how Congresswoman ‘Nan-Tuck-It’ spent her summer vay-cay, huh? Her usual ‘place’. BTW, those aren’t her brows. They’re her nipples trimmed and shaped to look like brows.

Reuters: Cuba’s acute fuel shortage begins to bite

PJM: Ocasio-Cortez: Free Public College Should Be Passed at Same Time as Student Loan Forgiveness

WSJ: Warren’s Assault on Retiree Wealth: Her vision of ‘accountable capitalism’ would destroy savings built over a lifetime—and sink the economy.

Sally Pipes: Sorry, Bernie Sanders, American health care is not ‘barbaric’ (and Canada’s system isn’t perfect)

FNC (VIDEO): Bernie Sanders teases a new $2.5 trillion housing plan: University of Maryland business professor Peter Morici on how Sen. Bernie Sanders will fund his new housing plan. … Hint: NOT the “1%” or the “rich/wealthy”.

Illinois Policy: A federal health department audit found Illinois spent $4.6 million in Medicaid payments on behalf of deceased beneficiaries.

Rick Moran: Will Chicago Be the Largest U.S. City to Declare Bankruptcy?

Ace: “Democrats Write Off the White Working Class, Figuring They Couldn’t Possibly Do Worse With Them Than They Did in 2016. They’re Wrong… The Democrats think they can make up for losses in the White Working Class with gains in the White #WokeAF Class.But real-life isn’t Twitter. I keep trying to tell these lunatics that, but they don’t believe me.”

Nerds:

Christine Rosen: Impeaching the New York Times Kavanaugh Story: The facts aren’t the point.

VDH: Trumped Out? After nearly four years of ceaseless attacks by Democrats and the press, the strange thing is not that Trump can be occasionally wearisome, but that he is even still breathing.

Chuck de Caro: CNN Goes Kamikaze . . . Again! Jeff Zucker sends Jim “Divine Windbag” Sciutto on a journalistic suicide mission and misses.

TGP: President Trump Calls For Obama Book Deal, Netflix Deal and “Congressional Slush Fund” to be Investigated

William Sullivan: Why Has the Overpopulation Myth Remained So Persistent When It’s So Easily Disproven?

Dave Andrusko: Before the Nazis Killed Jews, They Euthanized Hundreds of Thousands of Disabled People

David Catron: Why NC-9 Should Frighten the Democrats: Minority voters are starting to walk away.

Stephen Green: Are the Democrats Committing Electoral Suicide?

Jason Chaffetz: Ballot harvesting — California’s model to steal 2020

Allison Pearson: The appalling vanity of Western feminists who think Margaret Atwood writes about them: As women in Iran are thrown in jail daily for daring to remove the veil, their sisters in Europe and the US continue to be useful idiots

Christian Toto: Film Critics Cancel Clint, Cheer Criminal ‘Hustlers’: They deemed ‘The Mule’ problematic while praising women who drug and steal from men with impunity.

Another 1980s music ‘nerd’ of my generation passes…

Geez, I sure am feeling my adult youth fading away these last few days. Thankfully the music stays behind. I met Rick Ocasek while working at a Cleveland radio station in 1980. Nice guy. RIP, Rick. RIP. Damn

The Cars were inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, an occasion that saw the band perform together for the first time in years — but without co-founder Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000.

Ocasek, in a Rolling Stone interview, described the performance as “a good cap on the bottle” of his career, which also included painting in his later years.

“It’s kind of weird because it’s like a lifetime. It is a lifetime. I had three families during that time. They are like lives that go by and millions of people and things and artists and writers and business people and fans. … It’s a lot of stuff. It’s been a pretty eventful life, I can say.”

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