Weekly Funnies, Fredo Reappears

And so, Chris Cuomo thinks being called Fredo is a racial slur, personally, I think anybody stupid enough to think so is typecast as a Fredo, but then when I look in my mirror, I don’t see a useless propagandist for the CPUSA. His mileage no doubt varies.

Not to mention starting conspiracy theories

Funny, just the other day on our Hong Kong update, Scoop and I were discussing this in comments.

 

 

White privilege, right here

I. am. Booot.

Another move towards world dominance. Yay!

Who’s a good boy?

And, of course

And so another week of silliness, mostly unintentional, somebody will be just as stupid next week, depend on it.

Manic Monday

Well, Monday was quite the day, wasn’t it?

The Creepy Porn Lawer (CPL AKA Michael Avenatti) got himself indicted by the Southern District of New York for attempting to extort millions from Nike, on video no less. And he was indicted in Los Angeles a few minutes later for essentially stealing a client’s settlement. The IRS would also like to have a word with him. This is serious stuff. The Victory Girls have more.

Also, The Right Scoop adds that Mark Geragos, a long time CNN legal contributor, now fired, has been named a co-conspirator with CPL in the Nike case. Some of his other clients included Jussie Smollett, Colin Kaepernick, Michael Jackson, and Chris Brown. They make a good pair, I think.

CNN had a doubleplusungood day yesterday with this coming on top of being rendered totally not credible, maybe incredible is the word, by the report of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.

But they are hardly alone in that, as The Federalist tells us.

After spending two years perpetuating allegations that President Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election, news anchors were visibly shaken by the findings of Robert Mueller’s investigation.

From the time news broke on Friday that there would be no more forthcoming indictments from Mueller, to the revealing of Attorney General William Barr’s letter on Sunday exonerating Trump of collusion, cable news outlets were reckoning with their crumbling conspiracy theories in real time.

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday morning, host Mika Brzezinski became visibly confused as she read the breaking news off her teleprompter.

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of scumbags, in my opinion. Overdue, in fact.

The Federalist, who has done a lot of extremely good work on the whole Russia, Russia, Russia thing, especially Mollie Hemingway, also reminds us that the country itself has been damaged.

If our country is ever to recover from this mess, we can’t forget how we got here. Russians were attempting to hack both the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee in late 2015. Whether the DNC was ultimately hacked or suffered an internal leak, the truth remains that the DNC documents and emails obtained by WikiLeaks showed the entire country that Hillary Clinton, and those around her, were corrupt and would bend the rules (or worse) for power. There was never a real and fair contest between her and Bernie Sanders.

As soon as the Clinton campaign realized its misdeeds toward Bernie had been made public, they blamed Russia. They immediately began putting out a narrative that attempted to say Russia had acted to favor Trump, which included paying Fusion GPS—a notorious propaganda outfit with ties to loads of so-called journalists—to create ties between Trump and Russia.

Fusion GPS then hired a former British spy, Chris Steele, to boost their credibility. He used a different British guy with ties to the Kremlin, Edward Baumgartner, who employed unknown Russians to write a series of Word documents that alleged Trump-Russia collusion.

Meanwhile, Clinton stooge Cody Shearer wrote other documents that alleged Trump-Russia collusion, and Clinton stooge Sidney Blumenthal disseminated those documents into the Obama State Department with the help of would-be Clinton administration secretary of state Victoria Nuland. The State Department people then gave those documents to the FBI.

It turned out to be an excellent way to make people even more distrustful of a government grown over-large, and far too arrogant. It will echo for decades, at least. And it should.

Alan Dershowitz makes the point that Mueller’s report reads like a law school exam, telling us all sides, but never taking one. He’s supposed to be a prosecutor, not a law student. And that leaves it open to partisan wrangling and spinning from now to doomsday. I think he has a point.

Meanwhile, as the clock runs down on Brexit, my read is that the law says they leave at 11 pm this Friday unless a law changes that. But everybody in the UK seems to read it differently, and also differently than they do in Brussels. The more I read, the more confused I get, which of course, is the EU way. Good luck mates.

Dear America: Your News Media Absolutely Hates You

Ben Domenech, the founder of The Federalist has noticed something many of us have. The American media hates America and Americans.

It’d be nice to say that American media doesn’t hate this country. It’d be nice to claim that the American press, while maintaining objectivity and balancing against bias, is still inherently American – that they are patriots who love this country even as they report on its defects. Recall the quote from Daniel Patrick Moynihan while Ambassador to the United Nations: “Am I embarrassed to speak for a less than perfect democracy? Not one bit. Find me a better one. Do I suppose there are societies which are free of sin? No, I don’t. Do I think ours is, on balance, incomparably the most hopeful set of human relations the world has? Yes, I do. Have we done obscene things? Yes, we have. How did our people learn about them? They learned about them in the newspapers.” And that is important.

But we cannot say these things when the American media, time and again, illustrates its utter hatred for the nation and its people in those newspapers and on television. Having judged the American project kaput after the election of Donald Trump, they are now stooping to the level of defending the North Koreans – perhaps the most brutal and heinous regime in the world today – thanks to some side-eye from its minister of propaganda, the sister of Kim Jong Un. If the headlines are to be believed, “North Korea heading for diplomacy gold medal at Olympics”is the story American media want to tell about this moment.

I wish this was an exaggeration. Witness this story from CNN today, with its dripping credulousness in attacking Mike Pence with a story sourced entirely to a diplomatic source close to the North Korean regime.

“The senior diplomatic source said Pence “degraded the image of the United States as a superpower” by meeting with North Korean defectors along with Otto Warmbier’s father, and by speaking strongly against North Korea on multiple occasions. “Fred Warmbier accompanied Pence during his visit to South Korea. His son Otto was jailed in North Korea and died upon his return to the US last year after suffering extensive brain damage… “The source also described as “undignified behavior” Pence’s decision to stay seated and to not applaud the unified Korean team at the opening ceremony, adding that the Vice President “took the low road instead of acting like a big brother.”

As Ben notes this is not some raw graduate of leftist indoctrination but a fifteen-year veteran reporter (perhaps propagandist would be a more accurate term). It is endemic in the media, enshrined alongside the media’s disdain for all thing American, except of course the ridiculous salaries they are paid for their lying.

And CNN’s not alone! Bre Payton reports:

“Kim Yo Jong’s brother is starving his own people in order to develop nuclear weapons he’s threatening to use against the United States and other countries, but you might not know that about her based on these headlines. CNN: “Kim Jong Un’s sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics”

YAHOO: “All swagger and smiles, Kim Jong Un’s mysterious sister gets her star turn at Winter Olympics”

YAHOO: “Kim Yo Jong: N. Korea’s political princess”

BBC: “Kim Jong-un’s sister: ‘Sweet but with a tomboy streak’”

WASHINGTON POST: “The ‘Ivanka Trump of North Korea’ captivates people in the South”

ASSOCIATED PRESS: “At Olympic Games, Kim Jong Un’s sister takes VIP seat”… “This favorable news coverage of the Hermit Kingdom didn’t come out of a vacuum. Last month, NBC’s Lester Holt visited a luxury ski resort in Masikryong, North Korea, where a crowd of people dressed in matching outfits milled about in the background. They were probably forced to show up and ski in order to make the regime look good, as photo ops with compulsory attendees are a frequent regime tactic to hide the country’s terrible living conditions. “As my colleague John Daniel Davidson pointed out in his critique of Holt’s coverage: “More than 40 percent of the population are malnourished and more than 70 percent rely on food-aid. There is no tourist industry to speak of. The only reason to build such a resort in such a country is to propagate a lie about the deplorable conditions there.” “Those skiers won’t be the only North Koreans forced to put on a show to make the regime look good. North Korea has sent 229 young women dressed in identical outfits and colloquially known as an “army of beauties” to cheer on its Olympic team.”

You know Potemkin villages are rife in history but they only work when the will is to believe their story. Just as the visit of the Danish Red Cross to Theresienstadt gave Hitler a propaganda victory. Although in that case, it is perhaps true that the Danes acted as they did to protect their own jews, who alone in World War II came through the Holaucaust. That is not true here where the media is managing to dissociate this woman from what she does for a living. She is the Propaganda Minister (the job title made famous by Joseph Goebbels in the 1930 and 40s) for a regime, run by her brother, that is actually worse than Hitler, and perhaps worse than Mao.

Some sweetheart our media has!

The Week in Pictures, and a Tweet too!

Welp, this happened. From AoSHQ

Then this did.

Scott Dworkin’s Twitter bio reads:

Co-Founder @TheDemCoalition. #AMJoy on MSNBC Contributor. I help lead #TheResistance. Obama Alum.

About the normal of level of intelligence in the blue checkmark mafia. To be fair though, he wasn’t the only one fooled. We’ve gotten to the point that anything is credible if it supports your own views. Well, I haven’t, but the demonrats and never-Trumpers (BIRM) have.

I’ve got a feeling that Wolff’s book is just about as credible.

USS Al Gore

As usual, mostly PowerLine and Bookworm. Have a good day and a happy New Year. And yes, a Good Epiphany.

Trump: The American Churchill?

Gates of Vienna

First things first. Good morning and Happy 2018. Hopefully, we are all wise enough that our heads don’t hurt too badly. :P, In any case, it looks like a warm one here today, my thermometer says it’s all of -2°F here, so it’s probably not the day for me to wear my shorts and sandals to the beach. Beached whales everywhere are no doubt grateful!

Patricia McCarthy over at American Thinker had a radical thought, Could Donald Trump be our Sir Winston? Sounds rather laughable on the surface, but I think she has a point. Let’s see what you think.

Comparing the late Prime Minister Winston Churchill to President Donald Trump is guaranteed to elicit scorn from intellectuals, for one was a prolific man of letters, while the other speaks in the vocabulary of the common man.  One was a journalist and scholar, while the other is a builder, deal-maker, and master persuader (as Scott Adams argues).  And one smoked and drank prolifically, while the other abstains from both. […]

Chamberlain resigned, and Churchill accepted King George VI’s appointment to the position of prime minister, but the king, and both parties of Parliament, loathed Churchill.  They, both sides, also knew he was the only man to lead at that moment in time.  Neville Chamberlain’s unfortunate good-will gesture at Munich had been a disaster. Only Churchill realized and had incessantly warned about the evil that was Hitler’s regime.  FDR, hoping to avoid U.S. intervention in the war, was not helpful or forthcoming with military aid just yet.  Roosevelt eventually rose to the occasion but had not fully discerned the evil that Hitler represented to the world.  Churchill did.  FDR was not the wartime leader Churchill was.

Her remarks about FDR are quite a lot more charitable than I would be. Still, there are two points, the American people were in no mood to intervene, nor was Congress, any more than the British were ready to go to war at the time of Munich. In both cases, while hindsight is 20/20, it simply wasn’t possible. The other thing is that Roosevelt, while sympathetic to Britain and Churchill, was both an American patriot, not a British one, and was always anti-Empire. Most Americans were, in fact. While we may be fine with the people of the Empire, and in fact were, and are, the fact of the Empire, always troubled us. But FDR was by no means the leader that Churchill was. FDR was a man of words, the closest he came to combat was as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He could marshall words very well, although Churchill was better, but lacked personal experience to make them ring true. Churchill had that experience and it matters.

To the horror of our 2016 establishment, Donald Trump was elected.  He has been as loathed as Churchill was when he took on the P.M. job as the catastrophe at Dunkirk was unfolding.  Like Churchill, Trump is a bit reckless with his opinions and his speech.  Churchill regularly offended people on both sides of the political spectrum, as does Trump.  Churchill was innovative, imaginative.  He devised the civilian boat rescue of all those soldiers at Dunkirk.  It worked.  Trump has, in a year, defeated ISIS, although the media are loath to report that.  Trump has revitalized the economy beyond anything Obama was able to do.  He has successfully rolled back the restrictive regulations Obama put in place that have strangled the economy and suppressed GDP growth to 2% for eight years. […]

I think we are going to find that Trump’s years in the cutthroat world of New York Real Estate is going to stand the US in very good stead as we negotiate around the world. The fact that he seems to understand how to give orders and let people execute them also helps. It fascinates me to watch him effortlessly outmaneuver Theresa May for example. Like the media, he trolls her effortlessly, leaving her looking stupid at best.

Too soon to say, but I think he’s going to be a very good president, and great is not out of the question. Yes, that sound is liberal heads exploding all over the world. That’s an unexpected benefit.

Trump may just be our Churchill.  They certainly share some personality traits.  Churchill’s love of England saved England.  Trump’s love of America may save us as well.

Well, yeah, there are similarities, not least that both have outsize personalities and neither is afraid to express themselves colorfully. It doesn’t denigrate Trump to say he is not Churchill anymore than it would to say Churchill is not Trump. They are each their own man, and the better for it.

History is doing a bit of rhyming here, but as usual, it is not repeating, not even as farce.

WHY OBAMA REALLY SPIED ON TRUMP

Daniel Greenfield wrote in FrontPage Magazine a few days ago:

Last week, CNN revealed (and excused) one phase of the Obama spying operation on Trump. After lying about it on MSNBC, Susan Rice admitted unmasking the identities of Trump officials to Congress.

Rice was unmasking the names of Trump officials a month before leaving office. The targets may have included her own successor, General Flynn, who was forced out of office using leaked surveillance.

While Rice’s targets weren’t named, the CNN story listed a meeting with Flynn, Bannon and Kushner.

Bannon was Trump’s former campaign chief executive and a senior adviser. Kushner is a senior adviser. Those are exactly the people you spy on to get an insight into what your political opponents plan to do.

Now the latest CNN spin piece informs us that secret FISA orders were used to spy on the conversations of Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.  The surveillance was discontinued for lack of evidence and then renewed under a new warrant. This is part of a pattern of FISA abuses by Obama Inc. which never allowed minor matters like lack of evidence to dissuade them from new FISA requests.

Desperate Obama cronies had figured out that they could bypass many of the limitations on the conventional investigations of their political opponents by ‘laundering’ them through national security.

If any of Trump’s people were talking to non-Americans, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) could be used to spy on them. And then the redacted names of the Americans could be unmasked by Susan Rice, Samantha Power and other Obama allies. It was a technically legal Watergate.

If both CNN stories hold up, then Obama Inc. had spied on two Trump campaign leaders.

Furthermore the Obama espionage operation closely tracked Trump’s political progress. The first FISA request targeting Trump happened the month after he received the GOP nomination.  The second one came through in October: the traditional month of political surprises meant to upend an election.

Not really anything we didn’t know here, and if not proven (and it may never be) but this aligns with what we know, particularly of the people involved.

When the individual acts of surveillance are described as legal, that’s irrelevant. It’s the collective pattern of surveillance of the political opposition that exposes the criminal motive for them.

If Obama spied on two of Trump’s campaign leaders, that’s not a coincidence. It’s a pattern.

A criminal motive can be spotted by a consistent pattern of actions disguised by different pretexts. A dirty cop may lose two pieces of evidence from the same defendant while giving two different excuses. A shady accountant may explain two otherwise identical losses in two different ways. Both excuses are technically plausible. But it’s the pattern that makes the crime.

Manafort was spied on under the Russia pretext. Bannon may have been spied on over the UAE. That’s two different countries, two different people and two different pretexts.

But one single target. President Trump.

It’s the pattern that exposes the motive.

When we learn the whole truth (if we ever do), we will likely discover that Obama Inc. assembled a motley collection of different technically legal pretexts to spy on Trump’s team.

Each individual pretext might be technically defensible. But together they add up to the crime of the century.

Obama’s gamble was that the illegal surveillance would justify itself. If you spy on a bunch of people long enough, especially people in politics and business, some sort of illegality, actual or technical, is bound to turn up. That’s the same gamble anyone engaged in illegal surveillance makes.

Businessmen illegally tape conversations with former partners hoping that they’ll say something damning enough to justify the risk. That was what Obama and his allies were doing with Trump.

It’s a crime. And you can’t justify committing a crime by discovering a crime. […]

If the gamble fails, if no criminal case that amounts to anything more than the usual investigational gimmick charges like perjury (the Federal equivalent of ‘resisting arrest’ for a beat cop) develops, then Obama and his allies are on the hook for the domestic surveillance of their political opponents.

With nothing to show for it and no way to distract from it.

That’s the race against the clock that is happening right now. Either the investigation gets results. Or its perpetrators are left hanging in the wind. If McMaster is fired, which on purely statistical grounds he probably will be, and a Trump loyalist who wasn’t targeted by the surveillance operation becomes the next National Security Adviser and brings in Trump loyalists, as Flynn tried to do, then it’s over.

And the Dems finally get their Watergate. Except the star won’t be Trump, it will be Obama. Rice, Power, Lynch and the rest of the gang will be the new Haldeman, Ehrlichman and Mitchell.

Once Obama and his allies launched their domestic surveillance operation, they crossed the Rubicon. And there was no way back. They had to destroy President Trump or risk going to jail.

The more crimes they committed by spying on the opposition, the more urgently they needed to bring down Trump. The consequences of each crime that they had committed spurred them on to commit worse crimes to save themselves from going to jail. It’s the same old story when it comes to criminals.

Each act of illegal surveillance became more blatant. And when illegal surveillance couldn’t stop Trump’s victory, they had to double down on the illegal surveillance for a coup.

The more Obama spied on Trump, the more he had to keep doing it. This time it was bound to pay off.

Obama and his allies had violated the norms so often for their policy goals that they couldn’t afford to be replaced by anyone but one of their own. The more Obama relied on the imperial presidency of executive orders, the less he could afford to be replaced by anyone who would undo them.  The more his staffers lied and broke the law on everything from the government shutdown to the Iran nuke sellout, the more desperately they needed to pull out all the stops to keep Trump out of office. And the more they did it, the more they couldn’t afford not to do it. Abuse of power locks you into the loop familiar to all dictators. You can’t stop riding the tiger. Once you start, you can’t afford to stop.

I’m going to stop there, simply because of length, but you shouldn’t; follow that link and read it all. It’s a damning exposition of the old saw, |If one tells a lie one will always have to tell another to cover it”. That’s the great thing about telling the truth, you don’t have to remember what you said, on the other hand, an awful lot of people have talked their way into prison this way. I think if justice even close to prevails, I think there will be a new crop of residents at Club Fed.

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch. And if it doesn’t, America, as we’ve known it since 1789, ends. It’s that important.

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