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Never say never

Today I decided to do something that I swore never to do. I decided to vote for Trump and a straight Republican ticket. A few small things happened today, but it was my personal tipping point.

Twitter blocked The New York Post’s account over a week ago for posting a report on Hunter Biden’s laptop. In the ensuing days the mainstream media totally froze out any reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop story. Today, I saw a retweet by Brit Hume, with a sensitive content warning masking the original tweet. I clicked on VIEW and it was a Matt Taibbi piece at Axios, With the Hunter Biden Expose, Suppression is Bigger Scandal Than The Actual Story. Twitter has escalated this petty censorship effort against mentioning the Hunter Biden story and kept The New York Post blocked unless they remove a number of tweets Twitter demanded be removed. Their sensitive content warning, so you don’t see the story immediately, is meant to slow down amplification of Taibbi’s article.

On top of that I’ve been following Andrew Cuomo and Bill DeBalsio’s escalating efforts to harass Orthodox Jews in NYC and Cuomo blustered on about his new COVID plan and how he’s going to force compliance by Orthodox Jews.

Then this morning I read a Newsweek article about the new Thanksgiving Restrictions Governor Newsom, in California, has issued and it’s like looking at America’s future if the Democrats control Congress, the White House, most of the mainstream media and big tech, which owns the large social media companies. It felt like I was reading a dystopian novel, with COVID rules people must follow in their own homes, down to telling them:

“All gatherings must include no more than three households, including hosts and guests, and must be held outdoors, lasting for two hours of less.”

and

“The new rules state those at a gathering “may remove their face coverings briefly to eat or drink as long as they stay at least 6 feet away from everyone outside their own household, and put their face covering back on as soon as they are done with the activity.”‘

and

“Gatherings that occur outdoors are significantly safer than indoor gatherings. All gatherings must be held outside. Attendees may go inside to use restrooms as long as the restrooms are frequently sanitized,” the statement added.”

There’s way more, like restrictions on singing and restrictions on playing music (no wind instruments) and a whole bunch of other draconian lunacy. And I thought, this is America’s future if Biden wins the White House and Republicans lose control of the Senate.

I detest Trump’s reality TV show presidency, I detest his pettiness, his mendacity, and most especially his vicious name-calling and I never thought I would even consider voting for him or decide to vote for him, but I did.

For a while now, I’ve believed the worst possible outcome for America would be for Dems to control Congress, the White House, in addition to liberals controlling most of the major news media organizations, Hollywood, and the largest social media companies. With this much control of information dissemination and the levers of powers in America, Democrats would be be able to totally marginalize dissenting opinions, in addition to fast-track the far-left’s radical wish list.

A few years ago, I learned about the reach of the political and news media Twitter crowd on American news reporting and on political messaging. At first I dismissed the Twitter influence operations as having so much impact, since a very small percentage of Americans even follow politics on Twitter, but then I realized that this small group of journalists, political pundits, and politicians literally battle for control of the news media’s political narratives and this is where most of the spin battles in America are really fought – out of sight of most Americans. And once I started following the politics Twitter crowd and trying to understand what was going on, I understood why President Trump felt his Twitter account had so much influence.

Twitter is the current epicenter of the American political spin war and it is where the Dems and the mainstream media people hang out to generate spin attacks and it is where President Trump and conservative media people hang out to generate counter-spin attacks. Dems and the mainstream media have waged a spin information war in America for decades, to propel leftist policy and promote Dem politicians, while Republicans floundered around trying to find a way to counter that liberal media dominance and complaining about media bias. It’s not bias, it’s an orchestrated spin information operation run by Dems, their operatives and their media friends.

I understand fully that Trump is everything that I consider a toxic leader to be, but at this moment in time, Republican control of the Senate is iffy and so is the White House. I do not want America being controlled by a Democratic Party that refused to condemn rioting and looting, engaged in smearing police across America, that ran the appalling smear campaign against Brett Kavanaugh, and who are poised to ram through the most radical leftist agenda in my lifetime. And in the midst of a COVID surge this winter, I do not want live in an America that embraces draconian policies, propelled by media-fear mongering campaigns that scare people into submitting to massive encroachment on basic civil rights.

I said NeverTrump since 2015 and I’ve written a whole lot of that on my blog, but at this point in time the choices are Dem control of the White House and Congress, which alarms the hell out of me, after watching the craziness of 2020 or hoping that Republicans can hold at least the Senate or White House and perhaps both. I do not want Democrats with unchecked power after watching their spin and smear operations escalate in the past 5 years.

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Latest Impeachment Spin Theater Takes

I think most people who write about American politics, professionally, or as amateur bloggers, like myself, have devoted way more hours to President Donald J. Trump than he deserves, but even more importantly than is healthy for ourselves or the body politic.

When Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, began releasing transcripts of the private hearings, I started reading them.  I did not get through all of them, but I did watch all of this past week’s open hearings.  With this Trump impeachment push, Trump’s call to the Ukraine president, using his own call record, sounded totally inappropriate to me.  I started out leaning toward supporting impeachment.   After this past week’s open hearings, I went from thinking he should be impeached and removed, to less inclined to think that will do a single thing to uphold our democratic institutions or get America one step closer to bolstering our constitutional system

Watching these hearings led me to be more convinced this was another orchestrated Dem smear/spin operation more than a serious process run out of concern about preserving our democracy or upholding The Constitution.  Funny thing, about watching the Dem political/spin machinations play out in public hearings and with the media pushed me further away from supporting impeachment than supporting it.  I was also sick to death of much of the Republican spin antics, especially Jim Jordan’s fast-talking questioning, where I couldn’t even make logical sense out of his questioning, his summations of the answers and most certainly not his hyped up Trump cheerleading in media appearances.   His pro-Trump spin was as exhausting as Swalwell and Schiff’s  anti-Trump spin.

Trump’s spin attacks, trying to disrupt and hijack the hearings, should have been anticipated by Schiff and Dems, but instead of ignoring him, Schiff played right into Trump’s hands by reading Trump’s live-tweets right into the hearing process and allowing Trump to participate, only when it fed the Dem spin narrative.  Schiff should have allowed Trump to have lawyers present and Republicans to call witnesses, but he refused that.  Instead, Schiff decided to play the spin angel by feeding Trump’s live tweets into the hearing.  Watching the amount of tweeting and fixation on fighting the spin war by House Intelligence Committee members, even during these hearings, drove home the point that this was a political spin production more than a serious, grave constitutional undertaking.

As to the witnesses, I wrote a blog post on Kent, Taylor and Yovanovitch, so here are the other ones who stuck out – Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the EU, LTC Alexander Vindman, David Holmes and the latest mainstream media feminist icon, Dr. Fiona Hill, The Non-Partisan.

LTC Vindman did not answer who the intelligence person was he told about the Trump-Zelensky phone call.  Schiff interrupted Republicans questions and asserted the “whistleblower” must be protected, even though Schiff stated on national TV during these hearings that he doesn’t know who the “whistleblower” is.  Vindman also testified under oath that he doesn’t know who the “whistleblower” is, even though the accounts the “whistlebower” wrote about in his-her complaint are these very witnesses’ stories.  These witnesses stories make up the “whistleblower complaint.”   Dems kept pointing out how detailed and accurate the “whistleblower’s” accounts are and how closely these witnesses stories match those accounts.  Dems say that the witnesses corroborate the “whistleblower’s account”…  NO the witnesses, who directly talked to the “whistleblower” aren’t corroborating, they are the SOURCES of the complaint.  Each witness who talked to the “whistleblower” was a SOURCE of the complaint – not corroborating anything.  Without these witnesses’ stories there is nothing to corroborate with the “whistleblower”.  It’s a logical fallacy the Dems have carefully packaged and sold here.  To corroborate something implies there are separate bits of information or evidence that are bolstering a statement.  These witnesses very accounts make up the sum total of the “whistleblower complaint”.  Minus the witnesses’ stories, there is nothing to bolster.

Gordon Sondland is a wealthy businessman, big Trump donor, who secured an ambassadorship for his support.  In his opening statement he turned on Trump and gave Dems what appeared to be a slam dunk win.  However, in the afternoon, when Republicans started questioning him aggressively, he walked back most of that opening statement.  Dems and Republicans latched onto the parts of Gordon Sondland’s testimony that fed their spin, but it seemed to me that Sondland was a incredible dissembler and wanted to escape this hearing with the least amount of damage to himself.  He was not a credible witness and in many ways like Trump – a person who will say anything to benefit himself.

David Holmes was the aide of Bill Taylor, whom Taylor testified told him about a phone call he overheard between Gordon Sondland and President Trump.  Holmes claimed Trump talked loud and Sondland held the phone away from his ear, so Holmes clearly heard Trump talking.  I did not find Holmes story very credible as to being the exact conversation, but then again often recounting only parts of an overheard conversation can lead to large distortions about what the conversation was really all about.

The mainstream media has gone into raptures about Dr. Fiona Hill, The Non-Partisan, Russia expert, foreign policy guru, latest feminist icon of the Left.  Hill began her testimony with an opening statement berating “GOP conspiracy theories” that are promoting “Russian conspiracy theories” by asserting Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election.  This spin that the GOP is promoting Russian conspiracy theories spin line is straight Dem spin that’s being massively spun-up in the mainstream media.  Trump does promote some odd Crowdstrike/server conspiracy theory (which might be a Russian conspiracy theory), for which I’ve seen no open source reporting that bolsters, but there were numerous reports in mainstream media about Ukraine interference in our 2016 election.  The Ukraine meddling was nothing close to the vast scale of the Russian disinformation efforts, but the Ukraine effort did lead to Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, resigning and later to his prosecution for money-related crimes – connected to his dealing in… Ukraine:

Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire

Kiev officials are scrambling to make amends with the president-elect after quietly working to boost Clinton.

Of course, now that Ukraine interference and Russian interference have been conflated to binary choices, the Dem spin tsunami insists only Russian interference occurred and to assert Ukraine also interfered is promoting Russian disinformation.  The truth is many countries interfered in our 2016 election, just like the U.S. interferes in other countries’ elections.

Once Hill dumped that Dem spin bomb in her opening statement, the Fiona Hill, The Non-Partisan aura evaporated for me.  Another amazing Hill revelation was when she related how she read the Steele dossier the day before Buzzfeed published it, when Strobe Talbott showed it to her.  Talbott is a long-time Clinton crony.  He was president of the Brookings Institution, a left-leaning think tank, where Hill was working at the time.  Talbott also is the brother-in-law of Cody Shearer, the author of the second “dossier” about Trump-Russian collusion in 2016.  Hill is very smart and seemed very politically astute, so I kept wondering why on earth she volunteered this information about Strobe Talbott showing her the Steele dossier the day before it was leaked by Buzzfeed.  I wondered if she volunteered that as a CYA move to protect her “credibility as The Non-Partisan”, with nothing to hide.  Talbott’s name was mentioned in a defamation lawsuit against Steele filed by Alfa Bank, where Steele disclosed reporters and people to whom he gave copies of the dossier.  Hill blithely dismissed Steele’s dossier as likely Russian disinformation in her testimony.  Hill struck me as trying to play this elaborate charade in her testimony, throwing out  bits to bolster her “non-partisan” bona fides, while lobbing the Dem spin hits and seeming to struggle to mask her contempt for the Republicans on the committee.  It was an odd performance, but the Dems and mainstream media consider her performance mesmerizing.

Hill was also asked about Kenneth Vogel, who wrote the Politico article on Ukraine interference in 2016, referenced above,  and Hill had nothing but glowing accolades for Kenneth Vogel’s journalistic credentials…

Trump definitely was offering a quid pro quo in the phone call with President Zelensky.  It certainly was totally inappropriate, but I want more information on Biden’s dealings in Ukraine and his son’s dealings with Burisma.  Biden bragged about his effort to pressure Ukraine to fire a prosecutor, who had opened an investigation into Burisma corruption,  Media accounts offer up conflicting accounts and conflicting timelines, so more facts need to be ironed out here.  For me, watching Joe Biden’s recounting of how he pressured Ukraine to fire that prosecutor sounds worse than what Trump did in the “strong-arming a foreign country desperately in need of American aid” department.  Of course, the mainstream media and many of these non-partisan career professionals, who testified this week, assert that prosecutor was a corrupt prosecutor.  The other interesting disparity is with the aid Biden was threatening to withhold, none of these “non-partisan” witnesses are upset about that and they dutifully repeated that Ukrainian prosecutor was corrupt, but Trump’s short hold on aid to Ukraine, well, that  resulted in “Ukrainians dying” while that aid was withheld…  With Biden and the Obama foreign aid, it didn’t even include military aid, so assuredly Ukrainians were dying then too – probably lots of them, but Biden’s threat to withhold aid didn’t even raise a murmur or moment of angst among these “non-partisan” career professionals.   Here’s a link to a video of Biden explaining his Ukraine aid dealings:

https://www.wsj.com/video/opinion-joe-biden-forced-ukraine-to-fire-prosecutor-for-aid-money/C1C51BB8-3988-4070-869F-CAD3CA0E81D8.html

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Thoughts on America’s looming corruption crisis

Jonathan Turley, penned an interesting op-ed, Repulsed by the ‘lynching’ scandal? Just wait for the impeachment trial, highlighting what a trial in the Senate would be like if Trump is impeached for using his public office for personal gain.  Turley writes:

“The Senate may be the worst jury in world. As someone who has tried a case before that body, I would move to strike half of them for cause in a real courtroom. In that impeachment trial of a judge, I had jury figures like Republican Senator David Vitter, who had escaped criminal charges over his admitted use of prostitutes in Washington. Indeed, he sat there in judgment of a judge accused of improper conduct involving gambling and other acts, such as the payment of a stripper by a lawyer.

Trump would be judged on self-dealing by a jury that would include Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, charged with corruption for exchanging official acts for gifts from a wealthy doctor. All politicians are self-dealers who use their offices to advance their ambitions. It is in their blood. The fact is that “public service” often means “self-service” to those in political power. Watching a trial on self-dealing with this jury is like having Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman sit on a college admissions board. They certainly have experience, just not the right kind.”

The Dem impeachment effort timing seems tied to the Barr/Durham investigation expansion and the completed Horowitz FISA abuse report that’s being being slow-walked to being released.  Since last month, I’ve believed that the Clinton political machine is the driving force in this Trump-Ukraine whistleblower revelation and the ramped up “impeachment inquiry” effort.

Along with the Dem impeachment hysteria came Hillary and Chelsea Clinton hitting the media circuit touting their new book, “Gutsy Women,” which looks like nothing more than a convenient stage prop for Hillary to use as a media hook to interject herself into the media’s Trump impeachment drama and position herself for a 2020 run.

Since Hillary lost in 2016, my belief has been that there’s no way Hillary would sit back and let another Dem woman become positioned to be elected as the first female U.S. president in history, but with the ramped up Barr/Durham investigation, my sense is several prominent high officials in the Obama administration might be in serious legal jeopardy.  There is no way the Clintons or the Democratic Party bigwigs will ever allow top Obama officials to be indicted over 2016 corruption, aiding the Clintons’ scorched earth efforts to destroy Trump.

If Hillary does jump into the 2020 race, although some of the far-left factions will loudly complain, Obama, Biden, all their cronies and the entire mainstream media, which runs Dem spin 24/7, without any hesitation, will all unite quickly.  The Clinton corruption spread throughout the Democratic Party many years ago, so it’s a vast corrupt political machine, run almost like an organized crime syndicate, that will “resist” every effort at having any top Obama officials being indicted or held accountable in any way.

Yesterday, the mainstream media went into hysterics about an ill-advised Republican spin stunt of barging into Adam Schiff’s private House Intelligence Committee hearing in a House SCIF.  And granted it was a total affront to House rules.  The problem though is Adam Schiff’s secret hearings, where he and the Dems selectively leak sensational tidbits to the mainstream media to damage Trump is a thoroughly corrupt process too.

The Democrats long ago decided that they will only follow rules they like and they invent new ones based on political expediency and whenever they sense a media advantage to stage some new political spin theater.  For instance, the grotesque Kavanaugh scorched earth smear campaign was orchestrated to hijack the vote on a completed Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing.  Schumer and the other Dems jumped right on-board that orchestrated smear campaign.  Top Dem senators mindlessly repeated the spin that in alleged sexual assault cases the accused is guilty until proven innocent, a complete and total corruption of one of our American basic foundational principles.  Democrats did the same thing in 1998, making excuses for Bill Clinton lying under oath. Their party’s abdication of defending the rule of law has led to widespread corruption and a total collapse of any standards. The Dem embrace of mass media spin information warfare, a corrupt form of repetitive messaging used to manipulate and deceive the American people, fuels and enables the widespread Dem corruption.

While the House GOP barging into Schiff’s hearing today seemed outrageous to me, I’m finding it hard to get worked up when only a few days ago, Dems and the mainstream media were breezily brushing off the State Dept report on security violations in the Hillary Clinton run State Department, where they found 588 valid security violations and out of those in 497 of them, no one was found culpable, so I guess ghosts mishandled that classified information…  The report findings were a total whitewash and the mainstream media leaped into action to brush it under the carpet.

I expect the Horowitz report to be the same type of whitewash effort, because the high and mighty in Washington must be protected at all costs rather than being held to the highest standards, which would really protect our governmental institutions.  Instead, the powers that be in Washington protect the powerful and connected, especially within the Democratic Party.

If Durham and Barr attempt to indict any former Obama top officials, the mainstream media smear machine will likely spin into outer space to destroy them.

Some people really are above the law in America, especially the Clinton machine and powerful Dems in Washington.

Trump and his “GOP Insurgency” was a Clinton/Dem/mainstream media driven spin nightmare to wreak havoc on the GOP primary, but Trump was duly elected and the Clinton machine will never rest until Trump is destroyed.  Without a doubt Trump is a very corrupt man, who rivals the Clintons in willingness to break any rules that get in the way of his ambitions.  He even rivals the Clintons when it comes to mendacity and that assuredly is quite a feat.

The relentless and extremely corrupt Dem spin effort to drive Trump out of office coupled with Trump’s equally corrupt effort to thwart the Dem effort to destroy him, assures our American governmental institutions will continue to implode under the weight of this endless scorched earth spin information warfare, the wholesale public corruption and rapidly fraying commitment to the rule of law in Washington, where partisans have one set of rules for their side and another set for the other side.

It’s only going to get much worse.

 

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But, her emails…

On Friday, the letter sent to Senator Chuck Grassley from the State Department Bureau of Legislative Affairs, outlining the finding on the State Department investigation into “Hillary’s emails,” was released.  As expected partisans, especially those in the media leaped on two diametrically opposed conclusions and that’s because the writer of the State Department letter tucked in some weasel words (probably deliberately imo) for Democrats to latch onto.  The letter is short and most of it focuses on the methodology used in their process of investigating the emails.

Here are the findings in a nutshell paragraph in the report:

V. ADJUDICATIVE RESULTS (TOP LINE ROLLUP)
APD’ s administrative review of the HRC emails resulted in the adjudication of 91 valid violations attributable to 38 individuals. Additionally, APD adjudicated 497 valid violations where no individual was found to bear culpability, resulting in a ”valid, but not culpable”determination.

Total Valid Violations Adjudicated: 91
Total VnC: 497

(Paragraph from Page 8)

Most of the liberal media reports I saw, seemed to fixate only on the last sentence, on Page 10 of this report, and offered the Clinton “time to move on” spin, opining that this report should be the end of investigating Hillary’s emails (I could imagine liberals in the media whining about this “witch hunt” and “poor Hillary” amongst themselves).  Here’s the last sentence:

“There was no persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information.”

Yep, the media leaped on that no persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information and the State Department official who sent this letter intended that sentence to be “The End” on Hillary’s emails.

None of this answers to the almost 600 valid violations found and these investigators failed to even hold anyone responsible for 497 of them.  Yet most of the liberal media thinks Americans should be satisfied with this investigation???  The report itself defines a valid violation as:

“An incident is categorized as a violation when it is “a knowing, willful, or negligent action that could reasonably be expected to result in the unauthorized disclosure of classified information.”

(Page 4)

The Clinton/Dem machine has so many loyal media spinmeisters, who carry their spin messaging without question, that the hopes that truth could ever filter through their spin wall was always highly unlikely.

The FBI investigation into “Hillary’s emails” began with her use of a private email server coming to light and revelations of classified information being stored on that server.  Hillary explained her decision to use that private server as a desire to only have to carry one device, which made no sense, since according to the FBI investigation, she went through 13 blackberries and several laptops. In the FBI Notes Bill Clinton’s IT guy, Justin Cooper, described Hillary using a flip-phone to talk on while using her blackberry at the same time, so she could even multi-task with multiple electronic devices….

The cries from the many on the right insisted that Hillary deliberately set up that private server to avoid federal recordkeeping laws and “hide her emails from FOIA requests.”

I don’t believe either of these explanations gets to the truth of why Hillary decided to use a private server, so before “But, her emails” completely vanishes from public record, here are some facts about that server:

  1.  Hillary never set up a private, homebrew server.
  2.  According to FBI Notes of the interviews with Bill Clinton’s IT guy, Justin Cooper and Hillary’s IT guy, Bryan Pagliano, the original private server in the Clinton’s home was set-up by Cooper, around 2007, to serve as Bill Clinton’s private foundation server.  Got that everyone?  It was Bill Clinton’s private server.
  3.   In late 2008-early 2009 the Clintons decided to use that private server for Hillary’s State Department emails rather than the official government systems.  To that end, Hillary’s campaign IT guy, Pagliano, worked with Bill Clinton’s IT guy, Cooper, to upgrade the server.  Huma Abedin coordinated that server upgrade.  Pagliano told the FBI he believed they were upgrading that server for Bill Clinton’s use.  Hillary was sworn is as Secretary of State on January 21, 2009.  So, the merging of the Clintons’ private foundation server and the US State Department was implemented before Hillary was even sworn in as Secretary of State.
  4. .  According to the FBI Notes, Pagliano and Cooper have differing accounts of who the two email accounts on the original server belonged to.  Pagliano said it was Huma Abedin and BLANK and Cooper said it was Hillary and BLANK.

In 2016 when the FBI Notes were released I wrote a blog post, The Servers, and my thoughts about these email accounts were:

“Pagliano stated that he transferred email from the old system to the new system and there shouldn’t be ANY email content left on the old server.  Pagliano stated to the FBI that he ONLY transferred clintonemail.com email accounts for Huma Abedin and BLANK and that he was unaware of and did not transfer any email account for Hillary.  So, who is BLANK.   Since Pagliano ONLY transferred clintonemail.com email accounts for Huma Abedin and BLANK and this was Bill Clinton’s PERSONAL email server for foundation business, who could BLANK be…..  Now, Clinton’s IT guy, Justin Cooper, recalls the one email account as being Hillary’s email account, not Huma’s, which again brings us back to whose email account was the only other email account on Bill Clinton’s personal server…”

At this point, I’m still curious who BLANK was and why the FBI redacted that name.  It would seem to me that if Bill Clinton went to the trouble to set up a private server in his home around 2007, either he or one of his closest aides set up an email account for Bill Clinton’s business.  Hillary’s device and email account information the FBI released, indicated she was still using her email on her blackberry the first few months she was Secretary of State.

The Clintons used that homebrew server to merge the Office of the Secretary of State’s business onto their private Clinton Foundation server in their home.  Tens of thousands of emails were destroyed, so some of them had to be Bill Clinton’s foundation business.

And that might be why Bill Clinton went so far as to personally arrange that meeting with Loretta Lynch on the tarmac in AZ,  weeks before Hillary’s FBI interview.  I believe he was likely strong-arming Lynch about how he wanted that FBI interview handled and that he wanted that email investigation closed ASAP.

Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan, all close Hillary staffers, told the FBI they didn’t know anything about the private server until after Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State, even though both Cooper and Pagliano told the FBI that Huma Abedin coordinated the server upgrade before Hillary was sworn in as Secretary of State.  And Huma had an email account on the second server for sure and likely even the original server.

The classified email issue never caused the Clintons any concern, because Hillary had the power to declassify information.  The Clintons spun so successfully that few people even realize that original server was Bill Clinton’s personal foundation server, which he had set-up around 2007.  The Clinton spin machine always insists that Bill Clinton doesn’t use email, but perhaps by 2007, he wanted to get with the times and decided a “private email server” tucked in his house, guarded by Secret Service agents, would be a secure way for him to begin using email.

Hillary had been online even when Bill Clinton was still president according to various media reports back then.

But, her emails, indeed…

 

Update: October 20, 2019 8:27 pm – I decided to post part of James Comey’s July 5, 2016 statement:

“From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification. Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were “up-classified” to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent.

The FBI also discovered several thousand work-related e-mails that were not in the group of 30,000 that were returned by Secretary Clinton to State in 2014. We found those additional e-mails in a variety of ways. Some had been deleted over the years and we found traces of them on devices that supported or were connected to the private e-mail domain. Others we found by reviewing the archived government e-mail accounts of people who had been government employees at the same time as Secretary Clinton, including high-ranking officials at other agencies, people with whom a Secretary of State might naturally correspond.

This helped us recover work-related e-mails that were not among the 30,000 produced to State. Still others we recovered from the laborious review of the millions of e-mail fragments dumped into the slack space of the server decommissioned in 2013.

With respect to the thousands of e-mails we found that were not among those produced to State, agencies have concluded that three of those were classified at the time they were sent or received, one at the Secret level and two at the Confidential level. There were no additional Top Secret e-mails found. Finally, none of those we found have since been “up-classified.”

https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/statement-by-fbi-director-james-b-comey-on-the-investigation-of-secretary-hillary-clinton2019s-use-of-a-personal-e-mail-system

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A conspiracy theory

Here’s a conspiracy theory/recurrent pondering of mine about the 2016 election for which I have no proof, just a gut instinct that something was very amiss with Trump’s “GOP Insurgency”.

When Trump entered the race and began his run, he began using “spin messaging” that struck me as Clinton machine spin messaging.  I’ve been studying the Clinton spin, which evolved to dominate the entire Democratic Party, since the 1990s, trying  to understand how it works.  Clinton spin operations work only with massive mass media amplification and mass media smear campaigns.  With the Clinton spin operations, the efficient use of spreading their talking points spin messaging among political operatives and friendly media took hold.  Many people within the American news media and Hollywood work to spread that spin messaging.

With the advent of social media, Twitter serves as the online hang-out for the American news media and political punditry class, Twitter is where American news is generated and amplified, with rapid fire retweets.  It’s almost like trained dogs now, as many journalists repeat Dem spin messaging verbatim and treat it  as verified reporting, just like Republicans repeat pro-Trump spin   The mainstream media relies on only anti-Trump sources as their “trusted sources” Each side runs their spin/news reporting within an impenetrable echo chamber.

Until Donald Trump, the Republicans lost in the spin messaging battle in the mainstream media for decades.  Republicans and conservatives complained often and loudly about “media bias,” but it wasn’t “bias”, it was a corrupt news system, where the mainstream media worked to amplify the Dems spin messaging,  Without the media being a willing and active participant in the Dems spin messaging operations, spin messaging would not work.

So, along came Donald Trump and he was spinning just like the Dems and staging rally roadshows, but he had no normal campaign structure.  What he had was not only massive FOX News spin messaging amplification, he had  massive mainstream media amplification?  Why was the mainstream media working to amplify Trump’s “GOP Insurgency” spin messaging?

Well, as 2016 rolled along, through Wikileaks’ leaked Podesta emails, we learned that the Clinton campaign had a Pied Piper strategy to promote the most divisive GOP candidates during the GOP primary  So, who were the most divisive GOP candidates?  Ted Cruz, with his very conservative views and the “GOP Insurgent”, Donald J. Trump.  Funny thing though, the mainstream media did not give Ted Cruz a lot of free media, but Trump received billions of dollars worth of free media, with CNN and MSNBC lavishing Trump with positive media coverage, covering his rallies live and Chuck Todd, the Hillary Clinton hack, even allowed Trump to just phone in interviews. Why?

Trump’s “GOP Insurgency” was a massive Dem spin hoax perpetrated against the GOP to sabotage their primary, in my opinion.

The Clinton machine constructs elaborate, spin operations (it’s comprehensive information warfare strategies they develop).  For instance, this Trump Impeachment spin drama (Trump-Ukraine) was in the works for months, along with the book, Gutsy Women,  Hillary and Chelsea are doing the media rounds hawking.  That book was ghost written by someone and meant to be a stage prop for Hillary to enter the 2020 race as  the “rightful President,  who had the election stolen from her”, but never fear she is going to fight to protect our democracy… if Democrats will only rally around her and do their patriotic duty to destroy Trump… “who is destroying our democracy.”  She’s going to con (strong-arm, if necessary) Democrats to unite behind her to deal with this existential crisis ( a crisis their spin show manufactures).  Okay, let’s be honest the one who goes around strong-arming Democrats is Bill Clinton (see 2016 Loretta Lynch tarmac meeting or photos of Clinton-Obama golfing at Martha’s vineyard in 2015).

I strongly suspect Trump never intended to be president, but wanted to use the publicity to boost his reality TV business.  I believe there was some kind of deal between Trump and Bill Clinton, where Trump would get all this mainstream media attention, running this “GOP Insurgency” con job.  Yes, I believe the Clintons and Trump both conned us in 2016.

I also suspect that in late 2015/early 2016, when the Clinton machine began unloading their mountains of Trump dirt, they’d been sitting on while running the Trump GOP Insurgency on mainstream media, Trump realized he had been double-crossed by Bill Clinton.  Trump doesn’t make deals with little people, he wants to deal only with the head honcho, which leads me to Bill Clinton, Trump’s old golfing buddy.

Unfortunately for the Clintons, Trump’s populist spin messaging worked better than anyone dreamed, plus many demoralized Republicans, used to always losing in the media messaging battle, joined the Trump train in hopes that finally some Republican would beat the Democrats at their own spin game.  Trump’s impossible to ignore reality TV show theatrics helped him enormously too.

If you wonder why the mainstream media has spent the entirety of Trump’s presidency whining about which Trump spokespeople should be allowed on CNN and MSNBC and trying to ban Trump from Twitter, it’s because Trump barged into their corrupt spin messaging turf and they aren’t used to a level playing field.  Biden was urging the mainstream media to ban Rudy Giuliani just this past weekend, because Biden claims Rudy will just lie.   Democrats make this claim as they are relentlessly running  corrupt spin messaging to shutdown Trump and anyone connected with him.  It’s a corrupt cesspool, where Dems wage orchestrated smear campaigns to ruthlessly achieve their political objectives and the mainstream media runs with it.  The corruption is so obvious, for instance, the mainstream media calls the Mueller probe an “investigation”  with Barr’s investigation it’s “dirt-digging” or a “scheme.  This is how the spin word games go.

When Trump won the election, he did not look happy and he had no real plans in place for actually being president.  I suspect his rage at the double-cross and being subjected to non-stop Dem smear operations, made him determined to adjust and instead of going back to his Reality TV show, he turned the US presidency into the biggest reality TV show in the world.

I strongly believe both campaigns in 2016 were thoroughly corrupt.  Both were engaged in seeking Russian dirt and both ran repulsive spin operations.  Trump also embraced the Dems  smear campaign tactics.

With that said, at some point both campaigns wholesale public corruption will become so flagrant and undeniable, especially if, as I would bet money on it, it’s a 2020 rematch of Hillary and Trump, that I wonder how our country will be able to hold together, as they run nuclear level scorched earth spin war 24/7.

America is in for a total spin nightmare, but if the corruption of both Trump and the Clintons ever gets exposed, the Clintons and Trump will join forces to survive – that is my prediction.  It will be the Clintons and Trump destroying any law enforcement effort that attempts to stop them.  They are above the law as long as they control the corrupt media spin operations in America.

I’ll remain forever, proudly, NeverTrump & NeverHillary.

Defending The Constitution always, that’s where my loyalty lies… not with any politicians or political party.

No one should be above the law.

Update to my conspiracy theory ponderings, October 2, 2019:  Suppose Trump doesn’t even really know that his old golfing buddy was behind the entire “GOP Insurency” Dem spin hoax and instead relied on some media peeps to con Trump into believing they were supporting him and they gave Trump this billions of dollars worth of free media.  That might better explain Trump’s ranting about Jeff Zucker and Joe and Mika, lol,  that’s for sure.

This is all just a conspiracy theory of mine and I don’t have a single shred of proof, just clues:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-2-billion-free-media_us_56e83410e4b065e2e3d75935

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/upshot/measuring-donald-trumps-mammoth-advantage-in-free-media.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2016/03/15/the-medias-2b-gift-to-trump/

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/01/donald-trump-free-tv-ad-217387

Here’s an example of the liberal media con game, I’m referring to:  “Les Moonves Exposes the Trump Media Game”  a 2016 piece by Stephen L. Miller at National Review:

“Fox News granted two nights of town-hall coverage to GOP’s primary candidates to fight over. The night before, MSNBC’s Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski had allotted a full primetime hour to Trump.

On the eve of Super Tuesday, Trump sat down in person for an interview with Sean Hannity. On the same night, Trump’s wife, Melania, was sitting down for an interview with Anderson Cooper; this was fresh off the heels of her interview with Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe.

The  Sunday-morning news shows allow Trump to call in for interviews, something practically unheard of for presidential candidates. Yet Chuck Todd, George Stephanopoulos, and Chris Wallace all allow Trump to do so. And last year, CNN even shelved its long-planned tenth-anniversary Hurricane Katrina special hosted by Anderson Cooper. In its place, they aired a post-Trump-rally special with Don Lemon.

TMZ, both online and on their television show, routinely run segments on Trump, as does ET! Greta Van Susteren has frequently invited Trump’s sons on as guests, either in the studio, via satellite, or on the phone. CNN and MSNBC carry Trump’s campaign rallies in full — and Fox, too. Media outlets breathlessly hang on his every word and insult and bombastic threat or incitement, and then they become instantly appalled when one of their own is choke-slammed to the ground by Trump security guards. Such reactions from them are telling.”
https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/03/donald-trump-media-they-use-him-make-money-help-hillary/

Update, October 6, 2019:  As I was thinking a bit more about this, I remembered this other tidbit of information that had been reported – the Trump-Bill Clinton phone call right before Trump entered the race.  Here’s an August 5, 2015 report:

“According to several Trump sources (and one Clinton source) who spoke to the Post, the two men spoke over the phone in late May, shortly before Trump announced his run in June. During the call, the Trump sources said, Clinton “encouraged Trump’s efforts to play a larger role in the Republican Party” and “analyzed Trump’s prospects and his desire to rouse the G.O.P. base.”

That conversation, said the anonymous Trump sources, certainly didn’t discourage the billionaire to run: while Clinton never outright told Trump to enter the race, he reportedly told Trump that he was “striking a chord with frustrated conservatives and was a rising force on the right,” and his tone was supposedly “encouraging.”

(This is something a political genius would tell someone with a desire to run for president, especially if that person was a known self-promoter, capable of sucking the air out of a room full of his opponents—and especially if the genius’s wife happened to be running in the party against that known self-promoter.)”

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/08/bill-clinton-called-donald-trump-before-presidential-run-2016

The Vanity Fair article quoted a Washington Post story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bill-clinton-called-donald-trump-ahead-of-republicans-2016-launch/2015/08/05/e2b30bb8-3ae3-11e5-b3ac-8a79bc44e5e2_story.html

Update October 8, 2019:  Another tidbit to add to the my “GOP Insurgent” conspiracy theory came from Howard Stern, friend of Trump’s, who had Trump on his radio show many times.  From a 2017 report:

“Howard Stern has argued nobody was more keen for Hillary Clinton to win than Donald Trump himself.

The radio personality, who is America’s most notorious shock jock, said President Trump was being serious when he recently admitted to missing his “old life”.

In an interview with Reuters ahead of the 100-day mark of his presidency last week, Mr Trump said: “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.””

Further in this article:

“Stern recounts being at Mr Trump’s 126-room Mar-a-Lago resort “when he first announced he was going to win” however it is unclear if he is referring to winning the Republican nomination or the November election.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/howard-stern-donald-trump-hillary-clinton-win-us-election-2016-president-democrat-republican-radio-a7714971.html

And this 2019 article:

“Stern also backed up his statement that Trump did not actually want to be president by noting he was hanging around Mar-a-Lago with Trump and his team when the run was being plotted.

“I know people who orchestrated some of these things,” Stern said. “I was at Mar-a-Lago around when it was announced that Donald was going to run for president, and like everyone else, I thought, Ha-ha-ha. So, knowing Donald, I can tell you with some assurance that I don’t believe that he thought anyone would buy in. Lo and behold, people did. But I’m pretty sure that there was no intention of actually being president.””

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/howard-stern-donald-trump-president-interview-833343/

Here’s the Trump supporter take, which dismisses Stern’s comments:

“An enduring myth about President Trump’s phenomenal 2016 campaign is that the whole thing was a lark, a stunt intended to do nothing but build Trump’s “brand” and make him more famous.

The only reason this tale persists is because it feeds into the media narrative that Trump’s victory was a freak accident and his supporters are a bunch of idiot patsies.”

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/heres-how-you-know-howard-sterns-theory-that-trump-never-wanted-to-win-is-false

I don’t believe Trump supporters were patsies, I believe that mass media spin to the tune of billions of dollars in free media can sell just about anything to large number of Americans, then couple that with the anger within conservative circles that the GOP consistently lost to the Dem spin game.  Along came a guy who fought back in the media and was actually winning the spin game.  Added to this, among conservatives who jumped on board the Trump train a viewpoint was aggressively put forth that the Left’s culture war was destroying America and 2016 was our last best hope of saving America – the Flight 93 doctrine, a morally-bankrupt binary choice argument for Trump,  was born:

https://www.claremont.org/crb/basicpage/the-flight-93-election/

 

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Impeachment sideshow rolls out

The Trump impeachment fiasco plods along.

I did not vote for Trump and will never vote for him.  I spent a lot of time in 2015 and 2016, blogging and commenting in online forums about my NeverTrump&NeverHillary position.  I believed then and still believe Donald J. Trump is totally unfit to be president, but here’s where I part company with all the #Resist Dems, who have worked tirelessly to destroy Trump’s presidency – I believe in respecting the results of elections.   President Trump was duly elected.  This #Resist Dem spin effort to discredit a lawful election is disgraceful and even more “deplorable” than Trump’s petty name-calling and totally undisciplined conduct, where he rambles on without properly studying issues or policy or even having a clear understanding of matters.

The Dem’s #Resist effort to takedown Trump is the most appallingly bad citizenship and corrupt effort I’ve ever seen, because they are shamelessly lying to incite the media mob and anti-Trumpers using spin garbage (orchestrated media spin attacks) 24/7, with no concern for how this is affecting America. It’s a ruthless “by any means necessary” information war.  The abuse of intelligence resources and corrupt spin efforts to takedown Trump has alarmed me the most.  Every Dem effort to takedown Trump is a coordinated media spin war effort.

This Trump-Ukraine “whistleblower” complaint is a repeat of the Steele dossier, relaying stuff  unnamed sources told him/her.  Why these sources were telling this “whistleblower” so much dirt on Trump and why this “whistleblower” was gathering all this Trump dirt is curious.  The credibility of the complaint seems to be weighted on the number of unnamed sources and their “positions in the US government”, just as the Steele dossier’s credibility was built on all these unnamed “sources close to the Kremlin” and Steele being some highly-respected former spy.

The “counter-intelligence” investigation of Trump began in 2016, before Trump was even elected and partisan Dems with access to US government intelligence continue to use US intelligence assets to wage a stealth spin information war against Trump.  In my mind, this stealth intel-war against Trump poses more of a threat than anything Trump has done so far (and he has done a helluva lot I disapprove of).  Even in this call with the Ukraine president, I find Trump even mentioning Biden and his son totally inappropriate. However, the Dem/mainstream media framing for their impeachment case against Trump seems very weak to me, especially their alleged “cover-up” spin.

What always seems to happen with these Dem/mainstream bombshell “beginning of the end” Trump spin hits is after the spin clouds begin to settle from the hit, along with Trump suffering some damage, the Dems and mainstream media inflict way more collateral damage on their own credibility. We’ll have to see how this impeachment spin drama unfolds. This grand cover-up spin coming from Dems, who excused Hillary running the State Department from an unsecured homebrew server in her basement, left me not knowing whether to laugh out loud at the absurdity or get angry at their galling hypocrisy.  Get this, Trump’s cover-up effort was securing transcripts of calls with foreign leaders in a highly secure US government system that had limited access and they’re claiming that was an abuse of the classification system.  Considering the number of “anonymous intel sourced” leaks to the media, that’s going to be a hard sell, lol.

Why on earth wouldn’t Trump trust the intel community?  Geesh, just look at the leaks.  What is standard security efforts when faced with internal leaks in any organization? obviously it’s – use a more secure system and limit access.  The same Dems who sold Hillary putting classified information on an unsecure homebrew server as no big deal are now going to argue Trump abused the classification system trying to secure his calls with foreign leaders on a restricted access official government server.

From all the Twitter buzz this week, the actual identity of the “whistleblower” is not known yet.  The NY Times ran some bio information, but other sources refuted that and attacked the NY Times for trying to expose the “whistleblower”.  I could be wrong about my hunch that it’s Sue Gordon, but I still believe her not being picked by Trump as DNI precipitated this “whistleblower” complaint.  All I know is there is no way this impeachment will fly for Dems if the “whistleblower’s” identity and credibility isn’t openly assessed and all these unnamed sources who provided the whistleblower this information are identified.  Why was the “whistleblower” gathering anti-Trump dirt from all these unnamed sources and why were these unnamed sources providing it – even this Trump call with the President of Ukraine?  Why were sources informing this “whistleblower” about a president’s call with a foreign leader?

Why do I refer to it as the “whistleblower”, well this person has no first-hand knowledge of anything… just like the Steele dossier’s “sources close to the Kremlin:…

Sean Davis at The Federalist wrote a piece yesterday that could throw a spoke in the wheel of Schiff’s impeachment dreams.  The IC IG complaint form appears to have been changed in August, waiving the requirement that a whistleblower have first-hand knowledge of the events.  Isn’t that convenient for this “whistleblower,” who even cites news articles…:

“Between May 2018 and August 2019, the intelligence community secretly eliminated a requirement that whistleblowers provide direct, first-hand knowledge of alleged wrongdoings. This raises questions about the intelligence community’s behavior regarding the August submission of a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump. The new complaint document no longer requires potential whistleblowers who wish to have their concerns expedited to Congress to have direct, first-hand knowledge of the alleged wrongdoing that they are reporting.

The brand new version of the whistleblower complaint form, which was not made public until after the transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and the complaint addressed to Congress were made public, eliminates the first-hand knowledge requirement and allows employees to file whistleblower complaints even if they have zero direct knowledge of underlying evidence and only “heard about [wrongdoing] from others.””

https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/27/intel-community-secretly-gutted-requirement-of-first-hand-whistleblower-knowledge/

On Twitter, Adam Schiff tweets from August, mirroring this “whistleblower” complaint on Trump’s Ukraine phone call, and also Schiff promoting Sue Gordon circulated.  I suspect this “whistleblower” complaint was ghost-written by a group of Dem lawyers effort, including Adam Schiff.

If anti-Trump intel peeps altered the “whistleblower” requirements specifically to facilitate this complaint, well that would be quite an amazing scandal.  It seems sure more details will be revealed as this impeachment sideshow rolls along.

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Gut journalism

credible

adjective

cred·​i·​ble | \ ˈkre-də-bəl  \

Definition of credible

1offering reasonable grounds for being believed
This week the mainstream media and Democrats jumped into another vicious smear campaign against Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh, following a New York Times story rolled out via a tweet on Twitter:

“Last week, The Times faced swift condemnation for a now-deleted tweet that referred to Kavanaugh’s alleged actions as “harmless fun.”

“Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun. But when Brett Kavanaugh did it to her, Deborah Ramirez says, it confirmed that she didn’t belong at Yale in the first place,” the tweet read.

NYT cultural reporter Robin Pogrebin appeared alongside her colleague Kate Kelly on “The View,” where she confirmed earlier reports that she herself wrote that tweet.”

https://www.foxnews.com/media/nyt-reporter-kavanaugh-tweet

Pogrebin and Kelly have a new book about the Kavanaugh allegations and since this roll-out to their new book its quickly devolved into an embarrassing debacle.  The New York Times, the mainstream media and Democrats  leaped into another whirlwind smear campaign against Kavanaugh and it’s been imploding rapidly.

The New York Times  quickly backpedaled from the tweet, a day later, the journalists were blaming the New York Times editors for misrepresenting their story (even though Pogrebin in another interview admits she actually wrote that salacious tweet the NY Times ran), and as the conservative and Trump-aligned media began highlighting excerpts from Pogrebin and Kelly’s book, several things have become very clear.

The new allegation of sexual misconduct leveled against Kavanaugh, in this latest Dem smear campaign effort, has no credible corroboration whatsoever.  In fact, the alleged victim, did not want to be interviewed and these journalists report her close friends said she does not even recall any such incident ever happening.

There are no eye witness accounts to this alleged incident and the only source these two journalists used was a second-hand source, Max Stier, but even here these two journalists didn’t even interview him directly.  From a Howard Kurtz, at FOX News,  analysis:

After all, in an opinion-section essay adapted from their forthcoming book, reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly cited only one second-hand source. They didn’t even talk to that source, a former Yale classmate named Max Stier, directly. They got his account from two unnamed “officials” who had spoken to him.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/how-i-realized-the-n-y-times-kavanaugh-story-was-a-train-wreck

Kurtz also had this information:

“By the time I was back on the air yesterday morning, I’d gotten the first public comment from the justice’s camp. A source close to Kavanaugh said of the Times piece: “This was a disgusting effort to smear Justice Kavanaugh to sell a few books. There is nothing new here: The woman who supposedly experienced this incident does not remember it. And Senate Democrats had this information before Justice Kavanaugh was confirmed but never said a word about it.”

And it turns out another major newspaper passed on the allegations:

“The Washington Post last year confirmed that two intermediaries had relayed such a claim to lawmakers and the FBI. The Post did not publish a story in part because the intermediaries declined to identify the alleged witness and because the woman who was said to be involved declined to comment.”

There were other details—such as Max Stier being described only as a respected lawyer, but not as someone who defended Bill Clinton against sexual allegations—that felt like tipping the scales.”

https://www.foxnews.com/media/how-i-realized-the-n-y-times-kavanaugh-story-was-a-train-wreck

The two journalists have been doing the full rounds of the mainstream media trying to repackage their debunked allegation and smear based on zero corroboration and an alleged victim who doesn’t even recall any such event ever happening.

Here’s the level of absurdity with the investigation and the real “tell” –  these two journalists claim they didn’t even talk to their one named second-hand source, Max Stier, but got the information from “officials”.  They should be asked who were these so-called  “officials” and that would connect one loop in this orchestrated Dem/media smear campaign.

A word that the mainstream media and Dems toss about to bolster allegations made in their orchestrated smear campaigns is “credible”.  Assuredly, now that this latest allegation, where even the alleged victim said the incident never happened and there are no first-hand corroborating witnesses (just like the Christine Blasey-Ford, Ramirez and Swetnick allegations), as soon as the dust dies down from this latest failed smear effort, many of these same media mouthpieces and Dems will redouble their efforts to reintroduce and recast this totally bogus allegation as “credible”.  For some reason, many of these mouthpieces claim to be dedicated “journalists”…

The two authors of this latest Kavanaugh smear effort didn’t even highlight one of the most fascinating allegations in their own new book.  Mollie Hemingway, co-author of Justice On Trial, has covered the Kavanaugh confirmation and smear campaign extensively and she broke much of the news debunking this latest allegation against Kavanaugh.  She writes:

“The authors also acknowledge what had previously been reported in “Justice on Trial,” about the efforts of mutual friends to get her to change her testimony to be more supportive of Blasey Ford. The reporters say that some of Blasey Ford’s friends “had grown frustrated with Keyser. Her comments about the alleged Kavanaugh incident had been too limited, some of them felt, and did not help their friend’s case. Surely, given what a close friend Keyser had been, she could say more to substantiate Ford’s testimony and general veracity, even if she could not corroborate Ford’s more specific memories.”

A group text was formed in which friends such as Cheryl Amitay and Lulu Gonella discussed how to get her to say something more helpful to the cause. An unnamed man on the text suggested that they defame her as an addict. Keyser has been in recovery for some time, as her friends know and as has previously been reported.

Amitay answered, “Leland is a major stumbling block.” While asserting she didn’t want her to make anything up out of whole cloth, she offered ideas for things that could sound supportive of Ford’s story, such as that she’d been in similar situations with Blasey Ford that summer.

“I was told behind the scenes that certain things could be spread about me if I didn’t comply,” Keyser told the reporters, a stunning admission of the pressure to which she was subjected to by Blasey Ford’s allies.”

https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/15/new-book-christine-blasey-fords-friend-leland-keyser-doesnt-believe/

Even from the beginnings of the Dem spin smear campaigns, back during the Clinton years, reports of intimidation of witnesses emerged.  That pressure on Keyser, a Democrat, to change her story,  should be investigated. Who was the unnamed man mentioned in the text?  Who was in contact with with Amitay and Gonella directing them to pressure Leland Keyser?

As for “credible”, the two authors, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, of this latest Kavanaugh smear effort, claim to be “journalists”, yet for them lack of evidence and corroboration or even more discrediting, flat-out refutation by key witnesses gets ignored and instead Hemingway writes, “In a section explaining why they believe the accusers despite the lack of any evidence, they write that their emotional reaction to the claims was that the claims rang true.” 

These journalists prefer to trust their gut rather than facts…

We are in a strange new world where the solid meaning of words that undergird living in a fact-based world takes a backseat to propping up partisan propaganda.

 

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A Total Corrupt Mess

For a few days, I’ve thought about writing a blog post about Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress on July 24, 2019, but despite tweeting a good bit about it, deciding how to express my thoughts without just ending up expressing my outrage, made me hesitate.  I tweet under the name, libertybelle at Twitter.  A few days ago JK posted a comment on my blog with a link to a video: https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/454668-rising-july-25-2019 , titled, Establishment Dems exposed, Krystal Ball: How much damage has MSNBC done to the Left? with Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti dissecting how Mueller’s testimony deflated the Trump/Russia spin hysteria peddled by MSNBC (and CNN too).

This assessment of the damage to Dems was brutal and I believe accurate.  Their prediction that the Trump/Russia spin hysteria was dead, failed to take into account how quickly the Dem/Mainstream media spin warriors regroup and rewrite their narratives.  They will continue with this Trump/Russia Collusion narrative, because they must.  Heck, the Washington Post yesterday, ran an editorial claiming Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset, so the Dems Red Scare 2.0 effort is well underway.

The Trump/Russia Collusion spin narrative is the Dems big lie propaganda effort, from which all their efforts to takedown Trump, at best, or delegitimize his presidency 24/7, at worst, spring.  If Dems ever concede that Trump/Russia Collusion spin narrative was concocted, or to use Trump’s term, “a hoax”, all of their Trump hysterical narratives implode.  And that is what I suspect might happen.

I’ve read a lot of takes on Mueller’s testimony, but I am relying on what I saw in Mueller’s overall testimony.  Dems and many #Resist media pulled short video clips to spin that Mueller’s “performance” made the case to impeach Trump.  Many Trump pundits and media ran with Mueller’s “performance” was dismal, with some claiming Mueller’s fumbling, to look up passages in the Mueller report, was “an act” to run out the clock.

Well, here’s my take, Mueller’s testimony was the best he could do.  Mueller looked to me like an elderly man with significant memory problems and my anger burned as I watched him struggle to answer questions, struggle to remember, struggle with multi-pronged questions (a lot of the Dems had those prepared).  The worst part of this was watching Mueller struggle to find passages in the Mueller report, which Dems had planned to have Mueller read out loud for dramatic effect.  Mueller got lost trying to locate the passages.  Watching Mueller’s testimony was like watching my husband several years ago and it appalled me that rabid Dem lawyers on that Special Counsel team and Democrats staged this spectacle USING this man, who served his country honorably for many years, as nothing more than a stage prop in another of their media SPIN sideshows.  It felt like I was watching elderly abuse many times.

Mueller’s testimony exposed the total sham of the Trump/Russian investigation, for me.  I believe rabid Dem lawyers ran that investigation and USED Mueller as a figurehead and shield from scrutiny.   A question to be answered, which I believe assuredly needs to be answered by the AG, is whether there’s a medical diagnosis of  Robert Mueller’s significant memory problems.  I feel there’s very likely a medical diagnosis to that.  Some pundits and reporters mentioned his “mental acuity”, but the AG needs to find out whether his condition was known before he was appointed to lead this Special Counsel investigation.

The other question that should be answered is what exactly was going on with that Rosenstein and Mueller meeting with Trump in the Oval Office the day before Rosenstein appointed Mueller to head the Special Counsel investigation.  Trump and Pence believed Rosenstein brought Mueller to the White House to interview for the FBI director position.  Mueller testified that he did not interview for the position.  Andrew McCabe wrote in his book, that Mueller’s phone was left in the Oval Office and had to be retrieved later.  What on earth was that all about?  Was Mueller used to plant a phone in the Oval Office to “surveil” or “spy” on the Oval Office?

Did Comey, Yates and other rabid anti-Trump people just use Mueller all along, as cover for their efforts to takedown Trump?  While I hope AG Barr gets to the bottom of this, I’ve learned placing faith in anyone or anything in Washington always leads to massive disappointment.  The truth is all that “Drain the Swamp” hoopla Trump hyped misses the truth – there are so many corrupt politicians, on both sides, in Washington, that to really expose the massive public corruption would require throwing them all out, fumigating the place from top to bottom, and starting all over, LOL.

It’s a total corrupt mess and Trump, a lying con man, as good as Dems at stirring up identity politics firestorms, isn’t really going to solve anything.  He likes to peddle influence, like the best of them, hobnobbing with his rich friends, offering them top jobs and on it goes.

Our news media, mainstream media & FOX, are just big businesses making a fortune off of running competing  Trump Reality Show vs. The Trump/Russian Collusion Show.  Where it ends, well, I have no idea, but it’s going to get much worse, I feel sure.

 

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A glance back at 2015

With Attorney General, William Barr, going back to the beginning of how the Trump-Russia investigation began, I’ve spent time thinking about the beginning of the 2016 race, back in 2015.  Last week, Howard Stern began doing interviews to promote his new book and discussing his relationship with Donald Trump over the years.  Stern made a comment stating he believed Trump’s 2016 run for president began as a publicity stunt.   I wrote a lot of  blog posts along the way, so I’m rereading some of those old 2015  blog posts and also old news articles.

Howard Stern, who has  interviewed Trump many times over the years, recently stated that he believes Trump doesn’t enjoy being President and that Trump entered the race as a publicity stunt for his Reality TV career and business.  I happen to agree with Stern on this point.  Even the Michael Cohen revelation that Trump was still pursuing a Trump-Moscow deal while campaigning for president lends weight, not that Trump was colluding with Russia to steal the election, but that Trump was planning for his personal business after the election.  He expected Hillary to win.  Another glaring red flag that Trump didn’t expect to win the election was he had made no real plans for staffing and the transition.  The oddest aspect of Trump’s win in 2016 were the initial videos of Trump on election night.  He did not look happy; he looked pensive and uneasy.

Here are two excerpts from recent Stern interviews:

“Radio shock jock Howard Stern believes President Donald Trump’s candidacy for president started out as a “publicity stunt” in order to get a raise from NBC for hosting “The Apprentice.”

Stern, who has hosted Trump on his radio show for years, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an interview set to air in full on Friday that he has “no doubt” it was a publicity stunt. Stern told Cooper that he has “inside information” that Trump started out using rumors that he would run for president as a public relations tactic when he was promoting his 1987 book, “The Art of the Deal.””
“Stern also backed up his statement that Trump did not actually want to be president by noting he was hanging around Mar-a-Lago with Trump and his team when the run was being plotted.

“I know people who orchestrated some of these things,” Stern said. “I was at Mar-a-Lago around when it was announced that Donald was going to run for president, and like everyone else, I thought, Ha-ha-ha. So, knowing Donald, I can tell you with some assurance that I don’t believe that he thought anyone would buy in. Lo and behold, people did. But I’m pretty sure that there was no intention of actually being president.””

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/howard-stern-donald-trump-president-interview-833343/

Donald Trump began an exploratory committee March 18, 2015 and he announced his candidacy on June 16, 2015.  Between those two dates, Donald Trump and Bill Clinton were reported to have had a phone conversation.  Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy April 12, 2015.  So, there were Bill Clinton and Donald Trump having a phone conversation in late May 2015, after Hillary Clinton had announced her candidacy in April.  Another interesting date in this 2015 timeline is Jeb Bush announced his candidacy on June 15, 2015 – the day before Trump entered the race.

Let’s throw in another 2015 date:

“A March 2, 2015 New York Times article broke the story that the Benghazi panel had discovered that Clinton exclusively used her own private email server rather than a government-issued one throughout her time as Secretary of State, and that her aides took no action to preserve emails sent or received from her personal accounts as required by law.[40][41][42]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton_email_controversy

So, in early 2015 the Clintons were dealing with the email “controversy”, is how Wikipedia frames it ( not a “scandal”), guess that’s about like Loretta Lynch insisting Comey refer to it as a “matter”, not a criminal investigation…

Hillary entered the 2016 race April 12, 2015, Trump and Bill Clinton had a phone call in late May 2015 and Trump entered the race the day after Jeb Bush entered on June 16, 2015. Jeb was perceived as the biggest threat to Hillary Clinton and he became Trump’s #1 target, from the beginning. Even Trump’s sideshow entry into the race was designed to steal Jeb’s thunder.

By August 2015, plenty of questions began to swirl about Trump’s campaign,  especially about the vast amount of free media afforded to Trump over other GOP candidates in the crowded GOP field.  So, what was going on with the media? FOX, CNN, MSNBC, the three major cable networks, turned into The Trump Show channels, 24/7 during the beginning months of the GOP primary in 2015.  The Trump free media blitz in those beginning months extended to print media too. Here’s a Washington Post article from August 5, 2015:

“Former president Bill Clinton had a private telephone conversation in late spring with Donald Trump at the same time that the billionaire investor and reality-television star was nearing a decision to run for the White House, according to associates of both men.”

The WaPo piece has Clinton spokespeople and Trump spokespeople offering differing details about how the call originated and the subject of the call:

“Four Trump allies and one Clinton associate familiar with the exchange said that Clinton encouraged Trump’s efforts to play a larger role in the Republican Party and offered his own views of the political landscape.

Clinton’s personal office in New York confirmed that the call occurred in late May, but an aide to Clinton said the 2016 race was never specifically discussed and that it was only a casual chat.”

Both camps even offer differing accounts about how the call came about:

““Mr. Trump reached out to President Clinton a few times. President Clinton returned his call in late May,” a Clinton employee said. “While we don’t make it a practice to discuss the president’s private conversations, we can tell you that the presidential race was not discussed.”

One Trump adviser said Clinton called Trump, but the adviser did not provide specifics about how the call came about.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bill-clinton-called-donald-trump-ahead-of-republicans-2016-launch/2015/08/05/e2b30bb8-3ae3-11e5-b3ac-8a79bc44e5e2_story.html?utm_term=.8b5c03858a43

Trump began his campaign by hurling ad hominem attacks  at his opponents, to steal the stage and neutralize his opponents.  He had no real policies, just hollow slogans. Trump showed up for the primary debates loaded with petty smears prepared, but did no policy prep to be prepared to actually debate any issues.  Everything about his performance looked like a publicity stunt.  However, it’s these other machinations of the corrupt media, which ran the 24/7 Trump Show giving Trump, estimated to be billions of dollars worth of free media that speaks to vast corruption with the American media colluding to run partisan political spin efforts.  These coordinated spin efforts work in tandem with public opinion polling, to manufacture public opinion in America.  When the media hypes (spins) stories, those stories in turn result in manufactured public opinion, which reflects the spin hype.

The rise of Donald Trump in 2015 was the result of not only a populist mood, discontent within the Republican base with Washington politics as usual, it had the massive boost of billions of dollars of free liberal and conservative media selling Trump.

Billions of dollars of free media promotion of Trump’s GOP insurgency speaks to massive media corruption.

Back in October 2015, I wrote a blog post: A triangulation theory?:

“Do you ever let your mind wander and think about “what ifs”?  Well, as Donald Trump continues to keep the GOP race in disarray and feeds the worst bigots, xenophobes and racists at the base, well, I wonder, would the Clinton political machine be able to orchestrate a more perfect triangulation than to have far-left kook, Bernie Sanders on the left and Donald Trump on the right.  Trump’s single-handedly throwing the election to Hillary with his “deport them all”, which threw the Hispanic vote in the toilet for the GOP, if he is the candidate, then it was the attacks on women, or how about his “closing mosques” comment yesterday?  That would leave the Queen sitting snugly in the “middle” – calm, grandmotherly and looking “moderate”…”

https://libertybellediaries.com/2015/10/21/a-triangulation-theory/

Stern stating he was hanging around Mar-a-lago when Trump announced he was running and Stern knows people involved in orchestrating this, as Stern describes it “a publicity stunt” reminded me of a National Review piece from March 3, 2016:

“Last August, Moonves even foreshadowed the oncoming media-induced Trump when, in a CBS quarterly-earnings conference call, he declared, reportedly to applause: “The coming election cycle will clearly ‘Trump’ anything we’ve ever seen before.”

Perhaps this would be a good place to mention that Les Moonves is also a self-declared Clinton friend. In 2001, CBS quoted Moonves as acknowledging, “I’ve had numerous chats with President Clinton over the past few years. . . . He is a friend of mine.”

Trump supporters who believe their candidate is the anti-establishment destroyer of media are being conned, and the con is being perpetrated by the people they hate the most: the Clintonistas of network media.

Moonves is signaling very clearly that his intention is to saturate the market with Trump, which translates to Web traffic and eventually to votes. He’s not interested in what conservative candidates have to say policy-wise or politically. The casual Kardashian voter isn’t attuned to an endorsement by Jeff Sessions or a hashtag on Twitter. They are paying attention to outlets such as ET!, TMZ, Inside Edition, the CBS evening news, CNN, and MSNBC, where Trump’s quotes about shooting voters on Fifth Avenue are played ad nauseam.

Trump supporters who believe their candidate is the anti-establishment destroyer of media are being conned, and the con is being perpetrated by the people they hate the most — the Clintonistas of network media. Not only are these people generally hostile to conservatism. They also are not content to simply sit on the sidelines and objectively report what candidates say and do.”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/03/donald-trump-media-they-use-him-make-money-help-hillary/

Along the 2016 trail Trump  built a loyal fan base and his poll numbers grew (along with his ego), but the mainstream media, all of those people Trump believed were his friends, pivoted in late 2015/early 2016 to unleash the Clinton-orchestrated massive smear campaign to bury Trump (their general election strategy).  It would be interesting to know which Clinton-aligned mainstream media bigwigs were hanging around Mar-a-lago or involved in that 2015 “orchestration” Stern recently mentioned.

Trump’s constant attacks on the mainstream media, especially calling CNN and MSNBC  “fake news” don’t seem to me like Trump the authoritarian trying to silence the media.  From the beginning, it has sounded to me like Trump lashing out at his former friends in the media, who encouraged him to run, gave him fawning coverage in the beginning months of his campaign in 2015, then turned on him.  Those former friends were, like Trump, old Clinton friends…  How much Trump knew about Bill Clinton’s Pied Piper strategy (his classic triangulation strategy), I can’t say.  However, I can say the media corruption of running partisan spin efforts continues unabated with the mainstream media and FOX head honchos running this endless scorched earth American media spin information war.

It would be interesting to know which media bigwigs Trump was consulting in 2015 about a presidential run and who these people are Stern says were involved in orchestrating, what he refers to as – a publicity stunt.  However, like all the rest of the Clinton, Trump and media corruption in 2016, none of them will ever tell the truth.  It would also be interesting to know the truth about the Bill Clinton-Donald Trump phone call in May 2015, but here again, that is as likely as Loretta Lynch ever telling the truth about what was discussed in her tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton in June 2016.

These media bigwigs, most of them overtly aligned with the big partisan political factions, control all of the information highways in America…

Aren’t we so lucky in America to have a “free” press…

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The real crimes in the Trump-Russia Collusion mess

Last night news broke that Christopher Steele, the author of the series of reports that make up the Steele dossier, at the center of the Trump-Russian Collusion investigation, won’t cooperate with the DOJ investigation into the origins of the investigation.

I posted a comment pertaining to that and here’s part of it:

“The respective partisan spin choruses jump into action and relegate everyone to one camp or the other, but I lean towards believing that while there was definitely anti-Trump bias among most of the key players in the Trump-Russia mess, there was also these massive Dem/mainstream media spin attacks launched to try to propel specific political or government actions, at key points in this mess.
I believe these Dem-orchestrated spin attacks impaired judgment and decision-making at the highest levels of the FBI and our intel agencies. I don’t think there was some massive conspiracy within the FBI – I think they were deliberately being fed false information by Dem operative lawyers and taking the mainstream media news seriously.

In war, they always talk about the “fog of war”, well, I believe that this hysteria created by the this scorched earth SPIN info war played a significant role in clouding judgment – I’ll call it the fog of SPIN war factor, for lack of a better way to say this. I suspect a good deal of what happened wasn’t malevolent actions in the FBI, but a combination of factors, where the media hysteria, the bogus Steele dossier being sold as reliable intel (by some foreign intel peeps too) added to Trump’s often bizarre statements fawning over strong men thugs in the world, led to real concerns that Trump was conspiring with Russia. Add in that Trump really was trying to make a deal for a Trump-Moscow project, the concerns were justifiable.

Where things broke down was in acting before calmly, and carefully vetting intel, but here again, this relentless Dem SPIN effort in the media, the Clinton lawyer operatives seeding false information, presented as real intel into the State Dept., the FBI and intel agencies. I believe the real “crimes” weren’t Comey and the FBI – BUT with the Clinton operatives who deliberately and maliciously fed this false information into official government channels – to deceive them. That Shearer dossier needs to be investigated and these Dem lawyers who were feeding this garbage into official channels.

What happened to me was deliberately false information was fed to a retired general, who hates my guts – but I have no way to ever prove it happened. I was writing about their malicious, orchestrated SPIN on those Excite message boards in ’98 too.

Anyway, I honestly think Rosenstein was manipulated by Clinton-aligned lawyers too to appoint a special counsel- being bombarded with this false information and pressured to act. They deliberately created this crisis spin environment using the media.

McCabe was an expert on working Russia mafia cases and terrorism. I went back a reread the Horowitz summary and McCabe’s wife receiving a lot of campaign money was investigated. McCabe had actually gone through proper FBI channels reporting that to the ethics people. Horowitz’ team recommended policy changes, but McCabe followed the rules. I still think Comey knew about the media leaks to try to stem the flow of unauthorized leaks coming out of the New York field office. Comey told Horowitz he didn’t know anything about that. Anyway, I want to read some of McCabe’s book, especially the part where that quote was pulled about Mueller’s “left behind” cell phone. I like to know what other information came before and after that cherry-picked quote. We all “cherry-pick” quotes, and sometimes those cherries are ripe with important facts, but too often they’re sour, taken out of context or misleading pieces of information.”

I boldfaced the key point.  The Dem lawyers, who were feeding the Steele dossier and later the Shearer dossier into the Obama State Department, the intel agencies and the FBI.  They were deliberately trying to perpetrate fraud.  This is how the Clinton operatives operate – from ’98 to today.  They intertwine U.S. government assets with their private operatives, to advance for their partisan and personal goals (and vendettas).  The email scandal boiled down to Hillary merged her State Department email onto the personal foundation server in their home, that Bill Clinton had set up.  This melding of official intelligence with Hillary’s operatives is par for the course.   She did the same thing as Secretary of State.   Clinton operatives pushed the Steele dossier, their op dirt,  into official government channels and simultaneously seeded that dossier throughout the mainstream media, for another media spin effort to create a “crisis” environment, in order to propel the FBI and intel officials to jump into “Russian scare mode”.

I’ve written about our domestic SPIN information war so often, that I am sick of it and I know anyone reading my blog must be sick of it too.  However, I feel strongly that this SPIN war that is mass media generated repetitive messaging campaigns to manipulate the American people with false information is destroying our political institutions.

This idea of instigating mass media messaging campaigns to fuel mass panic or set the stage to ram through political action is not only corrupt, it’s creating a national security problem.  In this Trump-Russia Collusion Clinton/Dem/Media spin effort, Trump wasn’t the only one damaged by fueling wild Trump-Russia spin efforts in the media, by deliberately seeding false stories, America was hurt too.  That false “spin narrative”  left an America embroiled in ginned up hysteria about “what if we have a Russian agent in the White House”.

I don’t think most of the people in the FBI  at the top, even Comey, were involved in some mass conspiracy.  I think they were trying to do their jobs, some may have had bias against Trump (which I understand completely, since I find Trump’s conduct appalling and disturbing often too).

Just heard that Mueller is going to speak now – so, I’ll cut this post short.  The real crimes were committed by Team Clinton and Dem operatives who concocted this whole FRAUD.

 

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