Monday, August 21, 2017
This is a big subject which I don’t have time to do justice to in this post. I am afraid that we will need to return to it frequently in the months ahead. The place to begin is this excellent piece by Paula Bolyard at PJ Media: “Is Google Working with Liberal Groups to Snuff Out Conservative Websites?”
Briefly, Google is partnering with far-left groups like Pro Publica, BuzzFeed and the Southern Poverty Law Center to create a database of “hate” news for use by journalists. “Hate,” of course, means everything from opposing mass immigration to failing to endorse the latest LGBTQIA fads, while trying to murder Republican Congressmen apparently doesn’t qualify. Pro Publica’s page titled “Documenting Hate News Index” is here.
Ms. Bolyard writes:
On the surface, this looks rather innocuous. It’s presented by Google as an attempt to create a database of hate crimes —
More PowerlineBlog by John Hinderaker
At Information Liberation
According to a new report, Stephen Bannon is examining whether to start a right-wing competitor to Fox News.
Unshaven and working from home in cargo shorts as he moves into "Bannon the Barbarian" mode, Steve Bannon is thinking bigger than Breitbart.Read More By Chris Menahan
Axios' Jonathan Swan hears Bannon has told friends he sees a massive opening to the right of Fox News, raising the possibility that he's going to start a network.
- Bannon's friends are speculating about whether it will be a standalone TV network, or online streaming only.
- Before his death in May, Roger Ailes had sent word to Bannon that he wanted to start a channel together. Bannon loved the idea: He believes Fox is heading in a squishy, globalist direction as the Murdoch sons assume more power.
| J.Shaw: Forget a fox competitor, go big a competitor for the Big 3 NBC, CBS, Abc.
a channel that is on the regular TV band. A channel that has news, Sunday programs, sitcoms,movies all favoring the views of the Trump voter, tradition American's values. A station that is on every TV in every home in America.|
At Zero Hedge by The_Real _Fly
Content originally published at iBankCoin.com
Back in July, Fox News columnist, Steve Kurtz, asked the question regarding the 25th amendment: Constitution or Coup? But that wasn't the first time the 25th amendment was mentioned by democrats. They've been pining to use it to remove Trump from the day he took office.
Since the events in Charlottesville, this narrative has exploded inside the media, with one story after the next calling for the removal of the President under the terms of the 25th amendment.
More Zero HedgeWhenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.
Democrat’s Office Approved $120k Write-off Linked To Awan Brothers--ImRan Awan Indicted on conspiracy
A chief of staff of Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke quietly agreed in early 2016 to sign away a $120,000 missing electronics problem on behalf of two former IT aides now suspected of stealing equipment from Congress, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.
Clarke’s chief of staff at the time effectively dismissed the loss and prevented it from coming up in future audits by signing a form removing the missing equipment from a House-wide tracking system after one of the Awan brothers alerted the office the equipment was gone. The Pakistani-born brothers are now at the center of an FBI investigation over their IT work with dozens of Congressional offices.
A senior House official with knowledge of the situation provided TheDCNF with new details about how exactly the brothers are suspected to have stolen the equipment and possibly data from Congress,...
More Daily Caller by Luke Rosiak
At Fox News by H.Kurtz
Steve Bannon left the White House amid a cloud of misconceptions.
It’s been fascinating to watch some pundits say his departure will tilt the administration toward a more moderate path—charted by those Bannon dismissed as “globalists”—while others say not much will change since there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between Bannon and Donald Trump.In other words, he was the embodiment of everything Trump’s critics dislike about his White House—up until the moment he left, when he was somehow irrelevant.
That, at least, is debatable. Some other media chatter about Bannon—with notable exceptions by sophisticated reporters—is not. Based on my White House reporting:
Bannon wasn’t fired because of his interview with the liberal American Prospect. He did say all kinds of provocative things: calling white supremacists “clowns,” dissing some of his colleagues, challenging Trump’s policy on North Korea.
More Fox News
Sunday, August 20, 2017
The tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia, could have been an occasion to stop and consider how the tolerance for politically correct violence and politically correct hatred is leading the nation toward civil war.
Instead, the media and the political left have turned this incident into the biggest fake news story of the summer, transforming its real lessons into a morality play that justifies war against the political right, and against white people generally.
The organizers of the "Unite the Right" demonstration in Charlottesville were repellent racists.
But they came to defend a historic monument honoring a complex man and cause, and not to attack it or, presumably, anyone else.
The Antifa street thugs who have rampaged on college campuses and cities long before Charlottesville have been embraced by the anti-Trump Democratic Resistance.
This should come as no surprise, because Democrats also embraced the Occupy Wall Street movement, from which the Antifa movement evolved, As discussed in my prior post, both are the outgrowth of the Black Bloc anarchists and Marxists, Gathering Storms And Threats to Liberty.
Embracing anarchists and Marxists didn’t help Democrats, if anything it contributed to the electoral carnage at the congressional and state level.
More Legal Insurrection
Charges against Pakistani aides Imran Awan and his wife Hina Alvi were expanded after a grand jury voted to indict them on four counts of conspiracy in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, The Daily Caller reported.
Imran originally was charged with a single bank fraud count; his wife Hina Alvi also was indicted Thursday.
A month ago, Imran was caught at the airport trying to flee. His wife had successfully left the country.
The indictment addresses separate allegations that Awan and his wife engaged in a conspiracy to obtain home equity lines of credit from the Congressional Federal Credit Union by giving false information about two properties – and then sending the proceeds to individuals in Pakistan.
President Donald Trump is coming off his “worst week” in the White House — that is, if you’re not counting at least the nine other weeks since his January inauguration when the media has also declared the Republican to have hit rock bottom.
The “worst week” cliché has its reasons: this time it’s Trump’s controversial response to violent white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia. But for the reporters and political analysts who make their living covering Trump, there’s always something (or many things) to merit such a categorical description for such a chaotic president.
It’s a subjective measurement by any definition. Nonetheless, here’s a POLITICO review of the 10 weeks (out of 30 so far) where journalists have dubbed Trump as having his “worst week” in office.
At Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden
Authored by Shane Kastler via "The Narrow Road" blog,
In a truly “free” society, no one gets beaten up for their political views. Laws cannot be passed against thoughts or symbols. And mob violence is not allowed to rule the day. But Florida Senator Marco Rubio, like most establishment political hacks, is not interested in a free society. He’s interested in seizing power in any way possible. And if that means excusing and encouraging mob violence, to achieve his political ends, then so be it. While Rubio may rail against dictators, his statements sound eerily like the late Fidel Castro, and other tyrants like him.
Rubio’s statement came in the form of a series of tweets he posted in response to the Charlottesville circus. Here are his exact words:
More Zero Hedge
|J.Shaw Remember the GOP candidates that ran against DTrump for president? I still could not vote for any one of them as the group continues to look dishonest, like rinos and make dumb statements like 'Little Marco.' Neither party has a strong candidate for the next election to challenge President Trump.|
At USA Today by Jill Lawrence
Chess vs. checkers is standard shorthand for suggesting a president is either smart, or not. President Trump’s forte is the latter; it’s a simple game that doesn’t call for much strategic forethought. Who could have guessed that would be the wrong game for a president. The consequences so far have run a narrow gamut from bad to disastrous. With Charlottesville, Trump's impulsive short-termism now threatens the values, identity and character, indeed the very exceptionalism, of a nation.
Whether it's our heritage or our economy, peering around corners is not something Trump does.
His quick end to U.S. participation in the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, covering 40% of the world economy, fulfilled a campaign pledge. But he abandoned it without an alternate plan in place for trade in that region and still doesn’t have one. Meanwhile farmers in rural America, which Trump carried handily, are paying the price as other nations leap in to make deals and grab market share.
From Conservative Treehouse
This is one of those paradigm shift CTH predictions that many people scoffed at back in 2015/2016 when we discussed a Trump federal budget, and how Washington DC politicians would respond to a president who actually planned to cut spending. Back in February we warned:
[…] The UniParty is going to fight hard, very hard, to retain their spending. Don’t be surprised to see GOPe “conservatives” demanding President Trump spend more money. We have been repeating this warning since he announced his bid for the presidency in 2015. (link)Today’s headline reads “Fears Grow That Trump Could Ignore Congress on Spending“. Traditional thinking, at first glance of the headline, would be the President might ignore budgetary levels and spend more than he should. However, in reality, the paradigm shift is the exact opposite. DC is worried that President Trump won’t spend enough money.
President Trump’s relationship with Senate Republicans is deteriorating by the day.
Senate Republicans are getting fed up with what they see as Trump’s lack of discipline and chaotic leadership style. Several are criticizing him more openly than ever before.
The sharpest critique came from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who told constituents in Chattanooga that Trump “has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence, that he needs to demonstrate in order for him to be successful.”
GOP strategists say Corker was likely unhappy with Trump’s improvised line a week and a half ago about how threats from North Korea “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
More the Hill by A. Bolton
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced yesterday that “every time we have an opening for an ambassador position, at least one of the candidates must be a minority candidate.” This is a version of the Rooney Rule used by the NFL to fill coaching vacancies. It’s named after former Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney.
Ironically, Rooney was U.S. ambassador to Ireland during the Obama administration. He gained that post the old-fashion way — by funneling money to the Obama campaign.
I agree with Roger Clegg that the hiring practice effectuated by the Rooney Rule is divisive, unfair, and an endorsement of just the sort of identity politics that we ought to have learned by now is poisonous. In addition, I think it’s illegal if it operates, as it often does, to exclude white candidates from consideration due to their race or, as it rarely does, to award a job to an African-American who wouldn’t otherwise have been selected.
To expand on the last point, in my experience with large employers the Rooney Rule type approach rarely benefits African-Americans.
More Powerline by Paul Miregoff
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Will Steve Bannon go after the Liberal 'Inner' Group around Pres Trump? Like Kushner, McMasters, Tillerson?
By Jack Shaw
My question: will ex-Trump advisor Steve Bannon use his executive Breitbart position to rein in the liberal 'Inner' group that now surrounds Donald Trump?
This group includes son in law Jared Kushner, daughter Ivanka, Tillerson, McMasters, and others.
Rex Tillerson still has not rid the State Department of Obama holdover and some are decision makers.
McMasters is very weak on anything Islam. When McMasters selection was announced by President Trump the establishment gushed over the selection. Friday, Tillerson whined about not enough diversity in the State Department. President Trump vowed to get rid of Political Correctness and said there was no time for it in his administration.
Again, One main reason I voted for Donald Trump was because he was an outsider of the establishment and the Washington machine. He doesn't look like an outsider now.
Will Breitbart's Steve Bannon go after this group when they push their liberal agenda?
Was this a Bannon, Trump plan?